Glad I could help. They really need to change the user interface because, people will not know that its the last option after all the sleepers. Its going to be a failed experiment if nothing changes with the booking system.
From what I understand PPC is for Wine Tasting only. Not to hangout.I hope this isn't going to pack em into the Parlour Car :angry: They really should have stripped the seats out of the lower level "movie theatre" which is rarely used and installed bench seats or swivel chairs. The PPC needs more seating.
They might be planning some sort of marketing push for this, which would help raise the visibility. But yes, the current set-up does make it awfully subtle.Glad I could help. They really need to change the user interface because, people will not know that its the last option after all the sleepers. Its going to be a failed experiment if nothing changes with the booking system.
Yes, it will be interesting to see where/how this is marketed. That said, unless Amtrak.com overhauls its booking engine, the BC option on the CS will continue to be relatively hard to find, as it will require clicking through the sleeping accommodations on the "premium" column. That will not deter folks who are committed to booking BC, but it will certainly not produce many impulsive upsells to people who aren't traveling overnight and wouldn't think to click on the "premium" column.I'm figuring this is a soft, low-profile launch to work out the bugs before they throw the book at it with marketing.
Possibly at a higher price, but it would be nice to get a newspaper, flowers on the fold down tray, toiletry bag, ice & water & coffee & juice,etc.!is the seating standard 2-2, or the much preferred 2-1?
If it is 2-1, would it be possible to be guaranteed the "single" aisle seat option?
Amtrak itself didn't announce anything. (I don't think) I asked the lounge agent this past weekend if it was coming which she confirmed it was. I only found out it was bookable by going online and finding it after flipping through all the sleeper options.Is there an official start date for this?
Today, according to this press release. But only for the summer, apparently.Is there an official start date for this?
AMTRAK COAST STARLIGHT TO OFFERBUSINESS CLASS SERVICE
Pilot program starts June 23
OAKLAND – Amtrak is launching a pilot program to offer Business Class service on the Coast Starlight from June 23 through Sept. 30, 2015.
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That is probably in reaction to the fact that when the original idea was put out there, the wine tasting was free/included...and you'd have howls of indignation if BC folks got the wine tasting free while sleeper pax had to shell out for it. Also, there's the fact that there are plenty of valid city pairs which wouldn't get the wine tasting due to timing (SEA-PDX comes to mind...IIRC the wine tasting is post-departure from PDX SB and pre-arrival NB).(Fairviewroad posted the press release with the "access to Parlour Car" text. If I recall the original memo correctly, it was made clear that access was *only* for the wine tasting -- so that's changed and for the better.)