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Saturday day trip by train Manchester to London book by 6PM day before. Direct Virgin trains and unlimited zone 1-6 London travel included. £41.20 return. Normal cost £94.20.

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Saturday Day Travelcard This is ONLY for Saturdays and ONLY for a day trip. You must book by 6PM night before and specify the outward (Manchester to London) train. You can book any time train for t…
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DonkeyKonk
To get free travel in London you can also marry a tube driver.
I dunno if thats scraping the barrel or a marriage made in heaven....


Hold on if you divorce do you get this as perk as part of your settlement ? could work out a excellent deal with 50% TfL pension threw in ontop :)
scouser100000
boyaloud
scouser100000
how do you actually book this? Can you only book it on a friday or do you have to book by friday?
Do I need to select a certain option to get this?
You can book any day or time up until the Friday before at 6PM. Just search Manchester to London. It's called a Saturday Day Travelcard. Find the price that's £41.20 return. You will then be able to select an outward and return train. You must get on exact train for outward. For the return you'll receive a reservation but you can ignore it and get any train coming back.
Cheapest I can find is £41.20 each way
Are you usjg virgintrains.com and putting in Manchester to London on a Saturday?
boyaloud
scouser100000
how do you actually book this? Can you only book it on a friday or do you have to book by friday?
Do I need to select a certain option to get this?
You can book any day or time up until the Friday before at 6PM. Just search Manchester to London. It's called a Saturday Day Travelcard. Find the price that's £41.20 return. You will then be able to select an outward and return train. You must get on exact train for outward. For the return you'll receive a reservation but you can ignore it and get any train coming back.

Cheapest I can find is £41.20 each way
scouser100000
how do you actually book this? Can you only book it on a friday or do you have to book by friday?
Do I need to select a certain option to get this?
You can book any day or time up until the Friday before at 6PM. Just search Manchester to London. It's called a Saturday Day Travelcard. Find the price that's £41.20 return. You will then be able to select an outward and return train. You must get on exact train for outward. For the return you'll receive a reservation but you can ignore it and get any train coming back.
I can't get this offer to work.
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Manchester to London by train - turn up on day + pay £52.10 (£34.65 R/C) instead of £82.40 (£54.40 R/C) for a super off-peak open return (restricted times) @ Virgin Trains

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Different to the other deal as this is for "turn up and go" tickets. No advance booking needed and you're not tied to specific trains although there are restrictions on times. From any ticket offic…
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Virgin Trains West Coast Seat Sale TODAY ONLY.

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Virgin Trains West Coast are having another 1 day seat sale. Book today and travel between 30th July and 4th September. Tickets from £4.
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spock1958
Despite numerous so called sales, I've never actually found a fare that is cheaper than a normal advance fare. Is Virgin hoodwinking us?
Crewe > Edinburgh 2 Adult First Class return £108. Thats a bargin.
I was able to go straight to the website and find the same for £87.40 without any sale, with a normal advance ticket for 2, so my point stands.

The cheapest first class advance ticket from Edinburgh to Crewe on VTWC is £38.50 when there isn't a sale, so £77 return for one person. So no way could you get two for £87.40.

Cheaper tickets are available on Transpennine for as little as £33.10 each way. So if there are two people getting those fares, both using a railcard, it would come to the figure you quoted.

But it's not a fair comparison. Transpennine first class gets you a small snack and a drink in a paper cup - if you're lucky and there's a catering trolley on the train. With Virgin you get proper meals, proper drinks, alcohol and use of the first class lounge at the stations at both ends, where you can get free snacks and drinks.
spock1958
brooklynwho
spock1958
Despite numerous so called sales, I've never actually found a fare that is cheaper than a normal advance fare. Is Virgin hoodwinking us?
Crewe > Edinburgh 2 Adult First Class return £108. Thats a bargin.
I was able to go straight to the website and find the same for £87.40 without any sale, with a normal advance ticket for 2, so my point stands.
I cant find any such thing. Current pricing now is £101.40 for 1 adult return traveling standard class.
The price difference between Standard (Advance) and First Class is almost double when not on sale. Compare that with a difference of £20 during the sale!
brooklynwho
spock1958
Despite numerous so called sales, I've never actually found a fare that is cheaper than a normal advance fare. Is Virgin hoodwinking us?
Crewe > Edinburgh 2 Adult First Class return £108. Thats a bargin.
I was able to go straight to the website and find the same for £87.40 without any sale, with a normal advance ticket for 2, so my point stands.
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gmschuple
I can't find any tickets for £4:00. I was searching for travel from Luton to Brighton.
Engage brain then speak!
you had to have your two pence worth. I made an error but people like you can't help yourself. Whilst I was doing 101 things I made an error. The deal has ended.


