Mar 11, 2018 - 11:27 AM
Hi Rockoyster and Sim,
I don't think they increase their prices prior to a promo (I actually verified that last week, but not for the Australian site). But for the last years they do tend to be more expensive than other retailers when it comes to products other than Eurail and point to point tickets. Their websites offering prices in EUR, like www.raileurope-world.com, are often cheaper than other currencies. So if you can use that site I definitely would. The only disadvantage is the fee from your bank to convert from EUR to your home currency, and that shipping of physical passes may take longer.
Here in Europe I am not forced to any of their sites, but perhaps they indeed do for other countries. I can't check that. If you are redirected, do try to just go back to the site you came from. Sometimes that works.
In any case, it is useful to do the math for any promotion, and double check if other retailers have a better offer (whether that is called a promo or not). Some offer steady good prices but no promos. Others offer higher prices but occasional promos. Our Price and Promotion tabs on all pass pages allow you to to find all options quickly:
Pass delivery during weekends takes longer for most retailers. On weekdays it's very quick, if ordering during the weekend you usually receive the e-mail on Monday.