Annual + day Travelcard combo

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I have a Z1-3 annual Travelcard. Let's say I want to do a day's bashing, and buy a Z3-6 to cover the areas I expect to go to.
So say I go to Ewell East, having touched in at Clapham Junction. Will my Z3-6 card open the barrier, or will it reject it, as I assume the magnetic strip will not be encoded for an entry?
 
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I have a Z1-3 annual Travelcard. Let's say I want to do a day's bashing, and buy a Z3-6 to cover the areas I expect to go to.
So say I go to Ewell East, having touched in at Clapham Junction. Will my Z3-6 card open the barrier, or will it reject it, as I assume the magnetic strip will not be encoded for an entry?

So you have the annual travelcard on an Oyster and you want to buy a day travelcard on paper? Bad Luck, Boris abolished the only day travelcards which didn't include zone 1 a year and a half ago. All you can now buy is Z1-2, Z1-4, Z1-6 and Z1-9.

However, you could use PAYG on the Oyster. You would only be charged for zones 4-6, but if you do enough journeys it will still cap at a z1-6 travelcard rate.
 

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So say I go to Ewell East, having touched in at Clapham Junction. Will my Z3-6 card open the barrier, or will it reject it, as I assume the magnetic strip will not be encoded for an entry?

There are no ticket Barriers at Ewell East station so you won't need to put the travelcard through anyway, you'd only need it if RPI's were standing at the exits there checking tickets. :)

An interesting slant on it may be to buy a Gold Card discounted Z1-6 Travelcard for £5.60 if you're going to make more than 1 or 2 Journeys which then justifies it. If just doing 2 Journeys then PAYG on Oyster would be cheapest, just remember to touch in your Travelcard wherever you start the journey otherwise it may charge a maximum fare and possibly bring the Travelcard into negative balance!

It's also worth considering getting Gold card discount loaded onto your Oyster for off-peak Journeys which can get you 34% off Oyster single fares. (Possibly also a discounted Z1-6 price cap?) I'm not sure if this comes loaded onto Annual Gold cards already.
 

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It's also worth considering getting Gold card discount loaded onto your Oyster for off-peak Journeys which can get you 34% off Oyster single fares. (Possibly also a discounted Z1-6 price cap?) I'm not sure if this comes loaded onto Annual Gold cards already.

Yes, definitely worth doing. It doesn't get loaded by default, but savvy staff should do it without being asked. The discount is off all off-peak fares and off-peak caps. This even includes single fares between 0430 and 0629.
 

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Will my Z3-6 card open the barrier, or will it reject it, as I assume the magnetic strip will not be encoded for an entry?

I'd be surprised if an exit gate looked for an entry record on a travelcard, because there are still a relatively large number of possible origins without gates.

AFAICS many ordinary outward or return portions of ordinary two part tickets presented to exit gates won't have been encoded for entry either, logically I don't think it can be a requirement for allowing exit.
 

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I'd be surprised if an exit gate looked for an entry record on a travelcard, because there are still a relatively large number of possible origins without gates.

AFAICS many ordinary outward or return portions of ordinary two part tickets presented to exit gates won't have been encoded for entry either, logically I don't think it can be a requirement for allowing exit.

Indeed. But the fact the alleged Z3-6 day travelcard and the gates at Ewell East won't exist would be a more likely cause of it not working :)
 
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