Edited By: gmschuple on Jul 24, 2016 20:42
gmschuple
I can't find any tickets for £4:00. I was searching for travel from Luton to Brighton.

Engage brain then speak!
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Virgin train sale now live a day early (Tickets from £4)

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Virgin train sale on west coast trains was due to start on the 6th but is live now. I have just booked return Liverpool to London £10 each way 23rd July - 4th September
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I have recently traveled by RENFE Spanish TVE train between Alicante and Madrid for 40 Euro one way and 20 Euro the other a distance of 420 K, these are standard fares and the price depends on time of day but were not at ridiculous times, mid morning and mid day also when booking you get a seat allocated just like on an airplane so no standing.
At 11:03am: Sale has ended, but only for now - due to their "technical issues", so will be a last chance it seems!
"We promise to be back with another chance to pick up those Seat Sale tickets very, very soon. We don’t want you to miss out, after all."
Dripped
Perhaps I'm blind, but all the 'sale seats' that I'm trying on the fare finder is linking me to non-sale seats. Looks like they've pulled it early instead of 11am like they said.
@virgintrains
We're currently having some technical issues which are still being investigated. Please do keep an eye on our feed
Perhaps I'm blind, but all the 'sale seats' that I'm trying on the fare finder is linking me to non-sale seats. Looks like they've pulled it early instead of 11am like they said.
Biioniic11
whoMODStheMODS
Does anybody know (approximately) the days/months of the year when Virgin do their train ticket sales.
Look out for ticket sales between February/March and July. Sign up for Virgin Trains newsletter and you'll be notified as soon as a sale is on

Thanks.
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Virgin Trains West Coast Seat Sale 3 days only 5th-7th July. Travel 23rd July to 4th September.

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Virgin trains west coast are having a seat sale. Book Tuesday 5th - Thursday 7th July 2016 for travel Saturday 23rd July to Sunday 4th September 2016. London Euston to Birmingham £4 each way. Lond…
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only my return fare was cheaper on a 1 hour later train. I shouldn't complain as £12 return is mighty good compared to the £60 odd I pay sometimes.
NB This Sale offer is live now - ie appearing on their website early - ie today Mon 4/7 - just made a few bookings!
Plus TopcashBack have 2% until tomorrow on VT Bookings
Plus don't forget your Nectar or Virgin Flying Club!
mk-donald
whoMODStheMODS
do the 2 for 1 attractions voucher work with these tickets as it states to present the voucher with Virgin East ticket?
If you've found an attraction offering 2for1 when you have a Virgin Trains East Coast ticket then a Virgin Trains West Coast ticket shouldn't be accepted, though always worth trying if you were going anyway as the worst they can do is identify your ticket doesn't meet their criteria and say no = where you were already.
It may well be though that you are just looking at an attraction's offer "from the viewpoint of VT East Coast" ie where VTEC are saying "if you have one of our tickets you can go 2for1"; ie they're not saying "ONLY if you have one of our tickets...".
Otherwise there's lots of offers on the National site and a FAQ about valid tickets for those athttps://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/faqs

Thanks!
whoMODStheMODS
do the 2 for 1 attractions voucher work with these tickets as it states to present the voucher with Virgin East ticket?

If you've found an attraction offering 2for1 when you have a Virgin Trains East Coast ticket then a Virgin Trains West Coast ticket shouldn't be accepted, though always worth trying if you were going anyway as the worst they can do is identify your ticket doesn't meet their criteria and say no = where you were already.

It may well be though that you are just looking at an attraction's offer "from the viewpoint of VT East Coast" ie where VTEC are saying "if you have one of our tickets you can go 2for1"; ie they're not saying "ONLY if you have one of our tickets...".

Otherwise there's lots of offers on the National site and a FAQ about valid tickets for those at
https://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/faqs




Edited By: mk-donald on Jul 03, 2016 18:11
do the 2 for 1 attractions voucher work with these tickets as it states to present the voucher with Virgin East ticket?
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Virgin Trains - 20% off East & West Coast Advance Tickets with Virgin Red App

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Virgin Red app has these offers all the time but they seem to be rarely posted (unless I've missed them). Virgin Red members get 20% off advance fares (standard and first). Travel must start and en…
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I now have 30% off East Coast in the VR app until 31 July
Worked on west coast for me; tried to book with the code on desktop but it didn't work. Had to use the app which took forever to book, as the site isn't mobile-friendly for booking! It's just the desktop version of the site - be prepared for lots of scrolling/swearing.
Only see it on virgin east coast not for west
No sign at all in my Virgin Red App :(
Both East and West appear on Editor's Pick on my home page. Just swipe to reveal.
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Virgin Trains - Free Onboard Entertainment

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On both the West Coast and East Coast, Virgin Trains have released a new app that allows you to stream entertainment to your device when travelling on their trains. I's free too! Could be useful f…
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sonny3sum
I'm sitting on the delayed 17.13 virgin train on my commute home from Milton Keynes, I should have known it was too good to be true!! Nope no free WiFi!! Maybe in another part of the country but not on this train. Tried and it asks for access code ....looks like a wild goose chase!

