Free: Two round-trip train tickets on Metrolink (Southern California)

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Metrolink is offering two free round-trip train tickets in Southern California when you fill out a form sharing your name, email address, and cell phone number. That last part is key: the promo code arrives via text message (and it looks like it can only be used in-person at a ticket vending machine to redeem for your free trip). This could be a really nice deal for those who live in Southern California or possibly those flying to / from LAX or Burbank.

The Deal

  • Metrolink is offering two free round-trip train tickets when you fill out a form with your name, email address, and cell phone number and receive a code via text message.
  • Direct link to this offer

Key Terms

  • Offer expires June 30, 2022.
  • Email address and mobile phone number are required to receive free trial ride offer.
  • Limit one promotional trial ride offer per household every six months.
  • Promotional codes will be sent by text message to the mobile phone number provided and must be used to redeem promotional codes at a Metrolink ticket vending machine prior to boarding the train.
  • See promo landing page for full terms

Quick Thoughts

Note that the promo landing page indicates that the promotion is valid until 6/30/22, but I that’s just the deadline for signing up for free tickets.  The promo code you get will be valid until 1/1/2023 (h/t Tonei G).

Things to note:

  • The promo code only comes via text message, so make sure you enter your mobile phone number correctly. They make you choose a carrier, so it appears that Google Voice numbers won’t work (and neither are most prepaid carriers – YMMV as to whether entering the network upon which your prepaid carrier runs will do the trick)
  • Generally speaking, tickets can only be purchased via Metrolink’s phone app or at kiosks at the train station (and possibly only day-of-travel?). However, the promo code for free tickets only works at a kiosk at the train station. You can’t use the promo code to buy tickets in the app.

Interestingly, I see that Hollywood Burbank airport has a free shuttle between the terminal and train station, so this could be useful for those who fly into that alternative airport. That could make this deal attractive not only to those who live in Southern California but also to those in one of the many Southwest markets that I believe still have nonstop service to Burbank. Of course, I think most people are going to want to rent a car when visiting Southern California anyway, but this may come in handy for some.

Overall, this is an interesting and easy deal for those who can take advantage. Two free round trip tickets is certainly a decent freebie.

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Patrick

Is there anthor link to get metrolink tickts

Frank

This is active again and working as of today (3/17/22)

Aaron

Is there any way they could enforce the one per individual limit (eg. ticket generated by code tied to name of passenger who signed up)?

Or is this effectively just one roundtrip ticket per phone number that works?

Shir

So silly question, I received a text from Metrolink but no codes. They also email you to tell you to refer to your text message.

Is it populating for you guys?

Nate

I received the email and the message. Unfortunately no codes are included (clearly a glitch). The message content is the following:

Here are your promo codes –
From: Metrolink

Tonei Glavinic

Also, after you enter your phone number it says “Your promo code(s) must be used before January 1, 2023.”

Tonei Glavinic

The article says in different spots that the code can only be used in the app and that the code can only be used at kiosks and cannot be used in the app

Tim Steinke

Fixed

Nun

Note that a “round trip” ticket is still a one day ticket.

Qphung6868

Yes the ticket says roundtrip on it and there is only one ticket like you said

Train Rider

Campaign has ended, close this off.

PFenske

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST.
DUE TO AN OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE RESPONSE, THE CAMPAIGN HAS NOW ENDED.

Looks like they ended this offer on Aug 22

Chris

Due to overwhelming demand the offer has ended. 8/22

Akuma

Is this dead already? I got a text from that says the following (with no promo code):
Here are your promo codes –
From: Metrolink

Guilty1

Same

Akuma

FYI, I just received a text with my promo codes (~24 hours later).

Asarious

Metrolink’s rails are at least passenger dedicated, which makes them more reliable than Amtrak. However, their schedules are largely designed to satisfy commuting travelers and frequently have large gaps in coverage throughout the day.

To me, this is mostly useful for those without access to a car who does not ride regularly enough to buy a discounted oass. For anyone else, the hassle of figuring out first and last mile transportation means the appeal of this is relegated to very specific use cases.

anonymous

“Of course, I think most people are going to want to rent a car when visiting Southern California anyway, but this may come in handy for some.”

It would also be useful for Southern California residents who need to get to an alternate airport or station, or just want a round trip to another city for any reason.

Brandon

Had no issues getting the code with visible (selected Verizon), thanks FM!