1000 nectar points (worth £5) for a £1.15 spend with Virgin trains
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1000 nectar points (worth £5) for a £1.15 spend with Virgin trains

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Found 20th Jun 2017
Last day of offer today - also updated with answers to questions that seem to keep getting asked

Nectar has an offer on for 1000 points on your next Virgin trains booking (East or West coast) here: nectar.com/off…673

Even if you aren't planning a journey you can still make a cheap booking to claim the bonus points.

Which train should I book?
The cheapest ticket I could find was £1.15 for a child from Edinburgh Waverly to Haymarket making a profit of £3.85 worth of nectar points.

Can I book any train between these stations?
No most are operated by ScotRail, make sure it is definitely an East Coast train service you're booking (with the virgin icon next to it) so that you qualify, not a different train operator. Friday 23rd June at 14:28 is one example and the one I booked.

There may be cheaper available journeys between different station, if so please comment:
14:18 Friday ticket is for 70p
- rpope
LankyChris: being under £1 this might not qualify for bonus points

Friday 30th June
10:28 Edinburgh Waverley - 10:31 Haymarket (Edinburgh)
is a Virgin East Coast train
- russellanam

Which website do I book at?
If you are using the suggested journey above use virgintrainseastcoast.com

How to avoid postage costs
Select 'Ticket on Departure at the station' and select your local station to collect tickets from to avoid paying postage.

Do I need to collect the tickets?
I have for previous offers but timia got points without collecting last time.

Does anyone actually get the points from these offers?
Yes, I did the exact same when this offer was on in April and received the bonus points that time. hot1805 also reports success in the past.

When will I get the points
T&Cs below state these are due by 19th July.

What happens if I don't get the points by then?
Contact nectar customer support who are usually good about adding missing points: nectar.com/con…act

Is there a minimum spend?
Not in the T&Cs but it might be £1 to ensure you get at least 1 nectar point for your purchase so that nectar can track the offer.

What is the best use of the Nectar points?
The next nectar double up event is due later this year:
moneysavingexpert.com/new…omo
There might be other suggestions for getting the best value from them.

Full offer details:
How to get this offer
1. Click 'Visit website'
2. For East Coast bookings enter your journey and you will be redirected to virgintrainseastcoast.com
3. Make a booking on either West Coast or East Coast services for travel up to and including 3 September
4. Bonus points will be awarded within 28 days of offer expiry

Terms and Conditions
1. To qualify for 1,000 bonus points you must book your journey between 15-21 June 2017, for travel up to and including 3 September 2017. 2. 1,000 bonus points will be awarded on first booking made during the promotional period. No further bonus points for multiple bookings are available. 3. Virgin Trains East Coast tickets must be booked at virigintrainseastcoast.com therefore, please accept the redirect from virgintrains.com or, book direct at virgintrainseastcoast.com 4. Bonus points will be awarded within 28 days of the offer expiry date. 5. Incorrect Nectar card numbers or invalid Nectar cards will not be awarded points. 6. Virgin Trains (West Coast & East Coast) usual booking terms apply.
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Free money (kinda)! Heat.
Thanks op (Y)
I've done this 3 times and never had any extra point to date and it's been 6months
Fabby. For those that want to be quick on this - train today VIRGIN departs 17.21 Haymarket xxx arrives Waverly 17.26 Single £1.15.

Great post x
I always have to get in touch with nectar on chat to get the points but I do get them.
rpope

14:18 Friday ticket is for 70p


Surely that would not earn you a nectar point ?
Wongy110

Surely that would not earn you a nectar point ?




Yeh my mistake, good job I hadn't bought it yet . . .

are you supposed to purchase through the east coast trains website yes?
I also have an offer of 600 points for a booking on the West Coast Mainline. Does anyone know of a >£1 ticket?

