Vermonter: Business Class or Coach?

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Oreius

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I’m looking to take the Vermonter round trip from Philadelphia to Montpelier next October. I plan to use my Guest Rewards points. The question I have is should I go in Coach or should I opt for Business Class? It is about a 10 hour ride, and I would like to be comfortable.

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JayPea

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I took the Vermonter last month from BWI to St. Albans, stayed overnight in St. Albans, and took it as far as New Haven the next day. I took business class and wouldn't do it any other way.
 

Palmland

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I’m curious. When we took the Vermonter BC from St. Albans, the car was on the rear with the nice railfan rear window. We were then next to the engine after it reversed at Palmer jct. is it now on the rear the whole trip on the new routing?
 

Mark P

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Is the biz seat any different than coach? Or is the only advantage the 2x1 seating?
 
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You get free coffee, water, etc., in business class, which is a nice perk, but the real reason is to make sure you have a seat. If you are just traveling north of New York and to/from New England, coach is fine. But between Washington and New York, the Vermonter coaches can be just like the regionals--crowded, with people putting their stuff all over two seats and pretending to be asleep. It's not worth the aggravation in my opinion.
 
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