Hull Trains..Expensive one day..cheap the next

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NathanPrior

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Was having a look yesterday & day before for returns from London to Doncaster on March 17th and they kept coming up at like £25-£30, I check again like 15mins ago and I find they've gone down to £13.20 return...bargain! Slightly odd though, but I aint complaining.
 
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Possibly the quota hasn't being selling, and Hull Trains' ticketing system has automatically cut the price in an attempt to shift tickets for the particular date in question. (The alternative being to cart around a train full of fresh air).
 

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Likely that either someone had the last tickets at that price point in their basket when you found the more expensive fares, or that more quota has been released in the meantime by FHT.
 

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Likely that either someone had the last tickets at that price point in their basket when you found the more expensive fares, or that more quota has been released in the meantime by FHT.

More quotas cannot be released by train companies after reservations have opened to stimulate demand, as the ASA has previously passed judgment that this is unacceptable (train companies say that the further in advance you book, the more you'll save).

Most likely is that someone deleted items from their basket making them available once more.
 

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More quotas cannot be released by train companies after reservations have opened to stimulate demand, as the ASA has previously passed judgment that this is unacceptable (train companies say that the further in advance you book, the more you'll save).

Most likely is that someone deleted items from their basket making them available once more.

Well it certainly happens - East Coast have had several £5/£10/£25 sales on dates for which quotas had previously been released.
 

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East Coast have had several £5/£10/£25 sales on dates for which quotas had previously been released.
But the sales are not for Advance tickets, but for Web Offer or Reader Offer tickets. They have slightly different t&c's, of little practicable consequence to the passenger but probably enough of a difference to keep ASA quiet.
 

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But the sales are not for Advance tickets, but for Web Offer or Reader Offer tickets. They have slightly different t&c's, of little practicable consequence to the passenger but probably enough of a difference to keep ASA quiet.

Seems odd even with different Ts and Cs - they're still available more cheaply nearer the date of travel. None of the ones I've used have required me to purchase any additional products.

These ones certainly seem the same:

http://www.eastcoast.co.uk/firstdiscount

East Coast said:
Usual Advance fare terms and conditions apply.
 

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Though EC do have an offer advertised at the moment for more 1st advance tickets:
http://www.eastcoast.co.uk/firstdiscount

650,000 extra tickets now discounted!

We’ve discounted more of our First Advance fares, for travel throughout the day, until the end of March – which means you can experience the perks of East Coast First Class travel for a fantastic price.

All the perks of First

Enjoy complimentary food and drink* served at your seat
Stay in the loop with free on-board Wi-Fi
Chill out in the Quiet Coach
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Sit back and enjoy the views with our large reclining seats

Book online by 30 March for travel until 31 March.

Remember, you’ll only find our lowest fares on our website. Look out for the fares with the purple asterisk.
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Terms and conditions
650,000 East Coast First Advance additional fares discounted by up to 10% for bookings until 30 March 2012 for East Coast travel by 31 March 2012. Usual Advance fare terms and conditions apply.

*On longer journeys we offer our full complimentary food and drink service, subject to availability, while on shorter journeys we endeavour to provide complimentary drinks and snacks. A reduced offer will be served on weekends and Bank Holidays.
 

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But the sales are not for Advance tickets, but for Web Offer or Reader Offer tickets. They have slightly different t&c's, of little practicable consequence to the passenger but probably enough of a difference to keep ASA quiet.

Got it in one! ;)
 

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More quotas cannot be released by train companies after reservations have opened to stimulate demand, as the ASA has previously passed judgment that this is unacceptable (train companies say that the further in advance you book, the more you'll save).

Oh yes, and what's that one company that doesn't seem to agree with that? You know, the one with their frequent "First Class Seat Sales?"
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But the sales are not for Advance tickets, but for Web Offer or Reader Offer tickets. They have slightly different t&c's, of little practicable consequence to the passenger but probably enough of a difference to keep ASA quiet.

I'm not so sure. Like Deerfold says, TOC's claim that the further in advance you book, the less you'll pay. Just because a cheaper ticket is a different ticket type shouldn't, in my opinion, affect that claim.

Any sales should be run at the same time as Advance tickets are released.
 
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