Saturday, February 02, 2013

Hah. Amtrak rules, airlines.

First off, when you change to a cheaper train you get a refund. And there is no change fee.

But more than that, in the past half year I've accumulated enough points to go to New York twice. And was able to book the trains I wanted, on the dates I wanted, quite simply and with no hoops. Just put in 'use points'.

I love the train. I have always loved trains, but I really love it here in the Northeast Corridor.



At 4:14 PM, February 05, 2013 Anonymous Mark P had this to say...

I've been out of the loop, as they say, for a while, so I'm just checking up on my favorite blogs. I once took the train from Santa Fe to LA, and I loved it. So I thought I would check into going by train from Atlanta to Denver. No. It takes three days and is not cheap. Too bad. I love trains, too.

At 6:52 PM, February 05, 2013 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Yes, going cross-country on the train is still badly done in this country. Honestly, a bullet train across the open West? Perfectly reasonable.

It is pricey, though if you think of it as three nights in a hotel it's not so bad. But it adds days to your vacation (or takes them away), and why you have to stay hours and hours and hours in Chicago between trains is beyond me.

At 12:45 PM, February 09, 2013 Blogger Barry Leiba had this to say...

I, too, love trains, and, as much as I travel, I use them when I can. In the U.S., it's mostly limited, for practical purposes, to the northeast corridor. NY to DC in 3.5 hours isn't bad, and the price is acceptable. But compare it with the Shinkansen in Japan: I took it from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 2009, and was impressed: almost four hours on the train, but it's 500 miles. And you can barely tell you're moving.

AND the conductors bow to you when they leave the car.


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