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Those Thalys' GI Heroes Train Fares...

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The U.S. GIs and their friend are heroes no doubt and this post has nothing to do with that act of bravery (also involving a Brit and a French-American guy but the approximately $230 train fare these three each paid for fully-flexible full fare 1st class tickets and then sitting in 2nd class!

Most GIs I think and students are on budgets and if buying full-fare tickets would at least go 2nd class and these days would have easily booked discounted tickets for half that sum - or do GIs get some kind of price cut.

Anyway they said they were going to take the train from Amsterdam to Paris a day earlier but decided to stay in Amsterdam another day (shock, shock, shock!) - meaning they had ful-fare tickets.

And after getting first class they sit in 2nd class until the WI-FI don't work so well and they move to their first class seats.

I understand they are train rookies perhaps but seem to have been on a high expense budget.

Just curious about why they spent so much - and the terrorist bought 136 euro first class tickets from Brussels to Paris - seems he could have bought 2nd class ones too and then gone into first class to do his dastardly deed.

Do most young Americans travel this way - on such high budgets they can pay top dollar for a 3.5 hour train ride?

Again no criticism of them at all - bravo - just curious as to full-fare first class tickets and then sitting in 2nd class!

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