launches new online scratch card game

Published: Tue Oct 19 2010, online travel retailer, has launched a new online scratch card game that gives customers the chance to win loyalty points which can be redeemed against future train tickets.

The scratch card scheme was tested in Manchester and Birmingham, where customers were given scratch cards at the train station. They could then redeem any loyalty points that they won online and use them against future cheap train tickets.

The scratch card game is now available on's website, with 50,000 online scratch cards, each with a loyalty value on them. Customers can get up to £1000 worth of points online, and are still waiting for two £1000 prizes to be claimed that were won from the Manchester and Birmingham scratch cards.

Customers can also play the virtual scratch card game through the's website. Players simply enter their name and email address, and then scratch off their card with a virtual coin. The scratch card then reveals how many loyalty points the customer has received and how much this is worth off their next train journey. Customers can then log in and use their points when they are booking their train tickets online.

Ursula Morgenstern for, said: "Businesses across the UK are feeling the pinch now more than ever and we felt it was about time that someone made life genuinely easier and cheaper for them. This is why we launched, offering customers up to 80% cost savings on train fares booked in advance. We are proud to be the first UK train ticket web site to offer loyalty points for regular travellers. We believe that business customers will benefit hugely from using our independent service and encourage them to compare prices on our site next time they're booking business travel."

Ursula continued: "We all know the frustrations of the airport check-in queue and traffic jams. Rail is often the better choice for domestic business travel and as our research shows, can save companies valuable money and time - both of which business can re-invest. With other forms of transport, there are often unforeseen costs and time implications - for example, check-in time requirements and onward travel for plane journeys - and companies need to start factoring this in for more informed business travel decisions."

Unlike many online retailers, does not charge a credit or debit card fee, with only a one-off £1 booking fee per transaction while normal ticket delivery is free. When customers spend over £100 with, they will earn enough loyalty points to make sure there is no booking fee on their next purchase. Through its Price Promise, guarantees to match any cheaper fares that business travellers may find and will refund the difference in loyalty points direct to the business customer's account. Customers can also use to book European rail travel (including for Eurostar) and event tickets.

redspottedhanky is an online travel retailer, part of the Atos Origin group of companies.

Atos Origin is a leading international information technology (IT) services company, providing hi-tech transactional services, consulting, systems integration and managed operations to deliver business outcomes globally. The company's annual revenues are EUR 5.1 billion and it employs 49,000 people. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international companies across all sectors.

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