How long do I have to use my 'ABS' benefit to Ghent/Bruges after arriving into Brussels from Paris on the Thalys? 48-hours from when?

i'm about to buy an ABS ticket from Paris to Brussels and on to Ghent and Bruges and then back with the possibility of another stop in Luxumberg. Apparently, the ABS ticket must be used within 48 hours after arriving in Brussels. I'm not clear as to what that really means. Is that 48 hours one way or for my complete travel back to Paris. If I board a train on the 47th hour from any station, will I be okay or 47th hour from Brussels or do I have to be back in Paris within 48 hours? Its confusing to me.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 13, 2014 17:44
    Hi Darlene,

    With the Thalys ABS benefit, the travel to Bruges would have to be done within 48 hours of your arrival into Brussels from Paris. Ghent is a stop along the way for trains from Brussels to Bruges, so you would be able to use the ABS benefit to stop in both Ghent and Bruges, as long as it's done within 48 hours of your arrival into Brussels.

    The ABS benefit only works in one direction with each ticket that's booked. Therefore, another ticket for a return from Brussels back to Paris would bring with it a separate ABS benefit to cover you from Ghent back to Brussels. For the ABS benefit on the return, you would just have to take a train from Ghent to Brussels that departs within 48 hours of your scheduled departure from Brussels back to Paris.
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