Since the coach fare for BOS to CHI is $96, then paying $306 to $652 more for a roomette is, not only outrageous, it's ridiculous. There is not enough true 1st class amenities to warrant that much of an upgrade feeFWIW, high and low buckets for one adult from BOS to CHI are:
• Roomette, $402 - $748 (unchanged for many months)
• Bedroom, $693 - $1,405 (recently increased by less than 2%)
I guess that makes $748 outrageouser, huh?
Think about it, if airlines can make a profit when it costs them $8.15 per passenger and the tickets are so much less than the train, Amtrak should be able to make a much better profit since their passenger cost is only $1.92 - and they should be able to make that profit while cutting their prices in half!
Somehow - the numbers just don't add up