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2-FOR-1 - please explain

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2-FOR-1 - please explain

I saw a lot of topics in the forum that refer to 2-FOR-1 deals, discussions about pros and cons, links to the site, explanations about how to order and different cards possibilities, comparisons to LP, etc.

I couldn't find, not even on www.daysoutguide.co.uk, explanation what 2-FOR-1 deal is and how it works.

Please, can somebody explainit, assuming I have no idea what it's.

Thank you

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1. Re: 2-FOR-1 - please explain

1. Buy an eligible PAPER train ticket which is likely one you will be buying anyway such as a travel card for getting around London on tube and buses

2. Fill out voucher that you can print off web ( name and address and attraction name

3. Take to ticket office of your chosen attraction.

4. Buy two tickets for the price of one ticket.

Rinse and repeat 2-4

Details that will answer any questions you have here tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g186338-c133479/Lon…

This is mentioned on the days out website but it's so simple I suspect you were looking for something more complicated.

"Click "Claim Offer" to print off your 2FOR1 vouchers and then present the vouchers together with your National Rail train tickets when you arrive at the attraction. (Read our FAQs for full details.)"

Edited: 14 April 2012, 07:04
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2. Re: 2-FOR-1 - please explain

The offers are such that if two adults visit an attraction, say the Tower of London, that they'll pay for one adult admission but the other person's admission will be free. If one adult and a child visit the Tower, the child's admission will be free, the adult will pay the standard admission charge.

The offers are sponsored by a group of train operating companies and are designed for people who plan to take a National Rail train to visit London. With their train tickets to the city and the necessary vouchers (one voucher for each two travellers per sight visited) they will receive what is essentially a 'buy one get one free' bargain.

The rail ticket must be valid on the day the offers are used. Visitors may use as many offers as they wish, as long as they have the valid rail ticket and vouchers.

Since those who travel to London from outside the UK arrive by air, and won't have train tickets to London, there is an alternate to buying rail tickets for travel to the city.

That alternate is paper Travelcards bought at a National Raili ticket office. Since all Travelcards are valid for use on National Rail services (as well as other transport options) in the paid for zones they are viewed as rail tickets for the purposes of the offers.

To use the offers, the National Rail-issued paper Travelcards must be valid on the days you visit the sights. Return rail tickets (eg for travel from Gatwick to London St Pancras on 21 April, returning on 25 April) will allow use of the offers on all days between arrival and departure as long as the person keeps both inbound and outbound rail tickets.

But for your needs, paper Travelcards bought at a rail station (and St Pancras will be the best choice, since you'll arrive there from Luton airport) can be used with the offers.

The correct National Rail paper stock looks like this: wikitravel.org/upload/…Nr_train_ticket.jpg Ignore what's printed on the tickets, what is important is that it's NR orange and cream paper.

Transport for London tickets are printed on pink paper stock, and are NOT valid for use with the offers: …staticflickr.com/2191/2330953909_b13254d93a… Travelcards loaded on Oyster are not valid for the offers either.

http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/faq Have a look here as well.

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3. Re: 2-FOR-1 - please explain

Thank you very much for excellent answers

joeintheuk - there is no place, including link you referred me to, that says "4. Buy two tickets for the price of one ticket." and this is actualy what I was missing lol

Thanks again

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4. Re: 2-FOR-1 - please explain

One question, do you need to present two travelcards or train tickets at the ticket booth or one travelcard/ticket will do? Along with the printed voucher of course.

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5. Re: 2-FOR-1 - please explain

"do you need to present two travelcards or train tickets at the ticket booth or one travelcard/ticket will do? "

If there are 2 of you you need 2, one for each person.

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6. Re: 2-FOR-1 - please explain

If you buy a 7-day travelcard is it also printed on paper? Why would you want to use that along with an Oyster card? Is that just to cover transportation to and from Heathrow Airport?

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7. Re: 2-FOR-1 - please explain

Seven day Travelcards sold by National Rail ticket offices as paper tickets will be valid for the two for one offers.

Transport for London (Tube) ticket offices sell seven day and longer Travelcards loaded on Oyster as the default - the only paper tickets TfL sell are one day Travelcards and singles - neither of which are valid for the offers, nor are TfL Travelcards loaded on Oyster.

'Why would you want to use that along with an Oyster card? Is that just to cover transportation to and from Heathrow Airport?' Yes. Cash single fares are high (£5.30 from LHR to the city centre) but considerably lower when paying with Oyster, just £2.90 for the off peak journey from zone 6 to zone 1.

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8. Re: 2-FOR-1 - please explain

I want to hijack the thread a bit.

We are landing Saturday morning on Southend and leaving Monday evening from Gatwick. Can we still use the offers for the three days if we have the corresponding train tickets from Southend and to Gatwick or the offer is valid only when it is return ticket to a single airport?

Also, does it work with groupsave tickets, thus getting the offer for 4 people with only 1 ticket?

Thanks in advance. .

Edited: 14 April 2012, 21:39
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9. Re: 2-FOR-1 - please explain

Jair,

You must have a valid train ticket or travelcard for each day you want to use the 2-4-1 deal.

$ people cannot get in for one ticket. Thus the name 2-4-1.

:-)

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10. Re: 2-FOR-1 - please explain

I was under the impression that as long as you have tickets to airport you are allowed to take advantage in the entire period between your landing and take off. Thats what TravellerPlus mentioned also earlier:

"Return rail tickets (eg for travel from Gatwick to London St Pancras on 21 April, returning on 25 April) will allow use of the offers on all days between arrival and departure as long as the person keeps both inbound and outbound rail tickets."

My question was that if we can show one ticket from Southend to London and one from London to Gatwick instead of a return ticket...

Thank you for the clarification. So if we want all of us to take advantage we shouldnt use groupsave or maybe use it and buy some dummy tickets once in London. Need to do the math.