It's only Virgin East Coast that has free wifi if you book with them, so you won't be able to get it on a Milton Keynes train.
santashippo
Taksim_Red
Does this mean thay regular WiFi is now free?I'm not really interested in watching movies or whatever, just want a bit of internet and online radio.
Indeed, if you book direct with them

Yeah booked on their site. Do I have to do something to activate it before we travel?
I'm sitting on the delayed 17.13 virgin train on my commute home from Milton Keynes, I should have known it was too good to be true!! Nope no free WiFi!! Maybe in another part of the country but not on this train. Tried and it asks for access code ....looks like a wild goose chase!
jtalep
Jacob_Kreed
why are these guys still business, I have never heard of good service from Virgin trains. for instance if you go first class you can get a freshly cooked breakfast for a tenner, but here's the small print... only on weekdays. obviously you don't need to eat at weekends...
The trade off is that it's cheaper to travel first class at the weekend so more people can afford to do it :) When I booked a first class ticket I was made well aware that it was a different offering at the weekend, didn't bother me in the slightest. I actually find Virgin pretty good and I travel regularly.

Same here . Tried first class for a week, granted it cost me £80 more for the week then my usual season ticket but the brekkie was fantastic. I think I ate non stop 10 mins into the journey when they come round . mmmm salmon with scrambled eggs on toast, 2 cups of tea, an orange juice, an apple juice, 2/more slices of toast was probably all I could manage!! It was fab, lived the dream for a week baby and ate like a ravenous hyena that week. I made it worth the extra £80.
Since when has it been free!!???
I'm a daily Birmingham to Milton Keynes commuter. That's news to me if its free! I'll try in on my commute home tonight as I normally tether my phone to my laptop and use my phones 2gb allawonce to browse the net. But this'll save me!
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Book Doncaster - London Advance train ticket on Virgin East Coast website + use trains an hour either side of booked time

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Both Doncaster to London King's Cross and the other direction, but only between those two stations on Virgin East Coast trains, and you can use other East Coast trains up to one hour before and one ho…
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Newbold
Odd that this applies only to Doncaster and not to any of their other stations. Or are there other similar offers hiddden away somewhere? :|


Yeah it's a fair comment, why donny and no other stations along the route?
I'm guessing this is a trial and if it proves popular they'll extend it also they have 2 competitors in Doncaster.
Odd that this applies only to Doncaster and not to any of their other stations. Or are there other similar offers hiddden away somewhere? :|
Handy for me sometimes.
If I'm arriving into Heathrow at say 5:40, I'll give myself 3 hours to get to Kings Cross by booking a train around 9am.
A lot of the time, things go well and I'm at Kings Cross before 8am so either I sit it out for an hour or so in a coffee shop or freeze outside (especially when you've come back from somewhere warm, didn't want a bulky coat to carry / fill a suitcase and it's now 0C in the UK). This way I could catch the next train and be home a good hour or so earlier.
Not really a deal. I want a deal where I save money
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Virgin east coast £15.00 each way London-Edinburgh or £30 first class if you have flown London-Edinburgh in the recent past or future

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An odd deal,seems you have to have flown London-Edinburgh 1 January 2015 to 29 July 2016. But looking at the form it looks as if you could get away with dummy details. Good price for the main line.
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geremyfarr
Badgers
Got my code so booking first class return to Edinburgh for £60
Still more expensive than the Ryanair but I much prefer the train and this is first class :D
How do you find the specific tickets that are that price? or do you just pick any that are from Edinburgh and to london (or vice versa), then use the code at checkout?
You need to register via the link in the OP giving details of the journey you flew or when you plan to fly. Then if Virgin deem you as 'worthy' they will send you a code via email within 5 days. There is a link in the email to click through to booking, then you enter your code and choose travel times.
It is just a loss leader for Virgin to tempt people off planes and onto trains but a damn good deal nonetheless.

