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Getting the cheapest price and maximum rewards for train travel (part 2, 2014 edition)

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Yesterday I looked at the various ways of booking UK train tickets.  My conclusion was that there is no longer any obvious best choice, but you would not go far wrong by starting with the site of the train company you will use and then comparing […]

Getting the cheapest price and maximum rewards for train travel (part 1, 2014 edition)

Gatwick Express

Head for Points is, of course, primarily about collecting airline and hotel points. However, most of us probably spend some time on trains as well so I thought it was worth a run through of the various options. And, of course, traingenius.co.uk awards Avios when […]

Amex Membership Rewards still offering 20% bonus on train ticket redemptions

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One of my favourite American Express Membership Rewards offers is East Coast Trains, oddly enough. I just noticed that this ‘temporary’ special offer is still running, about a year after it started, so I wanted to highlight it again. You can redeem your Membership Rewards […]

East Coast Trains launches ‘massive’ 7-day sale today

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East Coast Trains is launching what it calls a ‘massive’ 7-day sale today. Tickets will start from £5 each way in Standard and £20 each way in First Class. You need to book by January 9th, for travel between 17th January and 28th March.  The […]

10,000 x £10 East Coast trains vouchers in The Sunday Telegraph tomorrow

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East Coast trains is jumping on the redspottedhanky bandwagon by giving away 10,000 x £10 discount vouchers tomorrow. There is some information on The Telegraph website here. moneysavingexpert.com adds a bit of extra information with the news that the £10 vouchers will only be valid […]

20% off East Coast train tickets with Accor

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Yes, Head for Points does trains as well as planes!  (Click on Eurostar and East Coast Rewards in the ‘Archives by Category’ menu on the right hand side to read older articles.) East Coast, which runs from Kings Cross through to York and on to […]

Three things I discovered on my golfing trip over the weekend

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I spent the weekend playing pitch and putt golf on the Yorkshire coast, with a diversion via South Yorkshire.  Here are three things I discovered along the way: 1.  Top-tier status is not always what its cracked up to be I have occasionally joked on […]

East Coast Rewards offering special 2nd birthday deals

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East Coast Rewards is my preferred train travel reward scheme. As per this old post, I believe that it offers genuinely good value for money. You only need to spend £300 on First Class tickets to get a free First Class return ticket on their […]

East Coast Rewards adds a good-value magazine subscriptions reward

East Coast Rewards

East Coast Rewards, the train loyalty scheme that I recommend as the best value option for rail bookings, has introduced a new redemption option. For just 400 East Coast Rewards points, you will receive a (presumably 1 year) subscription to a wide range of magazines. […]

£99 First Class London to Edinburgh train tickets

I was down at the Business Travel Show at Earls Court on Tuesday, of which more to follow. This is the best offer that caught my eye, but booking will be a little tricky. East Coast Trains is running a promotion called ‘try before you […]

East Coast Rewards gets even better

In my long post on train ticket reward schemes last week, I explained East Coast Rewards. As I said then, if you would be interested in redeeming for travel on the East Coast line, then booking your tickets via the East Coast website (whatever train […]

How to get the cheapest price and maximum rewards when booking train travel (part 2)

Two days ago I looked at the various ways of booking UK train tickets.  My conclusion is that the cheapest option – assuming that your train company does not offer an exclusive discount on its own website – was Southern Railway. They offer 6% cashback […]

How to get the cheapest price and maximum rewards when booking train travel (part 1)

(EDIT:  Unfortunately, the Southern Railways deal with Quidco discussed in this post was withdrawn in January 2013.) Head for Points is, of course, primarily about collecting airline and hotel points. However, most of us probably spend some time on trains as well so I thought it […]