All Aboard Variable Pricing

Once upon a time amtrak was different. Unlike airlines, who discouraged last minute tickets and one way trips, amtrak charged the same if you bought one month or one day ahead. Well that is about to change: Amtrak is introducing “Revenue Management”

What does that mean you ask? Starting next week, if you plan ahead, or travel in off-peak times, you can get a discount up to 15%. But if you buy a walk-up ticket and/or travel during peak times, say Friday or Sunday afternoon, you may pay 15% more.

Thanks Amtrak! Now I have another reason to love me some of the ever popular and dirt cheap chinatown buses. Hey, they’re leaving from more than just Chinatown these days – Vamoose leaves from my office door!

1 Comment so far

  1. Don (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 3:58 pm

    Ah the joys of yield management. I suppose it was inevitable now that they have the gestapo harassing their clientele too, they can take advantage the same way the airlines have and prevent people from reselling tickets.

    Particularly annoying is that there’s no reason to believe they’ll be any more competent at this than anything else they do, ie not at all. So we’ll get the gouging of prices and cheap vs expensive set-asides, but none of the discount fares and promotions we see in the airline business during off-peak times as a result of yield management.



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