Virgin Trains Peak Easement for Railcard Holders
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Virgin Trains Peak Easement for Railcard Holders

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Found 26th Jan 2014
Came across this last week when travelling back and I was astounded this isn't publicised. Apparently as long as you are travelling on Virgin Trains only, you can purchase an off peak ticket and use it on peak time trains! Only restricted for certain rail card holders but amazing none the less. Peak fares are an eye sore so this is going some way to making things cheaper.

- ps not sure if this should go in deals but thought it might be appropriate to get the most publicity and help most! Mods feel free to move!

Below is from an article on 5th dec on - traveltrade.virgintrains.co.uk/

"There has been some confusion on the use of railcards on Virgin Trains Services.

To clarify, customers purchasing off peak ticket types SVS/SVR, which are discounted using 16-25, Senior, Disabled Persons, HM Forces and Family & Friends Railcard, can travel on Virgin Trains services at any time.

- SVS = Saver Single - One Way Off Peak
SVR = Saver Return - Off Peak Return

An example of this, a customer travelling Euston to Manchester with a railcard can travel anytime with SVS/SVR.

However, if a customer starts their journey at Euston travelling to Bolton and is travelling during the peak time, an off peak ticket will not be offered using any railcard.

Separate tickets would need to be purchased between Euston-Manchester and Manchester - Bolton if a customer wants to take advantage of travelling during the peak with SVS/SVR and a valid railcard.

If a customer travels Blackpool- Euston leaving 07:00, an off peak ticket will not be offered in any retailing systems.

A separate ticket would need to be purchased between Blackpool and Preston.

This easement is not permitted for travel between Milton Keynes Central and London Euston."

Note 1 - if you have purchased a ticket to travel on a specific train, you MUST travel on that train. This is only valid for open return tickets.

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Thanks. Very useful / got a family railcard so can make use of it,

From the sounds of it, the blog post was from December 5th 2011. However, I can't see it any more.

I just tried a quote for a single from Euston to Manchester Picadilly for one adult and one child on a train at ~7am. The anytime ticket was £240. I then added a family railcard, and it let me choose an off peak ticket for £66.

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ahenry

From the sounds of it, the blog post was from December 5th 2011. However, … From the sounds of it, the blog post was from December 5th 2011. However, I can't see it any more.I just tried a quote for a single from Euston to Manchester Picadilly for one adult and one child on a train at ~7am. The anytime ticket was £240. I then added a family railcard, and it let me choose an off peak ticket for £66.



Yeah. The saving you can make is enormous! The policy is still in place and I used it for a train back from London to Coventry. You could ring up Virgin and double check but as long as its a Virgin only train, that policy applies.

I can confirm that you can use a Young Person's Railcard with an Off Peak ticket on a Peak train.

It's great around the holidays because trains from London to the North-West get rammed when it turns Off Peak.

thanks for the info and the post op

So as long as your railcard qualifies you for this offer, you can chose the cheapest off peak service on a particular day, book it and then show that ticket and travel on a peak service?

What are SVS SVR?
The example doesnt make sense - why is Manchester and Bolton different?
An example of this, a customer travelling Euston to Manchester with a railcard can travel anytime with SVS/SVR.

However, if a customer starts their journey at Euston travelling to Bolton and is travelling during the peak time, an off peak ticket will not be offered using any railcard.

Separate tickets would need to be purchased between Euston-Manchester and Manchester - Bolton if a customer wants to take advantage of travelling during the peak with SVS/SVR and a valid railcard.

Excellent thanks op didn't know about this.

mgk

What are SVS SVR?The example doesnt make sense - why is Manchester and … What are SVS SVR?The example doesnt make sense - why is Manchester and Bolton different?An example of this, a customer travelling Euston to Manchester with a railcard can travel anytime with SVS/SVR.However, if a customer starts their journey at Euston travelling to Bolton and is travelling during the peak time, an off peak ticket will not be offered using any railcard.Separate tickets would need to be purchased between Euston-Manchester and Manchester - Bolton if a customer wants to take advantage of travelling during the peak with SVS/SVR and a valid railcard.



