Travel Agent Frequently Asked Questions

Does Amtrak offer travel at a reduced rate for agents?

Amtrak is pleased to offer travel agents the opportunity to learn about the Amtrak system through a special travel agent discount, the Travel Agency Familiarization program (AD75). Employees of ARC-approved travel agencies with a valid IATAN card can experience train travel at 75% off the full one-way fare.

Can I accept an Amtrak voucher for payment?

Amtrak “Exchange Vouchers” are not ARC accountable documents. A passenger in possession of an Amtrak Exchange Voucher must redeem the voucher at an Amtrak ticket office.

Do I receive a commission if I book a reservation online?

Reservations made on Amtrak.com are not eligible for commission. Amtrak pays 8% commission on long distance trains for agents who are Vacation.com or AAA National Account Partners. Travel Agency distribution channels include the Global Distribution Systems (GDS) — Amadeus, Apollo, Sabre and Worldspan — as well as tickets issued via travel agent websites provided by RailAgent.

I am a brand new travel agency, how do I sell Amtrak tickets?

There are several options available for travel agencies that wish to sell Amtrak tickets:

  • Amtrak Vacations — Agencies can sell Amtrak tickets and earn commission on reservations booked and ticketed through Amtrak Vacations, where one call does it all 1-866-326-8725.
  • ARC — Travel agencies that are accredited with the Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC) can issue Amtrak tickets through a GDS.
  • Vacation.com — Agencies that are part of the Vacation.com consortium have access to the Vacation.com RailAgent travel agent website to sell Amtrak. Please contact Vacation.com for more details.

How does an international travel agent or tour operator sell Amtrak tickets?

Amtrak RailAgent enables international travel agents and tour operators to offer Amtrak as a part of your clients' "Visit USA" itineraries. Some of the benefits of Amtrak RailAgent include:

  • Live connectivity to the Amtrak reservation system
  • Commission for agents and operators
  • Quick registration process
  • User-friendly web access
  • Accessible worldwide
  • Tickets on departure
  • Extensive information
  • Instant confirmation by e-mail

For more information, visit Amtrak RailAgent today or send an e-mail with your questions to intlhelp@amtrak.com. If you are calling from the US or Canada, dial 1-800-805-9114; from the United Kingdom, 0808-234-4630; from Australia, 1-800-62-8923.

Can I accept an Amtrak Gift Certificate or Transportation Certificate as payment for Amtrak tickets?

At this time, travel agents cannot accept an Amtrak gift certificate as a form of payment. Amtrak Gift Certificates must be exchanged at an Amtrak ticket office.

ARC Accredited agencies can accept Transportation Certificates if your agency is able to issue a manual (handwritten) ticket. Transportation Certificates are considered type "B" Vouchers.

The ticket would be written for the full value of the reservation price, with the value of the voucher used as partial payment.

Exchange of rail tickets must be processed manually. Handwrite tickets on an ARC Four-Flight Coupon. (GDS systems do not provide formats to automate the issuance of exchange tickets for rail travel.)

Once the manual ticket has been completed, the transaction is reported electronically through ARC as an exchange using ARC's Interactive Agency Reporting (IAR) tool.

Should you have further questions, please refer to your ARC Industry Agents' Handbook for instruction on how to write manual tickets and report the transaction in IAR.