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Kennah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-10 03:28 PM
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8. Hard to say
Out of curiosity, I checked out Amtrak and Priceline for me, the wife, two kids and an infant, from Seattle to California (San Francisco by air, Richmond by train) to visit my brother in El Cerrito the first week of December.

$648 by Amtrak via Coast Starlight

$517 by air on Priceline

There are, IMHO, a lot of different pluses and minuses.

By air, it's like a 2 hour flight, but there's gropeage or cancer.

By train, it's about a 22 hour AM to AM ride, there's a lot of time to see the northwest in comfort, meals are better than on a plane, but you're sleeping in your seat rather than a bed. There are sleeper cars, but for a family sleeper car it's a huge jump in price.

I'm inclined to say I'd take the train if at all possible.
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  -How often do you fly? Joe Fields  Nov-23-10 10:33 PM   #0 
  - A whole hell of a lot less than I used to.  SeattleVet   Nov-23-10 10:38 PM   #1 
  - Is Amtrack cheaper? just curious.  Joe Fields   Nov-24-10 02:19 PM   #7 
     - Hard to say  Kennah   Nov-24-10 03:28 PM   #8 
  - and I dont have to fly  monktonman   Nov-23-10 10:39 PM   #2 
  - Flying really isn't optional for me  Sen. Walter Sobchak   Nov-23-10 10:49 PM   #3 
  - Lucky.  Common Sense Party   Nov-23-10 11:44 PM   #4 
  - so far about 3 times every 48 years  hfojvt   Nov-23-10 11:58 PM   #5 
  - I used to fly a lot. Now that I'm more or less retired, I fly  MineralMan   Nov-24-10 08:25 AM   #6 
  - No wonder TSA isn't a concern for so many. 2/3 either rarely or never fly.  sally cat   Nov-24-10 03:50 PM   #9 
  - A couple of times over the past couple of years  CatholicEdHead   Nov-24-10 04:30 PM   #10 
  - Rarely.  LWolf   Nov-24-10 04:49 PM   #11 
  - I fly fairly often for my job. In fact, I have to fly out Monday to  johnaries   Nov-24-10 05:53 PM   #12 

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