With the price of virtually everything soaring,I'm surprised there are still some low buckets out there several months ahead. I'm concerned Amtrak will raise the price of low buckets anytime,so I booked my favorite "best bang for the buck" ride LAX to Bloomington Il for $448 for next January. Three nights,8 meals. I'll fill in getting to LA and back East later on. Did notice in mid January a one person roomette on the 30 and 48 from Chicago to DC or NY is well over $600.I know we've had a number of posts regarding Amtrak sleeper prices, and I do appreciate that, in times where everything is getting pricey, Amtrak sleepers have priced themselves beyond many of us. But, here is one little data point: We are taking our nine year old daughter to Disneyland from Seattle to Los Angeles as a special treat. I was assigned the job of booking the one way train journey southward, and my husband the job of booking the flight back to Seattle. Cost for the three of us in the family bedroom was $1533. I just filed our credit card statements, where I discovered that the cost of three of us coming back in coach from LA is $1170. That's coach, not economy plus or first class... Add in the price of the hotel for a night and the meals for two days that we won't have to buy to the flight fare, and Amtrak gets us there cheaper, even in a sleeper.
I'm honestly surprised, and I realize that high bucket would have made a difference. But, at least on occasion, Amtrak isn't more than airfare would be. And I know the three of us will enjoy the train trip vastly more than seats 21 DEF on the flight back!
Imagine driving from LA to Chicago for under $500 factoring in meals and hotels!