Continental and Amtrak were natural partners in Newark, with Amtrak providing feed from locations like Philadelphia. United inherited that codeshare relationship from Continental.
As part of the partnership, United Club members were able to access Amtrak lounges and vice versa.
Alas, like most good things from the Continental era, that partnership will come to an end.
Reciprocal mileage earning will end on December 24th. Many Amtrak loyalists credited United flights to Amtrak for free train rides at a rate of 1 point per mile traveled with a bonus for premium cabin flights. That rate didn’t change when United switched to fare based earnings.
The final day for reciprocal access will be February 4th, 2021.
Codeshare booking options are kaput as well.
If you’ve been to a DansDeals seminar you heard all about ZFV fares and I’ve mentioned them on this site over the years as well. But like the Verrazano trick discussed at the seminars, all good things must come to an end.
ZFV was the “airport code” for the 30th street train station in downtown Philadelphia. By booking a ticket to ZFV instead of Newark you were able to save a small fortune on your flight, and nobody was the wiser if you didn’t take the Amtrak to ZFV.
Last year you were able to book tickets nonstop from Tel Aviv to Newark on United for just $421 by utilizing ZFV and in 2018 there were cheap nonstops to Hong Kong with a ZFV fare. It also worked for flights from Tel Aviv. It was like a hidden city, but it worked better as there were no flights.
Did you ever book a ticket to or from ZFV?