Here are the terms:
"1. To qualify for 600 bonus points you must book your journey on the Virgin Trains West Coast mainline before the offer expiry date stated above. 2. 600 bonus points will be awarded on first booking made during the promotional period. No further bonus points for multiple bookings are available. 3. Bonus points will be awarded within 28 days of the offer expiry date. 4. Virgin Trains usual booking terms apply."
Cool
Thanks OP
Bargain.Hunters

Fabby. For those that want to be quick on this - train today VIRGIN … Fabby. For those that want to be quick on this - train today VIRGIN departs 17.21 Haymarket xxx arrives Waverly 17.26 Single £1.15.Great post x



Showing £2.30 for me. Cold

Could make some money but always an effort having to get in touch with nectar to get the points added
ashbarron

Showing £2.30 for me. Cold Could make some money but always an effort … Showing £2.30 for me. Cold Could make some money but always an effort having to get in touch with nectar to get the points added



Isn't ​2.30 is the adult rate? I'm getting 1.15 as per above?
noonshuine

I've done this 3 times and never had any extra point to date and it's … I've done this 3 times and never had any extra point to date and it's been 6months



​Nectar customer services have always been good at adding any missing points for me.

What I do now is add details of the offer in my calendar on the date they're due to be added, check on that date and contact them if needed. In this case bonus points are due by 19th July

Also note that points often show in your points statement against the date the offer was available, not the date they actually add to your account, so often are too far back so don't show on the points summary unless you go to 'full statement'.
hot1805

I always have to get in touch with nectar on chat to get the points but I … I always have to get in touch with nectar on chat to get the points but I do get them.


That's so true, I've done it twice and on both occasions it has been a bit of an effort trying to claim the nectar points
ashbarron

Showing £2.30 for me. Cold Could make some money but always an effort … Showing £2.30 for me. Cold Could make some money but always an effort having to get in touch with nectar to get the points added



​Yes it's a pain but usually only takes a few minutes on online chat. Probably less time than actually doing the offer!
danboi63

are you supposed to purchase through the east coast trains website yes?



Yes, if you're buying an East Coast ticket.

As detailed in the full detail T&Cs listed in the description:

2. For East Coast bookings enter your journey and you will be redirected … 2. For East Coast bookings enter your journey and you will be redirected to http://www.virgintrainseastcoast.com3. Virgin Trains East Coast tickets must be booked at virigintrainseastcoast.com therefore, please accept the redirect from virgintrains.com or, book direct at virgintrainseastcoast.com

I'm a bit confused. I found the £1.15 ticket for a child from Edinburgh Waverly to Haymarket but it says Scotrail, will that still work?
timia

I'm a bit confused. I found the £1.15 ticket for a child from Edinburgh … I'm a bit confused. I found the £1.15 ticket for a child from Edinburgh Waverly to Haymarket but it says Scotrail, will that still work?



You need to order on the east coast Virgin trains website, then do the search, then on the left hand side of the train times there will be a small sign for Virgin trains, that's the one you want
timia

I'm a bit confused. I found the £1.15 ticket for a child from Edinburgh … I'm a bit confused. I found the £1.15 ticket for a child from Edinburgh Waverly to Haymarket but it says Scotrail, will that still work?



No I don't think so if you read the full T&Cs pasted into the description above:

3. Make a booking on either West Coast or East Coast services for travel … 3. Make a booking on either West Coast or East Coast services for travel up to and including 3 September



That seems to be the standard price regardless of which train operator is running the train. Look for one with a virgin icon next to it.
danboi63

are you supposed to purchase through the east coast trains website yes?

2. For East Coast bookings enter your journey and you will be redirected … 2. For East Coast bookings enter your journey and you will be redirected to http://www.virgintrainseastcoast.com3. Virgin Trains East Coast tickets must be booked at virigintrainseastcoast.com therefore, please accept the redirect from virgintrains.com or, book direct at virgintrainseastcoast.com


Thanks mate, glad I checked, I got it then
This deal seems to come up on nectar every month or so but given the heat this deal is generating anyone want to take bets that there's a minimum spend condition added to the T&Cs next time this deal appears?!

I'm a bit confused. I found the £1.15 ticket for a child from Edinburgh … I'm a bit confused. I found the £1.15 ticket for a child from Edinburgh Waverly to Haymarket but it says Scotrail, will that still work?


