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Up for a train vacation? Check out Amtrak’s 2-for-1 ticket sale

Amtrak #4 at North Guam, NM
Amtrak’s Southwest Chief chugs through New Mexico on the L.A.-Chicago route.
(John Benner)

If you’ve dreamed of taking a long rail journey in the U.S., now is a good time to buy a ticket. Amtrak on Tuesday launched a 2-for-1 ticket sale on select routes nationwide, including the Coast Starlight between L.A. and Seattle, and the Southwest Chief between Chicago and L.A. The catch: You have to buy tickets by Jan. 12.

The train faces an uncertain future, but for now sit back and enjoy the scenery, the rich history and the camaraderie found on a rail trip.

The Bring a Companion for Free sale applies to coach seats as well as pricier roomettes and bedrooms. For example, L.A.-Portland, Ore., fares start at $123 for two coach seats, $397 for a roomette and $691 for a bedroom (sleeps at least two, with shower and toilet). L.A.-Albuquerque costs $86 for two coach seats, $267 for a roomette and $476 for a bedroom.

Other destination pairs include New York City and Chicago or Charleston, S.C.; and Chicago and Washington, D.C., or Memphis, Tenn.

With the deal, you buy now and travel between Feb. 1 and June 12, except April 10 and 13, and May 22 through 25.

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