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    Upgrade/Companion/Lounge Coupons: seeking, available, questions

    I have two each 12-hour upgrade and two each 10% off coupons, expiring 12-31-2020 and 3-01-2021.
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    Britain by Britrail

    We actually stayed in Reading the last night we were there, getting off the train on the way back from Wales. There was convenient bus access from Reading to Heathrow, and hotels were cheaper than London. The 125's were very comfortable trains to ride in first class. On the 225's (so-called...
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    Britain by Britrail

    I regret my memory has failed me on many points of this trip. To find out what year it was, I had to look up the Rodney King Riots (1992), because I remember descending from Maui into LA through clouds of smoke. We were on a DC-10, and then flew 767's LAX- JFK and JFK-LHR--business class all...
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    Hotels at Amtrak connection points nationwide

    I stayed there one night, before catching the Empire Builder the next morning. The room was a corner suite, but what was most impressive about the room size were the high ceilings and large windows. The building was originally customs offices. It was well below zero outside when I was there...
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    Bedroom vs. Roomette?

    I think the 9710 car has to be oriented with the Bedrooms towards the diner, so you would be on the west side of the train. But who knows, maybe they'll turn the whole train around on the day you travel.
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    Bedroom vs. Roomette?

    A Bedroom is twice as big as a Roomette. A Bedroom has a nicer sink than a Viewliner Roomette, and has an enclosed toilet that also has a shower. The lower berth in a Bedroom is a full foot wider (3' 4" vs. 2' 4") than in a Roomette, and there is a nice sofa for use in the daytime in addition...
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    Hotels at Amtrak connection points nationwide

    My wife stayed at the Hotel Pennsylvania across from Penn Station, and was disappointed in the room and the service. I guess there are things which budget forces people to accept, especially in New York City: almost all rooms, for example, are restricted in size, but it's nice to not feel...
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    Hotels at Amtrak connection points nationwide

    The Embassy Suites in Seattle is right outside King Street Station, although rooms can go north of $500 if there's an event at the nearby stadiums. I have stayed there twice in a Water View Corner Studio for $299, but for the (canceled) Gathering I was going to stay at the airport because the...
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    Hotels at Amtrak connection points nationwide

    For anyone vacationing in the Northwest or connecting to the Alaska ferry, Bellingham is a great place to stay and the Fairhaven Village Inn, just a couple blocks from the station, offers fireplace and balcony equipped rooms in a great neighborhood for restaurants (the hotel also offers a...
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    Hotels at Amtrak connection points nationwide

    As @jiml mentioned, the Fairfield Inn and Suites (325 W. 33rd St.) at which I stayed on a layover in New York City is right outside the new Moynihan Train Hall. The hotel was fine; the room was of course small but did not feel cramped. There was a good breakfast. I got a city view room; the...
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    The Boeing MAX 8 Accidents

    The very first models had small Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7 turbofans, which very definitely were not flattened and had plenty of ground clearance. And man could those engines scream!
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    Will dining cars resume 12/15/20?/Flexible dining extended to May 2021?

    I expect Flexible Dining will be extended beyond Dec. 15.
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    Roomette vs Family Bedroom

    Here's a thread with some more opinions: https://www.amtraktrains.com/threads/bedroom-vs-family-room.77751/
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    Roomette vs Family Bedroom

    From what I have heard, the conductor may seat only elderly and handicapped in the lower-level seats. I guess the view is a little better upstairs... As far as the kids' heights go, the short berths in a Family Bedroom are less than 5' 2" long (I think they're 4' 5"). The ceiling is the same...
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    Roomette vs Family Bedroom

    The teenagers are likely too tall for the short berths in the Family Bedroom. I would recommend getting two Roomettes. The best, if not only, way to get downstairs seats is to book them and then ask the conductor when you get on for lower level seats. It seems to be the conductor's discretion...
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