Book an Amtrak Pets Ride Free Package by Dec. 11


Film fans who enjoyed the animated adventures of Max and Duke as they traveled through Manhattan in the box office blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets are invited to celebrate the release of the movie on Blu-Ray, DVD and On Demand by setting out on an Amtrak adventure with their dog.

Presented by Amtrak and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE), through December 11, 2016 (or while supplies last) customers with a dog or cat companion can book the “Pets Ride Free” offer for a trip aboard a participating Amtrak route, with their four-pawed pal riding along at no additional cost from December 9, 2016 though March 31, 2017.

As an added treat, a limited number The Secret Life of Pets prizes will also be available for customers at select stations. (And speaking of The Secret Life of Petsdon’t forget to enter to win a copy of the DVD in our Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza or in CatTipper’s Holiday Giveaway!)


A lucky Jack Russell Terrier named Watson was the first dog to ride the rails for free on board an Amtrak train thanks to the nationwide promotion. Escorted by Amtrak Executive Vice President, Chief Sales and Marketing Jason Molfetas, the tail-wagging traveler embarked on his journey from Union Station in Washington, D.C. on December 6th.

NOTE: “Pets Ride Free” tickets must be purchased at least three days prior to travel. Valid up to March 31, 2017, “Pets Ride Free” allows for one small dog or cat in an enclosed carrier on trips lasting no more than seven hours. Both the pet and carrier must be a combined weight of 20 pounds.


Traveling on Amtrak with Your Dog

In all, 40 Amtrak markets in major U.S. cities are taking part in the program, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Oakland, Dallas, Baltimore, Cleveland, Portland, Seattle, St. Louis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville and Charleston.

For more information regarding the Amtrak pet program (which, during its first year, has allowed over 15,000 dogs and cats to travel with their pet parents on select Amtrak trains from coast to coast) visit To make a pet-inclusive reservation, contact 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit a staffed station.

The following holiday “tail” from Amtrak will put you on the right track to enjoying the festive season!

Photo Credit: Chuck Gomez, Amtrak Photographer

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