Superbreak Reports Increased Demand For Rail Inclusive Breaks08 October 2008
Superbreak reports an increase in demand for rail inclusive breaks, especially to London and attributes some of this to the rise in cost of petrol, parking charges and the growing awareness of carbon footprints. With National Express alone, the operator reports that passenger numbers in September were up 22% compared to last year.
Superbreak offers reduced rail fares to London with National Express, Virgin, East Midland Trains and First Great Western, with rates often cheaper than booking direct when combined with overnight accommodation. Rail is available to and from and mainline station and agents do not need a rail license to be able to sell a Superbreak rail inclusive package. It can be booked online and tickets are sent out within three working days.
To clearly show the cost effectiveness of rail travel and ideal for agents to show to customers, there is table on the website that shows popular routes, the current lowest fare with Superbreak and the savings customers can make against an open saver return ticket that week. Plus the average petrol cost to get to the destination is also shown. For example, the lowest fare from London to Birmingham with Superbreak is currently £22pp, saving 71% against the current open saver return ticket at £62 or estimated petrol consumption of £42. Leeds to London is currently £32pp, saving 76% against the current open saver return ticket at £75pp or estimated petrol consumption of £68.
Ian Mounser, sales director at Superbreak comments “Rail inclusive breaks are proving more and more popular, especially with customers visiting London. I believe factors such as the cost of petrol, emission and congestion zone charges plus the cost of parking is now making rail travel a financially viable and convenient way to travel. As we all become more aware of our carbon footprints, travelling by train is a greener way to get away rather than driving. On the agent website we have clearly broken down the savings to demonstrate to agents just what good value it is. Rail is one of the easiest extras for agents to add on to a booking and they earn full commission on the ticket so I urge them to offer this with every short break booking they make.”
LONDON – including rail from Newcastle or Edinburgh – two nights at the three star Royal National hotel and return rail costs from just £113 per person.
For more information and bookings call Superbreak Mini-Holidays on 0871 221 4444 or visit www.superbreak.com/agents