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    • Iangrayson
    • By Iangrayson 7th Jul 04, 2:04 AM
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    Rail Travel: Tips on Cheap Tickets
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    • 7th Jul 04, 2:04 AM
    Rail Travel: Tips on Cheap Tickets 7th Jul 04 at 2:04 AM
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    Back to the original post...

    Has anyone been able to actual get any of these tickets? I am trying to arrange for 2 adults and 3 children to travel to London for a couple of days in July. Received the special offer flyer today from school and yet the site seems to show no availability for any of the trains that I am trying to get. Anybody know of tricks or a search technique? ???
    Last edited by Former MSE Zorica; 07-03-2014 at 3:31 PM.
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    • dzug1
    • By dzug1 19th Oct 14, 11:00 AM
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    Yet a SOPS from Edinburgh to Kings Cross is 43.20 and from Edinburgh to Elstree & Borehamwood is 83.05.

    Surely that is an error?
    Originally posted by silvercar

    A superoff peak single from Edinburgh to Kings Cross is not 43.20 though - it's (with a railcard) 83.05




    The 43.20 seems to be a special offer and despite being called superoffpeak is in fact an advance ticket and inflexible once booked
    • wealdroam
    • By wealdroam 19th Oct 14, 11:06 AM
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    Yet a SOPS from Edinburgh to Kings Cross is 43.20 and from Edinburgh to Elstree & Borehamwood is 83.05.

    Surely that is an error?
    Originally posted by silvercar
    No, apparently not an error.

    This page describes how East Coast have halved the price of Super Off Peak Singles, but only on selected routes.
    Click on the Terms & Conditions tab to see the selected routes.
    Edinburgh to London is a selected route, but Edinburgh to Elstree & Borehamwood is not.
    Last edited by wealdroam; 19-10-2014 at 11:09 AM.
    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 19th Oct 14, 11:57 AM
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    No, apparently not an error.

    This page describes how East Coast have halved the price of Super Off Peak Singles, but only on selected routes.
    Click on the Terms & Conditions tab to see the selected routes.
    Edinburgh to London is a selected route, but Edinburgh to Elstree & Borehamwood is not.
    Originally posted by wealdroam
    Thanks so much, this explains it perfectly.
    • miller
    • By miller 22nd Oct 15, 11:41 AM
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    South West Trains are still offering 15 returns (5 children) to selected destinations until Friday 30th October:
    http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/summer.aspx
    • miller
    • By miller 20th Jan 16, 10:20 AM
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    South West Trains are offering 15 returns (5 children) to selected destinations between 26 January and 30 April (some dates excluded, tickets can be purchased from 21 January for travel from 26 January):
    http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/promotion.aspx#182317

    It is worth checking the lengthy Terms & Conditions:
    http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/Promotion-Terms-and-Conditions.aspx
    • Mrs Arcanum
    • By Mrs Arcanum 21st Jan 16, 7:25 PM
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    After much juggling, managed to get to Nottingham & Back for 29.95 including booking fee & postage.

    Got times & prices via Ticketysplit, then booked all 4 journeys at once via the Trainline. Happy bunny. Over 50% saving on the best price standard return which was 62.50.
    Truth always poses doubts & questions. Only lies are 100% believable, because they don't need to justify reality. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Labyrinth of the Spirits
    • Kite2010
    • By Kite2010 21st Jan 16, 8:58 PM
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    After much juggling, managed to get to Nottingham & Back for 29.95 including booking fee & postage.

    Got times & prices via Ticketysplit, then booked all 4 journeys at once via the Trainline. Happy bunny. Over 50% saving on the best price standard return which was 62.50.
    Originally posted by Mrs Arcanum
    Apart from buying via the Trainline you could have saved more money by not paying various fees
    • yorkie2
    • By yorkie2 21st Jan 16, 10:03 PM
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    After much juggling, managed to get to Nottingham & Back for 29.95 including booking fee & postage.

    Got times & prices via Ticketysplit, then booked all 4 journeys at once via the Trainline. Happy bunny. Over 50% saving on the best price standard return which was 62.50.
    Originally posted by Mrs Arcanum
    When is the journey, and were from?

