Free London travel with Oyster card on 14/15 and 21/22 Oct [Account Specific / Check E-mails]
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Free London travel with Oyster card on 14/15 and 21/22 Oct [Account Specific / Check E-mails]

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Found 11th OctMade hot 11th Oct
[Account Specific / Check E-mails]

Got an email from TFL today saying that they like me to consider travelling more on Saturdays and Sundays.





Any pay as you go journeys over the weekends of 14/15 or 21/22 October, willl automatically be refunded.





Can use any combination of bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services where pay as you go is accepted.





Use your Oyster card to pay as you go and they will refund your travel costs. TFL will email you when your refund is ready to collect from a yellow reader as part of a journey.





Terms





1. Refunds will apply to pay as you go travel between 04:30 Saturday 14 October and 04:29 Monday 16 October, and 04:30 Saturday 21 October and 04:29 Monday 23 October using the card specified.




2. Only applies to journeys made within zones 1-9.




3. Travel on Santander Cycles, Emirates Air Line, Thames Clippers River Bus, Southeastern high speed and Gatwick Express is excluded.




4. Oyster user’s refund email will specify the station it must be collected from within 7 days from a yellow reader as part of a journey.




5. Offer is subject to the usual TfL Oyster Card Conditions of Use and conditions of carriage located on the Terms & conditions webpage.

Likely account specific based on commute pattern if you travel Monday-Friday mostly and limited/no weekend travel.
Top comments

Nice try Sadiq

Are you sure it's for everybody? Because I'm Registered with them but didn't receive any email.

Got that too but its a bit of a con with the max weekly rate used up Mon-Fri so technically weekends are free

But .... You're still paying! And the refund goes back to your Oyster! All its doing is encouraging people to spend what they wouldn't normally spend. What a croc.
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@anibinni Thanks for this

Are you sure it's for everybody? Because I'm Registered with them but didn't receive any email.

Can't find anything on this anywhere. Thinking it's probably targetted.

Nice try Sadiq

Got that too but its a bit of a con with the max weekly rate used up Mon-Fri so technically weekends are free

More like a study for which random participants are sent emails. But do utilise it if weather allows.

Wife got the same email

Must be user specific

Thanks!

But .... You're still paying! And the refund goes back to your Oyster! All its doing is encouraging people to spend what they wouldn't normally spend. What a croc.

User specific based on your commute pattern - I have a card (travel Monday-Friday to work) - wife has another travels wed-sun (has her off on mon/tue) didn't get the email.

Thanks.... might used it to visit library

samhain8117 m ago

But .... You're still paying! And the refund goes back to your Oyster! All …But .... You're still paying! And the refund goes back to your Oyster! All its doing is encouraging people to spend what they wouldn't normally spend. What a croc.


No. Seems like this offer is for people who normally travel on weekdays. Refund goes back to your Oyster card which you can use during your next weekday trip. So, basically, you'd get free weekend travel.

matwalaboy35 m ago

User specific based on your commute pattern - I have a card (travel …User specific based on your commute pattern - I have a card (travel Monday-Friday to work) - wife has another travels wed-sun (has her off on mon/tue) didn't get the email.


Just telling, you probably thought of this.
If your wife uses your card on Sat/Sun, may be you can benefit from 7-day cap.

Is there any way to get a PAYG Oyster without having to pay £5 deposit/registration?

Trending3 h, 5 m ago

Are you sure it's for everybody? Because I'm Registered with them but …Are you sure it's for everybody? Because I'm Registered with them but didn't receive any email.


same here. no email. i haven't used the oyster card for a while now though but i still have credit on it and my account is still active.

Reena78 m ago

Is there any way to get a PAYG Oyster without having to pay £5 …Is there any way to get a PAYG Oyster without having to pay £5 deposit/registration?



Use your contactless debit/credit card
Edited by: "Hpi_matrix" 11th Oct

raj7520 m ago

Just telling, you probably thought of this.If your wife uses your card on …Just telling, you probably thought of this.If your wife uses your card on Sat/Sun, may be you can benefit from 7-day cap.


