It's a crappy time of year to travel. Sure, there are plenty of great winter trips to take, but most people are spending vacation days on seeing family instead of a European vacation. If you're not doing that, travel is more expensive because everyone else is traveling to see family. Best case scenario, you're taking a trip you want to take but are surrounded by kids and stressed-out parents.
But no one says you have to spend your full vacation with your family. You could take your time getting there. Take a train, enjoy the scenery, have a couple of drinks, maybe. Amtrak is running a flash sale for just that type of traveler. For the next three days, you can get 60% off coach fares on 15 different with one-way fares as low as $29.
You'll have to buy tickets between November 5-7 for travel that takes place November 11-24 to get in on the sale. The tail end of the sale could even be used for early Thanksgiving travel.
Here are a few sample treks you could take during the sale. Though, this certainly isn't everything available.
- Atlanta to New York City: $59
- Chicago to New Orleans: $49
- Dallas to St. Louis: $39
- Los Angeles to Albuquerque: $29
- New York City to Miami: $59
- Seattle to Sacramento: $39
- Washington, DC to Cleveland: $29
The fine print on this sale isn't as bad as you might see with a budget airline. You can't get a refund on these tickets, and your fare isn't eligible for an upgrade. Otherwise, normal coach rules apply.
Train travel certainly isn't for everyone, but if you like a little legroom, aren't in a hurry, and enjoy having a cup of coffee while looking out the window instead of getting a pat-down at the airport, this is worth a quick look.