Funny money: Millennials can get discounted rail travel with Virgin Trains by showing an avocado

14 March 2018

Millennials who missed out on this week’s calamitous 26-30 Railcard trial launch – all 10,000 cards were snapped up in just a day despite the website struggling to load – can console themselves with a deal from Virgin Trains.

Present an avocado and ID showing proof of age, such as a driving licence or passport at a Virgin Trains ticket offer, and any customer aged between 26 and 30 can get a third off their rail fare between 13 and 20 March.

And before you ask, no, this isn’t an early April Fools’ Day joke.

Virgin Trains says it wants to give millennials the chance to have the full benefits of the new railcard, and has therefore come up with the ‘Avocard’ instead.

A Virgin Trains spokesperson comments: “We want to help any of our customers who missed out on the millennial railcard - so we decided to offer them the same discounted fares in a light-hearted way.”  

The deal is only available at Virgin Trains West Coast stations and on journeys on this line, which runs between London Euston and Glasgow. For example, on a journey between Manchester Piccadilly and Brighton, the discount will only be effective between Manchester and London Euston.

In the frankly bizarre terms and conditions, Virgin Trains stipulates that: “You must always carry and be able to show your #Avocard while on your journey and when asked by rail staff, you must show a valid ticket and valid #Avocard. If you fail to do so, Virgin Trains West Coast reserve the right to charge you the full price Standard Single fare for your journey as if no ticket was purchased before starting the journey and in some cases a Penalty Fare.”

The conditions also state: “Fraudulent use of #Avocard and #Avocard discounted tickets may lead to criminal prosecution.”

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