Amtrak Adds Business Class to Crescent Service between New York and New Orleans

The Crescent (Trains 19 & 20) has long been known as one of the most historic routes on the national Amtrak network. Now, with an available upgrade to Business class, it is an even more comfortable way to travel from New York to New Orleans, via Washington; Atlanta; Birmingham, Ala., and Hattiesburg, Miss., effective April 1, 2016.

For a surcharge of $75 per person or less, passengers can enjoy bonus Amtrak Guest Rewards points and the following amenities:

  • Spacious seats in a car reserved for Business class
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages
  • Complimentary access to major newspapers via AmtrakConnect® Wi-Fi as cellular data service permits along the route
  • Access to Philadelphia’s Club Acela at 30th Street Station for $20 a person

Operating daily, the Crescent gives travelers a unique window to the beauty and heritage of the American South. You can tour Monticello or enjoy a wine tasting in the charming Virginia college town of Charlottesville. Or enjoy a stroll through the vibrant shopping and dining scene of Atlanta. As you travel further south, you’ll reach New Orleans, where you never run out of things to do. From jazz clubs to Cajun restaurants to Mississippi riverboat rides, the city was built to entertain. Connections to other Amtrak trains can also be made in New Orleans.

In addition to Business class, Sleeping car upgrades are also available on the Crescent, as well as Coach class seating that offers more room than almost any other transportation mode. For more information or to book your ticket, visit

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