Bolt Bus is a low cost bus service with big benefits for business travelers. The company plans to provide service between various cities on the East Coast. Service between Boston and New York is planned to begin in April and routes between New York and Washington, D.C. will begin service on March 27.
Bolt bus offers several amenities over other forms of transportation. The buses offer free wi-fi, but the connections aren’t always stellar. That sill beats wi-fi service on airlines, which is still nonexistent. Each seat has a power outlet for all of your really important gear, and the company boasts an additional 3 inches of legroom over other standard bus carriers. I haven’t done the math, but I’m sure that provides you with heaps more legroom than you would get in a coach seat on a flight.
With bus service, you don’t have to go through the whole dog and pony show that you do with airport security. You can save time by arriving at the bus station much later than you would need to arrive for a flight. Buses are not subject to the all too frequent air traffic delays found in the larger cities in the Northeast. Even if the drive is 3 hours and the flight would only be 30 minutes, you may actually get there sooner on the road.
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Bolt is providing a limited number of fares beginning at $1. In order to score the cheap-o tickets, you need to purchase in advance.
Frequent travelers can join Bolt’s rewards program, which is set up similar to Southwest Airlines mileage program. You don’t earn miles, but after eight trips on the bus you earn a free one way trip.
To sum it up, you get free wireless, save time and cheaper fares. I can’t see any reason you wouldn’t want to take the Bolt Bus.
Via TravelPost Insider.