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Why I’m Giving Up on Amtrak  Add to collection

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Amtrak is a great deal here in the Pacific Northwest. You can transfer 2,000 Ultimate Rewards points for a one-way business class ticket from Seattle to either Portland or Vancouver, BC. With the promise of big, comfy seats, no lines for security, and on-board WiFi, you would wonder why anyone would take a plane.

On these routes, Alaska, United, and Air Canada tend to use cramped prop planes — not even regional jets. Add extra time for getting to/from an airport (40 minutes by Seattle’s light rail), plus security checks, and even the occasional Amtrak delay looks tolerable.

But I’m still swearing off Amtrak for all but the most extreme situations. Read: no award space on any flight, and revenue …

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