Overcharged if you book via the website as opposed to calling Amtrak. It's a well known glitch/bug/scam well known around these parts.Overcharged relative to what? Sleeper travel is discretionary. It's like buying a Mercedes Benz instead of a Kia. If you see value in it at the price that's offered, fine. If not or if it's priced out of range, then don't buy it.After being overcharged for your sleeper room for two
Amtrak should optimize revenue from sleepers just like airlines optimize revenue from first and business class.
I believe my fiancee can eat the hot dog in the cafe car, and that is literally *all*. Yeah, gonna have to bring our own food. (Unless things improve before our next trip.)For situations like this, I think it would be nice if the dining car (or Amtrak) could give you some kind of meal voucher to use in the cafe car. That way, "meals" are still included, even if it's a sandwich, pizza, yogurt, etc. downstairs. I know the food quality is quite different, but it would save you from having to purchase and pack food.
I know it will never happen, but I would do the happiest of Happy Dances if Amtrak could ever figure out a way to install a salad bar.One of the problems is simply the low quality of the cafe car food. Heck, if packets of carrot sticks were available in the cafe car it would probably help.
I know you're being serious, but that made me laugh.I think this idea has come from a bean counter who considers himself super smart- let's make the menus so vague that we can get away with stocking just the bare minimum food and serve it under different names at different meals.
They could go ahead and just make the menu even simpler-
2) Other Food
1) Some Food
2) Another Food
It looks like the information on that site is over a year old (it says currenr as of 5/8/13). I'm not sure whether you can trust any of it or not.If you go to www.amtrakfoodfacts.com you will discover that each of the vague menu items is actually *one of two things*. The trouble with this is that apparently which of the two it is, is random and you can't find out before boarding!I remember when Amtrak simply published "eastbound" and "westbound" menus, which eliminated this problem.