This is just a quick blog to share a new* discount I've found with Wightlink for 15% off car ferry travel and 20% off passenger journeys.
The discount won't be available to absolutely everyone but the criteria is so broad that I think it will include a huge number of visitors and residents.
It is for journeys to or from the Isle of Wight and is valid for: teachers and other school staff, health care workers, carers (paid carers or someone who helps look after a relative), charity workers (and their families) and volunteers for 'any organisation or group'.
It is free to sign up and took me about a minute to fill out the form. You can get the discount via these similar websites:
I signed up for the charity website as I do a little bit of volunteering (Ed: excellent humblebrag). My brother works for a charity so I also qualify that way.
I wasn't asked which charity I volunteer with and I wasn't asked to provide evidence. Of course, I would strongly encourage you to only sign up if you are genuinely entitled to.
*This discount may well have been available for months but it's the first I've heard of it.
Why are you so excited about this?
What an odd question. I'm not sure I like your tone.
For a long time, Wightlink has offered 15% off car ferry travel and 20% off foot passenger travel through workplace discount schemes and things like English Heritage Membership. Many of these are in our ferry discounts guide already.
However, these deals usually require you to pay for membership or do something like join the army. I considered enlisting but I doubt I'd pass basic military training, even if there was the promise of a 15% ferry discount at the end.
These 'new' deals don't require you to pay anything to sign up.
Who else can get 15% off Wightlink?
This seems like a good time to have a quick run down of other ways of getting a similar 15% car ferry/20% foot passenger discount with Wightlink:
Are there better ways to save money on the Isle of Wight ferry?
Yes, there might be. Wightlink's standard fares aren't necessarily the cheapest option, even with the 15% off deal. The Isle of Wight ferries use a 'flexible' pricing structure so they increase with demand.
I would do these three things first before you book:
There are other options - such as Wightlink's Tesco Clubcard deal and foot passenger discounts - in our guide to 40 ways to save on the Isle of Wight ferry. There are also better deals for residents if you are using the ferries regularly, which are also explored in this blog post.
Most importantly, bring a sandwich and a flask when you catch the ferry. I once saw a ham and cheese sandwich for £4.40 on a Wightlink ferry and I'm still complaining about it.
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