Here’s an Amtrak Lounge You’ll Actually Want to Visit

Jul 1, 2016

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Amtrak has never been known for offering luxurious lounges with special amenities like some airlines or other brands do, but our national railroad is working to improve its reputation — starting with the Windy City. Amtrak has unveiled its new Chicago Metropolitan Lounge at Union Station in downtown Chicago, and it’s surprisingly pleasant.

The entrance area at the Chicago Metropolitan Lounge.

The new lounge will offer seating for up to 360 riders spanning two levels. The lounge will not be available to everyone — only those traveling in Sleeping, Business or Select Plus class, and Select Executive Amtrak Guest Rewards members will have access to this new lounge.

The second level of the newly renovated multi-story lounge.

Once inside, you’ll experience perks such as assistance with checking luggage, altering reservations, complimentary Wi-Fi, free snacks and refreshments. Lounge guests may also have an opportunity to be among the first to board the train.

The lounge represents a big step up for Amtrak.

You might be able to visit even if you don’t meet the criteria above — Amtrak Guest Rewards World MasterCard customers receive a one-time access pass to the lounge upon approval, plus an opportunity to earn 20,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days.

Have you experienced Amtrak’s Chicago Metropolitan Lounge?

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