Tesco vouchers

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  1. Vlad The Impaler

    Vlad The Impaler Funster

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    Thinking of going to France next year and was wondering how the tesco voucher offer works .how much in real terms does a crossing cost.
    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Hi vlad we have used them last 3years for euro tunnel can't remember exact price think it was around£140return so needed just under 50 in vouchers you send them to tesco or exchange online one you have vouchers phone et and book. I'd phone them first with your dates then you will have an idea of price before exchanging tokens
     
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    Hi Vlad,

    We have used Tesco vouchers for the last 3 years. You get 3 times the value of the Tesco vouchers as Travel vouchers. Thus if you have £50 worth of Tesco vouchers you can convert them into £150 worth of Tunnel Travel Vouchers.

    The travel vouchers have to be used within 6 months of their issue. That is for the booking NOT the date of travel. So if you convert the vouchers on say 1/12/12 you must make your booking before 2/5/13 but your booking can be any time after that.

    What I do is go through the online booking system and find how much the crossing I want will cost. Then convert the required Tesco vouchers to Travel Vouchers on line at the tesco clubcard website.

    The travel vouchers are sent to you along with a special tesco booking line number for eurotunnel. You ring them and make a booking and then send them the travel vouchers. If the cost of the crossing is more than the Travel Vouchers you have then you have to pay the excess, if it is less you lose the balance.

    The booking will only be confirmed after they have the vouchers. You should send them special delivery because lost in post vouchers will not be replaced. If you send them special you can claim the value back from the Royal Mail.

    Hope this helps it may seem conveluted but it works well.

    John
     
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    Tesco vouchers are brilliant - we go over 3 times a year and have been using vouchers for years :BigGrin:
     
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    Sorry for being a bit dim, but how do you get vouchers? Do you use your club card points and how many points make a voucher? :BigGrin:

    Ivy
     
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    Was gonna ask the same..

    The only vouchers we ever get are for specific items of shopping
     
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    1. Your club card points are converted into Tesco vouchers which is what they send you periodically through the post. I'm not totally sure but I think at present each point = 1p.

    2. You can then redeem the Tesco vouchers to 'buy' travel vouchers. Before you do so, go onto the Euro Tunnel website and check the price of the crossings for the time dates you want, you pay the same price as is shown so you can 'jiggle' it to get the best price. Once you've done this you'll then know the value of the travel vouchers you'll need and if you don't have enough for the full fare, you'll know how much extra you'll need to pay in cash (debit card).

    3. Now go to the Tesco Deals website and put in the amount of Tesco vouchers you want to change in multiples of £5 (remember they will be turned in to travel vouchers at 3 x the initial value). After you've entered the amount you then have to input the ID numbers of your tesco vouchers onto the site itself so don't have to send them away as once they're 'spent' they aren't usable any more. As an example, if you redeem £20 of Tesco vouchers they will actually be converted to £60 worth of travel vouchers. If you don't have enough travel vouchers to pay for your Euro Tunnel crossing in full, you pay the rest in cash (debit card). Don't pay for the 'cash' element with a credit card as you'll be charged for the privilege! :RollEyes:

    4. It will take a few days for the travel vouchers to come through but once you have them go onto the Euro Tunnel website again and check out the cost of the crossings to ensure you know the exact cost, then ring Euro Tunnel (ring 01303 282061 to save paying the 0870 rate!:thumb:) and make your booking. You will be asked for the total value of travel vouchers you are using and a number off one of them for their records, you'll then be given a booking reference number but with the last digit missing (you'll get this one they've received the travel vouchers) and be told to send the travel vouchers in within 5 days.

    5. Now write the booking reference on the vouchers and complete the form (from the Tesco Deals website) and send your travel vouchers off to Euro Tunnel by Special Delivery (do not use anything else as it won't be covered if they get lost and they will not be replaced by Tesco!).

    As an example, for us the normal cost for our crossings is £66 each way, so £132 in total which is the equivalent of £44 in Tesco vouchers. As you can only exchange Tesco vouchers in multiples of £5 (so each £5 = £15) we therefore usually exchange £45 in Tesco vouchers for £135 in travel vouchers and 'lose' £3 worth (or £1 in Tesco vouchers!). On top of this is the cost of our dogs (£30 each, so that adds £90 :Eeek: ), but unfortunately they can't be paid for with vouchers so has to be paid for in cash (debit card).:shout:

    Your travel vouchers are valid for up to 6 months from the date they were 'exchanged' via the Tesco Deals website so you don't have to spend them right away. You can make your booking with Euro Tunnel using your travel vouchers for a crossing up to 12 months from the date you make it - ie, if you make a booking with them on 10 December 2012, you have to travel within the year to 9 December 2013 inclusive. Even if you're not sure exactly when you want to go, you can make your booking and change it later as there's no admin charge to amend your booking with them, the only cost would be if you were to change your crossings to a more expensive time and then you'd have to pay the difference in the crossing cost. The closer you get to your original crossing date though the more expensive it can get, which is the same for most travel anyway.

