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  • Rich_A 92 posts

    Since the merger of Eurostar and Thalys, they’ve been juggling different travel classes on each arm of the business. The three classes will now be realigned in a weird and slightly confusing way. It’s supposed to be for travel from 4 Nov, but some of these changes seem to have kicked in already, possibly only for tickets booked from today.

    Current classes (Eurostar Blue): Standard / Standard Premier / Business Premier
    Current classes (Eurostar Red): Standard / Comfort / Premium
    become
    New classes: Eurostar Standard / Eurostar Plus / Eurostar Premium

    The middle class keeps its light meal on Blue routes, but Red routes don’t gain one. And there’s no buffet car on Red, so take a packed lunch!

    All tickets in Standard and Plus will become refundable (subject to £/€25 fee) up to 7 days before departure. And the change fee disappears from all fares. Just pay difference in fare, up to 1h before departure. This is an definite improvement for Blue, but a downgrade for Red, I think.

    Business Premier Eurostar Premium seems mostly the same, but you only have 48h after departure to seek a refund, instead of 60 days.

    So in summary: they’ve aligned things a bit, but not totally. And made some bits worse and some better.

    https://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/travel-info/eurostar-experience/travel-classes

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,147 posts

    Eurostar Premium might be a term innocuous enough to pass by expense departments without query 👌

    nike85 26 posts

    Red Eurostar absolutely does have a bar buffet. Used to be called Welcome Bar but think it’s been bought under the Eurostar Cafe branding now.

    Rich_A 92 posts

    Red Eurostar absolutely does have a bar buffet. Used to be called Welcome Bar but think it’s been bought under the Eurostar Cafe branding now.

    I may be wrong, but I think they’ve started replacing the cafe with vending machines as they refurbish.

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