Probably because Bolton isn't on the Virgin network. Its split ticketing. Book the Virgin part of the journey (London-Manc) as an off peak and the 2nd part (Manc-Bolton) as a peak and can travel the whole journey at peak time.

Have been doing this for years, thought everyone knew about it.

16-25 railcard. Train to London was £210, now £45

Does this work with advanced bookings? Or only for buying tickets on the day?
I. E. I book an advanced ticket for say Friday at 9pm(off peak) from London Euston to Birmingham new Street. Can i just go to Euston with my ticket and travel on say the 6pm train?

Also been doing this for years, once argued it out with a train conductor who I presume was new, she didn't believe me but went away to find out and never came back. Saves a fortune!

When are the other Train operators following...

please clarify as I'm a bit slow on the uptake. if I was to buy a ticket for s week for travel from Birmingham to euston on a 11.20 train could I use it on a,train that actually departs before 8am ? thanks

I ment a ticket for a week day travel.

watcher456

Does this work with advanced bookings? Or only for buying tickets on the … Does this work with advanced bookings? Or only for buying tickets on the day? I. E. I book an advanced ticket for say Friday at 9pm(off peak) from London Euston to Birmingham new Street. Can i just go to Euston with my ticket and travel on say the 6pm train?



It doesn't matter when you buy the Off Peak ticket, if you're a Railcard holder you can use this ticket at ANY time on a Virgin Train only. However Advance tickets are something completely different - these are for the BOOKED train only. But Railcard holders can still get a third off these too

shanraja

please clarify as I'm a bit slow on the uptake. if I was to buy a ticket … please clarify as I'm a bit slow on the uptake. if I was to buy a ticket for s week for travel from Birmingham to euston on a 11.20 train could I use it on a,train that actually departs before 8am ? thanks



If you have a Railcard you can use an Off Peak ticket at ANY time on Virgin Trains.

Will a off peak day return work?

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hi4565

Will a off peak day return work?



Not sure but I'd presume so. Might want to ring Virgin and check. I only got the open return which is valid for a month.

Virgin is one of the only decent rail operators out there

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cheap-information

Virgin is one of the only decent rail operators out there



I'd disagree. I live in the north east and we have grand central rail. They are amazing, the trains are incredibly spacious and service is perfect

Having said that, they are the exception rather than the rule. Virgin charge a ridiculous premium for peak time trains!

Wish i'd known about this a couple of years ago, would have saved a fortune commuting to my old job...

what's Svr svv ?

SVS SVR ? what are they ? (typo before sorry)

shanraja

SVS SVR ? what are they ? (typo before sorry)



SVS = Saver Single - One Way Off Peak
SVR = Saver Return - Off Peak Return

Hi, Would appreciate it if someone could help answer this. If I have a Family and Friends Railcard will I have to have one if my children travelling with me to benefit from this? i.e benefit from travelling with a SV/SVR ticket during peak

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Vcd

Hi, Would appreciate it if someone could help answer this. If I have a … Hi, Would appreciate it if someone could help answer this. If I have a Family and Friends Railcard will I have to have one if my children travelling with me to benefit from this? i.e benefit from travelling with a SV/SVR ticket during peak



Yes!

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ciro2464

SVS = Saver Single - One Way Off PeakSVR = Saver Return - Off Peak Return



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Hi, I have booked tickets from lanc to edinburgh at 1:15; a peak time. Will this work at a peak time like 16:08? It is a virgin train and I bought it with a 16 to 25 railcard. Should I ring virgin and check?

cheap-information

Virgin is one of the only decent rail operators out there


And with their prices, they rip you off naked. Come on, in this country transport companies and energy companies rip people off like anything every year.

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Mod - please unexpire as its still valid! Thanks
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