All fares on viarail.ca are in CAD.
40-50% off is pretty much the usual discount on the Sleeper Plus Sale page.
Note that all fares on VIA are quoted per person. VIA does not do the traditional rail fare + accommodation charge method that Amtrak still uses (despite the fact that the current Amtrak.com UI does its best to hide it). With that said, single occupancy in a Cabin for 2 is 150% of the per person fare, that $2958 includes it. The Cabin for 1 fare ($1972) is the same as each person for double occupancy of a Cabin for 2. What you see on the sale page does not reflect the single occupancy surcharge but is the per person fare for double occupancy. 1160 represents about a 42% discount from 1972 so is right in line with normal Sleeper Plus Sale page discounts.
If you go through with booking, you'll find that the $1160 will become $1740 by checkout. Still less than the discounted Cabin for 1, but not quite the steal you think it might be. The 150% for single occupancy of a Cabin for 2 applies no matter what fare you are booking, full, discount or distressed inventory sale.
Thanks, that wasn't clear to me. I assumed $1160 was the full price.
I just talked to VIA on the phone, and the rep said that the rates on the Sleeper Plus deals are doubled for single occupancy. I specifically asked about 75%, because I had seen that somewhere on the website, and he said that applies to regular bookings, but the Deals are doubled.
It's very confusing. He said that the Deals page says the price is "per person", but IMHO it could be a lot clearer. OTOH, the booking page builds the single occupancy premium into the quoted price, based on the number of travelers specified.
So, I had assumed the prices on the Deals page were in USD because the original price shown is roughly the USD equivalent of the CAD price on the booking page. Are the Deals page prices actually in CAD?
I also asked about the accessible bedroom, which is not shown online, and it turns out the fare is even lower. But unlike Amtrak, an approval process is required, and he said that they generally require the passenger to be bound to a wheelchair. However, VIA will
carry mobility scooters as baggage, unlike Amtrak which will not because of their weight. The only way to travel in a sleeper with a scooter on Amtrak is to book the accessible bedroom; not the case on VIA.