The current "Flexible" dining menu on Amtrak's website lists the following -I saw a video on the auto train showing that there was still self service, but I am not sure about the auto chief. Also, what drinks are included? I would think that it would be coffee, tea, juice, soft drinks, but what about hot chocolate?
When I asked for a coffee from the LSA she seemed extremely annoyed and like she was doing me a favor by serving me outside of meal times.You are supposed to get free drinks but on 5 sleeper trips this year, I was never offered any complimentary drinks (alcoholic or not) other than the drinks I ordered at meal times.
If that’s the case why are they paying an LSA to be in the diner? LSA’s get paid more because they handle money.Meanwhile for alcoholic beverages they give you your first one for free but it seemed if you wanted to purchase additional ones you had to go to the cafe.
The free alcoholic drink is included with the "new" flexible dining meals. On a one night trip on the Silver Meteor or Capitol Limited, it was one drink per trip. I do not know if sleeper passengers get an additional free drink when the trip is 2 nights.A few years back, sleeper car passengers normally had a choice of fruit juices, water, and self service coffee available from about 6am up to about 10pm from the coffee urn in each sleeper car. I guess this facility has stopped now with covid-19? I have always been able to obtain hot water gratis from the café car when in coach seats. No idea if this still continues nowadays? Never knew about any free alcoholic drinks, is that something recent?
Land O' Lakes and Ghirardelli are easy to find and have the added benefit of tasting like actual chocolate.With what is noted about HOT CHOCOLATE - bring your own Swiss Miss - Nestle - Big Box name brand pouch and have the car attendant provide the hot water - want marshmallows with that bring them also ! Whipped cream - I don't think so - this is not Starbucks !
I've always wondered how that worked. Did you ask beforehand and they said it was free, did you offer money or buy something else in the process, or did you simply walk away assuming it was fine unless challenged?I have always been able to obtain hot water gratis from the café car when in coach seats.
It was a concession of sorts that came after Amtrak's conflex dining changes. I think it was more than a year ago at this point but the pandemic has messed up my concept of time so I could be wrong.Never knew about any free alcoholic drinks, is that something recent?
It is the day and age of PLASTIC MONEY aka credit card.Has Amtrak gone Cashless? Most businesses have during the Pandemic.
We live in the era of forfeiting our earnings to opportunistic middlemen. Thanks to a Supreme Court ruling from 1978 that neutered state usury laws this can be up to 30%. If you're careful enough to never miss a payment or deposit you're still giving away a percentage of your earnings to cover merchant and processing fees on the other side of every transaction. Even if it's just 1% that's a huge amount over your lifetime. We once were paid to save our money but now we have to pay someone else to access it. In many cases cash is simply cheaper and easier but provincial rubes keep trying to turn anyone who uses currency for more than a tips into some sort of criminal mastermind.It is the day and age of PLASTIC MONEY aka credit card. Legal tender currency is for tips for those deserving service individuals who earn it the ole fashion way by doing something other than WORK. There I go again using that 4 letter word !
I am not sure, but I believe the LSA has to account for every drink cup they are issued. So perhaps it would be easier to get hot water if you provide the cup....but then again, there is the sanitary issue, if the dispenser inadvertently makes content with the passenger's own container, so perhaps not permitted that way?'ve always wondered how that worked. Did you ask beforehand and they said it was free, did you offer money or buy something else in the process, or did you simply walk away assuming it was fine unless challenged?