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    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 5th Oct 10, 9:09 AM
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    MSE Jenny
    Cheap Train Fares guide discussion
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    • 5th Oct 10, 9:09 AM
    Cheap Train Fares guide discussion 5th Oct 10 at 9:09 AM



    Hi, we've written a Cheap Trains guide to help you play the train ticket system with hidden tricks. You can also check out the latest travel offers, vouchers and discounts on our Cheap Train & Coach Deals page.

    If you've tried the techniques mentioned in the guide, were you successful? How much did you save? Is there anything you'd add?

    Thanks for your help

    MSE Jenny
    Last edited by Former MSE Debs; 08-03-2013 at 1:11 PM.
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    • Pelepeg
    • By Pelepeg 3rd Oct 18, 6:15 PM
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    Pelepeg
    Voucher saves!
    Hi,
    Just wanted to let you know that although I couldn't see an easy way to split my train tickets for savings, I did manage to save a massive 147.30 using Tesco Clubcard vouchers. I bought a Friends and Family Railcard for 15 (full normal price 30). This reduced my rail fare from 162.30 down to 91.95. Then booked through Red Spotted Hanky, using vouchers again, currently 1/3 of the price, so paid 30 (vouchers) and 2.95 to cover the last little bit and 1 booking fee.
    :rotfl :
    • Titas
    • By Titas 14th Oct 18, 6:18 PM
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    West Yorks to Manchester Airport bargains
    If travelling to Manchester Airport from West Yorkshire there are some absolute bargains if using Northern services only eg 5 each way if booking 3 weeks in advance on Northerns website. You have to travel on Calder Valley route from Brighouse or any station past on route going towards Southport and using the advanced search feature on ticket booking page, change Going Via to Salford Crescent Station if you don't it wont work for return.
    You may have to experiment using different options and as these are Advance fares you have to catch the train specified but even if only booking the day before there are still very cheap fares.
    As ever if depending on trains to catch a plane allow loads of time, better to be 5 hours early than 5 minutes late
    • dekkard
    • By dekkard 9th Jan 19, 9:12 PM
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    dekkard
    Ebookers currently offering 3% cashback on UK train bookings.
    • anoraknerd123
    • By anoraknerd123 7th May 19, 6:41 AM
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    Hi MSE-ites. I am trying to book an advance first-class ticket from Euston to Windermere. I realise that the last leg will not offer first-class travel.
    However, one website requires me to change at Preston. Another requires me to change at Lancaster. Since both the Virgin train and the Northern train also stop at Oxenholme, I would like to stay on the first-class service as far as possible and change at OXN. I do not want to breach the T&C, Is there a way to buy the actual ticket for the actual journey I want?
    • miller
    • By miller 7th May 19, 7:48 AM
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    miller
    I went on the virgintrains.co.uk website; under 'Extra Journey Requirements (optional)' change Journey Options to 'Direct Services Only' from 'All Services' and Go Via to Oxenholme.

    That seems to force the change there.
    • anoraknerd123
    • By anoraknerd123 7th May 19, 9:02 AM
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    THank you
    That was really quick. Thank you. I have tried for the Sunday 21 July but regrettably it did not work for me.
    I shall keep trying though. (I might wait until the timetables for the summer are finalised.)
    • miller
    • By miller 7th May 19, 9:55 AM
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    miller
    According to https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_fares/ticket_types/44703.aspx the booking horizon for Sundays is only up to 14 July for advance tickets.

    Not sure why the trick I used didn't work with regard to changing at Oxenholme. Maybe worth trying fiddling with the various options/different websites.

    Good luck (oh and welcome to the forum)!
    • anoraknerd123
    • By anoraknerd123 7th May 19, 9:58 AM
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    Thank you
    NB I am not actually a total newbie - my previous account ANORAKNERD seems to have got stuck in a muddle of "new password not being recognised". It was quicker to reinvent myself.
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