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    • saxonman
    • By saxonman 2nd May 19, 8:42 AM
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    Train ticket getting them cheaper
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    • 2nd May 19, 8:42 AM
    Train ticket getting them cheaper 2nd May 19 at 8:42 AM
    I all, just my take on getting some cheaper train travel.
    Me and my better half are traveling to Berwick on tweed in June. trainline was coming in at well over £250.
    Using ticket split websites got it down to £135 for both of us, but some of the times was a bit tight for us( only 5 mins between changing trains ) so taking the ticket spit itinerary I changed a few of the times, went and booked myself on trainline got it down to £115 for both of us.
    + cash back as well.
    So it pays to have a play around on different sites and use them to you advantage.
    Last edited by saxonman; 02-05-2019 at 1:44 PM.
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    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 2nd May 19, 9:53 AM
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    • 2nd May 19, 9:53 AM
    And if you'd used a train operator's website you wouldn't have had to pay Trainline's booking fees, so it would have been even cheaper.
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    • saxonman
    • By saxonman 2nd May 19, 1:44 PM
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    • 2nd May 19, 1:44 PM
    And if you'd used a train operator's website you wouldn't have had to pay Trainline's booking fees, so it would have been even cheaper.
    Originally posted by Owain Moneysaver
    Sorry forgot to say also used cash back on trainline
    SAXONMAN
    • lisyloo
    • By lisyloo 2nd May 19, 7:19 PM
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    • 2nd May 19, 7:19 PM
    Did you get a two together railcard?
    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 2nd May 19, 8:38 PM
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    • 2nd May 19, 8:38 PM
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    • 2nd May 19, 8:38 PM
    Sorry forgot to say also used cash back on trainline
    Originally posted by saxonman

    Several Train Operating Companies also offer cashback, still without the fees.
    • saxonman
    • By saxonman 3rd May 19, 9:28 AM
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    • 3rd May 19, 9:28 AM
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    • 3rd May 19, 9:28 AM
    Several Train Operating Companies also offer cashback, still without the fees.
    Originally posted by Voyager2002
    Ok so Iím not truly money saving, I was just making a comment on using different sites you get get cheaper tickets.
    SAXONMAN
    • jbuchanangb
    • By jbuchanangb 6th May 19, 4:11 PM
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    • 6th May 19, 4:11 PM
    The trainsplit website has advanced options to enable you to specify longer change over times, if that helps you. And indeed a Two Together Railcard would have saved you a bag of cash, probably more than the cashback!
    • Houbara
    • By Houbara 9th May 19, 3:02 PM
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    • 9th May 19, 3:02 PM
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    • 9th May 19, 3:02 PM
    i only ever look for fare prices on National Rail Enquiries...Am I missing out not trying these tag along booking companies ? can they be cheaper than NRE ?.. I always associate booking websites for hotels , theatres etc as just grossly inflating the prices just for the convenience of booking over the internet.
    Last edited by Houbara; 02-06-2019 at 7:36 PM.
    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 9th May 19, 3:07 PM
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    • 9th May 19, 3:07 PM
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    • 9th May 19, 3:07 PM
    i only ever look for fare prices on National Rail Enquiries...Am I missing out not trying these tag along booking companies ? can they be cheaper than NRI ?.. I always associate booking websites for hotels , theatres etc as just grossly inflating the prices just for the convenience of booking over the internet.
    Originally posted by Houbara

    The sites like Trainline cannot possibly be cheaper than buying directly from the companies that operate the trains. I have never tried NRI but would expect that most of the time it would be similar to the train operating companies (and when you buy from it you are passed on to a train operating company to complete the purchase).

    The exception is that some companies sometimes offer special fares on their own websites that are not offered elsewhere, so unless you check with the company that is operating the train on which you propose to travel you might possibly miss out on a lower fare.
    • yorkie2
    • By yorkie2 28th May 19, 9:13 PM
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    The sites like Trainline cannot possibly be cheaper than buying directly from the companies that operate the trains. I have never tried NRI but would expect that most of the time it would be similar to the train operating companies (and when you buy from it you are passed on to a train operating company to complete the purchase).

    The exception is that some companies sometimes offer special fares on their own websites that are not offered elsewhere, so unless you check with the company that is operating the train on which you propose to travel you might possibly miss out on a lower fare.
    Originally posted by Voyager2002
    Not just special offers, and on their own websites, for example some fares that are set by Greater Anglia:-

    https://www.railforums.co.uk/threads/possible-to-buy-this-fare-online.182370/#post-3996070
    I've also had this problem before (albeit to London Terminals rather than a travelcard, and with a Gold Card discount rather than Network Railcard). See https://www.railforums.co.uk/threads/greater-anglia-only-weekend-super-off-peak-day-return-cambridge-to-london.178261/ - the conclusion was that it's been given a non-standard ticket type code and not all booking engines know that they're allowed to sell it. Greater Anglia, CrossCountry and TrainSplit would sell it to me, but nobody else.
    by arb
    And some fares are not available on a train company's own website, e.g. Serco Caledonian Sleeper: https://www.railforums.co.uk/threads/caledonian-sleeper-walk-on-fares.183329/#post-4028105

    Online ticket sites won’t sell a ticket, even without a reservation, for this train (Trainsplit excepted). While those of us in the know on this forum would simply select another journey and travel anyway a ‘normal’ passenger isn’t going to realise this and take a risk, especially when all the publicity says reservations are compulsory.

    It’s long been my view that Serco are trying to kill of the use of the sleeper as a ‘day train’ by stealth.
    by Hadders
    It's not easy to get a seat reservation though, even their own website won't do it. Trainsplit will do it though.
    by Hadders
    • laserbeam
    • By laserbeam 7th Aug 19, 3:07 PM
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    I always use Rail Easy and have never had a problem but always book well in advance the further in advance the better.
    • Carmen
    • By Carmen 17th Aug 19, 7:58 PM
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    And if you'd used a train operator's website you wouldn't have had to pay Trainline's booking fees, so it would have been even cheaper.
    Originally posted by Owain Moneysaver
    When did Trainline start charging a booking fee?
    Admittedly I have not used them for about three years!
    Last edited by Carmen; 17-08-2019 at 8:15 PM. Reason: spelling error
    • r0adrunner
    • By r0adrunner 18th Aug 19, 10:00 PM
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    Loco2 have special technology that helps to achieve savings on particular journeys, usually by combining two trains. I bought a cheaper than average ticket for a journey this month and last month using their site.
    • landsberger64
    • By landsberger64 20th Aug 19, 10:33 PM
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    Of course, it depends WHICH ticket split website or app you are using, and how prepared to be inconvenienced you are. I know a way of getting to Manchester for £24 return by train, for instance, but it involves changing enroute and a wait of around 40 minutes. Still, if you're a student and you're brassic, it works for some. This never turns up on any ticket split website I've used, but, of the ones I HAVE used, TrainPal appears to be one of the better ones, though I still check the others out.

    The £24 Manchester return came from a "hidden part" of some ticketing websites where, after asking for an initial quote, it asks you if you want to look at "slower trains". For Berwick to London, the GWR website is quoting me £64 return a month hence for a train changing once at Newcastle in each direction. This is not obvious on the initial quote sometimes.

    Hopefully the Williams Review will get rid of some of this shenanigans
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