Martin Lewis Says It Could Be The Last Chance To Get Cheap Christmas Train Tickets
I hate to be the one to say it, but Christmas really is just around the corner.
But you don't need to take my word for it, financial guru Martin Lewis has warned travellers that it's time to start thinking about their festive travels before it's too late.
The Money Saving Expert was on Good Morning Britain talking about how people can save some cash on train fares this year. And you best get a wriggle on.
Speaking to Ben Shephard, Kate Garraway and Susanna Reid, he said: "If you're train-ing home for Christmas and New Year, now's the time to start looking for tickets.
"Rail firms usually confirm timetables and start selling advance tickets around 10 to 12 weeks before the travel date."
Martin went on: "Oversimplifying somewhat, there are only a limited number for each journey.
"So if you want to book the super cheap advance fares, the earlier you do it within that time the better, as it means you can ensure availability.
"This is a heads-up to be ready to start checking your trains if you know when you'll travel.
"Some firms including CrossCountry, Hull Trains and TransPennine Express are already selling fares up to 27 December, others are due to launch them soon."
But it's not just travel expenses Martin has been looking into. Earlier this week, he took aim at cinemas, demanding they start telling customers the real start time for films.
In an irate tweet, he said: "Went to cinema yest for 8.45pm showing, but it was 9.17 before the film actually started.
"CINEMAS we pay to see films! Fine show 5/10min of ads & trailers, but this inflation to 33mins isn't on. Either cut pre-screening times, or tell us actual start times too."
Since the tweet was posted yesterday, it has received more than 74,000 likes and been retweeted more than 50,000 times.
It has even garnered support from Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright, who shared the tweet with the caption: "Agree with this one hundred percent. In the UK the amount of commercials (less so trailers) before a movie is insane. 30 mins is way too long."
Speaking to LADbible, Martin says he didn't expect his flippant complaint to strike such a chord, but says there is clearly an issue that needs to be addressed.
He explains: "I do a lot of campaigns on serious issues - this wasn't one of them. This was a frustrated tweet after I had been to the cinema.
"I get that [cinemas] want us to see trailers, but they are getting longer and longer."
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