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Better Transportation: Greyhound Buses, #LuckyStreak and more!

February 2nd, 2010 · 2 Comments

The definition of luxury travel has certainly evolved over time. This vintage ad for Greyhound references air conditioning as an improved feature! (Although on some buses in Southeast Asia, air conditioning is still a luxury!) While most today wouldn’t necessarily associate “luxury” with a bus company, Greyhound is changing that. They’re transforming the image of traveling by bus with the launch of a new fleet that I like to refer to as the JetBlue of buses. Being a big advocate of Greyhound’s BoltBus line, I was thrilled to see the same model rolled out for the Greyhound brand too. These buses have leather seats, more legroom (enough to comfortably use a laptop), plugs (no need to worry about battery life), wifi (yes, wifi on a traveling bus and it works!), greener features (yay for the earth!) and even extra safety components.

This past weekend I got to see it for myself on a complimentary trip down to Atlantic City to check out the Lucky Streak service from Greyhound as part of a special blogger ‘familiarization’ program. I’m never one to turn down a free trip and I’m really glad that I got to be a part of this one. Not only did we get VIP treatment from Greyhound, we also got such indulgences like a cocktail reception and money to spend shopping and gambling from Tropicana, a free night at the Hilton, and an hour massage at Bally’s spa (and even another free night at Bally’s for a return trip!).

Hanging with CEO Dave Leach (right) and COO Bill Blankenship

In the midst of all of this special treatment, two things stand out. One, that was an amazing Swedish massage. I recommend asking for Eric at Bally’s. Magic hands. Two, after having a chance to get to know Greyhound as a company and the people behind it, I’m definitely a fan. Not only were there two fab marketing gals to help make the trip go smoother, the CEO Dave Leach and the COO Bill Blankenship joined us on the bus ride down and at the cocktail reception. I also have to give a shout-out to Leon, our fantastic driver who navigated us safely through snow on the way back to NYC. Watch this video to hear what Dave and Bill have to say about the new bus line service, their own stories and why bus travel is the way to go:

Want to check it out for yourself? The Lucky Streak service is only $35 round trip, with an open return ticket (just in case you lose all your money and want to return home sooner or by chance, are winning and want to stay longer). The best part is that some of the partner hotels will give you some free money to play at their hotels…so it’s kinda like a free trip any time! The buses literally drop you off at these terminals that have walkways right into the lobbies which is more than convenient, especially when it’s cold outside!

I’m not a big gambler, but Lucky Streak is a sure bet for a great ride down to Atlantic City!

About Lucky Streak® and Greyhound

Greyhound’s Lucky Streak service is the company’s most popular U.S. route, with more than 1.6 million passengers annually.  Buses depart theNew York Port Authority Bus Terminal for Atlantic City every half-hour, with additional departures on weekends. Lucky Streak provides front-door service from New York City to select Atlantic City boardwalk casinos, with an open return ticket that allows riders to return within 30 days from the same location.  Passengers receive discounts and special deals from partner Atlantic City casinos. To learn more about the Lucky Streakbus route and offerings, please visit www.luckystreakbus.com.

Our bus driver, Leon. He's been with Greyhound for over 30 years!

Founded in 1914, Greyhound is the largest North American provider of intercity bus transportation, serving more than 3,700 destinations across the continent.


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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jonathan Lulich // Feb 25, 2010 at 10:16 am

    WOW! Fun trip that must have been. Great interview and write-up for Greyhound

  • 2 Helen Todd // Mar 3, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Thanks Jonathan! I’m definitely more of a fan of greyhound!

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