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Earn Nectar points with Avanti West Coast, the new train franchise holder – and get a bonus

Virgin Trains is no more.  From this week, the West Coast rail franchise has been handed over to Avanti West Coast.

The good news is that Avanti West Coast is continuing the successful partnership with Nectar that started under Virgin Trains.

As a launch offer, it is offering 500 bonus Nectar points – worth at least £2.50 – if you book an Avanti West Coast ticket by 31st December.  Your travel date can be in the future.

The Avanti website implies that the bonus is only available via the Avanti app.  However, the T&C’s of the bonus clearly say that bookings on the website OR app count:

“Offer valid to 23:59 on 31 December 2019 ▪ Only available for Avanti West Coast journeys booked online at or the Avanti West Coast app”

You will also receive the standard 2 Nectar points per £1.

(One upside of Avanti is that you will get your points even if only part of your trip is on the Avanti West Coast network.  Your trip does not have to be exclusively on Avanti.)

Full details are on the Avanti website here.

Here’s the game you can play, although arguably it is a bit of a faff for £1.25 profit!

The cheapest ticket on the Avanti network is a one-way £1.25 child single between Edinburgh Haymarket and Edinburgh Waverley.

If you book one of these tickets before 1st January you will earn 500 Nectar points.  These are worth £2.50 and possibly more if you redeem with the right partner.

Now, there are LOTS of trains between Edinburgh Haymarket and Edinburgh Waverley and only a few each day are on Avanti.

To be sure you get your points, book an Avanti service.  They are not clearly marked whilst booking but the 14.12 train from Haymarket (Monday to Friday only) is one of these.  The 14.12 shows ‘Avanti West Coast’ if you click ‘More Details’ on the payment page.

You can select ‘Collect At Station’ – there is no need for your ticket to be posted.

Note that you can only claim this offer once per Nectar account.

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  1. does anybody know how long Avanti activity is likely to take to hit the Nectar account ?

    how long did Virgin Trains used to take ?!

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