The Olympics/Advanced Fares

Discussion in 'Fares Advice & Policy' started by daniel3982, 27 Apr 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. daniel3982

    daniel3982 Member

    Messages:
    152
    Joined:
    28 Oct 2007
    Does anyone know if advanced fares have been suspended for services into London for the period around the Olympics?

    I'm wanting to book from Penzance to Sheffield on Thursday the 19th July, which is within the 12 week booking period now, however on both South West Trains and First Great Western it's not giving me the option of any advanced fares on these days which makes it substantially more expensive! For example the week before on the Thursday the same train I want to get from PNZ to LON is only £15...

    Fares on the 17th are cheaper but I noticed on the South West Trains website they're advertising the selling of Olympics tickets as being available now for the period from the 18th July until September, is this why I can't get the tickets I want.
     
  2. swt_passenger

    swt_passenger Veteran Member

    Messages:
    15,181
    Joined:
    7 Apr 2010
    I don't think the Olympics is relevant to your problem. 19th July is not yet open for SWT, according to the booking horizons page, indeed TPE is the only TOC open until 22nd so far:

    http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_fares/booking_horizons.html

    I'd check again next week.
     
  3. daniel3982

    daniel3982 Member

    Messages:
    152
    Joined:
    28 Oct 2007
    Cross Country and EMT both seem to be open for advanced fares on the 19th, and indeed I booked for the Saturday down to Cornwall on Sunday, so unless SWT only release week by week then they should be open by now.

    The problem is in the meantime the XC price goes up which would be my alternative while the EMT price also goes up but I can't be sure what time I'm going to be able to get to London so can't book either.
    --- old post above --- --- new post below ---
    Yep the above website is definitely wrong on AXC & EMT as both have advanced fares open for the 19th July, Also says SWT are available upto the 15th when they're actually open to the 17th! Ahame as a central database of when advanced fares are available is a great idea, if it works properly!

    A rather ominous warning at the bottom here too re: the Olympics.

     
  4. island

    island Established Member

    Messages:
    9,307
    Joined:
    30 Dec 2010
    Location:
    0036
    FYI: the ticket type you're referring to is advance, not advanced. Whether advance fares are advanced in sophistication is anybody's guess :)
     
  5. dzug2

    dzug2 Member

    Messages:
    865
    Joined:
    5 Feb 2011
    The website isn't updated daily - sometimes only weekly so can be a little out of date
     
  6. daniel3982

    daniel3982 Member

    Messages:
    152
    Joined:
    28 Oct 2007
    Checked again today and advance tickets are still only available upto the 17th July (they have been for 3 days) and not beyond. Getting increasingly worried that they're not available on the 19th due to the Olympics, meanwhile EMT tickets have gone up quite a lot in that time as they're selling like hot cakes.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page