Thats a good shout, thanks- will bear that in mind. Up until now the travel patterns are usually peak in the morning and off-peak evening - for a zone 1-5 travel that ends up being 4.70(peak)+ 3.10(off-peak) = 7.80 - and even if I travelled all 7 days (which I don't) it would be 7.80*7= 54.6 - whereas the week cap is 56.3 and travelling on the weekends is anyways cheaper so I won't save much - but yes if I were to deviate from that travel pattern then some saving to be made

Amazing offer to people who spend the maximum monday to friday and travel would be free, rather than free to all oyster card users, the one's that normally travel at weekends.......How is this a deal??

Will this work for a contactless bank card? Thanks

diverse5 m ago

Amazing offer to people who spend the maximum monday to friday and travel …Amazing offer to people who spend the maximum monday to friday and travel would be free, rather than free to all oyster card users, the one's that normally travel at weekends.......How is this a deal??


It isn't a deal for folks who travel on the weekends - but rather for those who commute for work Monday-Friday and don't travel to the city weekends - it is to try and encourage those folks to travel weekends too - as an incentive give them free travel and hope they'd do more weekend travel thereby giving TFL some extra cash

csa18 m ago

Will this work for a contactless bank card? Thanks


No. Oyster can store and track info. Debit cards can't.

SamuraiHQ2 m ago

No. Oyster can store and track info. Debit cards can't.


Thanks. A shame as I don't have an Oyster card

csa121 m ago

Will this work for a contactless bank card? Thanks


SamuraiHQ12 m ago

No. Oyster can store and track info. Debit cards can't.



Err no. Debit and credit cards do store and track travel. This can be clearly seen if you register your debit/credit card and check your TFL account online.

This offer is subsidising tourists.

manbearpig2 m ago

Err no. Debit and credit cards do store and track travel. This can be …Err no. Debit and credit cards do store and track travel. This can be clearly seen if you register your debit/credit card and check your TFL account online.This offer is subsidising tourists.


Hello @manbearpig
How would I go about claiming this offer please? I don't live locally but within the UK so this would be great for a days travel!
Also, does it include bus/underground/overground? Thanks!

matwalaboy24 m ago

It isn't a deal for folks who travel on the weekends - but rather for …It isn't a deal for folks who travel on the weekends - but rather for those who commute for work Monday-Friday and don't travel to the city weekends - it is to try and encourage those folks to travel weekends too - as an incentive give them free travel and hope they'd do more weekend travel thereby giving TFL some extra cash


Firstly, it's not 'free'. It's being paid for by your taxes.

It's to encourage those from the regions or tourists to travel into London and spend money, with the expectation that they will make more than they spend.

csa112 m ago

Hello @manbearpig How would I go about claiming this offer please? I don't …Hello @manbearpig How would I go about claiming this offer please? I don't live locally but within the UK so this would be great for a days travel!Also, does it include bus/underground/overground? Thanks!



csa112 m ago

Hello @manbearpig How would I go about claiming this offer please? I don't …Hello @manbearpig How would I go about claiming this offer please? I don't live locally but within the UK so this would be great for a days travel!Also, does it include bus/underground/overground? Thanks!


@ cas1

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Not only will contactless credit/debit track your use like an Oyster it will automatically give you a weekly travel card if that would be cheaper (Monday to Sunday only- pre-load a week for other start days) . Oyster cards themselves cannot do this (they just do daily capping).
It's really easy to get a refund for Oyster cards, normal Oyster machines that accept cash will do it, just select Oyster refund, and it'll give you your balance in cash plus whatever deposit you paid. If it's a really old card you may need to do it at a travel centre (eg at kings cross, Victoria etc) and they'll give you a full refund onto any payment card of your choice within a week.

Yes!!! Now I can jump on the tube from North London and go all the way to Amersham for the fun of it before coming back! Probably take me 2hrs to get there on the tube but it will give me more of an excuse to sit next to smelly and sweaty people while the heating is on in the carriage. Cant argue with that as its a free ride!!

manbearpig1 h, 59 m ago

Firstly, it's not 'free'. It's being paid for by your taxes.It's to …Firstly, it's not 'free'. It's being paid for by your taxes.It's to encourage those from the regions or tourists to travel into London and spend money, with the expectation that they will make more than they spend.


