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March 28th, 2004, 10:20 PM
When you reserve your seats, do they take the money out of your account directly after you book the seats or do you pay at the station? I was just wondering this because they tell you to leave a credit card number or debit card number, and sometimes it's just to secure your booking, but I think it said it takes the money directly out. Or do they send you a bill that you pay later on? They don't tell you too clearly.

March 29th, 2004, 03:14 PM
Good Monday, Thursday!
The Amtrak website has a flash presentation about its Quick Trak Machine (http://www.amtrak.com/images/quiktrak.html)
According to the directions, you book online with a credit card and when you arrive at the station you go to the Quick Trak Machine to print your ticket. The Machine permits you to pay with a different credit card than the one used for the online booking.

Just to play it safe, call 1 (800) 872-7245 and talk with a live person. When I booked 73 people to Toronto I had to pay in advance, but my circumstances were exceptional. Good Luck.

March 29th, 2004, 08:43 PM
Thanks a bunch. :wink:

March 30th, 2004, 06:38 AM
If you "reserve" on the Amtrak website, you are buying your ticket and your credit card is charged right away; you are merely picking up your printed ticket when you go to the QuikTrak machine. The credit card used at the QuikTrak is for identification-- it will attempt to find any reservation that is under the same name, but will not charge you if you had already paid for it on the website. If the name doesn't match, you can always enter the reservation number manually to pull up your ticket record. This is very similar to how airline check-in kiosks work. Just be careful not to buy a new ticket from the QuikTrak if you already paid in advance.

If you reserve by phone, I believe you can hold the reservation for at least a few days without paying. You only pay when you go to a QuikTrak machine, Amtrak ticket counter, or travel agent to get the physical tickets.

August 10th, 2007, 03:44 PM
Friday Humor: How to get more people to take mass transit - offer free booze (http://www.autobloggreen.com/2007/08/10/friday-humor-how-to-get-more-people-to-take-mass-transit-offe/)

Posted Aug 10th 2007 1:06PM by Jeremy Korzeniewski (http://www.autobloggreen.com/bloggers/jeremy-korzeniewski/)
Filed under: Etc. (http://www.autobloggreen.com/category/etc/), Transportation Alternatives (http://www.autobloggreen.com/category/transportation-alternatives/)
http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/www.autobloggreen.com/media/2007/08/amtrak.jpg (http://www.cnn.com/2007/TRAVEL/getaways/08/01/booze.train.ap/index.html?iref=mpstoryview)
News from Amtrak (http://www.cnn.com/2007/TRAVEL/getaways/08/01/booze.train.ap/index.html?iref=mpstoryview) has us thinking that offering $100 in free alcohol to passengers taking an overnight train ride could not only entice more people to take mass transit but could also get some drunk drivers off the road and on the rail. Well, maybe not... but more people on the train is good news, right? Think of it this way: if the Amtrak train is going to be going somewhere, it is best to fill it up with passengers, right?
http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/www.autobloggreen.com/media/2007/08/coorstrain.jpgNow, it might say something about our social lifestyle if the best way that Amtrak can figure out how to fill their seats is by making them drunk, but that is not for this website to ponder. I wish that Amtrak could put some of their money towards making faster, more efficient trains (http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Amtrak/am2Copy/Title_Image_Copy_Page&c=am2Copy&cid=1093554056875&ssid=565).
Is this anything like the Coors Light train from the commercials?
[Source: CNN]

August 10th, 2007, 04:22 PM
It takes a few days for credit card, instantly for debit, as a frequent rider ive paid both ways.

My advice, unless you have to dont travel on amtrak