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Rail cards

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ninathenana Mon 02-Mar-15 15:13:08

I have today received 2 senior rail cards which I ordered on line for the princely sum of £0 grin
They were bought with Tesco vouchers and will save us 30% on each ticket bought.
Posting incase anyone isn't aware of this. Although GN's are a pretty savy lot.

kittylester Mon 02-Mar-15 15:21:37

Wow, that's a bargain. I might start doing more shopping at Tesco! grin

janerowena Mon 02-Mar-15 15:29:46

Did you notice whether they do other rail tickets as well?

I'm being lazy, I should look for myself! We use all our vouchers in restaurants, usually Zizzi when we meet up with DS when he is away at uni. But we want to go to London and are sadly not eligible for senior rail tickets - and they are so expensive now!

ninathenana Mon 02-Mar-15 15:34:25

Yes you can buy other cards, I know you can buy a card for two travelling together. I assume you can use tokens for that.

tanith Mon 02-Mar-15 15:40:36

Take a look here janerowena

janerowena Mon 02-Mar-15 15:45:56

Thank you! smile

janerowena Mon 02-Mar-15 15:49:30

That looks really useful, I can get us the two together, and DS can have a student one - he usually uses his National Express student one and now I see that I could have got that free for him as well! Wonderful.

Galen Mon 02-Mar-15 16:30:00

I have a disabled one.

Katek Mon 02-Mar-15 22:53:11

Same here Galen-means DH also gets third off.

MrsPickle Mon 02-Mar-15 23:00:44

I get a choice of a rail card or bus pass from local authority. As we have very few buses, I choose a free rail card.
I can get much further with it, plus I don't shop at Tesco very much any more.

rubylady Tue 03-Mar-15 00:27:04

I shop at Tesco all the time, well, home delivery. And I could do with a disabled rail card. How do I go about this please, anyone? smile

Katek Tue 03-Mar-15 08:52:46

You can do it all online Ruby- just Google disabled persons railcard. You'll see the eligibility criteria and there's an online form.

rubylady Tue 03-Mar-15 12:50:31

Thanks Katek but is that how I redeem my Tesco points towards the cost of the railcard? Plus do I not have to send off evidence of being disabled? flowers

janerowena Tue 03-Mar-15 13:00:34

I think they must take you to a page that is not visible until you have bought the voucher, which I cannot see on here

vegasmags Tue 03-Mar-15 13:14:40

I also have a disabled card which gives me and a travelling companion a discount as mentioned above. It's worth pointing out that wearing an NHS hearing aid, as I do, entitles you to a disabled rail card. You just photocopy the front of your 'battery book' as proof of entitlement. It never occurred to me to apply until I was stuck at Euston with cancelled trains and chaos and I could not hear any of the announcements. I sought the assistance of a very helpful member of staff and it was he who advised me to get a disabled railcard.

12Michael Tue 03-Mar-15 13:55:09

I have a 3 year card buying online to get it, but to those unaware once you are 60 you can get railcard.
Also if there are 2 of you , and travel by rail allot together you have a 2 together card but requires passport photos.
3 year card current rate is £70 , you just need to do it online giving passport number or driving licence details to sanction the age bit.
PS the 2 together card has no age barrier.

Maggiemaybe Tue 03-Mar-15 18:31:01

I've just been having a look at the Tesco Clubcard site, and I'm afraid all the cards available, apart from the one for disabled travellers, have now gone. sad I can imagine it was a pretty popular offer!

ninathenana Tue 03-Mar-15 18:33:20

I didn't think there was a time limit, I thought it was a permanent offer confused

Maggiemaybe Tue 03-Mar-15 18:35:20

Apparently, it was a "flash sale", and there were only a limited number of cards available. I don't know if Tesco have done this before, but I'll be looking out for other offers.

joannapiano Tue 03-Mar-15 18:37:41

I knew this offer was coming up today, so I logged on the site at 9.30am today and got mine. (Senior Citizen one).
A real bargain as I often travel to St Neots to see a friend.

ninathenana Tue 03-Mar-15 18:40:57

How strange, that link does indeed say they are sold out. Yet after reading your post Maggie I pretended to order 2 more cards and got through to checkout.
Unfortunately I can't do a link on my phone.

janerowena Tue 03-Mar-15 20:51:27

How do you find out what the flash sales are? I shop online with Tesco, but they don't email me offers - maybe I would need to subscribe, which could be pretty horrendous email-wise.

rubylady Wed 04-Mar-15 02:06:26

Right, I have bought the railcard or got it through my clubcard. How do I literally get the rail card? Is it sent to my email and then I print it off? I don't have a printer. confused but learning.

Katek Wed 04-Mar-15 07:59:41

Mine comes by post....presume it's the same with the Tesco offer as it's an actual plastic card. Wish mine had been up for renewal, could have saved some money!!

FlicketyB Wed 04-Mar-15 17:37:34

I understand that a 'Network Card' gives under 60s similar discounts to a Senior Railcard.

I read this as an answer to a question in a magazine. Some one was working over retirement age and didn't want work colleagues to realise just how old he was when he produced the Senior Rail card on trains for inspectors to see. The Network card was suggested as an alternative.