I travel on Virgin trains from Preston or Manchester to London fairly recently - I got used to traveling first class when work paid I no longer travel on business to London and if I did, they wouldn't pat first class - However, by planning ahead and being flexible on the travel times, I've found that I can get reasonably priced first class tickets which are better value that driving. If I can't get first class, I don't travel. However, the number of affordable first class tickets does mean that first class has started to get a lot busier and the service can be varied. Usually, the stewards are friendly and helpful but occasionally, there is the odd steward who is not quite up to standard
The only time I've been really disappointed with the service has been when the train was de-classified - I suspect it was the same day that another reviewer was traveling - I was lucky to get my seat but the train was horrendously full with a lot of less than sober football fans who hadn't been able to get on their train to Liverpool - I heard that extra trains where being put on to cope with the situation but it was chaotic at Euston and I suspect there were just a lot of people who jumped on any train heading north - So not really the fault of Virgin trains
I've placed many orders with Achica and saved aprrox £1800 on RRP price of goods (plus an additional £250 via a Cashback site)
It is made very clear on the website, you do need to wait longer than usual for deliveries but the savings are worth it (even if not as large as the headline indicates) and I have never been disappointed when the goods do arrive
Patience is a virtue - So practice it and an you will reap the benefits
Mieke found this review useful
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