A recent business trip took me to Dallas on a crowded, turbulent three-and-one-half-hour flight from LaGuardia. But the return trip was a real treat: two days and nights on Amtrak, for free.
Riding a lot of Acela trains in the Northeast Corridor, I’ve built up a ton of Amtrak Guest Rewards points, augmented by its co-branded credit card. So when I checked my calendar and the Amtrak website, I saw an opportunity to enjoy a leisurely ride home in a full bedroom, meals included, gratis.
The long-distance trains I rode from Dallas to Chicago (The Texas Eagle) and Chicago to Washington, D.C. (The Capitol Ltd.), were all “Superliners,” i.e., double-deck cars with a variety of accommodations, including coaches and sleeping cars.