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Amtrak Roomette Sale for Select Routes B1G1 Free (Travel Jan 7 - May 23)

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Amtrak [amtrak.com] has the 2 for 1 sale on roomettes now until December 11, 2018. There is no promo code, but you must book from the sale landing page and not from the front page of Amtrak!

https://www.amtrak.com/roomette-s...t-one-free

Purchase a Roomette and your companion's fare is free. Adding a second person to the room is generally about 50% of the cost of the first.

Common questions:
- Yes, your meals are included.
- Yes, you can bring your own alcohol on board and enjoy it in your room.
- No, you do not have a private bathroom, but you do have a sink/toilet on some routes. There are also shared bathrooms in the sleeper cars.
- Yes, you should tip your porters!
- As a sleeper car passenger, you have access to the Amtrak lounge before you board. https://www.amtrak.com/station-lounges

This was a FP deal in June 2018. Please let's not turn this into a discussion about the merits of Amtrak.

Terms:
Exclusively availale at www.amtrak.com. Valid for one (1) free companion fare traveling in a roomette with the purchase of one (1) regular (full) adult or senior fare. The free companion and full fare passenger must travel together in the same roomette and reserve in the same reservation. Valid for sale December 4 - 11, 2018. Valid for travel January 7 - May 23, 2019. Only valid for travel in a roomette and is not valid for travel on the Auto Train. The companion is subject to the same restrictions and conditions as the full fare passenger. In addition to the discount restrictions, this offer is also subject to any restrictions, blackouts and refund rules that apply to the type of fare purchased. Roomettes must be cancelled at least 15 days prior to the scheduled departure for a refund and a 25 percent cancellation fee applies. This offer is not combinable with any other discount offer. Roomettes are limited and are not available on all trains. Fares are subject to availability. Not valid for onboard ticket purchase. Fares, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Once travel has begun, no changes to the itinerary are permitted. Other restrictions may apply.

https://www.amtrak.com/roomette-s...e-HPFrame1
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They do not have overnight train service between SF / Bay Area and LA / SoCal.
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Are these round trip prices?
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Are these round trip prices?
Prices are one way.
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For the low price of $750 I can take the 15 hour trip to Denver.

Or on the budget airline I can fly there in 1.5 hours for less than half price
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Totally recommend this if its up your alley. I've done the California Zephyr from Denver -> SF and the Coastal Starlight from SF -> San Diego. Highly recommend the Rockies.

A couple of tips:
  • This is NOT an efficient way to travel. For example my Denver -> SF trip took 36 hours and arrived 4 hours late. Do it for the experience.
  • Book a 1-way train ride and fly back.
  • Bring a styrofoam cooler with drinks and snacks!
  • Book later in the spring to maximize daylight.
  • Cell reception between stops varies, expect maybe 50% coverage. Bring plenty of books, music and podcasts. Don't expect to get work done that requires a lot of connectivity.
  • Lots of people are hanging out and happy to converse. Especially the older folks.
  • The roomettes are awesome. Very easy to sleep with the countryside rolling by... But if you're on a budget the cheaper coach seats lean all the way back and are quite spacious - equivalent in size to a first class seat on a domestic flight.
  • When booking online if your trip comes up with weird transfers then you probably didn't select the correct train station in your city. For example, the Zephyr leaves from Emeryville, CA whereas the Starlight leaves from Jack London a few miles away. Just re-run your search using the right train station.
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Argh, I shoulda posted this when I got the email yesterday!!!!!
Nice OP!

A few corrections - you do have a toilet and a sink in your roomette. The sink folds up to be part of the wall, and below that the toilet has a 'countertop' that folds down to become a surface which is used as a step to get into the top bunk, overhead storage, or just as... a countertop.

If you're grossed out by the thought you're sleeping a couple feet from your toilet, just don't use it.

I've taken Amtrak once, ever, on the Crescent line down to NOLA this year and it was pretty great! We used the toilet a few times, never a smell to worry about or anything like that (think of an airplane toilet where it 'vacuum sucks' the contents out in a second).

You can always use the coach 'public' restrooms which are larger and...shared. I tried it once just to see, and 'liquid' on the floor, no toilet paper, etc..

Your sleeping car also has a shared shower for all tenants of that car, with all the towels, soap and everything you need. My ride was 32 hours, but I decided what the heck, I brought a pair of flip flops and change of clothes for this, and when else can I say I took a shower on a train. It wasn't bad! And even though I took my shower on day 2, I was the first to use it so clearly not everyone will.

And yes, bring your own booze!!!! We brought a bottle of vodka and a jar of olives.... several dirty martinis later the surprisingly comfy bunks, which I as a 6ft tall guy fit in just fine, rocked us to sleep. The shades do a good job of keeping your room dark, but you might want to bring an eye mask. I brought ear plugs too, but you really don't need them.

You also have a couple standard wall plugs (like you have at home, not car or airplane ports) and wifi. And a pretty great view of the landscape you'd otherwise never see.

