Sorry - expires tonight: 11.59 PM Monday 28 November
Well they are showing the trains I booked 3 weeks ago - less than half what I paid :-( So definitely hot!
No, their website was changed over 6 months ago. Even today they could not explain why certain London Midland trains were missing. Virgin shows them all. Eg Coventry to Euston at 7:42 on London Midland is missing. All trains are shown in time order.
To be fair, they relaunched their website a few weeks back and it now does offer their own trains first, at least on the West Coast via Northampton route. Many UK train websites (with the exception of the brilliant TakeTheTrain.co.uk) do always show you the higher Virgin fares by default.
If the train is cancelled, lose all your money, won't even pay delay repayments on one pretext or the other.
Pathetic website which does not even show some of its own trains. I complained 6 months ago and still services missing. I have to go to Virgin to book London Midland train.
It's £1 parking if you park at resorts world after you validate your ticket at genting casino
yeah i did not realise you could do this until after we have got back from gadgetshow live.
Thanks for that hint. I researched the prices and walking distance, and made a post, but it only got to 1°! I wondered what the cold voters know that I don't, but I tried it anyway. I paid £3 at Resorts World yesterday, parking long enough to visit Gadget Show Live and have a quick look round the shops. Thanks again, nikkik20!
we went to the vamps at the genting arena and paid £6 for all day parking at resorts world it's closer to nec exhibitions than international train station
I plan to use Berkswell station next week for the gadget show. Does anybody know how busy the car park gets. Plan to get there around 10 but concerned the parking may be full.
Yes I'm sure it is but no discount showing, have emailed them but no reply.
Just these routes. Isn't Warwick on Chiltern?
Is it just these routes, I can't get any discount from Warwick to London?
Why did this get voted hot and mine didn't? Was it the Paris thing? https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/london-midland-black-friday-50-off-advance-fares-2335016
Don't get why this is being voted cold. Cheapest price I've ever paid for my tickets.
i think they're having a 'mare
how do you get through to the booking page? clicked on the link I received on the email and I keep going round in circles!
good innit - absolute miseries voting cold here!
Thank you. I agree. I'm speechless when people still tell me they use The TrainLine or even worse, RailEasy. Rob dogs! http://www.headforpoints.com/2015/08/11/getting-the-cheapest-price-and-maximum-rewards-for-train-tickets/
Deserves to be hotter. When do you ever get discounts on a site which doesn't charge a booking fee?!?
applies to some connecting tickets also, eg London Euston to Derby for £7.35 single changing at Tamworth... oO
And "...better still Railcard holders will get a further 30% off the price too!"
move on where? how many one bedroomed houses are there?
An extra tip - while their offers are normally "London Midland" only offers, this one includes "standard class ‘Any Permitted’ Off-Peak Day Return and Off-Peak Returns on selected routes" i. Journeys to London starting from: Northampton, Wolverton, Milton Keynes Central, Bletchley, Leighton Buzzard, Cheddington, Tring, Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead, Apsley, Kings Langley, Watford Junction, the Abbey line, the Marston Vale line. ii. Hereford - Birmingham (both directions) iii. Worcester – Birmingham (both directions) iv. Birmingham – Liverpool (both directions) Other relevant T&Cs: 3.Bookings can be made between now until 11 May 2015 4.Discounted tickets are for [outward] travel any day in May 2015. [a normal return can be upto 30 days later] (Can still get normal railcard discounts too, but not GroupSave.)
BTW nowt wrong with living in a council house (just if we go on the "spare room tax" scenario they should move on) Fairs fair
more royal parasites in a ruddy big council house.
What a bunch of miserable tisspots.
Correct - no trains South of Hemel Hempstead over Easter weekend due to massive engineering works at Watford Junction etc etc I presume that's why this Great Escape offer - which often coincides with school holidays - is AFTER Easter this year rather than straddling it. More on the engineering works you're referring to over Good Friday 3rd thru Easter Bank Holiday Monday 6th: http://www.londonmidland.com/your-journey/journey-planning/eustonline/ No doubt safest not to plan "a Great Escape" on Tuesday 7th unless you need to, or can be sure to check line status before 9:30 that morning... PS: Tuesday 7/4 and London Midland (& Virgin Trains) trains running normally to/from Euston :)
I'm sure over the Easter weekend London Midland won't be operating trains in to or out of London due to engenearing work.
