Same train, same time, even the same seat
We've finally cracked it. Our new advanced tickets TicketySplit tool takes on the ridiculous train ticket pricing anomaly that means buying two separate tickets sometimes costs less. It can save some regular travellers £1,000s. Here's an example...
Birmingham to Newquay advance single = £150
This train stopped at Cheltenham so instead the tool suggested...
Birmingham to Cheltenham advance single (£21) plus Cheltenham to Newquay advance single (£44) = just £65.
On one specific type of query, the system can be helpful. fbb wanted to travel to Truro for the day, but before senior railcards and day returns are available. TicketySplit found an outward single "split" which got him at full price to a point where discounts were available, thereafter discounted. Under these circumstances "Anytime" returns can often be bettered with a mixture of full price singles and discount singles or returns.
... with no significant restrictions. Two single Advance tickets with burdensome restrictions or complicated "splits" might improve on that - if you are lucky and land your ball in the correct slot of the Roulette Wheel on the right day. Remember always that "Advance" fares are dreamed up by a "Deep Throat" computer program and availability is totally unpredictable
What is needed is a complete re-think of ALL rail fares to remove the anomalies at source. Messrs Cleggeron and Faraband could win a hefty number of extra votes if they set such a rethink in motion. One day, when fbb feels confident and/or stupidly brave, he will write a blog explaining how easy it would be to sort it out.