Ferry Booked and Money Saved.

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  1. PhilandMena

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    Adopting the principal that the earlier you book the bigger the saving, knowing that the big discount codes we used to get from Motorhome shows are a thing of the past I looked at prices for Dover-Calais return for next year. (Feb-June).
    I looked at both DFDS and P&O and have now booked with P&O.

    DFDS on their cheapest tickets - £258.00 (No flexibility).
    P&O Standard Flexi both legs - £152.00 (full refund upon cancellation and no admin charge if changing crossing dates)

    This is the first time I have seen such a huge discrepancy between the two companies on like for like sailings and yes, prices continue to creep up. I remember only a few years back we were getting return crossings for under £60. Sadly those days are gone forever I fear.
     
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    Has Mena recovered from valeting the motorhome while you faffed around on the computer?
     
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    Just about! How are you getting on with the extention!
     
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    How big is your van... dfds crossings are always cheapest, if you go at the right time of day.. never paid more than £140 return, even with my 7.5 tonner
     
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    Similarly looked for April and July and came to the same opinion about DFDS. Owing to new van arrival i had to use the over 7m category. Under 7 m and its close but over and Eurotunnel even without vouchers is shockingly cheaper. I also booked for Xmas. 2 of us on 2 computers booking exactly the same ferries on DFDS. They were charging me 130 quid and my colleague 80. I rang up to complain and tolf them i would now go to eurotunnel and they said "crack on" quoting consumer choice. P and O and dependant on where we go to Stena as well as he tunnel stand a very good chance now
     
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    Not sure what size van you have but that seems a huge amount to me! I only ever book single crossing as never certain when we're coming back.

    Just looking at booking for first week of October, not really wanting to go Dover/Calais so looked at Portsmouth. Found Portsmouth to Caen for £120 with CC...it was £127 direct with Brittany Ferries with a guest discount code.

    Post edit...sorry, clearly I didn't read your post correctly, £152 seems pretty good!
     
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    Just tried the Dover/Calais using the CC booking system, out on 15th Feb in on 6th June and it came in on our 6 metre van at £107 return on mid morning crossings with DFDS.

    For a 7 metre van it stayed the same price but for a 7.5 metre van it shot up to £253.80!!!

    Be cheaper to book two 6 metre vans and four passengers!

    How do they work that one out :LOL::rolleyes::cry:
     
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    I have JUST started the exercise for next years winter jaunt..
    Always check DFDS first.. What a wasted effort !
    No idea what planet they are on but MASSIVELY more expensive than all other options.
     
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    Just looked at Euro tunnel for end of November 7.2m van £68 one way the most expensive £86
     
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    I suspect the huge rise in ferry prices is at least in part to the new rules covering marine fuels.
     
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    I did a price search yesterday for my 6.6m long MH, for October out on 5th back on 31st.
    Tunnel £186
    DFDS £116 Dover to Dunkirk
    P&O £132 Dover to Calais

    We will book one way tickets closer to the dates when we have a idea of the weather, the tunnel is a no-brianer in bad weather.
    Booking singles adds a bit of flexibility.
     
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    Well clearly not in this case.! My Motorhome is no longer than 7 Mts. Reading the post above it appears I'm not the only one to find a price discrepancy. If you get a great deal with DFDS take it. By the way, are you aware you are entitled to the same compensation that a delayed or cancelled airline passenger would get if your ferry is delayed or cancelled! Happened to us with DFDS 2 years ago and they kept very quiet about it until I put in my claim. I received over £80. in compensation, plus an appology.
     
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    Well, after reading the above posts I tried again with DFDS and here is the result.

    Dover to Calais
    Saturday February 25, 2017 at 12:15
    2 Adults
    Economy£129.00
    Private Van < 4.35m x 7m
    Calais to Dover
    Sunday June 11, 2017 at 12:25
    2 Adults
    Economy£129.00
    Private Van < 4.35m x 7m
    • Total price
      £
      258.00
    • You will note this is for a Private Van and not a motorhome and this is because the only option available on the drop down menu for a motorhome was a 10 Mt one, so I selected the van. I closed down the site logged on again and went through the same process, this time on the drop down menu I was offered more choice on Motorhomes and offered a much better deal.


    Dover to Calais
    Saturday February 25, 2017 at 07:40
    2 Adults
    Flexi£62.00
    Motorhome <4.35m x 7m
    Dunkirk to Dover
    Sunday June 11, 2017 at 10:00
    2 Adults
    Flexi£87.00
    Motorhome <4.35m x 7m
    • Total price
      £
      149.00
    So, (this is more like it and explains why there was such a big discrepancy) a small clitch in the drop down menu.
     
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    It would still seem though that the Caravan Club might be able to further reduce that by quite a bit maybe if your a member?
     
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    Like i said, i wont go to calais , dunkirk is always cheaper, alwayz travel at 10pm.... been as cheap as £44 .
     
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    That's great news Mike. Glad to hear it's going well.
     
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    Impressive
     
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    38 pound last tuesday morning .lol
     
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