No i realise that, I have received the code. I'm just wondering, do I find the '15GBP' to and from journeys from available dates and times, or do i put in the code when checking out?
geremyfarr
Badgers
Got my code so booking first class return to Edinburgh for £60
Still more expensive than the Ryanair but I much prefer the train and this is first class :D
How do you find the specific tickets that are that price? or do you just pick any that are from Edinburgh and to london (or vice versa), then use the code at checkout?
You need to register via the link in the OP giving details of the journey you flew or when you plan to fly. Then if Virgin deem you as 'worthy' they will send you a code via email within 5 days. There is a link in the email to click through to booking, then you enter your code and choose travel times.

It is just a loss leader for Virgin to tempt people off planes and onto trains but a damn good deal nonetheless.
Badgers
Got my code so booking first class return to Edinburgh for £60
Still more expensive than the Ryanair but I much prefer the train and this is first class :D

How do you find the specific tickets that are that price? or do you just pick any that are from Edinburgh and to london (or vice versa), then use the code at checkout?
This is a ridiculously good deal it should be >1000C! Blagged enough codes to cover my trips this year thanks to friends and family!
Got my code so booking first class return to Edinburgh for £60
Still more expensive than the Ryanair but I much prefer the train and this is first class :D
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Automatic Delay Repay when booking through Virgin Trains on the West Coast Mainline

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Okay its not perfect but its getting there (see terms). Gone are rubbish Rail Travel Vouchers - Automatic Delay Repay calculates the compensation due to you in the event of a delay and automatically p…
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Virgin Trains East Coast Flash Sale - 30% off, tickets as low as £3 each way!

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Virgin Trains East Coast are offering 30% discount on Standard Advance and First Advance tickets purchased before 13 March. Some sample fares and destinations: Edinburgh to Newcastle (and vice vers…
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1977mermaid
Just tried it through the android app, unfortunately the prices that come up are exactly the same as when i was checking a few days ago :-(

You need to access the sale through the link above with the passcode, it doesn't work through apps.
Just tried it through the android app, unfortunately the prices that come up are exactly the same as when i was checking a few days ago :-(
Newbold
Thanks - this works. There's a risk, though, that given the T&C posted at #6 above Virgin could cancel tickets booked this way by people who haven't had the email - or demand the additional fare.

Agree, but given you can type literally any email address I'd say that risk is minimal. :)
thanks op. wish I had seen this before I booked a train earlier, just checked and could have saved £12!
skizz_b
Updated link - try this for size.http://tickets.virgintrainseastcoast.com/ec/en/landing/PinPromotionLanding?id=VirginAtlantic30pcMar2016
It doesn't appear to work through the HUKD redirect, and takes you to the normal site. Cutting and pasting this link will take you to the login page.
Thanks - this works. There's a risk, though, that given the T&C posted at #6 above Virgin could cancel tickets booked this way by people who haven't had the email - or demand the additional fare.
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Virgin trains flash sale fares starting at £4.00

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Virgin Trains' Big Spring Seat Sale has ALREADY kicked off from today to Thursday 3 March, with prices on 800,000 seats across First and standard class slashed on the rail operator’s West Coast Mainli…
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liam_abrown
I can't find cheap tickets. I'm off work weekend 19th-20th March and 9th-10th April. I live in Rugby. Tried London, Manchester and Edinburgh and all full price..... Help please.

That'll be because the sale has ended and all the cheap tickets have gone.

If you want a trip to London try London Midland trains instead, they're usually cheaper than Virgin, but slower.
I can't find cheap tickets. I'm off work weekend 19th-20th March and 9th-10th April. I live in Rugby. Tried London, Manchester and Edinburgh and all full price..... Help please.
Thank you, just bought a return ticket for London - Lake District, £10 each way. BARGAIN!!!
To anyone that has successfully booked are you able to choose your exact seat on the planner like you can when buying normal tickets?
easto1a
Jolleysaurus
They have kindly screwed any customer who booked in advance.
Great customer service there Virgin......
you could always try to complain they may refund you the difference if you can prove it cost you more. Perhaps worth a try
Yes I certainly feel screwed - booked 2 weeks ago following their book early for the best price advice and paid more than double the sale price. I have complained as I in order to get that "Best"!! fare I had to book a train earlier than I wanted AND with a change of train. I doubt if any refund will be forthcoming as on the bottom of the BFF there are the initials T&C which is a (hidden in my opinion) dropdown which says sale fares may be cheaper than the BFF.
I have suggested to them that they should advertise the sale BEFORE the services covered appear on the BFF.

On getting back from my holiday I find if I had waited I could have gone on the 1 hour later DIRECT train that gets there only 7 minutes later than the early one and for less than half the price.
Just to rub it in I have now looked for an advance ticket for the home journey which is outside the sale period which means it is £123 as against the £10 sale price. Incredibly the First class advance fare is less at £103.
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Virgin West Coast sale. 1-3 March. E.G. London to Birmingham £8.00 return.