Not so - I live in zone 4 and use an oyster card as do most people I know, rather than contactless. It's more out of habit than anything but I also wouldn't want to bring out my wallet every time I tap in and out.

I got the same email and it said that I can use my contactless card for free weekend journey for dates mentioned by OP. The email said that my card will be refunded. I normally use my contactless credit card for journey through zones 1-6 weekdays and don't travel on the tube on weekends. My credit card's last 4 digits were mentioned in the email so seems as if it does apply to card refunds as well.
Edited by: "Dark_Destroyer1" 12th Oct

What about Customer’s using monthly Oyster cards

Not really related but does anyone know or understand how it works for children traveling in London please. It says online that children under 11 travel free with an adult with a valid ticket? I'm travelling into London on Saturday with my husband and 2 children and it's charging me for the kids on national rail. I live 40 mins from kings cross and am trying to get an all zones travel card for us all once in London. Hope that makes sense ! Thank you in advance to anyone who's able to help me

raj7510 h, 47 m ago

Just telling, you probably thought of this.If your wife uses your card on …Just telling, you probably thought of this.If your wife uses your card on Sat/Sun, may be you can benefit from 7-day cap.

As mentioned above be careful as oyster doesn't do a weekly cap whereas debit cards do..

manbearpig11 h, 29 m ago

Firstly, it's not 'free'. It's being paid for by your taxes.It's to …Firstly, it's not 'free'. It's being paid for by your taxes.It's to encourage those from the regions or tourists to travel into London and spend money, with the expectation that they will make more than they spend.


If we went by that logic any of the government/people owned offerings fall in the same bracket - and none of them should be tagged as a deal - but anyways thats a matter of expression

kirstig19863 h, 10 m ago

Not really related but does anyone know or understand how it works for …Not really related but does anyone know or understand how it works for children traveling in London please. It says online that children under 11 travel free with an adult with a valid ticket? I'm travelling into London on Saturday with my husband and 2 children and it's charging me for the kids on national rail. I live 40 mins from kings cross and am trying to get an all zones travel card for us all once in London. Hope that makes sense ! Thank you in advance to anyone who's able to help me



If I'm understanding you correctly, you'll be travelling with adult and child rail tickets into Kings Cross.

You'll buy adult travelcards, or load an Oyster with the same, at Kings Cross (if you haven't added the travelcard to the adult rail tickets already). The children under 11 will travel on TFL without a ticket (as long as they are with you, as you'll have your adult travelcard or Oyster equivalent that covers them).

When travelling on the tube or London Overground, you just need to use the wide gates where the staff usually are, as they'll ensure the gate stays open to allow your children to follow you through (as the gates could slam in their face if you try and have them scuttling through with you without staff assistance!).
Edited by: "premierfella" 12th Oct

003hungryboys2 h, 34 m ago

As mentioned above be careful as oyster doesn't do a weekly cap whereas …As mentioned above be careful as oyster doesn't do a weekly cap whereas debit cards do..


Oh.. didn't know that. So the weekly caps are only for contactless cards and not for oyster cards?

Hpi_matrix13 h, 25 m ago

Use your contactless debit/credit card


So I can just walk up to the ticket gates with my contactless Barclaycard with no registration required. How does it know what route/fee to charge?

raj7518 m ago

Oh.. didn't know that. So the weekly caps are only for contactless cards …Oh.. didn't know that. So the weekly caps are only for contactless cards and not for oyster cards?


That's correct. We got stung with this and have consequently ditched all our Oyster cards! (About £30 back in unrealised funds, so not all bad) Here's the link to their website that lays it out tfl.gov.uk/far…-ca

Reena77 m ago

So I can just walk up to the ticket gates with my contactless Barclaycard …So I can just walk up to the ticket gates with my contactless Barclaycard with no registration required. How does it know what route/fee to charge?


Yes that's correct. Make sure you use the same contactless card every time to take advantage of daily/weekly capping. The technology works it out! (In all seriousness Oyster cards are pretty old tech now and the system has outgrown them, hence contactless cards can do an automatic weekly cap, but Oyster can't)
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