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gricerboy
16th May 2014, 07:34
You've got a long day ahead and don't particularly want to rub shoulders with the great unwashed so you treat yourself to a first class ticket at a cost of more than double the standard fare.

Train pulls in and you duly make your way to the 1st class accommodation where you intend to spend the next 1hr30 mins ensconced in a comfy seat, drinking complimentary coffee oblivious to the bedlam in the adjoining 2nd class accommodation.

Except that first class is full. Not a single seat available. So I puff out my chest and make my way down the train to find the SWT gripper.

And you know what he said? Tough titties, or words to that effect. I was expecting that at least he would give me a signed chitty enabling me to reclaim the cost of the difference between 1st class and 2nd class.

This is a disgrace.

You'd have though in this day and age that they'd be able to have a system intelligent enough to not sell the ticket if the seats were all taken:devil:devil:mad

minestrone
16th May 2014, 07:36
I can't think of any part of the rail network that is in this day and age.

BrilloPad
16th May 2014, 07:41
First class is supposed to be for people with some decorum. They don't want plebs like you in there.

Next time go on the roof.

speling bee
16th May 2014, 07:42
I can't think of any part of the rail network that is in this day and age.

Chiltern runs a pretty good service.

VectraMan
16th May 2014, 08:02
I can't think of any part of the rail network that is in this day and age.

Full? I thought most of it was.

First class being full must be a sign of the economic recovery being in full swing. Boomed!

minestrone
16th May 2014, 08:05
I found that first class was usually filled with civil servants who would usually be getting on the train at 9 as travel time was considered work time.

woohoo
16th May 2014, 08:14
This is a disgrace.

You'd have though in this day and age that they'd be able to have a system intelligent enough to not sell the ticket if the seats were all taken:devil:devil:mad

Take the opportunity to mix with the common man and women, find out about them and get to know and love them. You will find they are not so different that you, though they may think you stupid for paying double the price for free coffee and a sad sandwich.

gricerboy
16th May 2014, 08:21
Take the opportunity to mix with the common man and women, find out about them and get to know and love them.

Don't be stupid!

Anyhow, none of your replies have addressed the real issue. I paid for a first class ticket and had to sit in 2nd class because 1st was full and I'm not getting a refund.

I think that's outrageous.

woohoo
16th May 2014, 08:26
Don't be stupid!

Anyhow, none of your replies have addressed the real issue. I paid for a first class ticket and had to sit in 2nd class because 1st was full and I'm not getting a refund.

I think that's outrageous.

I didn't address the issue cause I don't care.

gricerboy
16th May 2014, 08:29
I didn't address the issue cause I don't care.

Well in that case I hope your BBQ is a complete and unmitigated disaster, all your food gets burnt to a cinder and none of your guests ever speaks to you again. And I hope all your hair gets singed off in the process too. So there.

woohoo
16th May 2014, 08:34
Well in that case I hope your BBQ is a complete and unmitigated disaster, all your food gets burnt to a cinder and none of your guests ever speaks to you again. And I hope all your hair gets singed off in the process too. So there.

Hah the laugh is on you, I have no hair and no friends and the food from the dumpster always taste awful anyway.

I feel sad now.

d000hg
16th May 2014, 09:07
Don't be stupid!

Anyhow, none of your replies have addressed the real issue. I paid for a first class ticket and had to sit in 2nd class because 1st was full and I'm not getting a refund.

I think that's outrageous.Why didn't you wait for the next stop when some seats would become available, probably in about 10 minutes?

KentPhilip
16th May 2014, 09:08
Don't be stupid!

Anyhow, none of your replies have addressed the real issue. I paid for a first class ticket and had to sit in 2nd class because 1st was full and I'm not getting a refund.

I think that's outrageous.

I agree with you. You ought to get at refund of the difference between cattle and the 1st class fare.

There is, however, a very small possibility that the 1st class fare is actually cheaper than the standard one. Rare, but it happens. In which case I'm sure you'll be happy to remit the additional monies to your local rail company :laugh

Platypus
16th May 2014, 09:24
Well in that case I hope your BBQ is a complete and unmitigated disaster, all your food gets burnt to a cinder and none of your guests ever speaks to you again. And I hope all your hair gets singed off in the process too. So there.

Quality insult!!

You could try writing to SWT. With your eloquent silver tongue you might persuade them that a refund is in order.

