- Jan 20, 2016
- East San Diego County
The demand for bedrooms appears to exceed the number of bedrooms Amtrak can provide. In early July, we contacted Amtrak about reserving bedrooms on SWC Nos. 3 and 4 in October and they were already sold out for the dates we had in mind. At one time, the standard SWC consist had three (3) sleeping cars per train. If that was still the case today, we might have had better luck getting bedrooms for the dates in October we wanted. We used to make our bedroom reservations at least 6 months prior to when we planned to travel. We are now doing so 11 months ahead of time.Anyway, and this is why I'm here, I was idly checking the CHI to LAX route in early October--not super serious, more of a "this might be a good time to take a trip after I go to that conference" sort of thing--and there are a good number of sold out sleepers for the first two weeks of October, like maybe half already sold out. Which is unusual in my experience as an occasional Amtrak traveler (one or two LD trips annually), to have that route sold out so often this far out. Did they take away a sleeper car in October or something?