I know it has been posted before over 2 weeks ago but I thought it would be good to remind you all about this as it's starting this week! Original poster marko4ever24, so credit to him.
On Monday 2 February 2009 The Sun newspaper in partnership with train companies will launch The Sun 2FOR1 rail offer. This will be the first national ticket promotion to be offered since 2002.
The Sun 2FOR1 rail offer provides readers the opportunity to buy one Adult rail ticket and take another person (adult or child) with them for free.
2FOR1 rail offer tickets can only be purchased online from http://www.thesun.co.uk/2FOR1railoffer.
2FOR1 rail offer tickets must NOT be sold at stations or through any other retail outlet.
To obtain the 2FOR1 rail offer Sun readers need to collect any four of six individual tokens printed in The Sun between Monday 2 February and Saturday 7 February.
Each day a three character pin code will be printed on the token and customers must enter four different pin codes to obtain the 2FOR1 discount on the website.
The 2FOR1 rail offer is ONLY available on Adult tickets. Each 2FOR1 ticket will show a 50% discount on the Adult fare.
Where one Adult + one Child are travelling together, the 2FOR1 rail offer will be available. In this case the Adult ticket will be issued at 50% discount and the Child ticket will be issued at the normal Child rate.
A minimum of two and a maximum of eight people can travel together with one set of four 2FOR1 rail tokens. One set of four tokens can only be used once for a Single or Return journey. All customers that make up the group must travel together on the same train service/s.
2FOR1 rail offer tickets will be clearly identified with 2FOR1 printed on the ticket.
All 2FOR1 rail offer tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-EXCHANGEABLE. Once the journey is booked, NO changes can be made, no matter what type of ticket is held. Note: Seat reservations are compulsory for Advance fares only.
All other rail ticket restrictions and terms and conditions will apply.
2FOR1 rail offer tickets can be booked between 5 February and 5 March 2009 inclusive. All tickets must be booked at least seven days in advance of travel.
All outward travel must be completed between 12 February and 5 April 2009 inclusive. Tickets with a return validity of one month may be valid for travel until 4 May 2009.
The 2FOR1 rail offer applies to a range of ticket types including Advance, Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak. Anytime fares are included for journeys where no Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak fares exist. Day Travelcards are excluded from the 2FOR1 rail offer. All 2FOR1 rail offer tickets are subject to availability.
Generally the 2FOR1 rail offer will apply to Standard tickets, although the 2FOR1 rail offer may also be available for First Class travel on some journeys (see Appendix A).
Each train company has identified what tickets should be available for the 2FOR1 rail offer. A full list of tickets being offered for the promotion is provided in Appendix A.
Participating Train Companies
2FOR1 rail offer tickets will be available for travel on services operated by the following train companies:
Arriva Trains Wales
First TransPennine Express
National Express East Coast
Heathrow Connect (except for journeys to Heathrow Airport)
Island Line Trains
South West Trains
East Midlands Trains
First Capital Connect
First Great Western
National Express East Anglia
The Sun 2FOR1 rail offer is being exclusively fulfilled by Trainline.com on behalf of train companies.
Customers can opt to collect 2FOR1 rail offer tickets from the self service ticket machines at the station (ToD) or have the tickets sent to them by post.
Tickets lost in post, replacement tickets & ToD failures
If a customer does not receive their 2FOR1 rail offer tickets by post, then they must contact the Trainline.com tel: 0871 244 2395 to get their tickets reissued.
Normal replacement ticket procedures and ToD guidelines apply for 2FOR1 rail offer tickets. Any queries please contact the Trainlines TOC Support Line tel: 0845 309 0990 .
2FOR1 rail offer tickets are non-exchangeable, so cannot be upgraded to a new ticket. First Class upgrades, e.g. Weekend First, are not available to holders of 2FOR1 rail offer tickets.
The 2FOR1 discount is applied using the existing Status Code 042. Please note, some gatelines may not be programmed to accept this Status Code, so in some cases customers will need to be passed through manned gates.
Terms & Conditions
Where applicable, The Sun 2FOR1 rail offer terms and conditions override the existing ticket terms and conditions (e.g. Off-Peak fares with the 2FOR1 discount are non-refundable) and the National Rail Conditions of Carriage.
A summary of key terms and conditions of The Sun 2FOR1 rail offer is provided below. Full terms and conditions are provided in Appendix B.
* All 2FOR1 rail offer tickets must be booked online at http://www.thesun.co.uk/2for1railoffer
* All travel must be booked at least seven days in advance of travel.
* All 2FOR1 rail offer tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
* Four individual tokens from The Sun must be collected to obtain the 2FOR1 rail offer. Tokens can only be used once and customers must carry all four 2FOR1 tokens with them when they travel.
* 2FOR1 rail offer tickets are NOT valid for travel on Sleeper services or any train services operated by Heathrow Express, Stansted Express, London Overground, First Hull Trains, Grand Central Railway, Wrexham & Shropshire or Eurostar.
* 2FOR1 rail offer tickets are NOT valid for travel on London Underground or Docklands Light Railway EXCEPT for cross-London travel on tickets issued for through journeys.
* 2FOR1 rail offer tickets are NOT valid for travel to or from Heathrow Airport, Stansted Airport, Manchester Airport, London Travelcard Zones or London Underground stations.
All other ticket restrictions, ticket terms and conditions and National Rail Conditions of Carriage apply to 2FOR1 rail offer tickets.
Delays & Cancellations
Existing Passengers Charter and National Rail Conditions of Carriage conditions apply to 2FOR1 rail offer tickets.
Comments & Complaints
Any comments or complaints regarding booking 2FOR1 rail offer tickets online should be directed to The Trainline.com.
Tel: 0871 244 2395 Email: [email protected]
All other general comment or complaints regarding the 2FOR1 rail offer should be directed to ATOC Customer Services.
Tel: 020 7841 8062 Email: [email protected]
Extension of travel period
All outward travel must be completed between 12 February and 5 April 2009 inclusive.
As 5 April is the last day of outward travel, the return portions of 2FOR1 Off-Peak Return and Anytime Return tickets may be valid until 4 May 2009 where appropriate.
The Sun 2FOR1 Rail Offer Tokens
To obtain the 2FOR1 rail offer customers will need to collect four individual tokens from The Sun newspaper.
Customers are advised that they MUST carry all four 2FOR1 tokens with them when they travel and the terms and conditions of the 2FOR1 rail offer state:
You must carry ALL four 2FOR1 offer tokens from The Sun newspaper with you on your journey. When asked by rail staff, you must show your valid 2FOR1 offer tickets and four valid 2FOR1 offer tokens. If you fail to do so, each ticket holder will be required to pay the full price Single fare for the journey as if no ticket was purchased before starting the journey and in some cases a Penalty Fare.