Virgin EUS-MAN Jun 29th, cannot book seats, any class.

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Optimo

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Morning, just looking for a bit of clarification on what might be going on with seat reservations:

trying to book 1500 EUS - MAN 29th June. Tickets are available, off peak std, and anytime and anytime first. I'm able to book standard £37 one-way, but unable to reserve a seat.

I'm also able to book first class, but also unable to book a first class seat, which seems very weird.

Looking to come back on 1st July - no seat reservations available either.

Two questions: Am I trying to book too far in advance, and the seat reservations are not yet available? Bookinghorizons suggests they *would* be available to reserve (going by the last time that page was updated - 23rd March => 22nd June, so now it's 2nd April, I'm assuming I could reserve up til 1st July).

Tickets for 29th June would only have gone on sale as of this weekend - should I just assume that every reservation possible on this15:00 train has been sold out already?

Supplementary question:
I've just had to book tickets without a seat, near 3 months in advance... Is it possible to get a seat reservation after making a booking, should reservations become available?

Thanks
 
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philjo

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I don't think the bookings are open for those dates so the advance tickets would not be released yet.
East Coast are currently booking until Friday 22 June - I would expect Virgin to be booking to around the same dates at the moment.
 

Optimo

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Thanks all.

Dvboy, does that mean that it'll be next week before my dates are available to book, or is it not as clear-cut as that?
When do Advance tickets normally go on sale?

Will I be able to add a seat reservation after the fact once reservations become available on my current OffPeak booking?

Thanks very much, info is much appreciated.
 

island

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You can get a seat reservation at a station on presenting your ticket. You might also be able to do it over the phone. I don't think it can be done online.
 
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