Lead Service Attendant
- May 13, 2014
It appears to take up about the same space as a roomette with half the capacity. Since ultimately pricing is a reflection of capacity, in what way do you think something like this could be priced more cheaply?Not everyone has hundreds of dollars to buy a sleeper room. This is an enhanced overnight business class between coach and sleeper. It's a missing link in the accommodation chain. Amtrak's current business class is rather inconsistent and lacking in many ways. In my last Amtrak voyage I checked out the business class on the Auto Train* and really found no reason to pay extra for nothing. If this type of accommodation was available I would not have hesitated.
*No longer available.
Slumber Coaches and Sections are Great!( No Food/Drink included)I like the idea of an intermediate between coach and a roomette, but this design isn't it as it takes up to much space. Returning to something similar to slumbercoaches with an open section design (allowing each bed to be sold) and meals not included could work, although I'm not confident it will ever happen. Currently, Viewliners have a capacity of 15-30, depending on whether the rooms have one or two occupants. Meanwhile, slumbercoaches could hold 40 and Amfleet IIs have a maximum capacity of 59.
I have actually heard stories of people who did exactly that but the conductor wouldn't allow them to take up two seats even though they paid for them. Need to hear people's experiences with this.I would agree that the one seat cubicle would be nice on Amtrak but if it took up an area of 2+ seats you might not want to pay the price. Since Amtrak has no plans to do a seating scheme like this and you do not wish to sit next to anyone, just purchase two seats-problem solved.
Nailed it.Having enjoyed such a "Delta One" concept on a few Delta flights and one Singapore Airlines flight, it is surely better than Economy or Premium Economy seating. Being able to "sleep" in such a restricted space when one is not used to such is another thing. Having a seat belt strapped around me during the night is something that I have never been able to get used to. While I have had some "decent" sleep, most of my flights in this type of seats have been cat-naps at best.
It's the service, before boarding and inflight, and the additional "space" that makes such a booking worth it to me.
Perhaps actually allowing passengers to buy two adjacent seats, at double the price, on long-distance trains would "fill the niche" for single passengers who don't want to sleep next to a stranger but find roomette prices too high. It's hard for me to see how this wouldn't be a win for Amtrak--same revenue for the number of seats, fewer passengers for staff to deal with.An old thread on buying 2 seats uncovered this from the then current Service Manual ("Blue Book")
Basically, you can't buy two seats just to sit alone. If you do, the conductor doesn't really have to honor it. If you have a disability that requires it, or are so large as to need it, then yes you can buy two seats.
Doubt that the policy has changed.