The Downtown Vortex
Wine and Gin?


Amtrak is offering $100 worth of free booze on certain train trips. The bad news is those are the really expensive trips.
The offer of free drinks comes on top of the dinner wine that is already included in the cost of a ticket for GrandLuxe trips on the California Zephyr — chugging between Chicago and San Francisco — the Southwest Chief between Chicago and Los Angeles, or the Silver Meteor between Washington, D.C., and Miami or Orlando, Fla.

GrandLuxe offers separate cars, with their own private dining and lounge sections, attached to regular Amtrak trains. Tickets for such trips range from $789 per person for a two-day, one night trip on the East Coast to $1,599 or higher for three days and two nights for travel to or from the West Coast.



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Jay Hepburn

The Sex and the City episode where Carrie and Samantha take the train from NY to LA forever put me off long-distance rail travel, before I even attempted it.

Would $100 of alcohol really presuade anyone to take the train rather than a faster, more convenient flight?

jay hepburn

Touché! :)

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