The Bargain Hunter: Book early to save on Easter train tickets


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Planning an Easter break in the UK? If you're travelling by train, you should book now to save a bundle, according to The website claims its customers saved £3m by booking Easter travel in February last year rather than simply buying tickets on the day of travel. Advance-price ticket deals on offer last week at the site included London to Edinburgh at £32.50 instead of £152 and Northampton to Liverpool at £13 instead of £44.

Cut-price Alexon coats on offer

Before then we're still expecting some rotten weather so it's good to report that there's a range of Alexon coats on offer at up to 70 per cent off at House of Fraser stores and online at The red coat pictured, for instance, is down from £200 to just £60. Other coats have been reduced from £235 to £70 and from £180 to £54.

Cruise away for a Valentine's special

Planning a getaway for Valentine's Day? How about a cruise to Amsterdam? DFDS Seaways has cut 25 per cent off the rate for a Valentine's special, two-night mini cruise on its Newcastle–Amsterdam route. The deal – at – reduces the price to £99 per person. The firm says its Dover–Dunkirk or Dover-Calais ferries, which can get you to just an hour from romantic Ghent in Belgium for from just £19 each way for a car and passengers.

Website compares car rental deals

A new website offers commission-free comparisons on car and van-rental deals. The site – at – appears to make money by charging hire firms for their listings, while most comparison sites take commission when you click-buy through them. The different approach means smaller firms get equal billing, and it doesn't just feature the car-hire giants, the site says.

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