London Oyster Card or ???

Jul 1st, 2008, 08:00 AM
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Paper or plastic?

The main difference is that Oyster fares are "capped" at the cost of a one-day Travelcard, minus 50p.

As noted above, a 7-day loaded on Oyster does not qualify for twofers, but a paper card does.
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Jul 1st, 2008, 09:47 AM
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Not quite - the daily cap is irrelevant if you're using Oyster for a travelcard, and there are 2for1 offers with Oyster, just a different scheme, which may or may not be attractive to you.

And the reason why there are different schemes is that the national railway companies' suburban and commuter trains are not the same as TfL/tube trains (just as in most other major cities) and, broadly speaking, cover different areas of London within the common travel zones, as well as further afield.
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Jul 3rd, 2008, 09:10 AM
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Please provide a citation for 2for1 deals with an Oyster. There used to be such language in the TfL site (using a paper record of the TC purchase), but it's long gone.

Yes, Oyster fares are "capped." Travelcards are not "fares."
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Jul 3rd, 2008, 09:25 AM
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We can have a "how many angels on the point of a pin" debate about whether a travelcard covering a period is a "fare" or not, but in the middle of a discussion about whether to have a travelcard on one medium (paper) or another (Oyster) it reintroduces confusion to talk about the capping of pay-as-you-go fares on Oyster.
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Jul 3rd, 2008, 09:40 AM
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Not quite - the daily cap is irrelevant if you're using Oyster for a travelcard...

You're backpedaling. I didn't say the daily cap applied to Travelcards, so your "correction" is meaningless.

And janisj, I mean things like the Cabinet War Rooms and the Tower using a Purchase Record from TfL
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Jul 3rd, 2008, 10:03 AM
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That link lists the discounts one gets w/ the Oyster. The other 2 for 1's require a paper ticket w/ the rail logo . . . . Using an Oyster/tfl receipt for those offers was discontinued months ago.
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Jul 3rd, 2008, 10:32 AM
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Duh.
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Jul 3rd, 2008, 10:33 AM
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>>I didn't say the daily cap applied to Travelcards, so your "correction" is meaningless.<<

Since the discussion was about two versions of a travelcard and your contribution began "Paper or plastic?" - well, actually, by implication you did.
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Jul 3rd, 2008, 10:37 AM
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Ah - As far as paper travelcards vs. oyster, do remember oyster always caps at 50p less than the corresponding charge for a one day paper travelcard and is much uch more flexible and allows you to do whatever you want at a cheaper price..

...was posted quite a while earlier, as was

If you don't need to use any 2-for-1 offers; then your best option is get the Oyster Pay As You Go.

I CAN read - get it?
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Jul 3rd, 2008, 10:40 AM
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"Duh" -- ? Won't Mensa drum you out of the corps for using such low brow lingo?

To get the 2 for 1's you asked about requires a paper ticket w/ logo.

Discounts/specials using a tfl Oyster/paper record of purchase are limited to the offers on that tfl website. That about covers it. What the h**l else are you looking for?
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