I am trying to plan a one way trip from New York to San Diego (Chicago-LA on the Southwest Limited) in early December but concerned about connections in Chicago. If my train from NY misses the connection there won't be another train for two days. I'll lose my prepaid hotel reservation deposit in San Diego. I'd like to arrive Chicago one day early and stay in a hotel but that's not possible. Two nights is too much. I'll be flying back. By the way, I called Amtrak and they told me that handling missed connections is up to station services. I asked what the options would be and they couldn't answer that. The employee couldn't say if they would put me up in a hotel in Chicago for two nights, fly me to SD or put me on a bus. Any suggestions?