The London Midland network is quite extensive: There are time restrictions on Weekdays ie "travel on any of our trains leaving after 0930, unless your journey is wholly within the pink shaded area on our [network] map, in which case you can travel at any time": http://www.londonmidland.com/download/108735.9/great-escape-april-2015/ ("In the evening, you’ll need to avoid our busiest time from London Euston; between 1700 and 1900.") Do watch out that the London Midland GREAT ESCAPE ticket is ONLY valid on London MIdland's trains, many other Train Operating Companies also operate over their area and you don't want to be hit with a Penalty Fare on Virgin/CrossCountry/ArrivaTrainsWales/etc - and when you're planning trips on the online timetable sites they all too often include OTHER TOC TRAINS even if you specify 'via London Midland' TOC. They offer reductions for Railcard holders - though not the regular 1/3rd off - eg weekday Adult £15 becomes £12 & Network Railcard holders get the discount even though their wanderings over the day may be outside the Network Railcard region [ie North of Long Buckby on the Euston/Northampton route up to Rugby & beyond] and aren't restricted to Railcard 10am'ish weekday start.
"Normal Railcard discounts apply" does this mean I can or can't use my 16-25 rail card?
It's probably just a coincidence that the Chiltern Lines route from Brum to Marylebone reopened on Friday!!! London Midland 2 hours 15 mins, Chiltern less than 2 hours.
Still 9 days more of this offer to run and seems this year it hasn't been very popular as the online offer calendar still shows every day as 'green' ie vouchers available to claim, with not one 'orange' (going fast) or 'red' (gone). (Mind you the queues at Milton Keynes on half-term Wednesday morning meant over 5 minutes wait to use the half-dozen ticket machines, let alone the far longer/slower queue for 4 counter clerks, ie was definitely better to plan ahead to catch a specific times London Midland train.)
It is indeed issued as a 'Day Ranger' ticket. Bought one yesterday (in advance) at Virgin Trains ticket office at Birmingham International, ie a station on the London Midland network. Initially the counter staff didn't like the idea of a £3 discount from £15 to £12 for Network Card holder (as their station is well outside the Netword Card area I guess) and the printed voucher just says £15 in big print, but supervisor soon processed it properly when I insisted and ticket has usual "NSE" (ie Network South-East from it's old name) discount marking on it. The relevant offer T&Cs are "14. Railcard holders are entitled to a further 20% discount off the Great Escape price. Normal railcard time restrictions and minimum fares do not apply with this offer. First Class discounts are not available with Network, Annual Gold Card or Family & Friends Railcards. "15. Great Escape tickets purchased with a Network Railcard or Annual Gold Card discount can be used for travel anywhere on the London Midland network on our services. " And I had no issue in getting a Plusbus (with Network Card discount) for Milton Keynes for that day too (even tho in theory the Day Ranger doesn't specify Milton Keynes as source/destination, ie it's just a possible calling point during the day's ranging over the London Midland network).
It allows you to travel on London Midland trains. None go near Oxford!
Just to double check, I can use this to travel from Oxford to London and back again?
16:30 Monday 2/2 : London Midland email announcing to everyone. They mention there's 100,000 available and they have a colour coded calendar at the foot of the website page of course - all still green at this moment.
