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Amtrak Train Adventures

Terms and Conditions

Thanks for entering Lonely Planet's "AmtrakĀ® Train Adventures " promotion. Here's some important stuff you should know.

Who's running the show?

The promoter is Lonely Planet Publications Pty Limited (ABN 36 005 607 983) of 90 Maribyrnong Street, Footscray, Victoria 3011 Australia. Our friends at National Railroad Passenger Corporation (commonly known as 'Amtrak') of 60 Massachusetts Ave NE Washington DC 20002, USA are our promotional partner. Information about the prizes and how to enter forms part of these conditions of entry. By entering the promotion, these conditions of entry apply to your entry. Any changes to these conditions of entry will be published on the Lonely Planet website at www.lonelyplanet.com, so you should check these conditions of entry regularly.

Can I play?

This promotion is open only to legal residents of the United States of America who are 18 years or older at the time of the promotion. These conditions of entry are subject to US laws, however the laws in some states don't allow Lonely Planet to run this promotion, in which case the promotion and these conditions of entry are void in those places. Also, you can't enter this promotion if you (or your immediate families or housemates) are employed by Lonely Planet, Amtrak, Amtrak's promotional partners, or their agents, subsidiaries and affiliated companies.

How do I play?

To enter you must log onto www.lonelyplanet.com/groups/aboard-rail-adventures complete the entry form and tell us in 200 words or less, your answer to the questions posed during the promotion period. Questions will be updated every 2 months. The promotional periods, and the questions pertaining to each promotional period, are set out below in the 'Promotion Timeline' table.

Promotion Timeline:


Promotional Period

Judging date

Notification date

Redraw date

Start date

End date

What's your ultimate train journey?






What are your top train travel tips or trivia?






Why do you love train travel?






You don't have to buy anything to enter. You can enter between 11am EST on each of the start dates and 11pm EST on each of the end dates, as set out in the Promotion Timeline. You can only enter once for each question asked in accordance with the Promotion Timeline we'll make confetti out of any extra entries you submit. Your entry is received at the time Lonely Planet receives it. If your dog eats your entry, it's not Lonely Planet's fault. If your entry gets lost in cyberspace or doesn't arrive for any other reason, that's not Lonely Planet's fault either. Lonely Planet might have to extend the dates of the promotion, but only if it's totally unavoidable, and we'll let you know if we do.

How do you pick the winner?

There will be one winner selected for each promotion period set out in the Promotion Timeline. Rather than consulting tea leaves, the winner will be selected by a panel of 3 judges, including one independent judge, who will review all the eligible entries and then decide based upon, among other things, literary and creative merit, and will select a shortlist of 5 entries from which the third (independent) judge will then select the best overall entry. This unenviable task will happen in a small, dark room at 90 Maribyrnong Street, Footscray, Victoria. Australia on (or at an undisclosed location otherwise determined as required by Lonely Planet) on each of the judging dates set out in the Promotion Timeline.

The judges' decision is final (so there!) and no correspondence will be entered into, even if you think that sucks. Lady luck has nothing to do with this promotion.

Lonely Planet can cancel or modify the promotion if there are compelling technical or administrative reasons which we cannot control. If that happens, Lonely Planet will pick a winner from all eligible entries received at that time.

What can I win?

One winner will be selected for each promotion period, as set out in the Promotion Timeline. Each winner will receive a US$500 Amtrak travel voucher. Vouchers are valid for one year from date of issue and can only be used on round-trip travel to a single destination (multiple destinations are not allowed). Thruway service is not included. Travel is not permitted during blackout periods (which will be notified to each winner at the time of making their booking).

Bookings are not transferrable, and itinerary changes are not permitted after your reservation has been made. Bookings cannot be split, and extensions will not be granted. Any unused portion of the voucher, or tickets, cannot be used for upgrades or other Amtrak services. All travel on Amtrak is subject to Amtrak's standard conditions of carriage/terms of transport, which are available at http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?c=Page&pagename=am%2FLayout&cid=1241337896121

Total prize value is US$1,500. These prize values are accurate at the start of the promotion, and any change after the promotion begins is beyond our control.

If you do win …

You can't exchange the prize for cash, or ask us to give it to someone else (not that you'd want to!). We will use reasonable efforts to award the prize as described, but, if due to unforeseen circumstances we are unable to do that, we'll substitute it either for cash or another prize of comparable value, but we'll decide which.

You'll be responsible for all taxes, insurance and any other expenses, fees and costs connected with that prize that are not included in the prize description.

If, in order to take the prize, you're lucky enough to need a valid passport and/or other necessary travel documentation and visas, you'll need to sort those out for yourself (including finding out what documents you need).

You are responsible for your use of the prize, including complying with any applicable terms and conditions of use (including the terms set out in the Winner Deed document).

Of course, if you win a prize, you'll be good and comply with all relevant laws, rules and regulations.

How do I find out if I won?

We'll give the winner the good news by email and their name(s) will be published on the Lonely Planet website within 2 days after selection. If you're riddled with curiosity, send us a stamped, self addressed envelope (including the name of the promotion) to us within 3 months of the date of selection of the winner, and we'll write back and tell you who won.

Lonely Planet will do its best to find the winner. But if we can't, or if the winner hasn't accepted the prize by the date listed in the Promotion Timeline table above, the next best entry will be declared the winner.

What happens to my entry?

You agree that all of your entry is your own work. On submission, your entry becomes the property of Lonely Planet, and you give Lonely Planet a worldwide, irrevocable licence to reproduce, publish, adapt, communicate and broadcast all or part of it in any form and media, and to sublicense those rights (including to our related companies, licensee publishers and partners). You also consent to us editing, re-using, storing, reproducing and communicating your entry in any medium. Generally, we will attribute you as the author where possible, but in some circumstances, we may decide not to.

Lonely Planet and its promotional partners will only use the personal information contained in your entry to conduct the promotion and award the prize (but if you've told Lonely Planet that you want to receive stuff from us and/or our promotional partners, we'll use your personal information for that too). If you win a prize, Lonely Planet can use your name and photograph for future marketing purposes unless you tell us not to. We will keep your personal information in accordance with Lonely Planet's privacy policy at http://www.lonelyplanet.com/legal/privacy-policy and Amtrak's privacy policy at http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?c=AM_Content_C&pagename=am%2FLayout&cid=1237608325792

Good luck!