Air travel booking website offers rail alternatives – Los Angeles Times

The Internet is jammed with travel websites to book airline flights. But the operators of CheapAir.com say they are the only air search site that gives travelers the option of booking a trip by rail.

Jeff Klee, chief executive of the Calabasas-based website, said the idea to add rail was initially aimed at East Coast travelers who might need to travel between Washington, D.C., and New York or Washington to Philadelphia. A trip on Amtrak between those destinations could cost less than a quarter of the price of a flight.

“We did it primarily for East Coast routes, where train travel is a real viable alternative,” he said.

But Klee said Amtrak can also be an alternative for Southern Californians from San Diego to Los Angeles to Santa Barbara.

What about adding express bus services or commuter rail lines to the search site?

“We are open to anything if it’s technically feasible,” Klee said.

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Air travel booking website offers rail alternatives – Los Angeles Times

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