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Why won't SNCF book this trip? (now within 60 days)?

Why won't SNCF book this trip? (now within 60 days)?

Old May 21, 18, 9:58 am
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Why won't SNCF book this trip? (ADDED- Finally booked at t-56 days)



This is an odd one. CDG TGV to Lourdes, connecting at Bordeaux. July 20th, exactly 60 days from now. The first segment can be booked separately (CDG-Bordeaux) but the second says "Not bookable yet" just like above. The second segment is a continuation of this train (which can't be booked out of Paris either)-
aris Montparnassedep 12:48TGV 8574
TGV Duplex Direction: Tarbes
Subject to compulsory reservation , Global price , Bar , space for wheelchairsBordeaux-St-Jeandep 15:02Daxdep 16:22Paudep 17:14Lourdesarr 17:39
This is very odd. The more I delay, the higher the ticket pricing gets for alternatives (the Montparnasse-Lourdes option), plus I don't want to risk it selling out. Is this unusual? Something special about the Bordeaux-Lourdes section? The only thing I've been able to figure out, that might be a clue, is that the Montparnasse-Lourdes train actually splits in two at Bordeaux, with one section heading to Lourdes, the other to Biarritz if I recall correctly. Thanks-

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Old May 22, 18, 1:49 am
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If you use www.trainline.eu the through ticket is not available but it will sell you a Bordeaux-Lourdes journey
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Old May 22, 18, 7:28 pm
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This is the train I want to take. I'd connect to it in Bordeaux, or, if I had to, from Montparnasse. Preference would be the train direct from CDG to Bordeaux though.


This is what Trainline says is currently bookable from Bordeaux, which happens to coincide with what SNCF says I can book.
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If you use www.trainline.eu the through ticket is not available but it will sell you a Bordeaux-Lourdes journey
Not for any reasonable option; missing is the 15:02-17:39 (Bordeaus to Lourdes) train that is referenced in my post. Waiting an extra hour and a half to take a train, with connections, that would take another hour and a half longer isn't something I'd want to do.

I did leave an email with SNCF asking about the train I would like to book. TGV 8574.
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Old May 25, 18, 1:39 pm
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Finally booked at 57 days out

Finally, and without any promised email from SNCF letting me know booking had opened up, I was able to buy seats on the CDG-Bordeaux-Lourdes 11:19 train July 20th. Even though "first in line" (or nearly so, presumably), the fare was "normal" (about $100 each for 2nd class, $125 for 1st).
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