I solve this problem by buying my first class ticket (upgrade) once I'm actually on the train, comfortably seated, complimentary coffee in hand. It seems much cheaper than I remember the last time I bought a 1st class ticket at the station (which was several years ago).

gricerboy
16th May 2014, 09:41
Quality insult!!

You could try writing to SWT. With your eloquent silver tongue you might persuade them that a refund is in order.

I solve this problem by buying my first class ticket (upgrade) once I'm actually on the train, comfortably seated, complimentary coffee in hand. It seems much cheaper than I remember the last time I bought a 1st class ticket at the station (which was several years ago).

Hmmm... I'm new to the SWT network so not sure how it works but on FGW your 1st upgrade costs the difference between your 2nd class ticket that you have in your hand and the most expensive, hyper-inflated 1st class ticket available (i.e. more than the cost of the 1st class ticket you'd have bought at the station).

UNLESS it's the weekend where they do a 1st upgrade for £15 each way.

stek
16th May 2014, 09:44
Don't they have reservations?

TheFaQQer
16th May 2014, 09:47
And you know what he said? Tough titties, or words to that effect. I was expecting that at least he would give me a signed chitty enabling me to reclaim the cost of the difference between 1st class and 2nd class.

The Virgin train I used to catch was so used to it between Stafford and Birmingham, that the train manager used to walk through with a load of complaints forms handy. Full refund every time, which meant that I got most of that contract's travel for nothing.

TheFaQQer
16th May 2014, 09:49
Don't they have reservations?

I miss the days when there was a bit of paper in the seat to show it was reserved. At least that prevented them saying "the computer glitched so we have no reservations showing, just sit where you can"

stek
16th May 2014, 09:52
I miss the days when there was a bit of paper in the seat to show it was reserved. At least that prevented them saying "the computer glitched so we have no reservations showing, just sit where you can"

Still do on the ECML.

MyUserName
16th May 2014, 09:55
Don't they have reservations?

Several about the OP.

scooterscot
16th May 2014, 09:57
Booking a 1st class ticket without paying for a guaranteed reservation is not something a seasoned 1st class traveller would allow.

speling bee
16th May 2014, 10:05
You've got a long day ahead and don't particularly want to rub shoulders with the great unwashed so you treat yourself to a first class ticket at a cost of more than double the standard fare.

Train pulls in and you duly make your way to the 1st class accommodation where you intend to spend the next 1hr30 mins ensconced in a comfy seat, drinking complimentary coffee oblivious to the bedlam in the adjoining 2nd class accommodation.

Except that first class is full. Not a single seat available. So I puff out my chest and make my way down the train to find the SWT gripper.

And you know what he said? Tough titties, or words to that effect. I was expecting that at least he would give me a signed chitty enabling me to reclaim the cost of the difference between 1st class and 2nd class.

This is a disgrace.

You'd have though in this day and age that they'd be able to have a system intelligent enough to not sell the ticket if the seats were all taken:devil:devil:mad

Standard staff training and ticket machine automation would have issued you with a first class twat ticket and charged accordingly.

Sounds like the system worked perfectly.

Platypus
16th May 2014, 10:07
Hmmm... I'm new to the SWT network so not sure how it works but on FGW your 1st upgrade costs the difference between your 2nd class ticket that you have in your hand and the most expensive, hyper-inflated 1st class ticket available (i.e. more than the cost of the 1st class ticket you'd have bought at the station).

UNLESS it's the weekend where they do a 1st upgrade for £15 each way.

Ah, I should have mentioned, my experience is on East Coast. The upgrade policy and cost on other networks I don't know, but East Coast is very reasonable.

Pogle
16th May 2014, 13:38
Currently sat in First on my way home. I have half a carriage to me self, my vodka and tonic has just been replenished and my smoked salmon sandwich was lovely.
Chris will be round shortly with a coffee refill.
Oh, and it doesn't cost me a penny. :D
Cheers!

stek
16th May 2014, 14:03
Currently sat in First on my way home. I have half a carriage to me self, my vodka and tonic has just been replenished and my smoked salmon sandwich was lovely.
Chris will be round shortly with a coffee refill.
Oh, and it doesn't cost me a penny. :D
Cheers!

Me too!

TheFaQQer
16th May 2014, 14:05
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:laugh

stek
16th May 2014, 14:07
Second tab: "Russian Women, Ukrainian & Eastern European Women"

:laugh

It's my mates site! Plus my mrs is Russian!

original PM
16th May 2014, 14:12
oh dear!!!

bought one yet?

barrydidit
16th May 2014, 14:13
It's my mates site! Plus my mrs is Russian!

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