Fed up with the unreliability and expense of air travel? Ask anyone who had a flight scheduled during the British Airways strike in March, or worse, this week with volcanic ash spewing from Iceland shutting down airports in Europe.
Here's an idea: Go somewhere on Amtrak Sept. 7- Dec. 10, buy one ticket and get another at 50 percent off. Amtrak is celebrating National Train Day on May 8 by offering this deal to anyone who books a ticket between now and Sept. 30. Clip a coupon in today's New York Times then go to www.amtrak.com and type in the code H836 when you book to get the price you'll pay. Three days advance reservations required. Present the coupon when you pick up your ticket.