    If the aim is to save money, why use thetrainline.com, which charges fees?
    • Mrs Arcanum
    • By Mrs Arcanum 22nd Jan 16, 2:09 PM
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    When is the journey, and were from?

    If the aim is to save money, why use thetrainline.com, which charges fees?
    Originally posted by yorkie2
    Checked every other ticket operator, they were all charging more for each ticket in the first place. So even with 75p booking fee the Trainline was cheapest. All other ticket operators were charging 2 more for the second part of the split & 20p more for the first bit.
    Last edited by Mrs Arcanum; 22-01-2016 at 2:17 PM.
    Truth always poses doubts & questions. Only lies are 100% believable, because they don't need to justify reality. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Labyrinth of the Spirits
    • miller
    • By miller 22nd Jan 16, 3:06 PM
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    I assume it was London to Nottingham or something like that using East Midlands Trains (the Super Off Peak Return is 61). I guess if the last ticket in the advance bucket was held by trainline then the allocation may not have shown (EMT have loads of advance ticket price tiers about 2 quid apart so each probably gets used up quick).

    http://www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/tickets-deals/deals-savings/The-cheapest-place-to-buy-train-our-tickets/
    • miller
    • By miller 22nd Jan 16, 3:11 PM
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    Also, if it was EMT, topcashback/quidco gives 2.5% on journeys wholly with them (don't make the mistake I did of mixing up a non-EMT journey in the same basket as it lowers the cashback to the non-EMT rate for the whole booking).
    • yorkie2
    • By yorkie2 22nd Jan 16, 5:05 PM
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    Checked every other ticket operator, they were all charging more for each ticket in the first place. So even with 75p booking fee the Trainline was cheapest. All other ticket operators were charging 2 more for the second part of the split & 20p more for the first bit.
    Originally posted by Mrs Arcanum
    That shouldn't be possible. Did you put a ticket in your basket? If so, it may have been the last one at that price tier.
    • Mrs Arcanum
    • By Mrs Arcanum 22nd Jan 16, 11:19 PM
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    That shouldn't be possible. Did you put a ticket in your basket? If so, it may have been the last one at that price tier.
    Originally posted by yorkie2
    Done & tickets on their way.
    Truth always poses doubts & questions. Only lies are 100% believable, because they don't need to justify reality. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Labyrinth of the Spirits
    • yorkie2
    • By yorkie2 23rd Jan 16, 12:53 PM
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    Ah, as miller and I suspected, you must have got the last tickets at that price point in your basket, so once you started looking at other sites they were always going to show a more expensive price (the next tier up)! It's nothing to do with a particular site being cheaper!
    • Mrs Arcanum
    • By Mrs Arcanum 23rd Jan 16, 5:02 PM
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    Ah, as miller and I suspected, you must have got the last tickets at that price point in your basket, so once you started looking at other sites they were always going to show a more expensive price (the next tier up)! It's nothing to do with a particular site being cheaper!
    Originally posted by yorkie2
    Not in the basket until checked elsewhere. Though I did book PDQ once other sites showed a higher price.
    Truth always poses doubts & questions. Only lies are 100% believable, because they don't need to justify reality. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Labyrinth of the Spirits
    • yorkie2
    • By yorkie2 23rd Jan 16, 6:13 PM
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    There must be some explanation; tickets are not cheaper on thetrainline. What are the details of the journey?
    • johncas1
    • By johncas1 17th Mar 16, 12:15 AM
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    I got charged a booking fee with red spotted hanky and when tickets arrived they was issued by thetrainline.com do thetrainline.com now own red spotted hanky or do they just issued the tickets on there behalf because red spoted hanky never used to charge a booking fee I only use them because they accept Tesco clubcard vouchers so free trip

    Also is a bank holiday classified a off peak all day
    • dzug1
    • By dzug1 17th Mar 16, 7:23 AM
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    RSH have charged a fee for a year or so now. Like you I used them with Tesco vouchers but since Tesco have become far less generous in the vouchers they issue it's no longer of much use.

    Some of the TOCs use thetrainline as well - but don't charge you the fee. Not sure of the ownership position of RSH

    Bank holidays should be off peak (sometimes superoffpeak) all day - though that's a railway day, not a calendar day starting at either 0230 or 0430. I can't think of exceptions
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