    As an aside, you can actually 'manipulate' your Tesco vouchers by over-exchanging them for travel vouchers (or other deals vouchers) - we had some to the value of £15 but only wanted to exchange £5, however, any excess just goes back into the kitty at Tesco, so only £5 was converted to the travel vouchers, and the remaining £10 value of Tesco vouchers just went back into our account - this is a useful 'trick' to extend the date on Tesco vouchers which are coming near to their 'use by date' so you don't lose them or have to 'spend' them in the store! :thumb:

    I think that all makes sense! :BigGrin:
     
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    You do get some 'coupons' when you get your Tesco mail to spend in store (ie £1 off when you spend £3 on bread etc) but you should also get some Tesco vouchers which can be redeemed for deals vouchers. So, unless you don't use your Tesco card, or spend very little so don't accrue the value, or just unwittingly spend these in store too (we did at first as we didn't realise we could use them for deals! :Doh:) then I don't understand why you don't get vouchers ... you haven't asked for them to be 'saved' until this month have you as part of their 'Christmas Savers' club thingy? We have so will be getting a 'bulk mail drop' shortly!!!! :BigGrin:
     
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    truth be told I reckon we just do not spend enough in Tescos

    Woman has an almost irrational hatred of all things Tesco ( I think a tesco worker may have bumped in to her pram or something when she was a baby :Rofl1: ) so tend toward Sainsburys
     
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    There are some very efficient ways of collecting points!:thumb:

    For example, once there was 1000 extra points available if you bought £50 of wine for home delivery.
    So, £50 pounds spent on wine, bought in 1050 clubcard points, or £10.50.

    At the time, Eurotunnel vouchers were on a 4-1 exchange basis.

    So, we enjoyed £55 worth of wine and had £42.00 towards our next crossing! Thank you very much Tesco!:thumb:

    The exchange rate for Eurotunnel is now 3-1, so you can't get such a good deal any more.:Sad:

    Top tip! If you have a Tesco credit card, you earn points whilst you spend on holiday too!
    Oh, and home phone, insurance, mobile phone, EON electricity, mortgages and pet insurance all earn you points too!:thumb:
     
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    cheaper than tescos

    Hi all, have a look here http://www.dfdsseaways.co.uk they seem to be pretty good on price, a friend of ours had booked 2 crossings with DFDS at the motorhome show and paid £49.99 for each crossing. :thumb:
     
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    Not sure how you figure that out?

    How can £50 each way by ferry be cheaper than £0 return by tunnel?
     
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    Thats £49 return.. But still not as cheap as sweet fanny adams IF you have vouchers

    For the majority the DFDS option is far and away cheaper than the chunnel ( I check all the options every time we go and the chunnel is always far and away the dearest for us )
     
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    Not £0 return...they have a face value in store and online. I have given in and ordered rewards for a chunnel crossing, it will then work out about the same price as a special offer DFDS (who we usually use) UNLESS I could have spent them on some gadgetry (double face value just now).....Drives you mad! The consideration I gave into was winter crossing, could be rough, Izzy left in the van, alone and terrified... Jane
     
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    one thing to remember ,if your tavelling with a pet you cant include it in the tesco deal . it has to be paid for as normal . through eurotunnel .
     
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    the Chunnel is magic for pest, oops pets, and even better for those who hate queuing or have a dicky tummy. plus you get to stay in the van. Best thing since sliced bread no matter how you pay for it. well worth the extra.
     
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    But you still got the points for no more than buying stuff you already needed at competitive prices!:BigGrin:
    They came for free!
    If you went to Morrisons,for example, you wouldn't have got a free tunnel crossing, or any other thing from the deals brochure!

    I know this is a matter of perception! LOL:Laughing:
     
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    Well the £50 will be for as many times as you want to travel, I`m thinking you would have to do a fair amount of shopping in Tescos to get that many points.

    Have to say I don`t like half frozen veg or their meat and fish counter, even their little nearly sell by date counter isn`t that cheap, I`ve seen single packets of mince out of date that day selling dearer singularly than the offer of buy any 2 for £6.:Doh:
     
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    a compromise to having to do all your shopping at tesco is to take out the tesco credit card then carry on shopping at your usual supermarket of choice, pay for all your fuel on it, (again at a supplier of YOUR choice) and build up your points that way. you dont have to go anywhare near tescos if you dont want to !! the card is actually part of the rbs group i think . so probably no worse than most others for charges but the trick is to pay it off in full every month . that way its free credit AND tesco points !! you dont get the same ratio of points to the pound spent but you will be surprised how it mounts up, especially when filling up works vans ,motorhomes etc !! regards garry
     
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