YOU could make a big saving on festive train travel if you get on board now.
Maybe October is too soon to think about Christmas, but this is the week to sort your festive travel tickets if you want to bag a bargain.
With the 12-week advance booking window now open, this is the time to get the biggest discounts . . .
ADVANCE FARES: Rail companies sell a limited number of “advance” tickets, which means you can now pick up these reduced fares for the Christmas period.
If you’re heading back in the New Year, then it’s definitely worth buying your ticket this side of the festivities. This season, a lot of rail companies are offering flexible extras. For example, LNER are offering fee-free changes to your journey up to 6pm the day before you travel. Until December 31.
GET A RAILCARD: National Rail offer a range of discount cards. These include one for 16 to 25-year-olds, 26 to 30-years-olds, the Family & Friends Railcard and the Two Together, which offers a third off any standard and first-class off-peak and advance fares if two named adults are travelling together.
For the same price, you can get the Family & Friends Railcard for up to four adults and four kids which gives you a third off most adult fares and 60 percent off kids’ tickets. It doesn’t count for peak travel time so it’s best to check that you’re covered before buying the card.
SPLIT YOUR TICKETS: Instead of buying tickets for the full journey, book separate tickets for chunks of it – you could save loads. TrainSplit will even crunch the numbers for you.
DON’T MISS OUT: Booking via nationalrail.co.uk is usually the cheapest way. However, I do like the simplicity of the Trainline.com app, as you can use the e-ticket. Go via Quidco to get up to four per cent cashback. Buy a railcard through them and they will give you £5 towards your next trip.
Offer ends today.
- All prices correct at time of going to press. All deals and offers subject to availability.
Deal of the day
DIVE into Cadbury Dark Milk Chocolate Dessert. A four-pack is £1, down from £2.50, at Morrisons.
STIR up a Nescafe Gold Double Choca Mocha Cappuccino at Co-op. A pack of eight sachets is half-price, reduced from £2.70 to £1.35.
NEW mum Stacey Solomon’s AW21 collection of children’s clothing and accessories has landed at Primark.
It complies with the Primark Cares label, so is made from organic, sustainable cotton and any plastic is recycled. Items from £2.
YOU could scoop up Ben & Jerry’s Poppin Popcorn ice cream, for £4.50 from Ocado. Or head to Asda for its own-brand Caramel Popcorn ice cream, which is £2.75.
Giselle’s little helper
LINGERIE retailer Pour Moi has partnered with ITV’s Lorraine show to launch the Change & Check breast cancer awareness campaign for October.
All profits from Pour Moi’s special Pink Edit range will go to the Future Dreams charity.
Shop and save
MELT into the night with the American Originals Chocolate Fountain from Argos.co.uk, was £34.99, now £24.99.
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