In a prepared statement, U.S.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. said that, "at his
urging, Amtrak has agreed to expand its existing 15 percent Veterans Advantage discount
to include same-day travel, and to extend benefits to immediate family
members of veterans, and retired and active duty servicemen and women."
Also according to the statement, Blumenthal last year
to Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman "noting benefits offered to
Veterans Advantage card holders elsewhere, and Amtrak discounts offered
groups, including AAA members and seniors. He asked that discounts be
extended to family members, and that the 15 percent discount apply to
same-day travel. Veteran card holders had been required to book tickets
at least three days in advance to receive the
Veterans Advantage program recognizes, honors and aids veterans through discounts and benefits with 75 companies nationwide," the release said.
Veterans Advantage program recognizes the debt of gratitude we owe to
all who served and continue to serve our country, which includes not
only our veterans and servicemen
and women themselves, but their families. I am pleased that Amtrak, at
my request, has expanded the discounts and benefits it offers through
the Veterans Advantage program. A discounted train ticket is one small
thanks we can give to our veterans, and it shouldn’t
be diminished by burdensome preconditions and exclusions,” Blumenthal said, in the release
“We have come a long way together, as our nation has, since Amtrak and Veterans Advantage joined forces to thank those who serve our country in an effort we began before 9/11,” H. Scott Higgins, founder and CEO of Veterans Advantage, also a Vietnam veteran, said in the release. “At Veterans Advantage, we believe that when one person serves, the whole family serves. Now next of kin family members can proudly carry their VetRewards Card ID for same day savings when travelling with Amtrak.”
Also in the release:
key Amtrak benefits available to Veterans Advantage card holders
include: weekend Acela discounts; discounts on the passenger fare
portion of First Class, Business, Sleeper
Service, and Auto Train; eligibility to accumulate Amtrak Guest Rewards
points on Veterans Advantage fares; and, Amtrak Guest Rewards bonus
points issued for new Veteran Advantage frequent traveler accounts.
Advantage’s VetRewards Card is the secure ID solution for verification
and redemption of military discounts from the nation’s leading companies
in travel and retail.
Since commencing its card issuance in February 2001, Veterans Advantage
has deployed its own proprietary system of de-identification, the most
highly advocated method to protect personal identity by the U.S. Federal
Trade Commission, and does not share its
cardmember’s personal information with outside parties."
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