I'm transferring from one school in the US to another and I need to transport myself and my belongings from Chicago, IL to Seattle, WA. Unfortunately this includes my bass. Currently there is a sale on rail tickets with Amtrak and I can get a one-way ticket for $110. Because I'm in a pinch and had to transfer at the last minute, plane tickets are not a financially feasible option for me. Anybody have suggestions as to the cheapest way to get my bass (safely) to Seattle via train? I've considered buying a second seat, but I don't know what Amtrak would think of that. Obviously, I'd prefer to forego the expense of renting and shipping a hard case by keeping the bass in my possession. Any nuggets of wisdom or experience would be much appreciated. Thanks!