Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Get cheaper train tickets by swapping your railcard for an avocado

Get cheaper train tickets by swapping your railcard for an avocado

If they are aged between 26 and 30 years-old and present the popular fruit at the ticket desk, they will be rewarded with a third off their fare. More than owning their own homes apparently.

You can now get cheaper train tickets if you present an avocado at a station when buying your tickets.

Virgin Trains certainly has its travellers baffled regarding its one-week offer to millennials to have a third of their rail fares slashed. So start raiding that fruit bowl now!

It sounds like an April Fool's Day prank, but Virgin Trains reacted to the news that the newly launched 26-30 Railcard had sold out by introducing the #Avocard - a promotion in which young people who missed out of the Railcard can claim the same discount simply by producing an avocado.

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The company also want to firmly remind customers that "fraudulent use of #Avocard and #Avocard discounted tickets may lead to criminal prosecution".

Virgin Trains said that "after such high demand" it wanted to make sure that the "Millennial" railcard was available to anyone who wanted it. Photo: Virgin Trains.

People on Twitter have been reacting to the announcement with some scepticism and a bit of confusion.

So, it turns out it's not some weird windup, but don't run out to Tesco and stockpile those avos just yet because so far it's only available from the West Coast team until 20th March.

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