Best time of year to buy annual season ticket

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Public Transport & Cycling
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sludge7sludge7 Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Public Transport & Cycling
I'm taking the plunge and buying a season train ticket and selling my car. My question is this:

Do I buy a ticket to start on Monday and finish near the end of December and buy an annual ticket then to maximise the length of time I can travel on the current fare before it goes up in January?

Or does the premium I pay for buying a ticket for four months cancel out those savings and would it be better to just buy the annual ticket now?

Have tried Googling but nobody on the internet seems to have asked this question before...! :)



  • p00hsticksp00hsticks Forumite
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    Not had to do it for a while, but I always timed my annual ticket to start very early in the new year - as I recall there's a small window just before the price rise takes effect but after the christmas holidays. And used a cashback credit card to buy it.

    Do you have any holiday booked between now and christmas ?

    If you do, look at splitting the shorter term ones to take you to just befor your holiday and thenstart again after - you can specify any period between a month and a year.

    You can play around with the season ticket calculator her to work out the best combinatino for your particular route / work cycle
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