Created in 2009, Thalys TheCard is a free loyalty card which allows you to accumulate Miles. It offers many benefits for the occasional or frequent user of Thalys trains. As most travellers are still fairly unaware of it, we thought writing a small blog post about TheCard might be fairly useful.
The complete list of the TheCard benefits can be found on the website of the Thalys loyalty program. These are our favourite benefits:
- Info SMS
- Waiting lounges
- Partner offers and discounts
Thalys now offers you ‘Ticketless’ paperless tickets, which are essentially E-tickets. This means no more queuing at the station or dealing with lost tickets. The best way to benefit from Capitaine Train is to use your Thalys TheCard. Once you have booked and paid for your Thalys ticket, it is automatically stored on your TheCard. So you no longer have to print anything; it’s all organised for you. Simply present your Thalys TheCard on board and voilà! It will save you time and earn you Miles.
It is especially useful to have a TheCard if you need to purchase a ticket which must be picked up at a French SNCF station, and you happen to reside outside of France. For this reason, we always prefer our users to use a Thalys TheCard when booking outside of France.
Thalys TheCard now offers you plenty of flexibility with your tickets. Booked too early or too late? No worries! The Semi Flex and Flex fares will solve all of your problems:
- Semi Flex: You can take a train directly after or before the one initially booked on the same day. Though you will not be guaranteed a seat.
- Flex: You can take any train departing on the same day for the same route Though you will not be guaranteed a seat nor at-seat meal service.
For every euro spent, you’ll earn Miles. After you have completed ten trips in one year, you will start receiving twice as many Miles per trip. These Miles can be exchanged against Eurostar and Thalys tickets. Unfortunately you cannot yet exchange your Miles on our website. For this you will have to visit the Thalys website. You can also use the Miles to buy gifts from the Thalys online shop.
|Level||Trips per year||Conversion||Validity|
|Silver||1 – 9||€1 = 1 Mile||2 Years|
|Gold||10 – 27||€1 = 2 Miles||2 Years|
|Platinum||28 – 99||€1 = 2 Miles||2 Years|
|Platinum+||100+||€1 = 2 Miles||Unlimited|
4. Info SMS
You’ll receive a short message one hour prior to departure, with your seat number and traffic information in case there are any disruptions. It’s super convenient!
5. Waiting Lounges
Arrived early at the station? Your Thalys TheCard gives you access to the Thalys lounge. You can find a lounge at the following stations:
- Thalys Lounge Brussels Midi
- Thalys Store&More at Cologne Station
- Salon Grand Voyageur at Paris-Nord
6. Partner offers and discounts
Take advantage of exclusive discounts and rates with these partners and organisations:
- Accor and Design Hotels
- Business lounges
- Taxis and Europcar car hire
- Museums, Relay libraries, museums, exhibitions, concert and ski hire all over Europe
How to get a Thalys TheCard
TheCard is completely free and can be used for personal or business travel. To receive or use TheCard simply: