I'm not sure what this "deal" is supposed to be. It says 40% off advance fares, but I can't see any evidence of these cheap fares, and I think it's unlikely there are any, because Trainline have access to exactly the same fares as all the other ticket sellers. What it probably means is you can save 40% by buying in advance instead of on the day. But that's the same for every other ticket seller. So its not a Trainline offer. Often buying in advance is no cheaper than buying at the station on the day. Sometimes you can save 75% or more. Trainline's fees make them one of the most expensive places to buy train tickets from. So you shouldn't buy from them unless there's a cashback offer that will more than cover the fees. If you plan to buy Advance tickets, try the train company's website first, as they sometimes have offers that aren't available elsewhere. Also check for offers on Nectar, as they often have things like 1,000 bonus points for various train companies. If there's a chance you might want to amend your ticket, buy from Cross Country or Transpennine Express, as they don't charge the £10 fee that is Standard on most sites.
Does seem unfair. I always use Trainline and agree with your tips so heat from me! Maybe it was the timing of your post. Lots of disgruntled commuters on stuffy trains and expensive season tickets perhaps?
Voting a post so heavily cold, when posted in good faith, belittles the friendliness seen on so many other posts. I expected a kicking for mentioning Xmas, I didn't expect much other attention (although all comments are welcome, especially from those within the industry), and I don't post to gain Heat etc. but almost -200° within 7 hours :o ... Hell, have at it. Push it towards the -1000° mark. Some folk have no idea how little difference that would make than -10° would have. Both the same in my mind. I'd have appreciated a few more folk explaining why they voted -ve, and if it's just down to it being about TrainLine maybe look at banning TrainLine posts?
Not too sure about the deal element strictly speaking but nevertheless a good informative post - thanks. One Trainline feature that is really useful: it allows you to enter intended dates of travel before the Advance tickets are released. The system will then send you an email on the day these tickets become available so you can get in quickly at the best price. I find myself tied to One Spotted Hanky even though its a horrible website as I can use my Tesco point there
I’d think twice before using train line if anything goes wrong or try to change a booking good luck to you. This is coming from someone who would know better than anyone else 20 years experience