For anyone who takes advantage of this deal... enjoy!!
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Argh, I shoulda posted this when I got the email yesterday!!!!!
Nice OP!

A few corrections - you do have a toilet and a sink in your roomette. The sink folds up to be part of the wall, and below that the toilet has a 'countertop' that folds down to become a surface which is used as a step to get into the top bunk, overhead storage, or just as... a countertop.

If you're grossed out by the thought you're sleeping a couple feet from your toilet, just don't use it.

I've taken Amtrak once, ever, on the Crescent line down to NOLA this year and it was pretty great! We used the toilet a few times, never a smell to worry about or anything like that (think of an airplane toilet where it 'vacuum sucks' the contents out in a second).

You can always use the coach 'public' restrooms which are larger and...shared. I tried it once just to see, and 'liquid' on the floor, no toilet paper, etc..

Your sleeping car also has a shared shower for all tenants of that car, with all the towels, soap and everything you need. My ride was 32 hours, but I decided what the heck, I brought a pair of flip flops and change of clothes for this, and when else can I say I took a shower on a train. It wasn't bad! And even though I took my shower on day 2, I was the first to use it so clearly not everyone will.

And yes, bring your own booze!!!! We brought a bottle of vodka and a jar of olives.... several dirty martinis later the surprisingly comfy bunks, which I as a 6ft tall guy fit in just fine, rocked us to sleep. The shades do a good job of keeping your room dark, but you might want to bring an eye mask. I brought ear plugs too, but you really don't need them.

You also have a couple standard wall plugs (like you have at home, not car or airplane ports) and wifi. And a pretty great view of the landscape you'd otherwise never see.

For anyone who takes advantage of this deal... enjoy!!
Thanks. Updated the bathroom information. Sleeping cars also have shared bathrooms with toilets. You don't have to go to coach.
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Really wish they'd offer deals on the regular bedrooms.
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Wish they'd install more high-speed train routes. The one that goes between DC and NY is much nicer than the standard trains, and it cruises at around 130mph according to the speed app on my phone.
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Roomettes are tiny and more like for one person. Superliners don't have toilet in roomettes. Bedroom is the way to go with it's own bathroom/shower albeit small. I've taken roomette, bedroom and family bedroom on cross country trips and they are great if you are not on a schedule.
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Wish they'd install more high-speed train routes. The one that goes between DC and NY is much nicer than the standard trains, and it cruises at around 130mph according to the speed app on my phone.
HS train at the 130mph lasts about 10 minutes at most. Here in California it's all but dead since the money was never there. High Speed was only in two areas and estimated to be under 10 minutes..lol. Old Gov. Moon Beam was desperate for any sort of legacy. Fare from Sf/Bay Area to LA was estimated to be $120. one way and take 3 hours. Fail. One can take SW Airlines or Alaska on their many sales for $60. and be there in a hour. It was a solution looking for a problem.
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HS train at the 130mph lasts about 10 minutes at most. Here in California it's all but dead since the money was never there. High Speed was only in two areas and estimated to be under 10 minutes..lol. Old Gov. Moon Beam was desperate for any sort of legacy. Fare from Sf/Bay Area to LA was estimated to be $120. one way and take 3 hours. Fail. One can take SW Airlines or Alaska on their many sales for $60. and be there in a hour. It was a solution looking for a problem.
Ok, but what about the people in-between? CA HSR would not only serve the two end-nodes. I'm not saying CA HSR hasn't been fraught with difficulties, but you rationale for why it can't work is off.

https://www.railway-technology.co...-industry/

Anyway, back to talking about the deal, not the politics of train travel in the US.
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Ok, but what about the people in-between? CA HSR would not only serve the two end-nodes. I'm not saying CA HSR hasn't been fraught with difficulties, but you rationale for why it can't work is off.

https://www.railway-technology.co...-industry/

Anyway, back to talking about the deal, not the politics of train travel in the US.
What do people in between these metro areas do now? Bus or drive. Spending billions to try to serve a very small number of riders is ludicris.

You article is interesting, but Europe is much different than the US as most over there don't own cars and they are much smaller countries.

https://www.sacbee.com/news/polit...43090.html

https://www.pe.com/2018/07/06/it-...il-fiasco/

This link below is a eye opener.
http://uscommonsense.org/research...peed-rail/

We have already wasted way too much money on this failure and with the ever rising costs, it's dead.
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What do people in between these metro areas do now? Bus or drive. Spending billions to try to serve a very small number of riders is ludicris.

You article is interesting, but Europe is much different than the US as most over there don't own cars and they are much smaller countries.

https://www.sacbee.com/news/polit...43090.html

https://www.pe.com/2018/07/06/it-...il-fiasco/

This link below is a eye opener.
http://uscommonsense.org/research...peed-rail/

We have already wasted way too much money on this failure and with the ever rising costs, it's dead.
Give it a rest. This is not the place.
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