Forces Discounts BBC

#1
PM said:
Hi BBC
Hi therealbigdizzle my name is tom i'm a researcher for the BBC. We would like to investigate issues around non-existant forces-discounts, so picked up on this thread.

It would be great if i could catch you for a chat over private email or phone if possible. The main thing is that i want to investigate which offers are genuine and non-genuine and it would be great to have some forces types for advice. EG you need to register on Forces Discount which i can't as i'm not serving.

If you would like to establish if i'm genuine then you can call BBC reception on 0044 (0)208 743 8000 and be asked to be put through to me,

Take care, Tom Marchbanks
0208 008 5698
Why was I chosen? I'm not even a 'forces type'!
 
#3
Why was I chosen? I'm not even a 'forces type'!
Because you're a gobshite ****, who waffles shite incessantly like he's an authority on all things military, when in actual fact you're a 2 minute stab no-mark who fucked off back to the cadets, so you could tell people what to do, whilst wearing a military uniform?
 
#4
Because you're a gobshite ****, who waffles shite incessantly like he's an authority on all things military, when in actual fact you're a 2 minute stab no-mark who fucked off back to the cadets, so you could tell people what to do, whilst wearing a military uniform?
Don't sit on the fence there spaz - what's he done to upset you?
 
#5
For one ******* thing, ignore the Virgin flights discount bollocks, having gone through the process of attempting to buy V.Atlantic flights to New York, it was more expensive to book using 'MOD discount' then it was to purchase through one of those cheap flight-type websites and by a long way too, I mentioned the anomoly to the booking line woman her response was 'oh sorry I dont know what to tell you'.

Suffice to say I am not one of those people that believes just because we are in the forces we deserve every discount and red carpet hero worshipping treatment available however, if a British company enjoys the publicity and good image attached to 'supporting the troops' then there should be a benefit to those they are taking credit from. So beardy Branson regardless of your offer to fly us back from telic, you be a bumder...
 
#6
Although I'm out now when I was 'in' I more often than not found that the 'discounts' offered to me as a squaddie were usually far less than those offered to my friends/relatives in working commerce.

It's usually a rip-off to induce more business yet making you feel like you're getting a bargain. You'd get a far bigger discount if you were a highly paid executive of some bank or other.

My brother in law is an executive for a Scandinavian travel company and the discounts he passes on to your average Dane are usually better than the ones we're offered.
 
#8
For one ******* thing, ignore the Virgin flights discount bollocks, having gone through the process of attempting to buy V.Atlantic flights to New York, it was more expensive to book using 'MOD discount' then it was to purchase through one of those cheap flight-type websites and by a long way too, I mentioned the anomoly to the booking line woman her response was 'oh sorry I dont know what to tell you'.
The deal with Virgin is that you get a discount for being Armed Forces on full price flights.

It turns out there are discounts for booking early, discounts for booking last minute, discounts for buying a return at the same time as outbound (as holidays generally do), the list goes on.

Thus, like you say, it's more beneficial to get a normal person discount than it is to get a military one.

At the other end, however, it's a whole different story. I stayed one night in their services club (£12 a night, but 4-bed rooms) but spent the night next to a smelly pisshead snorer, so rang a hotel advertised in the lobby, explaining the situation - who said as military I was entitled to be upgraded to a premier room for the price of a standard... then gave me 50% off as well for being British military... which apparently they love there. Additionally, for the rest of the 2 week stay he went out of his way to make my life really easy. Was great. They seem to give more discounts to British Army than English companies do.
 
#9
Just tried to book airport parking and found the " forces discount" was £8 more than booking with BAA direct.

Time to first parade the outrage bus
 
#10
#12
The BBC interested in non-existant forces-discounts. WTF?

The researcher Tom Marchbanks, mentioned in the original post, should be directed to the TV Licence thread on this forum.

Bunch of idiots.
 
#13
The deal with Virgin is that you get a discount for being Armed Forces on full price flights.

It turns out there are discounts for booking early, discounts for booking last minute, discounts for buying a return at the same time as outbound (as holidays generally do), the list goes on.

Thus, like you say, it's more beneficial to get a normal person discount than it is to get a military one.

At the other end, however, it's a whole different story. I stayed one night in their services club (£12 a night, but 4-bed rooms) but spent the night next to a smelly pisshead snorer, so rang a hotel advertised in the lobby, explaining the situation - who said as military I was entitled to be upgraded to a premier room for the price of a standard... then gave me 50% off as well for being British military... which apparently they love there. Additionally, for the rest of the 2 week stay he went out of his way to make my life really easy. Was great. They seem to give more discounts to British Army than English companies do.
Care to explain how you got that - given as you are not 'British Military'? Or we so hard up, that cadet instructors are now deploying?
 
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#14
the worst fookers are the places where you normaly get discount and the fookin 12 yea old till attendants tell you "sorry no army discount"

if fookin cops get 10% bk discount im bloody sure us blokes deserve our double bacon cheesburger that little bit cheeper
 
#15
MOTO BKs and Costa coffee give 10 or 20% discounts (which is quite a bit as service stations are overpriced)
 
#16
Care to explain how you got that - given as you are not 'British Military'? Or we so hard up, that cadet instructors are now deploying?
Was in the TA at the time. I haven't always been a cadet instructor. Only a recent thing.
 
#17
It is an interesting thing the whole forces discount but I believe (I'll try not to derail the thread too much) that it probably stems from the general attitude to the armed forces? (just a theory/thinking point)

Having not long returned from the US their treatment of the forces really put us to shame, little things that didn't adversely affect others or themselves but were genuinely beneficial if you happened to be serving.

Like I said before I am not one who believes we should have the red carpet rolled out just for donning a uniform but some of the so called 'forces discounts' are a joke and many big name places are willing to lower costs for those hard-up (read workshy gobshite skiplicker) students and not for the military.


I suppose it's just one if those things that is a bonus and we should be grateful for anything at all, just don't go to florida
 

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