Bits: FREE 2-month Friends & Family Railcard, 25% off Radisson, Park Inn & Park Plaza weekends

News in brief:

A FREE 2-month Friends & Family Railcard

The Sun has been giving away 125,000 Friends & Family Railcards this week.

They are only valid for two months, from 1st June to 31st July, but given that it will only take a few seconds to apply for one it is worth doing.  Remember that Heathrow Express and Gatwick Express tickets are included in railcard discounts.

The Friends & Family Railcard gives 1/3rd off adult rail fares and 60% off child fares when at least one adult (the named cardholder) and one child travel.

Note that you do not get a discount on First Class travel and a morning peak restriction applies for journeys in London and the South East on Mondays to Fridays.

All applicants will also receive a £10 discount code for the purchase of a 12 month Friends & Family Railcard.

Friends & Family Railcard.  You must enter the promotional code 3PL8 and WG64 where indicated.

The deadline to register is 3pm on Thursday.


25% off Radisson Blu, Park Inn and Park Plaza weekend stays

The three main Club Carlson loyalty scheme brands – Radisson Blu, Park Inn and Park Plaza – are running a special weekend break promotion.

The deal gets you a 25% discount on the ‘best flexible’ rate for nights between Thursday and Sunday at participating hotels.  You won’t get a discount as big as 25% because there are cheaper non-refundable rates already available, but it seems to offering savings.

On a test for Saturday 18th June, I found for London:

The May Fair @ £270 (cheapest standard rate £350)

Radisson Edwardian Kenilworth @ £149 (cheapest standard rate £159)

You can book any of the three brands via the Radisson Blu website here.  You must add promotional code CC25WKD.  Not all hotels are taking part so don’t expect to see a price for every property.

The booking deadline is 9th June and you must stay before 30th September.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. Take note of the F&F railcard T&C:

    3. Group size: At least one named cardholder AND at least one child must be travelling to enable discounted tickets to be used.

    • HayMow says:

      Thanks for pointing this out – sadly “You must be travelling with at least one child aged 5 to 15 years old in order to use a Family & Friends Railcard” means not of use to me.

  2. Thank you Rob,

    Is promotional code unique or it could be shared here? In case of unique number is it in today’s paper?

  3. Mr(s) Entitled says:

    Ah yes, the s***. Only paper not to carry news of the Hillsborough Enquiry on it’s front page. I never touch the rag. JFT96.

  4. Tilly71 says:

    Please note it takes a while to receive so don’t go planning any bookings around getting this card soon.

  5. Richard Smith says:

    Great find.

  6. You can use this railcard with under 5’s but they’ll need a ticket.

    On some journeys this will be cheaper than full priced adult plus free child.

    • One benefit of this card is that you can cheaply book tickets for under 5’s by pretending they are over 5.

      Or indeed book for an imaginary extra child.

      Last time I used when travelling on my own with the 2 kids, I paid a £1 for the 4-year old (to guarantee him a seat) and then invented another child (£1). This meant we were a party of 4 and we got a whole table for 4 reserved. This saved the usual embarrassing situation of getting on the train to find that the computer has allocated some poor sod to the 4th seat on your table who is about to have the train nightmare of his life once my youngest gets going :-)

  7. Looks like that code is unique to me so check your emails

  8. Gareth says:

    Anyone else getting “The E-Cert you entered is invalid or no longer available.” for CC25WKD on Radisson?


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    Free two month Friends & Family Railcard