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Amtrak’s Rare Flash Sales Offer $19 Fares

Amtrak is repeating its flash sale for the Northeast Regional area, ranging from Boston to Virginia Beach and including the Northeast Corridor line. Sample one-way fares range from $19 for Washington-Richmond to $39 New York to Boston or Washington and $55 Boston to Philadelphia.

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Book by Friday, July 13, travel August 1 through November 9. Amtrak’s website automatically posts the sale fares upon searching, so there’s no code to worry about.

Amtrak didn’t announce this deal until it actually started, assuring that many news sources won’t have sufficient time to post or print it. But if you act fast, it could be worth it.

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Consumer advocate Ed Perkins has been writing about travel for more than three decades. The founding editor of the Consumer Reports Travel Letter, he continues to inform travelers and fight consumer abuses every day at SmarterTravel.

By Ed Perkins

A nationally recognized reporter, writer, and consumer advocate, Ed Perkins focuses on how travelers can find the best deals and avoid scams.

He is the author of "Online Travel" (2000) and "Business Travel: When It's Your Money" (2004), the first step-by-step guide specifically written for small business and self-employed professional travelers. He was also the co-author of the annual "Best Travel Deals" series from Consumers Union.

Perkins' advice for business travelers is featured on, a website devoted to helping small business and self-employed professional travelers find the best value for their travel dollars.

Perkins was founding editor of Consumer Reports Travel Letter, one of the country's most influential travel publications, from which he retired in 1998. He has also written for Business Traveller magazine (London).

Perkins' travel expertise has led to frequent television appearances, including ABC's "Good Morning America" and "This Week with David Brinkley," "The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather," CNN, and numerous local TV and radio stations.

Before editing Consumer Reports Travel Letter, Perkins spent 25 years in travel research and consulting with assignments ranging from national tourism development strategies to the design of computer-based tourism models.

Born in Evanston, Illinois, Perkins lives in Ashland, Oregon with his wife.

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