Virgin East Coast is the BEST Nectar redemption from Sunday @ 0.75p per point!

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It seems that some of the pressure put on Virgin East Coast to save East Coast Rewards has paid off.  Virgin is not keeping East Coast Rewards, of course, but the transition is better than originally expected. On Sunday 1st March, the East Coast Trains […]

Bits: BA returns to Birmingham, £4.20 off a train ticket, new Hyatt status benefits

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Here are three more short pieces as I try to clear my inbox (again): British Airways to return to Birmingham (a teeny tiny bit) (EDIT, March 2015:  There is still confirmation that this story is true and it may not be happening) According to press […]

East Coast Rewards – conversion rate to Nectar points revealed

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It seems that loyalty schemes which announce major changes do occasionally listen to customer feedback.  I’m not talking about the Avios changes, of course, but the changes to (ie abolition of) rail loyalty scheme East Coast Rewards. The Save East Coast Rewards website points out […]

How to top up your East Coast Rewards before closure (and help save East Coast Rewards!)

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As I wrote last month, East Coast Rewards – the rail loyalty scheme – is closing on February 28th.  The next day, the East Coast rail franchise passes to a Stagecoach / Virgin consortium and will start awarding Nectar points instead. Between March 1st and September […]

Closure of East Coast Rewards now confirmed – what should you do?

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If you are a member of the East Coast Rewards train loyalty scheme you will have received an email yesterday confirming that the scheme is being closed on February 28th.  The franchise is being handed over to a Stagecoach / Virgin consortium. The new team will […]

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?


Many of you will have received an email from 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, 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. 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 […]