Postponed meetings in another city? Has the flu taken over your weekend plans in London? Complicated relationship status resulted in a cancelled trip? If you have found yourself with a train ticket you can no longer use, you’ll want to know if you can get your money back.
Did you know that most advance train tickets are non-refundable?
Unless you paid for an expensive flexible ticket, your booking is most likely limited to a specific seat on a specific train, at a specific time and date. What does this mean for you? Well, you would be lucky to get a refund on your ticket if you can’t use it. In the UK in particular, there are strict rail cancellation policies which mean that as soon as you've paid for a ticket, the company gets your money regardless of whether or not you travel. This will depend on whether or not you book through an aggregator like Trainline or directly with the rail company. Trainline has its own policy for refunds where you pay a refund fee between £1 and £10 based upon how much your ticket is worth.
What can you do when you can no longer use your train ticket?
When life happens and you can no longer commit to your train travel plans, the solution is to transfer your ticket to someone looking for a great deal. Tickets in the UK usually don't have names printed on them so anyone is able to use it. This means you can transfer your non-refundable train travel ticket to someone else.
TransferTravel.com is the world's travel marketplace that allows sellers to list their unwanted travel bookings to an audience of international buyers looking for great, last-minute deals. And guess what? Our marketplace doesn’t just have train tickets for sale; we accommodate all types of travel bookings, from hotel rooms to flight tickets to cruise vouchers.
How do I sell my train ticket?
Once you know you can change the name on your train ticket and sell it to someone else, you can list it in the TransferTravel marketplace.
- Firstly, you need to head over to TransferTravel.com and create an account for free. The best way to register is through your social profile because this will use your profile picture from your social media account. We always recommend uploading a photo of yourself on your profile as this increases trust levels for other users by putting a face to a username
- Next, you need to create a new listing with all the details of the train ticket you want to sell.
- Once your listing has been approved, thousands of buyers will be able to see it. When a buyer is interested in your ticket, you'll be connected through our secure messaging system so you can exchange any details needed to make the name change.
- You need to upload the new tickets, so they can download and use it. When they do, your money will be released to you. We take a 15% commission but only once the whole transfer process is complete.
The amount of money you make back on your ticket will depend on you. The TransferTravel.com website allows buyers to make offers to sellers on the listings that they are interested in. It is then down to you as to whether you want to accept an offer for their ticket at a discounted price or reject it. If you offer your ticket at a discounted price, or you’re willing to take offers from buyers, your listing is more likely to sell. The more detail that your listing includes, the more interest it will have in our community of buyers! For more tips, check out our blog post on how to create an effective listing.
So are you ready to sell your train ticket? Create a listing to post on the world’s #1 travel marketplace!