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Please read first. This is a heads up. I just saw this on the Mirror website: http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/travel-london-birmingham-8-return-7433272 The sale site is not live yet. Details won't be…
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The sale has started early :D
thanks, I have treated myself to First Class one way and cattle class on the return leg!
The sale has started early :D
Squishyonthemoon
Dealier
BungalowBill
I travel to Birmingham every day from an intermediary station, it costs around £12 - wonder if I can buy this ticket and then join the train mid-journey, is that allowed?
This offer will only be for Advance tickets, valid on specific trains from specific start and end points. It's against the rules to travel on a different train, or start or finish at the wrong station. You could be charged the full fare in addition to what you've already paid if you get caught. I wouldn't risk it - and the offer may be valid from your station anyway.
As always with the cheapest tickets, they're unlikely to be available at peak time, only on trains that don't usually get busy.
This isn't true- I usually get advance tickets and I've never had any problem- Aslong as you don't get on before your allocated station. You're on the train time you paid for so its fine

It's against the terms and conditions of Advance tickets to start or end your journey at the wrong station. Fact.

From the terms and conditions, at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_fares/ticket_types/46546.aspx

"You may not start, break and resume, or end your journey at any intermediate station except to change to/from connecting trains as shown on the ticket(s) or other valid travel itinerary."


Just because you've been lucky so far and got away with it doesn't mean someone else will be.
Dealier
BungalowBill
I travel to Birmingham every day from an intermediary station, it costs around £12 - wonder if I can buy this ticket and then join the train mid-journey, is that allowed?
This offer will only be for Advance tickets, valid on specific trains from specific start and end points. It's against the rules to travel on a different train, or start or finish at the wrong station. You could be charged the full fare in addition to what you've already paid if you get caught. I wouldn't risk it - and the offer may be valid from your station anyway.
As always with the cheapest tickets, they're unlikely to be available at peak time, only on trains that don't usually get busy.
This isn't true- I usually get advance tickets and I've never had any problem- Aslong as you don't get on before your allocated station. You're on the train time you paid for so its fine
julieallen
landros1
rodman
landros1
Why is it always London to Birmingham.
I have tried to book to London & back to Birmingham on the same day and found it impossible.
Offer finished now anyway.
Learn some English and then try again on 1st of March 2016.
Why do you feel the need for sarcasm?
Why do you feel the need to tell people the offers over when it hasn't started?
Yes I misread the start date but thee rest of what I have said is true.
Save your secret sarcasme for "****".

Have a nice day.
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NOW LIVE 30% off many Virgin Trains East and West coast advance tickets starts 9 Feb. Book until 1 March for travel until 13 May

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Virgin Trains East Coast offer The 30% discount is available on Advance fares only and can be booked from Tuesday 9 February until Tuesday 1 March 2016. The offer is available on direct services al…
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Just seen for first time for years that £back opportunity with Virgin Trains West Coast
2.1% via TopcashBack
ie having cleared your cookies get to Virgin via...
http://www.topcashback.co.uk/virgin_trains/

then visit the promo fares area at
http://www.virgintrains.co.uk/lovethenorth
or use the promo code in the 'more options' when searching for tickets: CUMB30

PS
Can confirm that manually entering the promo code works fine. And don't forget to enter your NECTAR or Virgin Flying Club # to get some loyalty bonus within the Virgin site too.

Edited By: mk-donald on Feb 16, 2016 19:59: PS
While the Virgin West Coast offer was working earlier at
https://www.virgintrains.co.uk/lovethenorth

For a while around 3:20pm: it wasn't doing anything useful: "Unfortunately we are currently unable to check the availability of Advance fares due to a problem accessing the national reservations system. You can continue to purchase any of the fares below or try your search again. If the problem persists you may wish to try again later."

Virgin West Coast working again by 4pm. The 30% fares are highlighted in yellow as Promotional Tickets with "Vt Cumbria 30% Off" text alongside.

And just a reminder for Virgin West Coast travellers outside that specific 30% off to/fro Northern region - that any Virgin Money customers can still save 10% on many (but not all nowadays it seems?) Virgin West Coast Advance fares:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/10-off-virgin-trains-advance-tickets-adult-for-virgin-money-customers-ongoing-2120271


Edited By: mk-donald on Feb 11, 2016 16:00: Update
chillyemily
The lack of railcard discount prevents this offer from being of any use to anyone with a railcard. It's a shame.

