Since international travel is still largely out of the question for the time being, domestic travel will be the name of the game. In an attempt to capitalize on this, Amtrak is offering private rooms at a discount to encourage people to go on an epic cross-country train journey.
Under the new 2-for-1 promotion, one person can buy a “roomette” and another person can join for free. Roomettes are private, located in the sleeping cars, and feature two seats on either side of a large window that turn into two berths at night. Each roomette has towels and linens, access to a private bathroom and shower in the car, and includes all meals.
Perhaps the best part about the deal is that this sale applies to some of Amtrak’s most scenic and popular routes. The Crescent train from Atlanta to New Orleans has roomettes available from $243; the Coast Starlight from Seattle to Los Angeles, considered one of the most beautiful routes in the US, offers roomettes at $352; and the California Zephyr from Chicago to San Francisco has roomettes available on certain legs for just $299. More options are available on Amtrak’s website. Discount fares can be booked via the Fare Finder, or using the code “V306” when booking through the Amtrak app.
The deal is available for booking until August 15 for travel dates between August 14 and September 30.
A version of this article was previously published on July 7, 2020, and was updated on August 12, 2020, with more information.