IF YOU'RE TAKING THE TRAIN
Avoid some of the chaos of airports―those long security lines―and enjoy the scenery. Plus, you might get some extra leg room, compared with a coach flight.
- Get the best fare.
Fares vary depending on route, class and distance. Finding deals for long distances can be difficult. Ask a travel agent and check with Amtrak (amtrak.com) for discounts.
- Plan your tickets.
During the holidays, most trains are reserved―seating is guaranteed. Make sure you don't buy a ticket for unreserved travel, or you might not get on the train. Buy your ticket early to secure your seat and possibly get early-booking discounts.
- Surf rail Web sites.
Look for links to discounts, tips and hints for train travel on TrainWeb.com.