It won't it has to be either East or west coast trains.
I currently have 3 different Virgin trains offers showing on the nectar app - this one for 1,000 points, one for 800 points and one for 1,500 points - do you think I can get all of them by booking 1 ticket?!
do we still need to collect the tickets? This is a bit confusing. And there is no icon next to the tickets when searching on the site.
Also its not clear if there is a minimum spend on this to get the points?

think I'm gonna pass on this, seems like a waste of time
where do you enter your nectar card number? Don't want me to buy this ticket and then not get the £5
Dan__

do we still need to collect the tickets? This is a bit confusing. And … do we still need to collect the tickets? This is a bit confusing. And there is no icon next to the tickets when searching on the site. Also its not clear if there is a minimum spend on this to get the points?think I'm gonna pass on this, seems like a waste of time



The last time I used, I did not collect the tickets and still got the points. There is no minimum spend, just find the cheapest ticket (which seems to be 1.15).
For the stations mentioned in the post (edinburgh) I can only see scotrail. Which stations did you guys choose? Thanks
timia

For the stations mentioned in the post (edinburgh) I can only see … For the stations mentioned in the post (edinburgh) I can only see scotrail. Which stations did you guys choose? Thanks



I had the same problem. You need to visit the eastcoast trains site. virgintrainseastcoast.com
timia

The last time I used, I did not collect the tickets and still got the … The last time I used, I did not collect the tickets and still got the points. There is no minimum spend, just find the cheapest ticket (which seems to be 1.15).



Oh okay cool thanks for that.

timia

The last time I used, I did not collect the tickets and still got the … The last time I used, I did not collect the tickets and still got the points. There is no minimum spend, just find the cheapest ticket (which seems to be 1.15).




Just ordered but unsure if its a virgin train or not. I've checked all the info that I could and it just says:

Valid on all services by the route shown. Valid 1 day only.

Bought the £1.15 ticket. There was a first class ticket for £1.10 but that mentioned it was a cross country service or something so I just bought the other one instead.

Okay had a look and this ticket is also the same, cross country. Does that mean I got the wrong one?
Edited by: "Dan__" 20th Jun 2017
noonshuine

I've done this 3 times and never had any extra point to date and it's … I've done this 3 times and never had any extra point to date and it's been 6months



Yes I did a booking last time this was put on HUKD and never received any extra points
Also, you could take this to another level by selecting any rail card - as long as you are NOT indenting to travel, it's irrelevant.

Just a thought.
I got this via email, forgotten to post it here...

I got the email from Virgin East Coast the same week, 5 pounds from York to London - went on Saturday... 10 pounds return, plus 1000 nectar points.... train was delayed was by 33 minutes, so got 2.50 refund... total of 7.50 return to london - great service too... plus 1000 points = a happy boy...
Quick and painless, free nectar points!! Many thanks!
An off topic - but what is the best use of the Nectar points - I earlier used them to swim vouchers but now struggle to find good use for them as Sainsbury's are usually more expensive than other stores so redeeming there is almost counter productive?
Dan__

do we still need to collect the tickets? This is a bit confusing. And … do we still need to collect the tickets? This is a bit confusing. And there is no icon next to the tickets when searching on the site. Also its not clear if there is a minimum spend on this to get the points?think I'm gonna pass on this, seems like a waste of time



​I'd assume you'd still get the points without collecting as nectar will only know about the purchase, not whether you've collected or used them, but I've always collected them when doing these offers in the past as work next to a station.

If there's no virgin icon it's not a virgin service. I think the train I found was around lunchtime this Friday if that helps, can't remember the exact time.

No minimum spend is mentioned in the T&Cs I've pasted into the description but some others above have suggested it might be £1 to ensure you collect 1 nectar point so they know about the purchase to add the bonus points. The £1.15 ticket I've suggested would ensure this.
emsy82

Also, you could take this to another level by selecting any rail card - … Also, you could take this to another level by selecting any rail card - as long as you are NOT indenting to travel, it's irrelevant.Just a thought.



​Good thinking! Does an adult ticket with a railcard work out cheaper than a child ticket (I'm assuming there aren't any valid toes for child tickets)?
topjake16

where do you enter your nectar card number? Don't want me to buy this … where do you enter your nectar card number? Don't want me to buy this ticket and then not get the £5



​I already had an East Coast account with a Nectar card linked to it. So sorry not sure where you enter if you're new or checking out as a guest. The nectar points earned are shown on a box on the right hand side for me so maybe in the same place when at the card payment stage?
Good one, bought, now let's see if the points arrive
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