East Coast Rewards to close as Stagecoach wins franchise

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The Government announced on Thursday that a consortium comprising of Stagecoach (90%) and Virgin Rail (10%) will take over the East Coast rail franchise from 1st March 2015. I will not dwell on the political issues behind putting the franchise back into the private sector – […]

Devaluations galore – East Coast Rewards, Collect More Fly, Leaders Club

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It is hopefully just an unfortunate coincidence but a raft of loyalty scheme devaluations have hit my inbox this week.  Let’s take a look. East Coast Rewards The East Coast trains scheme, East Coast Rewards, is my favourite rail reward programme. I explained how East […]

redspottedhanky adds booking and postage fees – where should you book now?

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Many of you will have received an email from redspottedhanky.com last night advising that they are introducing a £1 booking fee and a £1 postage fee for all train ticket bookings.  This was, in some ways, inevitable since Atos – the parent company – must […]

East Coast Trains launches sale from £10 for Sep-Nov travel

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East Coast Trains has launched its latest sale, with tickets available for booking until midnight on Tuesday September 2nd. Tickets start from £10 each way in Standard and £30 each way in First Class. You need to book for travel between 12th September to 21st […]

Exclusive East Coast Trains discounts via Time Out

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Time Out magazine is currently running an exclusive online promotion for East Coast Trains.   This offers substantial discounts if you are travelling to or from London over the Summer. The ‘one way’ fares quoted are (and these are flat fares, not ‘from’ fares): Peterborough: £8 (Standard), […]

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)

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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 […]

Premier Inn Scarborough reviewed, and more!

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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

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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. […]