Advance travel and rdg card

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Zontar

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I have rdg staff leisure card.

I know I can't get discount on advance trains, but does anyone have any advice on getting the best value fares on the day?

I know I want to travel on 20th aug arriving lunchtime ish and return 22nd aug departing no later than 14.00

Crewe - London ( no 2 +hour crawlers though)

On the day of travel do I just look to see what's best value for the day, or is there a better way round it?

Many thanks
 
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A ticket splitting website, such as Trainsplit, should identify the cheapest Advance fares, at the public rate.

You can then compare this with the cost of a PRIV discounted 'walk-up' fare.
 

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A ticket splitting website, such as Trainsplit, should identify the cheapest Advance fares, at the public rate.

You can then compare this with the cost of a PRIV discounted 'walk-up' fare.
Used well, Trainsplit will identify the best walk-up fares too - use the flexible fares option.
 

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I have rdg staff leisure card.

I know I can't get discount on advance trains, but does anyone have any advice on getting the best value fares on the day?

I know I want to travel on 20th aug arriving lunchtime ish and return 22nd aug departing no later than 14.00

Crewe - London ( no 2 +hour crawlers though)

On the day of travel do I just look to see what's best value for the day, or is there a better way round it?

Many thanks
It is highly unlikely that Advances on Avanti will cost you less than a Priv discounted Off-Peak Return costing £21.50 (even if you had a Railcard to give you 1/3 discount on Advance fares.)

I wouldn't exactly call the WMT semifast services 'crawlers' - they take around 2 hour 17 mins vs around 1 hour 37 mins for the Avanti services (when the Fast Lines are open). But I suppose that's a question of definitions.

That would be the only option that's likely to be cheaper than £21.50, with a WMT only Off-Peak Return costing £11.25.
 
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Zontar

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Thanks all. At least I'm not missing something obvious, which I was worried I was.

Ref; wmt 2 hour trains....I agree, not that slow. If I was on my own it wouldn't be a problem, but small children with me, so want it as fast as possible!
 

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Thanks all. At least I'm not missing something obvious, which I was worried I was.

Ref; wmt 2 hour trains....I agree, not that slow. If I was on my own it wouldn't be a problem, but small children with me, so want it as fast as possible!
There is not much difference between 1 hour 30 minutes and 2 hours. Would your children keep quiet for the extra 30 minutes by giving them some tasty lollipops perhaps? They can work wonders. That is our usual trick when travelling with little ones
 
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