On the other hand it's a very good promotion for the majority of us who don't have a railcard!
The lack of railcard discount prevents this offer from being of any use to anyone with a railcard. It's a shame.
Bump as now live!
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Take the family away for less this half term- e.g. Manchester to London return for a family of 6 @ virgintrains £90.00

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Not bad offer considering it's an open return for 2 adults and up to 4 children LOTS OF OTHER JOURNEYS AVAILABLE Here's the blurb; You can travel anywhere on our network (except Glasgow) alo…
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when i try to book for 2a & 1c . for 16th Feb to Warrington from Lancaster it refuses to take the booking , What am i doing wrong ?
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muffboy
Keep your family safe by keeping them away from Glasgow.


There is only about one murder a weeks it's not that bad
Stoke on Trent for Alton Towers.
Do you need a child with you to travel?
I know it states minimum 1 adult and 1 child, but could the child be at the buffet or in the toilet for the whole journey?

The tickets seem to be available on peak time services, and are a lot cheaper than normal tickets at that time of day...
muffboy
Keep your family safe by keeping them away from Glasgow.

Yes because Coventry is an absolute delight!
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Virgin East Coast Trains Superfly Seat Sale - many Leeds to London £5.00, Newcastle to London £10 and Edinburgh to London £15 each way includes peak times

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Book by 8 Jan for travel from 5 January until 23 March. Many seats very very cheap. All routes on East Coast, so can also do say, Doncaster to London. Lots and lots of trains every day including one…
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Edited By: rickj on Jan 10, 2016 19:42
What is the trick to find the fares. I'm wanting leeds -London -flexible with any weekend dates. Can I presume that weekends aren't included?!
If you are based in West Yorkshire consider grand central always great fairs £12 each way to London when you book in advance
Leeds to London for £5 on 31st Jan - just what I needed, thank you very much!


Edited By: jamielfc on Jan 05, 2016 00:34
Booked 3 Tickets from Leeds to London return for 30 :).
Thanks OP, Head added
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Virgin Train Sale - fares from £3.00 Various destinations and dates available.

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Virgin Train sale - fares from £3.00 Various destinations and dates available. Examples: Manchester - Stoke on Trent - £3.00 Birmingham - Wigan - £7.00 London - Birmingham - £8.00 Glasgow - Ca…
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No good for me, but a great deal for many im sure! Heat!
alert icon Train Services suspended between Carlisle and Scotland close
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London & West Midlands - Scotland

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Date:
Friday 1st January to Monday 1st February 2016

Please check your journey before commencing travel
What is happening?
Virgin Trains are running a limited train service between Carlisle and Glasgow via a diversionary route which will add an additional 90 minutes journey time.

Customers travelling on trains to and from Scotland are urged to check before they travel after it was confirmed that Lamington Viaduct, just outside Lockerbie, on the West Coast Mainline is to remain closed throughout January while engineers carry out repairs to the damage caused by Storm Frank. One pier of the structure has been weakened and investigations into the full extent of the damage will continue until the end of next week. At this stage it is anticipated the first trains will cross the viaduct Monday 1st February 2016.

We're really sorry for the disruption this will cause to our passengers on the West Coast Mainline. Safety is always the most important consideration on the railway and we support Network Rail's decision to close the West Coast Mainline between Carlisle and Scotland until they are sure it is safe to run trains.

We will continue to provide a replacement coach service for passengers between Carlisle and Glasgow, and there is also an alternative train service running on a diversionary route - however this is a limited service and will also add around 90 minutes to the journey.

Virgin Trains tickets are being accepted on our East Coast services between London King's Cross and Edinburgh but NOT on Cross Country services between Birmingham and Glasgow. Passengers travelling on Virgin Trains East Coast should expect these services to be much busier than usual, and anyone who can postpone or cancel their journey should seriously consider doing so. We will of course give a full refund for anyone who decides not to travel.

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Advice:
Passengers travelling from Glasgow Central to London should travel via Edinburgh on Scotrail and Virgin East Coast services to London Kings Cross.

Passengers travelling from London to Glasgow Central should travel from London Kings Cross via Edinburgh on Virgin East Coast and Scotrail services.



Passengers travelling from Glasgow Central to West Midlands stations should travel via Edinburgh on Scotrail and CrossCountry services unless travelling on a Virgin Trains only ticket - in this case please contact us for guidance on alternative routes.

Passengers travelling from West Midlands stations to Glasgow Central should travel via Edinburgh on CrossCountry and Scotrail services unless travelling on a Virgin Trains only ticket - in this case please contact us for guidance on alternative routes.

Passengers travelling from London to Edinburgh should travel from London Kings Cross on Virgin East Coast services.

Ticket acceptance is in place with Northern Rail, Arriva Trains Wales and First TransPennine Express via any reasonable route.

