Is Standard Premium on the Eurostar worth the extra price?

Kathy Lewis, R.Nutr, BCApSc, MSc, MBA,
Author: Kathy Lewis, R.Nutr, BCApSc, MSc, MBA,
Kathy Lewis, Consultancy Director, enjoys a multidisciplinary career based on a portfolio of achievement.  Kathy is a Management Consultant for Executive Travel Wellbeing and Stress, Health Promotion Specialist, Consultant Nutritionist (Registered Nutritionist and World Public Health Nutritionist) and a Chartered Marketer with over 25 years of experience.   Her specialist areas include executive stress and wellbeing (including jet-lag and travel wellness),  travel nutrition, travel policies, corporate vitality, employee engagement, marketing and internal communications. Kathy holds several relevant degrees, Masters in Applied Psychology (MSc) with distinction for her research in Executive stress and maladaptive coping behaviours looking specifically at clinical work-based stress and the impact on healthy lifestyles, Masters in Business Administration (MBA), with distinctions achieved in Management Accounts, Statistics and Project Management, completed with a research-based dissertation in the marketing of healthy options in catering establishments, and a Bachelor degree in Nutrition and Food Science.Over the last 25 years, Kathy has worked as a consultant and advised in various industries, from travel, health and food to financial services and telecommunications, on nutrition, executive wellbeing, workplace health, change management, internal communications and employee engagement. She has worked with a variety of clients across local government, NHS, educational institutes, NGO’s, national and multinational companies. As a Management Consultant (post-MBA) Kathy was required to travel to several locations each week and in 2002 began her masters in Applied Psychology (& Health Promotion) as a result of observing the stress in senior managers.  She was awarded a distinction for both her research on work-related stress and maladaptive behaviours and her course work.  Prior to this, Kathy spent many years working with catering establishments to provide healthy options, and prior to this working in diet and fitness centres, following her degree in Human Nutrition and Food Science in 1989.   Combining all areas of experience and expertise was the obvious way forward, and subsequently founded the concept of business travel vitality and wellbeing. Kathy is a former Consulting Editor for Readers Digest Association Inc (USA) and Readers’ Digest UK (Vivat), as well as the former founding Non-Executive Editor for the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Food, Drink and Agriculture group. As an author, she has written a number of publications and a variety of articles in consumer publications and professional journals, with guest media appearances on a number of radio shows, including the BBC, London and regional radio.  She enjoys public speaking on a range of topics and is a regular speaker at professional events. Kathy is also the Vice Chair of The Caroline Walker Trust, Founder of the International Forum for Health Promotion and Education, a board advisor for the Tessa Sanderson Foundation and Academy, the Vice-Chair/former Chair for the Financial Services Board at the Chartered Institute of Marketing, former Trustee/Non-Executive Director for the Association of MBA’s (where she chaired the Governance Committee and was a member of the HR Committee and Strategic Working Party), former Honorary Secretary for the Institute of Health Promotion and Education, a founding Council Member of the Association for Nutrition. Kathy was also a committee member for the Food, Drink and Agriculture group at the Chartered Insitute of Marketing and a current Non-Executive Director at NZ Engineering. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Association of MBAs, Institute for Travel Management, Association for Woman Travel Executives, Nutrition Society, SENSE, World Public Health Nutrition Association, Association for Nutrition (UK) and International Travel Writers Alliance.  She is a former member of the Institute Institute of Directors, Royal Society of Arts and Institute of Health Promotion and Education.

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  1. Yes. It’s a good way to get to Paris, especially Eurodisney. here is some info about prcies//Information based on our recent experience. We discovered that the cheapest Eurostar fares of a329.50 each way are not always available on the day booking opens.For example, we needed to use the 13.41 train from Waterloo to Lille for our journey from north-west England to the south of France but were happy to travel on June 11, 12 or 13. When booking opened for these dates in mid-February, the outward journey cost a344.50 and this remained the case when our return journey became available, so we booked a return departing on June 11.A few days ago I noticed that tickets were available at a329.50 for this train on all these dates. We queried this with staff at the Eurostar terminal in Brussels on a recent visit and were told that the higher starting prcies were due to large group bookings being made as soon as booking opens. We were also told that sometimes the tour operators hand back unsold seats and so the best price can fall back to a329.50.Gill Charlton repliesEurostar confirms this experience: “On exceptionally rare occasions, this does happen. Eurostar sells tickets to the general public and also provides large amounts in block bookings to tour operators for onward sale. On occasion, these seats are not sold in their entirety and the tour operator will release them back to Eurostar. This sudden availability can result in a reduction in selling price for a small number of seats.”There is a new booking “tool” on Eurostar’s website (www.eurostar.com) to help customers find services in the next 120 days that still have tickets for sale at a329.50. To access this, click the “Latest Deals” button on the Eurostar home page, then click the “On a Budget” box that comes up and work through the monthly calendars showing days when a329.50 seats are still available.

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