I just read this blog post which describes a scenario where booking a flight at United's web site offers a connecting "flight" which is actually an Amtrak train. Although the itinerary starts at DAY (Dayton airport) and connects at EWR (Newark), the destination is given as ZFV-- the Philadelphia 30th St train station.
Despite this, the last leg is still listed as "flight" UA 3174. If you look up flight 3174 at PlaneFinder the "Aircraft" is "TRN", which I guess is "train".
My question is: WTF? OK, better questions are:
- How common is this? Just at Newark, or other places? Just United, or other airlines?
- Does United do anything special to let people know that their connecting flight is actually a train, besides a tiny note about the "aircraft" type? It's not super complex to get from a flight to the train station at EWR, but if you don't realize you need a train you might look over the flight departures board. Would you find it?
- What kind of ticket do you get for the train leg of the trip? Do they hand you a train ticket at check-in?
- If you have checked bags, are they checked through to the train?
- When the train arrives, do they announce United flight 3174? Does the train conductor announce it that way while en route?