TheTrainline.com has launched Ticket Alert, a new service aimed at helping consumers make savings on the cost of rail travel.
Ticket Alert enables customers to sign up for email alerts via TheTrainline.com website, which notify them as soon as advance tickets become available for specific journeys, which the customer pre-selects.Advance tickets are single fares available up to 12 weeks before departure.
The company says by booking in advance, even up to the day before departure, rail travellers can achieve average savings of 39% when compared to buying the ticket on the day. Customers will no longer have to keep checking a website to see when advance tickets are available, as TheTrainline system now does the checking and searching on their behalf.
Via the Ticket Alert homepage, customers will also be able to view the train companies’ booking horizons, showing how far in advance tickets are available for purchase.
If advance tickets are not available for the chosen journey, customers will receive notification through Ticket Alert one week before the scheduled departure date.
TheTrainline will then provide another option for the journey, guiding them to the cheapest alternative fare availability for their travel date.
Ben Pearson, commercial director of TheTrainline, said: “In today’s economic climate it is more important than ever to offer customers innovative ways to help them save.
“TheTrainline’s Ticket Alert will make it easier for customers to find advance tickets and make considerable time and cost savings before their journey.
Customers can sign up for Alerts from TheTrainline homepage or go direct to ticketalert.thetrainline.com