Posted 15 September 2017 - 12:27 PM
Via's fare don't vary much within a season (they basically have 3, peak, shoulder and off), so those prices should be good for most of the winter. They don't do complex yield management apart from the number of spaces available at the "discount" rate. Also, since VIA no longer separates "rail" and "accomodation" charges, there are some differences from how Amtrak would price it. The Cabin for 2 (Double Bedroom in traditional accomodation-speak) price essentially represents a 50% surcharge charge for single occupancy of the double room since the request was for only one person. The per person rate for 2 people in a Cabin for 2 would be the same as 1 person in a cabin for 1 ($2001/$1322 CAD).
Via touts its suite for 2, which is two cabins for 2 with the wall removed. I suppose this is similar to Amtrak's suite (for example, rooms D and E on a Superliner). However, Via's suite for 2 costs more than two cabins for 2 each for one person.
On Amtrak, the same is true, but I understand it is because the adjacent bedrooms are in different buckets. If only one bedroom is available in the lower bucket, it wouldn't necessarily be a penalty or upcharge for booking the suite, but it sounds like this would not apply to Via.
Has anyone here booked a suite on Via or Amtrak? Can anyone comment on the pricing scheme on either railway?
On Via, the 50% surchage applies for the two double bedrooms that make up the suite each occupied by a single person. It is quite simple. If you had four people in a bedroom suite, the per person price would be the same as two in a double bedroom, or one in a roomette.
On Amtrak you pay the accomodation charge for each room. If they are in separate buckets, one is at one bucket price, the other at the other.
I think Via's per person pricing scheme is more in line with what people expect today and is more understandable to the general public. Amtrak's rail + accomodation scheme is how the railroads always did it and is a holdover in that sense. I like Amtrak's scheme better, it is a "hotel room" model, you buy the transportation fare, then buy the room. But then again I am very used to it.
Physically, it is just like Amtrak. There is a removable barrier between certain rooms that can be opened up. Makes sense, since Amtrak's bedrooms (deluxe bedrooms) were modeled after the double bedroom, although perceptibly bigger. Pullman-Standard designed the Superliners, after all.
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