So, you’re wanting to book your rail tickets for that meeting in London in a few weeks time. Once you get to the page and pop in your dates, the endless ticket possibilities shown can make the decision less easy than you thought……….... Which one do you choose? Will two singles (Split Ticketing) be cheaper than the return ticket price or even a break of journey?
Buying Business Travel reported that “A Fifth of rail passengers buy the wrong ticket from ticketing machines at the station” and If you, like them, find the array of rail ticket possibilities baffling/confusing then you may not be getting the best value for your business travel requirements. Not only are there such a wide variety of tickets that are available for travel to the exact same point with different validities, but there are also different train companies as well, leaving you wondering which one to choose.
Depending upon how often you travel, many businesses use online platforms and online booking tools (OBT’s) provided by a Travel Management Company (TMC) that can make the process of booking rail tickets so much easier! They can be built to reflect your business travel policy and preferences, to ensure you only see the fares you want to see, and provide multiple options for ticketing including Mobile ticketing, a “Fast Ticket” or “Ticket on Collection” in which the traveller can insert a bank card into a machine and collect rail tickets directly at the station -simple!.
If you still want to keep full control of booking process for your company then a business travel company will suggest implementing an Online Booking Tool, which gathers all rail fares from multiple providers in one centralised place, an authorisation process and a payment solution. Many companies find this create a more managed but flexible approach for what is a relatively routine purchase, where at the click of a button you can find the best fare to suit your travel needs, whilst keeping to company travel policy limits.
The shape of rail ticketing industry is changing, so make sure your policy and booking process develops with it and make booking rail travel easy.