Advance ticket restrictions have been relaxed for passengers travelling through the affected area. We are advising passengers to travel as close as possible their booked services
I have Booked 3 tickets from Leeds to London return on east coast all for 30 only. traveling this weekend and in march ;)
You can get 1% Topcashback on the First Transpennine Express for buying any tickets without any fees and you can get 2 nectar points. So 2% cashback on your spend in whole pounds.

I know it is not a massive amount, but it is something...
Coventry to Edinburgh return for £30 near end of March.. Bargain! Cheers ;-)
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2-4-1 Virgin Trains (West coast) weekend First upgrades, i.e. 2 adults upgrade to first class for £15.00 at weekends (£7.50 each) anywhere on Virgin trains (west coast)

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Can't seem to find this online, but if you download the free Virgin Red app, you can get this offer by showing the app at a Virgin ticket office just before you travel (or more in advance) on ANY kind…
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jukes21
How much if we wanted to upgrade for a midweek off peak journey?


​normal price. Forget it its expensive eg think Edinburgh was 200 extra when i went there in August but you get a fuller first class treatment. At weekends its a limited treatment but well worth it for the extra space, nicer seats, sarnies, drinks, cakes
Or from London to anywhere north of Wolverhampton is also £15
chuckley
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chuckley
isn't this the regular walk-on upgrade fare?
no - £10n or £15 EACH
in english?
The normal upgrade price at weekends is £10 from Wolverhampton to London or anywhere on that line or £15 anywhere north of Wolverhampton to anywhere else
boyaloud
chuckley
isn't this the regular walk-on upgrade fare?
no - £10n or £15 EACH
in english?
aljack
jukes21
How much if we wanted to upgrade for a midweek off peak journey?


​Depends on the route.


Birmingham to London Euston
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Virgin Train Sale £4.20

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Thanks holiday pirates for the heads up! Virgin trains are currently running an awesome promotion on fares to various UK destinations, if you are planning a city trip to the Capital or you just want
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No chance of same day delivery
nothing from Leeds or east coast route. shame as a good offer
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20% off all Virgin west coast advance tickets for downloading new free Virgin Red app

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Just downloaded this quite a fun app to use. Sends you to Virgin trains site then you search for trains as normal and any on Virgin west coast routes that have advance tickets have 20% off, both stand…
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I wish to use this code to book 20% off a Virgin train ticket for someone who is travelling from London to Chester next week (return).

The person travelling has a Windows mobile phone that cannot access the Virgin Red App.

The Virgin website (link) says: 'A Virgin Red member must travel with the party' and 'Please be ready to show your Virgin Red App to the Train Manager'.

So my question is: has anyone who has used this 20% off code been asked to show the Virgin Red App to the ticket inspector on the train?

Thanks very much! :) (Sorry I've posted this message on 2 separate threads in order to maximise the chance of an answer - thanks!)
barnehurst
the railcard failiure somewhat undermines it

Not everyone has a railcard. Cheers OP, perfect for my upcoming London trip in March.
the railcard failiure somewhat undermines it

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The Virgin Group, the company behind Virgin Records, and an assortment of other companies like Virgin Cola and Virgin Galactic, decided to enter the rail business during the privatisation of British Rail. Virgin bid on a number of different franchises and was successfully awarded Virgin CrossCountry and Virgin West Coast in 1997.

To most travellers Virgin Trains simply means any train with the Virgin logo on it, but Virgin Trains is actually just the name for the company that operates on the West Coast of the UK, between London and Scotland. Virgin's operations on the East Coast operate under the name Virgin Trains East Coast and they run a separate website at www.virgintrainseastcoast.com.

The Virgin Rail Group is the name of the company that manages Virgin's individual rail company. Combined, the Virgin Rail Group offers train services to some of the UK's most popular cities including London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, and Liverpool. Tickets for the different rail franchises can be purchased on their online store at www.virgintrains.co.uk.

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Buying Tickets for a Virgin Train

There are several ways to buy a Virgin Trains train ticket:

  • The old-fashioned way – Simply queue up at the train station and purchase a ticket at the ticket counter.
  • Fastticket machines – These machines allow you to purchase your ticket via a machine, which can sometimes be quicker than the old-fashioned way. You can also use Fastticket machines to pick up tickets that you've purchased online or via another method.
  • Online at virgintrains.co.uk – Tickets can be purchased online at Virgin's website. Purchased tickets can then either be sent by post or as an e-ticket. If you have an e-ticket, you will need to print it out and show it along with some ID when you board the train. Alternatively, you can opt to collect a standard printed ticket at the train station.
  • On the Virgin Trains app – Known as m-tickets, these tickets are stored on your phone and mean you don't have to worry about printing or collecting the tickets at the train station.

