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With this week’s furlough driven cancellations to flights, especially on the busy Boston / New York / Washington, D.C. corridor, lots of people who planned to fly are being sent to Amtrak trains, which are still operating reliably. Ironic, as is is an entirely federal funded program.
But did you know that an airline benefit is in place at all of Amtrak’s Club Acela lounges?
All United Club credit card holders (and Presidential Plus) who are traveling on a same-day Amtrak ticket are eligible to use Amtrak’s Club Acela lounges, which are available at the Boston South, New York Penn, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. stations. This access is normally reserved for first class passengers on Amtrak and its own top tier elite members, but because of a legacy relationship with Continental Airlines, all United Club members have access.
Here’s what you can expect:
The key though is you need to have your United Club membership card in hand, *not* your United Club credit card. As a United Club or Presidential Plus credit card holder, United sends you each year a separate United Club membership card. Keep it handy as the agents at the Amtrak Club Acela won’t accept anything else.
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