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DC > NYC 🐠. Amtrak vs flying DCA->LGA. How is the Amtrak loyalty program?

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Amtrak loyalty program is terrible in my limited experience, you get a lot more value from skymiles. That being said, train travel is easier than flying so it's a trade off

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Do the DC - NY trip every week! I fly Monday mornings and train back Thursday evening. Flying out of the NYC area on Thursday evenings in the summer is super risky, and the 6-7 times I've done it so far the flight have all been heavily delayed or cancelled

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Acela all the way. Not even close. Flying is a miserable experience. Acela is borderline pleasant (aside from Penn Station)

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Amtrak Acela is the way to go! You definitely accumulate points, and if you travel frequently to Philly or Boston for fun, it's really worth it

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Thanks for the feedback all! Looks like there are mixed opinions. I'm going to try out both to see what I prefer. I like where your head is at DD, fly there and train back seems like a good call.

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I hate looking for seats on the train so ✈️ all the way for me

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I do this weekly. I'm on the AA shuttle; i personally feel 45 minute shuttle is better than 3 hour train. I get the need to account for time added for commuting to airport, but Ill take that added time in the back of a black car with my personal space over a train. Another vote for flying.

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@OP hope to see you around!

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You too DD! And you were definitely right about the flight situation. We've been sitting on the runway for an hour now.

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The first time you sit at LGA for six hours because of "weather" you will realize that Amtrak is a far superior option for the trip. Far.

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So I've been doing this for the last year, and here is my 2 cents. 1) take the flight in the AM. They are for some reason rarely delayed and even if it is delayed do you really care about being late to work? 2) take the train back on the way home. Afternoon flights in the summer are statistically nightmares, so data will back you up there

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Can you use Amtrak points for flights?

Acela points are pretty much worthless, but if you get their select plus status you get access to united lounges when you're flying with them which is nice

Acela is great; you can work on a normal desk sized table, you can get up and walk; etc. Amtrak loyalty program at first sight might look terrible - you can use the points for...Amtrak... But! Gift cards! I bought probably a $1000 worth of West Elm stuff on Amtrak gift cards :)

I live in the DC area and for me, part of it is my home. I live in Arlington so it is 5 minutes for me to get to DC vs much more to get the Union Station. Upside of train on the NYC end is that it puts you right in the city, which can also save a sizable amount of time, especially if you ever fly into JFK or EWR.

^if you care about status may not be great. But life is short so who really cares

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