Types of Ticket Available at Virgin Trains

  • Standard ticket – Just a ticket to get you from A to B. Depending on the route, First Class options may be available.
  • Group travel ticket – If you're travelling with 3 or more people, a group travel ticket may be more cost-effective than several individual tickets.
  • Family travel ticket – Family tickets offer savings for up to two adults and two children.
  • Railcards – Railcards offer significant savings off the cost of rail travel in the UK. The most common rail cards are the 16-25 Railcard, Senior Railcard, and Disabled Persons Railcard, however, there are other specialist railcards, for example, the Two Together Railcard which is designed for couples or best friends that frequently travel together.
  • Season ticket – Season tickets give you unlimited travel on a specific route of your choice. It's ideal for commuters who make the same journey several times per week.
  • Eurostar tickets – If you fancy the idea of travelling by train to another country, then this could be just the ticket.
  • Sleeper train tickets – Sleeper trains, for example, the Caledonia Sleeper, are an experience in themselves and offer a more comfortable experience for long distance journeys.
  • Ferry tickets – Although Virgin Trains don't normally specialise in ferry tickets, it is possible to book some ferry tickets to Ireland through Virgin Trains.

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Saving Money at Virgin Trains

Train travel in the UK can be expensive but there are a few ways to cut down on the costs. One of the easiest ways to do so is to travel on the ticket that offers the best value for money. For example, if you're travelling in a group you should consider purchasing a group ticket. Or, if you commute by train, a Season Ticket may make financial sense.
Booking tickets far in advance can offer some savings as can travelling at off-peak times, particularly when it comes to upgrading to first class. Normally, first class upgrades can cost nearly as much as the ticket itself, however, if you are travelling at a non-busy time you may be able to get an upgrade for less than £20. First class benefits include more space, food and drink, and free Wi-Fi.

If you're flexible about when you travel, Virgin Train's fair finder can help you find the most affordable train ticket. Railcards offer significant savings on ticket prices such as 1/3 off the ticket price. Some, such as the 16-25 railcard, come free with student bank accounts. If you travel regularly, a railcard might be a worthwhile investment. Virgin Trains have participated in Black Friday in the past so it's always worth keeping an eye on their Facebook page or email newsletter to see what deals are announced.

Virgin Trains Reward Program

Virgin Trains have a rewards programme named “Traveller”, an exclusive rewards programme that's invite only. It offers perks such as free first class travel on any weekend, priority seating, and complimentary drinks at the First Class lounge in London Euston. To be in with a chance of getting invited, you will need to be a frequent first class traveller.

Alternatively, every time you travel with Virgin Trains, you can collect points with a number of different reward schemes. For example, if you have a Nectar card you can collect points each time you book a ticket with Virgin Trains. You can also collect points with Virgin Atlantic Flying Club and these points can be used to cut down the cost of holidays abroad in the US.

Virgin Trains Payment Methods

Virgin Trains accepts the following payment methods: Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, American Express, and Diner's Club.

Ticket Delivery at virgintrains.co.uk

If you have purchased a ticket online and requested that it be delivered by post, there are two postage options: First Class and Special Delivery (next working day). First Class postage typically costs £1, it depends on your address how long the delivery will take, and Special Delivery costs £6.45. Alternatively, you can collect your tickets from a train station for free or have the ticket delivered to your app or email address.

Virgin Trains Refunds

If your train is delayed by 30 minutes or more, you may be entitled to compensation. Delays of 30-59 minutes are normally entitled to a 50% refund while delays of more than 1 hour may be entitled to a 100% refund.

The process for claiming a refund depends on how you purchased your ticket:

  1. Online: Go to “My account” by clicking “Login” on the navigation bar. From there, request a refund online.
  2. By Phone: Call the Virgin Trains refund team on 03445 565650.
  3. At the station: You will need to visit the train station where you booked your ticket.

Please note that advance tickets are non-refundable.

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Virgin Trains App

Booking your train tickets and checking timetables is easy with the Virgin Trains app on your mobile device. Just download the app for your iOS, BlackBerry, Android or Windows device and you can book tickets up to 10 minutes before you depart. You can use the tickets right in your app – there is no need to print them out.

Virgin Trains Customer Service

There are several ways to get in touch with Virgin Trains. You can chat online instantly with a customer service representative via Live Chat, get in contact by phone at 03445 565650, use a contact form on the website, or by post at:

  • Virgin Rail Group Ltd.
  • 120 Campden Hill Road
  • London
  • W8 7AR
  • United Kingdom

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