If Jet Blue’s recently introduced baggage fees have turned you off flying, it could be the perfect time to try Amtrak’s new business class service. The train company is currently testing the service on its Coast Starlight line, which runs daily between Los Angeles and Seattle. Baller amenities include reserved lower-level seating, free Wi-Fi and access to lounges at stations and onboard.
According to a press release on Amtrak’s website, the test program, which goes through September 30, also gives passengers who purchase business class tickets get access to the Pacific Parlour Car, which was previously reserved for Sleeping Car passengers only. There you can dine — and drink! Wine tastings take place daily for an extra $7.50.
Business-class passengers also get access to Metropolitan Lounges in L.A. and Portland, and receive a dining coupon that can be used there or onboard. Assuming you’re not using points, fares range from $39 for an L.A.-to-Santa Barbara ticket up to $172 to ride all 1,377 miles and 36 hours between L.A. and Seattle.
Actually, that makes flying sound preeettty good, after all.