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For obvious reasons we write a lot about air travel (and sometimes rail travel) here at InsideFlyer, but in the run up to the impending festive travel/mayhem that many of us will soon be embarking on, I thought I’d share a quick round-up of what has been happening recently at coach company National Express.
First up – a new foray into the loyalty programme/cashback market from National Express, called ‘NX Rewards‘, has been launched and might be worth a quick look.
If you sign up here and then book a National Express coach, you can apparently get £16.87 cashback, regardless of how much or how little your ticket costs. There are a few hoops to jump through, but it doesn’t seem hugely onerous.
You can have a look at the full list of benefits here. What is rather strange is that there is a £15 monthly fee, but you get it back each month as a cashback bonus, as long as you make at least one purchase with any retailer via the NX Rewards site. Anyway you don’t need to worry about that too much to begin with, because there’s a 30 day free trial, so nothing much to lose as long as you remember to cancel before the end of the trial period.
I’m not really sure yet if there is any long term value to be had here, but if you’re booking a coach for travel in the the next 30 days, you might as well signup for free, claim the £16.87 bonus, and see what you think.
More National Express news
National Express has now finally rolled out the VUER Entertainment service across the country. I have tried it a couple of times already and have been impressed.
It’s completely free and you can watch a decent selection of films, latest news, cartoons for the kids (and me), tv shows from Now TV and more.
Download it before you travel from your chosen app store, as (bizarrely!) you can’t download it onboard using the National Express WIFI.
In another slightly odd move, National Express has introduced paid seat reservations.
I have never had a problem getting seats with my travel companions when I have travelled in the past on coaches, or felt compelled to book a particular seat, but it might appeal to some people (maybe?).
If you are interested, starting from £2, you can reserve a seat in the front section of the coach on the following routes.
– Birmingham to/from Luton Airport
– Birmingham, Bournemouth, Brighton, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Manchester, Nottingham & Southampton to/from London Victoria
National Express is rolling it out across the country in the coming months.