Amtrak has its own version of the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy: Track Friday, which offers deals on train rides on the East Coast, West Coast and Midwest points in between. The rail operator is taking up to 35% off train tickets bought between now and Dec. 2 on most routes. It’s a good time to buy if your vacation includes a multi-day ride.
Travel dates for this deal vary by the route you choose. Sample West Coast routes and fares include one-way tickets from Los Angeles to Portland, Ore., starting at $80; to Seattle, $82; and to Chicago, $119.
In the West, the sale applies to service on the Coast Starlight; the Southwest Chief, which travels from L.A. to Flagstaff, Ariz., Albuquerque, N.M., Kansas City, Mo., and Chicago in 40-plus hours; and the California Zephyr, which runs daily between Chicago and San Francisco (51 hours). Discount tickets are good for travel between Dec. 9 and April 30.
Tickets on the Capitol Corridor between Auburn and San Jose in Northern California also are discounted for travel between Jan. 6 and April 30. However, the popular Pacific Surfliner between San Diego and San Luis Obispo by way of Los Angeles is not included in the sale.
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