Travelers can Bid For Amtrak Business Class Seats

Amtrak has rolled out a new website page called “BidUp” to give passengers holding coach tickets an opportunity to bid for an upgrade to business class.

The site ( enables passengers to bid on an upgrade up to two hours before departure.

There is no fee for bidding and the site contains pointers on how to increase the chances of submitting a winning bid.

The advantage of the bid option is the prospect of landing a business class seat at less than the advertised price if a passenger were to buy it upfront when making a reservation.

This could particularly be the case on days in which normal sales of business class seats are light.

That is less likely to be the case with Midwest corridor trains in which business class often sells out and availability is smaller to begin with.

Some trains, particularly in the Northeast Corridor, carry cars in which all of the seating is in business class.

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