It's implied in OP's text but just to be clear: it's an ONLINE ONLY sale - you can't save the 15% buying at a ticket office [which I have liked to do to use up past Delay Repay vouchers], and indeed the extra 15% off Advance are ONLY shown if you get to London Midland's booking engine via the special red "book online here' link as via the OP's posting. You get a red asterisk & "*online discount" showing on offer tickets. (Remember the offer ONLY applies to London Midland train journeys on "London Midland Only" tickets for those saying it's not knocking it off all fares!) And LM's "Railcard holders will get an extra third off." seems to be just a statement that normal Railcard discounts are still available on those Advance tickets (with extra-15% off). I mention that as sometimes London Midland's sales also allow Network Card holders (ie what was once South-East network) to get the saving on their sale tickets even 'out of area'! Still it's already saved me all of 75p with £5.00 fare in Feb reduced 15% to £4.25, and owt's better than nowt - that's for a trip that the unable to plan ahead person might have been forced to pay £20.50 on the day at the station (and as much as £36.50 a totally unrestricted time/carrier ticket) - UK train prices!!!!. For those unfamiliar with London Midlands routes [though they don't offer Advance tickets on all routes/shorter-journeys] - see http://www.londonmidland.com/your-journey/journey-planning/our-route/ They get up to Liverpool/Crewe/Stoke/Stafford/Rugby/London as well as around West Midlands/Hereford/Shrewsbury/Stratford Upon Avon. Though to wander the network it's best to wait in hope they do another of their 'ranger' style 'Great Escape' sales [often over school half-terms] when they have oiffered a ranger syle ticket valid across entire LM network for £10-£15. eg last Feb's half term Great Escape... https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/great-escape-15-00-unlimited-off-peak-travel-london-midland-9-90-for-railcard-holders-1815877
Tip: subscribe to London Midland's promo emails. Got email notice from them a few days ago advising of the ONE-DAY sales coming up, and unlike last offer they have let you know in advance what routes for most days so don't have to keep checking each day in the hope a local station/route comes up.
Talk about short notice
For those preferring the faster Virgin Trains services (c1h25m few stops versus 2h13m c10 stops ) that are normally a LOT LOT more, remember their Advances can be reasonably priced [tho tied 100% to a specific train/time/date] eg looking a month ahead BHM-EUS and EUS-BHM from £7.50 mid-morning/late-evenings and IF you are a Virgin Money customer you can get an extra 10% off those Adult Advances https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/10-off-virgin-trains-advance-tickets-adult-for-virgin-money-customers-31-12-14-1874320 What these London Midland tix do is give you flexibility over the time you go DOWN to London ie any 'Off-peak', ie "departing from 0930hrs in the West Midlands (weekdays)". Can't see any restriction for Off-Peak going back to Birmingham as well as a month's flexibility about when you return. (A regular London Midland Off-Peak Return is £28 btw (ie their offer is half-price), it's their SUPER Off-Peak Return that's £23 with far more restrictions.) London Midland ALSO offer Advance tickets - ie tied to specific train/time/date] from around £6! Forgot to mention Birmingham New St - London Euston BHM-EUS is also a MegaBus/MegaTrain route and can be as low as £3+booking fee (are "Advance" specific train/date/time) eg http://uk.megabus.com/JourneyResults.aspx?originCode=8&destinationCode=56&outboundDepartureDate=29%2f10%2f2014&inboundDepartureDate=13%2f11%2f2014&passengerCount=1&transportType=2&concessionCount=0&nusCount=0&outboundWheelchairSeated=0&outboundOtherDisabilityCount=0&inboundWheelchairSeated=0&inboundOtherDisabilityCount=0&outboundPcaCount=0&inboundPcaCount=0&promotionCode=&withReturn=1
Looks like a great offer, especially with the Two Together card making it £12 pp rather than £15. A few T&C's to check as you would expect, but loads of availability on all dates at the moment. Anyone got any good day trips planned that I could steal? :) Thanks for posting OP. Hot from me.
Just had the tickets delivered. Thanks OP.
Cheapest I could find for my journey was £21 on Trainline and I had to give a specific return time, rather than an open return.
a 33% save isn't hot, only luke warm??
thetrainline has £6 singles on this route, making £12 return. Good to save £4, but luke warm rather than hot I'd say.
One dump to another 8) I know, live in one and visit one.
Cheer up, try getting rid of the mirror if it's that bad.
On the plus side, you get to tell the locals all about your adventure riding in the belly of the giant metal snake.
or are book on mega train for £2.50 return
Could be worse, could be you and have to stare at a mirror in utter disappointment every morning
The down side is you have to go back to derby.
Have they actually got the train drivers now?
Haha! As a regular user I can say that their punctuality has really improved recently but it was absolutely shocking a few years back.
Only good if they turn up on time.