PyCon 2009: Seattle to Chicago

Boy, I’m disappointed in Amtrak‘s pricing for Seattle to Chicago.

Round-trip by plane: $275 + $65 airport shuttles = $340, and 4 hours each way.

Round-trip by train: $300 + no cost bus to train station = $300, and 48 hours each way.

Amtrak is pricing this trip to attract only those travelers who so intensely hate flying that they’ll pay the same price┬áto not fly. Or, those who cannot fly due to medical conditions.

They’re completely forgoing those who dislike (but are willing to put up with) flying, and who want a price break in addition to the more pleasant traveling mode.

For this trip, Amtrak offers the benefits of increased safety and decreased boarding hassles. But for me, a total of four days in transit is too high a cost for only those benefits. Looks like I’ll be flying to PyCon 2009.

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