How soon do you book your crossing to France?

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  1. Muddibootz

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    So that we can be sure to get our leave approved, we always book it months in advance. I usually book the ferry/tunnel at around the same time. We never travel in the peak season. Years ago it seemed a bit cheaper to book early and more expensive last minute but it doesn't seem that way now. How soon before crossing do you book?
     
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    The last two years we have had a Frequent Traveler package with Eurotunnel so can book 24hrs ahead.
    Up until then we used to cross with P&O, Dover/Calais.
    I really couldn't see any difference in price between trying to book weeks/months ahead or booking a couple of days ahead.
    It seemed that as long as you booked at least 48hrs ahead the price was the same. After 48hrs the last minute price was much higher.
    As long as you can be a little flexible with day and time I can't see the benefit of booking months ahead unless you have to have a particular day/time.

    Richard.
     
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    Same as Richard for me(y)
     
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    Once over the Dartford crossing.
     
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    As soon as we know we are going. Usually about 5.30pm for the midnight train...
     
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    Usually two or three months ahead for our Tunnel crossing.

    As we use Tesco vouchers cost is not our main concern, rather getting the best crossing.

    If anyone is thinking of using Tesco vouchers for the first time you must book your return crossing at the same time. They cannot be used for single trips starting in France.

    We book our return crossing but accept that we may change it later, while in France, so we can keep our costs to a minimum. Otherwise the return crossing has to be paid for using actual money! :eek:
     
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  7. Robert Clark

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    I'll be booking all of my 2017 trips shortly.
    Use Channel Tunnel 'Frequent Traveler' which offers total flexibility.
    We never decide where we're going until the last minute, as we tend to follow the weather. But I like to get my crossings booked, so that I know I'm going.
    Helps keep me sane on those dull English winter days.
     
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    Again we generally get the Chunnel frequent traveller and book Easter, half-term etc and then change as/when required. For the beginning of the school hols in July we booked back in Feb. However we have found if the dates/times are not available to keep looking as they change fairly frequently.
     
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    I have never been to France in my MH before so I am a little nervous. I want to book now for next Easter, leaving just before the school hols start and returning a few days after they end. I will be travelling down from Yorkshire so will look to stay overnight somewhere near Folkestone. I am a little worried about the return journey, as I did read a story on here somewhere that a man found three migrants in his van, and they had got in by forcing a window. I travel solo so any advice would be really gratefully received.
     
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    Usually as soon as we know when we're going.

    Nothing in the diary for 2017 yet :(
     
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    For you overnight you could try Canterbury P&R, New Dover Road. If you arrive after 4pm it will cost you £4; if before 4pm it will be £6.

    I wouldn't worry about coming back from France but arrange to travel in daylight hours.

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    Not correct you can use them for single trip but as stated you cannot book from French side using vouchers. We usually book one way as we are flexible about returning so use our vouchers one way you still get good value.
     
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    Already booked Le Havre crossing for July 2017.
     
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    This year, one week beforehand.
    But I took three attempts, for some reason, and did not notice that the date of the outward trip had defaulted to the first available passage (next day). A week later we had to pay almost twice as much for an "instant" trip and that was, supposedly, after discounting the actual price by what we had already paid. So the 'full' price can be as much as three times what an advanced ticket may cost. We should've re-booked for the following day and stayed somewhere overnight.
     
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    Booked out tunnel crossing for end of Nov couple of weeks ago and on checking today the costs would have been roughly £20 more each way had we booked this week so they are dearer the nearer you leave it to departure date.
     
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    This might simply be my wording in the original post. I meant that you can only use them both ways if you book your return at the same time.

    You can certainly use them to book a single trip but it must start in U.K.

    As a U.K. Resident you cannot use them for a single trip starting in France.

    Even one way, the saving is worthwhile.

     
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    And me for June. .lol also if anyone is looking for Brittany ferries discount code give me a shout .Roy
     
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    You will be fine. Just don't overnight on motorway service areas. Also best not to leave your motorhome unattended on motorway services. Difficult for you as I and a friend travel together so we go separately to the shop etc. If you overnight away from big cities you should be fine.
    Chap had left his mh at services I guess to eat etc and so mh unattended.
     
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    Don't worry about being borded by immigrants when you return plan to stay at an aire a short way from the tunnel then you can drive straight to the tunnel for your return trip we usually stay at Wissant it's only 20 mins away and no immigrants around.there are lots of Aires you can use as I'm sure others will be recommended.
     
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    Yes, Wissant is ideal, if a little busy. We stayed at Stella Plage last week. Very nice it was too off season.
     
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