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Bits: 25% off CrossCountry trains next week, Tesco bonus points round-up, help a student dissertation

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News in brief:

25% off CrossCountry train tickets

The CrossCountry rail franchise is running a very decent sale starting on Monday – 25% off all CrossCountry Advance tickets purchased through our Train Tickets app between 18 January and 14 February 2016.

Whilst you need to book via their app, you will need a PIN code to access the deal which can only be obtained via their website!  You need to complete the online form here and you will be sent your PIN on Monday.  Thanks to Tony.

Cross Country Trains

Current Tesco Clubcard bonus point deals you may have missed

The following offers were covered at our sister site Shopper Points over the last couple of weeks and are still active.  Only a couple of them were exciting enough to be worth covering on here but, if you are interested in the relevant product, they are all worth a look:

On-going – 150 Clubcard points (360 Avios) with your first Tesco Photo order

Ends 31st Januarydouble Clubcard points on Esso Supreme fuels

Ends 24th January – 250 Clubcard points (600 Avios) and £5 off on Google Chromecast

Ends 24th January – 100 Clubcard points (240 Avios) and £20 off a Roku 2 Media Streamer

Ends 20th January – 500 extra Clubcard points (1200 Avios) on Epson printers

Ends 20th January – 500 points (1200 Avios) on Brother printers (and see here – prices have been reduced)

Ends 17th January – 200 Clubcard points (480 Avios) and £10 off a NOW TV box

Love Clubcard, don’t collect Avios?  You should be reading our sister site, Shopper Points (, which covers the latest Clubcard and Nectar offers without any distracting frequent flyer talk!  Why not check it out now?

Clubcard vouchers

Help Adam with his dissertation

Finally, Adam got in touch to ask for your help.  He is a student at Loughborough University studying BSc Air Transport Management and a long-term HFP reader and commentator.

His dissertation will be on seat selection fees for UK domestic flights.  If you have 5 minutes to spare over the next few days, he would be grateful if you could visit this website and answer a few questions about your willingness (or not) to pay seat selection fees for domestic flights.  Thanks.

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  1. Mickael says:

    Survey done – Also very interested to know the results, please share with us 🙂
    Good luck Adam!

  2. AmandaB says:

    Survey done, hope we see results too ✈️

  3. Just completed the survey, link working fine, maybe a glitch

  4. roberto says:

    Chromecast back to £30….

  5. ott anyone managed to use their Supercard to pay their tax bill?

    • Thought I might give it a go on my VAT – tax bill has to be paid on one card I understand, so it would depend on the credit limit of the card the supercard is linked to and the size of tax bill. Also waiting to see if anyone else has had a go.

      • just tried to pay £5k and failed

        • Jonathan says:

          Non-GBP tax bill?

          Sorry for being naive but does the Supercard open up options for avios point earning you couldn’t get using the underlying card?

          • it looks to go through as a debit card so no 1.5% fee, just 50p …i could be wrong

          • Truoble is, to attempt to pay say £3K and end up being charged 1.4% means losing £40 or so….there’s taking one for the team etc. and then…! How did you see the 50p charge?

    • olireaction says:

      Many attempts, many failiures 🙁
      Supercard say its timing out, as if transaction not confirmed within 3 seconds its get rejected apparently. This does not correlate with my case as the unsuccessful transaction message comes about half a second after clicking confirm – not long enough to be timing out at supercard’s end, even though that is the reason they see for it being declined.
      Upon further investigation, the linked card provider is seeing the transactions – they claim its being declined as its coming through as a cash transaction from supercard.
      I did manage to get one transaction through with my IHG card linked, but no subsequent ones.

  6. ok looks like amount.. £500 worked

    • The Supercard site says “Maximum daily Point of Sale Spend – £5000”. £4999?

    • choose visa debit and transaction was accepted?? so will wait and see 50p is on the FAQ for Supercard for transaction in the UK

  7. Survey done – all the best Adam…

  8. Survey done.

  9. Lady London says:

    completed the survey but the ability to tick more than one option on some questions would have helped.

    also more chance to leave the odd comment – for instance if you paid a low price for your seat that might determine if you are more or less willing to pay an extra amount to reserve particular seating.

    • AndyGWP says:

      Agreed – I based my answers on short haul flying (did it say to do that, or did my brain trick me because it was a 319 plane?)

      Either way, paying to sit with a companion on long haul is far more likely for me than on a short haul

      Likelihood of me paying for seat reservation also would depend on the price I paid for the seat in the first place 🙂 If I’ve paid a lot and it feels like I’m being squeezed another £50, I’ll live with it! and take my chances at online checkin 😀

  10. Did the survey, good luck with uni Adam

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