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Best way to book train tickets

Discussion in 'transport' started by rikwakefield, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. Roadkill

    Roadkill Well-Known Member

    I'm not travelling by train as much as I used to so haven't noticed this, but the rewards scheme has been replaced with Nectar, which isn't nearly as good. Since Hull-London is still the main long-distance journey I do, I've closed my East Coast account and am booking through Hull Trains instead.
     
  2. BCBlues

    BCBlues Lend us a Twenner

    Chiltern Railways have an offer on £15 return anywhere between and including London Marylebone and Birmingham Moor St/Snow Hill.
    Its super-off peak so some restrictions and you have to pick a time for your outward journey but can return within a month.
    Its an on line offer only too heres the full details
    Chiltern Railways | Chiltern Railways

    Ive not used these for a while, went to Virgins New St to Euston service after the mud slide that prevented Chiltern running a service for a very long time. Im gonna give this a go though later this week as i need to be back in London for a few days.
     
  3. Roadkill

    Roadkill Well-Known Member

    There used to be a £15 walk-up fare from London Marylebone to Brum ten years ago, albeit with quite a few restrictions. £15's more than reasonable in this day and age though, and Chiltern's a good service.
     
  4. Boudicca

    Boudicca Seaside Queen

    I think you can also get between London and Bournemouth for £15 on a day return. More useful for Dorset folk to get up to London at the moment, but I think it goes on until the end of April, when the weather will be better.
     
  5. chainsawjob

    chainsawjob Cautiously impulsive

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  6. Bungle73

    Bungle73 I was there, now I'm here Banned

    Book using First Hull Trains' website through IMutual, who are currently offering 3.1% cashback. It's the best deal I've found atm.
     
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  7. Poot

    Poot Everyone's a superhero, everyone's a Captain Kirk

    I booked tickets on trainline and went to reclaim them using my card in the machine at the station this morning.

    It wouldn't let me do it without the booking reference.

    So I took my debit card to the booking office and - nope -she wouldn't give me the tickets without a booking reference :rolleyes:

    Fucking lucky the tickets weren't for today, that's all I can say, having spent £180 on them :eek::mad:

    Be careful out there, people.
     
  8. Bungle73

    Bungle73 I was there, now I'm here Banned

    1) Well of course you need the booking reference..... Why hell didn't you have it??

    2) WTF did you book with thetrainline for??
     
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  9. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

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  10. Bungle73

    Bungle73 I was there, now I'm here Banned

    Does it make you feel big to continuously harass me on the internet? Go away FFS.
     
  11. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    What??
     
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  12. Bungle73

    Bungle73 I was there, now I'm here Banned

    What.......

    I'm sick and tired of people continuously starting shit with me for no reason.....and then blaming it on me. I'm fucking sick of it. Consider yourself blocked.
     
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  13. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    I wasn't wrong. Though I might be an arsehole. Confusing :confused:
     
  14. Bungle73

    Bungle73 I was there, now I'm here Banned

    All I did was question why they didn't have the booking reference with them. A reference number that it is pretty obvious that you need.
     
  15. Poot

    Poot Everyone's a superhero, everyone's a Captain Kirk

    Hold on a minute...

    No, Bungle73. Not obvious. Because every other fucking time I've used that system it's not been needed.

    Last time I try and offer any fucking advice.
     
  16. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    You do obviously need a reference to pick up a ticket from the machines though.
     
  17. Bungle73

    Bungle73 I was there, now I'm here Banned

    I'm not sure what you're talking about, because it is ALWAYS needed. That is how the TOD system works.
     
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  18. Poot

    Poot Everyone's a superhero, everyone's a Captain Kirk

    Well possibly for the machine, but normally I go and chat to the woman in the ticket office and it's fine!
     
  19. Bungle73

    Bungle73 I was there, now I'm here Banned

  20. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    Ah, the human touch. Fuck alone knows how that works as I could buy you a ticket with my credit card and you could use your debit card to pick it up but whichever.
     
  21. Bungle73

    Bungle73 I was there, now I'm here Banned

    Possibly. I've only ever collected a TOD ticket from a ticket office once, years ago, and only because the TVM wasn't co-operating. I don't recall if they wanted the ref number. But normal procedure for collecting a TOD ticket is to use a TVM, and for that you need the reference number.
     
  22. Poot

    Poot Everyone's a superhero, everyone's a Captain Kirk

    No, you have to hand her the same card. Then chat about where you're going and what you expect the weather and food to be like. And which family members you're visiting. Any upcoming medical procedures and so on.

    Or at least you did - she's not having it now!

    Anyway, I thought I was passing on new info but clearly not! Things move a little slower here...
     
  23. neonwilderness

    neonwilderness What would Badgers do?

    I'm sure a few years ago you could just stick in the card you'd paid with and it would find your bookings :hmm:
     
  24. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    I'm sure I've done this too. In fact I can't see why they can't just make that a standard thing. Then I wouldn't have to retrieve a booking number on my phone every time I do this.
     
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  25. Poot

    Poot Everyone's a superhero, everyone's a Captain Kirk

    I'm glad I didn't imagine it. I was beginning to question my sanity...:hmm:
     
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  26. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    I remember this changing, it was something to do with security. Like someone who had stolen a credit card would go around sticking it in train ticket machines on the off-chance a ticket had been booked to somewhere they wanted to go. :confused:
     
  27. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    But then people couldnt buy tickets for you. I've sold literally hundreds of train tickets to other people with other cards.
     
  28. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    But that would be where you have the option of using a booking reference. As I understand it, you need both right now, which to me seems like unnecessary hassle either way.

    My version of the world would be so much better for everyone.
     
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  29. neonwilderness

    neonwilderness What would Badgers do?

    Either/or would probably be a better solution.
     
  30. kenny g

    kenny g Most Welcome!

    Learn something new every day. You can get your account to allow tickets to be collected by any card. This is how the bbc can prebook tickets for interviewees to collect to get them up to manchester etc.
     

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