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Old 27th February 2011, 18:11   #1
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I'd like to compile a list of discounts or cheaper tickets which are only available through certain websites (ie. those which you would not get by booking through other Toc websites or at ticket offices), perhaps for inclusion in a help thread or FAQ. This list will not be extended to include cashback websites, etc. or any short-term offers

I've just put together a few off the top of my head, please reply with any more and I'll add them to my first post:

East CoastCrossCountryEast Midlands TrainsSoutheasternSouthernFirst Great WesternVirgin Trains
  • Cheap tickets with Advance-style restrictions for certain journeys (need to obtain reference number to travel) at http://uk.megabus.com/
South West Trains
  • Cheap tickets with Advance-style restrictions for certain journeys (need to obtain reference number to travel) at http://uk.megabus.com/
Grand CentralTransPennine Express
  • 50% discount (including Railcard discount) on TPE Advance fares booked through http://www.tpexpress.co.uk/ if you hold a 16-25 Railcard
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Old 27th February 2011, 18:16   #2
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TPE give a further discount for advance tickets when bought with a YP railcard.

Cross Country do the same if you have an NUS card.
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Old 27th February 2011, 21:25   #3
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You can get 34% off advance tickets on east coast if buying for a group of 3 to 9 persons. Not sure how long the offer is on for;

http://www.eastcoast.co.uk/special-offers/3plus/
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Old 27th February 2011, 21:32   #4
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You can get 34% off advance tickets on east coast if buying for a group of 3 to 9 persons. Not sure how long the offer is on for;

http://www.eastcoast.co.uk/special-offers/3plus/
It does suggest that this is *not* available with Railcard discounts, so you cannot get 56% off in case anyone tries to pull a fast one...
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Old 27th February 2011, 21:41   #5
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Cross Country do the same if you have an NUS card.

IIRC - I may be wrong - haven't checked... but XC only do it with a NUS extra card something you have to pay extra for but it also helps as it is a uniform entitlement card and not a different design per college / uni
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Old 27th February 2011, 23:18   #6
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IIRC - I may be wrong - haven't checked... but XC only do it with a NUS extra card something you have to pay extra for but it also helps as it is a uniform entitlement card and not a different design per college / uni
An NUS card and NUS Extra card is the same thing.
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An NUS card and NUS Extra card is the same thing.
It's not. My university card is an nus card (and carries the nus logo), but is NOT eligible for 'NUS extra' discounts. The NUS extra card costs £11/year (and in my view isn't worth it).
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Excellent thread, will have to look at these if I ever decide to split tickets.

Perhaps this should be a sticky?
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I thought Chiltern's barcode/e-mail tickets fell into this category but a browse of their website seems to indicate it's no longer the case - just another method of delivery now
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Excellent thread, will have to look at these if I ever decide to split tickets.

Perhaps this should be a sticky?
Yeah, sticky this
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Old 28th February 2011, 11:04   #11
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For TPE's student/16-25 discount you must book through the URL http://www.tpexpress.co.uk/students
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I thought Chiltern's barcode/e-mail tickets fell into this category but a browse of their website seems to indicate it's no longer the case - just another method of delivery now
Yes, certainly you can get the £5 fares on thetrainline now.
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It's not. My university card is an nus card (and carries the nus logo), but is NOT eligible for 'NUS extra' discounts. The NUS extra card costs £11/year (and in my view isn't worth it).
Your university card is exactly that, a university ID card. The only reason it will have NUS on is that your students union will be a part of NUS. It will be issued by your uni and is nothing to do with NUS. Some uni ID cards don't carry the NUS logo when they should, and some do when they shouldn't (take Durham as an example there).

But I agree, it isn't worth the £11!
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10% off anytime singles and returns at http://www.gatwickexpress.com/en/off...line-discount/
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Your university card is exactly that, a university ID card. The only reason it will have NUS on is that your students union will be a part of NUS. It will be issued by your uni and is nothing to do with NUS. Some uni ID cards don't carry the NUS logo when they should, and some do when they shouldn't (take Durham as an example there).

But I agree, it isn't worth the £11!
It might if you were booking an advance from Aberdeen to Plymouth and back. Also Durham reaffiliated to the NUS this year!
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