Caledonian Sleeper Flexipass

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simonm

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I might think of buying one of these - they give you 10 first class journeys on the sleeper for £119.40 and given that the cheapest single is £138 I might be tempted. I will be going on the Fort William line in Oct and also to my parents in Aberdeen twice so seems a good investment.

My questions are:

(1) Has anyone bought one? Is it only me that can use them?
(2) How easy is it to book a berth with one?
 
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I might think of buying one of these - they give you 10 first class journeys on the sleeper for £119.40 and given that the cheapest single is £138 I might be tempted. I will be going on the Fort William line in Oct and also to my parents in Aberdeen twice so seems a good investment.

My questions are:

(1) Has anyone bought one? Is it only me that can use them?
(2) How easy is it to book a berth with one?
£11.90 per journey? Wow
 

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I bought one in March, it cost £1194. I've had them in previous years as well. (http://www.scotrail.co.uk/content/fares-and-tickets#caledonian-sleeper)

I think they're excellent value, especially if you use them when only the upper tier of First Class Sleeper Single is otherwise available (£214.50).

It's pretty easy to book a berth, I usually do it via ScotRail telesales, you get the berth number given to you and a booking ref.

One of the main advantages is the ability to chop and change, so you could cancel a reservation and book onto another train all without being charged.

I am sure I have seen somewhere that they are transferable. At any rate you could easily give a carnet voucher to each of your parents.

You don't get Underground travel included, but can use the lounge/showers at Euston, showers at Fort William and lounge/showers at Aberdeen, all free. You also get the hot breakfast included, and can ask for a place to be set in the lounge car in the morning.
 

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Looks like this price has not been updated and surprised the price has lowered to £1055
Sadly no date on that page to advise to what date those fares and times were correct to
I think the clue is in the pages on the Scotrail site ...
I bought one in March, it cost £1194. I've had them in previous years as well. (http://www.scotrail.co.uk/content/fares-and-tickets#caledonian-sleeper)
The above linked page says fares valid from 2 Jan 2012, whilst the next one says 2 Jan 2010. Perhaps someone should tell Scotrail?
Dunno where you got that fare, the one on the ScotRail site is £1055

http://www.scotrail.co.uk/content/caledonian-sleeper-flexipass.html
£11.90 per journey? Wow
Classic misunderstanding. £119.40 is of course the price of just one of the ten tickets.
 

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Hi - I have some RTV to use up. Can I use these to buy them from Euston - will they sell the Flexipass tickets?
 

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Hi - I have some RTV to use up. Can I use these to buy them from Euston - will they sell the Flexipass tickets?
You may be able to buy this ticket from Euston, you can also visit any local manned station
Alternatively you can send them to ScotRail and purchase the ticket direct from them (Send the RTV Special Delivery, and photocopy them before sending)
 

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I bought one at Oxenholme so Euston should definitely be able to.

Make sure you get them to forward date it to the first date you intend to travel, so that the vouchers last for the full year.
 

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Asked at TVP and they found out about it and happy to issue it. One final question: In what form do they tickets take - is it 10 x orange tickets or a book or a scratch off?
 

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Cheds Dad went down standard class on the sleeper last week - fine but a very narrow bed. Is the first class bed any wider or is the difference just sole occupancy? thax
 

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Cheds Dad went down standard class on the sleeper last week - fine but a very narrow bed. Is the first class bed any wider or is the difference just sole occupancy? thax
The beds and cabins are identical, except in first class the upper bunk is folded away, and there are a few extra soft amenities (a nicer blanket, better breakfast, newspaper etc).
 

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Asked at TVP and they found out about it and happy to issue it. One final question: In what form do they tickets take - is it 10 x orange tickets or a book or a scratch off?
Scotrail flexipass are normally the standard orange stock. A non Scotrail station may use different stock though.
 

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Yes it's 10 orange tickets. If you buy it through ScotRail telesales each ticket will have a date box dd/mm/yy stamped on the top for you to fill in.
 

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I emailed Scotrail a few ago and they confirmed that not only are they transferable but also on the same service.

I wanted to take 8 of us to Scotland (on one service) and use the other 2 for me and my son at a later date. All fine by them.:D
 

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I always use these. Excellent value - I get work to buy it then have the 2 or 3 'free' journeys for myself. Better value if you use the Highland Sleeper but pays for itself of Glasgow / Edinburgh, with advantage of being able to book late (except Fort William in summer) and change if required. If you don't use all 10 tickets in a year you can carry up to five over if buying another pass.

Also, first class is a bonus. Main advantage there is you don't get loud American couples talking in berth next door as they're all single - plus breakfast is included.
 
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