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    First time on California Zephyr in Roomettes in Transition Car: Questions

    So transdorm is the same as transitional?
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    Southwest Chief discussion Q4 2023 - 2024

    What's a transdorm?
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    Southwest Chief discussion Q4 2023 - 2024

    Years ago when I started riding Amtrak, I would go to the website and see what trip I wanted and booked it. If the price came down I would call them and get the reduced price. Those were the days of booking made easy. Today, I know a little more how Amtrak works, and doesnt work. Trains...
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    Southwest Chief discussion Q4 2023 - 2024

    Ok. I need help understanding something. A few weeks ago, I tried what someone told me to do, try dummy reservations. Back then I put in 6 people in I guess they made it 3 bedrooms. It didn't go thru so I assumed it was because they didn't have 3 bedrooms available. Today I tried it with 8...
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    Southwest Chief discussion Q4 2023 - 2024

    What's special about car 430? We are watching the prices of bedrooms for April 15th, Chicago to LA. Is there something about car 430? I always thought all the sleeper cars were basically the same.
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    Southwest Chief discussion Q4 2023 - 2024

    OK. So adding a second sleeper on the SWC, I wonder how this will affect the prices? If it does last till May 2025, I need to watch the fares daily now because something may start dropping?
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    All you Conductors, Engineers and OBS Chiefs, are you sure y'all dont work for Amtrak. You guys know way too much about the workings of the trains. That last post from zephyr17 about bucket drops blew my mind. But I will figure it out. Yes, you guys have helped me enormously, but this is...
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    Lets disregard what Rail For Less is showing on its website for a moment. Is it possible for Amtrak to drop a high bucket to a lower bucket for whatever reason, for one day or a few days? Has this ever happened? I check a certain trip twice a day, even though its 10 months out, I am hoping I...
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    I just tried that dummy reservation, I think. I picked June 24th, bedrooms on SWC, CHI-LAX. I started the booking with 2 people in 1 room, it was accepting my booking, then 4 people in 2 rooms, still accepting, when I did 6 in 3 rooms and 8 in 4 rooms, the bedrooms were gone, all that was left...
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    I just tried railsforless and see the SWC which takes 43 hours from CHI - LAX. But I also see a SWC / Carl Sandburg which takes 50 hours to get to LAX and costs more. I never saw a SWC / Carl Sandburg on the Amtrak website. What is that, is it the same route and why the extra cost?
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    Thanks Trimetbusfan. Im saying this nicely so dont think Im being mean. I dont want to be in the 90%. I want to learn some of what the 10% know. The past week or so, I have learned a little about buckets, I know why the TE is called the Eaglette, I know its better to take the SWC rather than...
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    I want to thank you again for your help. I think I'm going with the SWC even though at this time its about $250 more for a bedroom for 2 seniors on our date. I'm reading too much negative input with the TE. Plus, the fact its traditional dining all the way from CHI - LAX. I'm still going to...
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    Does the Eagle always have one sleeper?
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    zephyr17, I appreciate you trying to help me understand. I know some people will get tired of trying to explain things to others. So, if you are tired of trying to explain what you are talking about, I will understand if you ignore my questions and let someone else answer. I have no clue when...
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    New member with trip planning questions

    Amstew Zone? What does that mean? Just trying to understand lots of the terms being used by the ones who have done Amtrak a while.
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    All y'all who have been checking these fares for years are messing with my mind. Doing all this figuring to find out what bucket is due, and which comes next. I see above someone using the nth root to see the difference between the 6 buckets, math is now involved to find a lower price? I am...
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    I have heard that term before. Why are some calling the Eagle, the Eaglete?
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    Thanks. So, I guess the prices can go higher than the high bucket price listed, correct? That's what I see for my date of travel. Which to me means the high bucket price can have a higher bucket price.
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    How do I find Niemi24 list of bucket prices? I'm travelling CHI - LAX April 15, 2025, on the TE or Southwest Chief, which ever has the better price for a bedroom. It's funny that the longer ride is cheaper right now.
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