Eurostar SNAP – booked!
SNAP is Eurostars latest project to increase passengers numbers – this initiative offers low fares BUT the catch is you do not what time train you are travelling on until 2 days before you depart. Certainty is valued and people who want to know exactly when they are travelling can book the regular Eurostar fares, which are more expensive.
This is how Eurostar launched the new initiative to the media:
“Eurostar, the high-speed rail service connecting the UK and mainland Europe, has today announced the launch of an innovative new service – Eurostar Snap – where passengers with flexibility on their travel time can access the best available Eurostar fares.
By logging on to the new online service through Facebook, passengers select their travel date and destination specifying a morning or afternoon departure. Then 48 hours before travel, Eurostar will confirm the exact time of the train.
Snap is designed to provide quick and simple access to the lowest Eurostar fares, offering up to the minute availability from any mobile device, tablet or desktop. Bookings must be at least 7 days before departure and tickets to Paris and Brussels are now on sale at £25 one-way*.
Nick Mercer, Commercial Director, Eurostar, says: “Our research has shown that there is a strong appetite for spontaneous travel at great prices. With state-of-the-art trains boasting 20% more capacity, as well as wifi and onboard entertainment, travellers with a flexible schedule can look forward to a spur of the moment trip at the lowest fare.”
With free travel for children under four, a generous two-bag luggage allowance plus hand luggage and over 300 hours of onboard entertainment and wifi free of charge, Eurostar is the ideal way to travel to Europe.”
The second round of the Eurostar SNAP fares are on sale and I wanted to check out how the booking process worked and how the trains are allocated.
First thing to note is that the SNAP fares can only be booked if you sign in to Facebook, I guess this a way for Eurostar to get access to your Social Media for marketing purposes.
The SNAP website is very clean, clear and easy to use: https://snap.eurostar.com/
It is good that there is no credit card fee to buy SNAP tickets.
The booking process is shown on the attached PDF – click link: How to book Eurostar SNAP fares
I will post updates as and when I receive updates from Eurostar! Wish me bon chance……