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Happy Jim

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I just tried to redeem my Tesco’s vouchers against a Dover/Calais P&O ferry crossing - failed :-(. Apparently they don’t do Motorhomes on the vouchers any more.

Went back and read the blurb and sadly it is clear (in my defence it worked last year) so think I’ve just biffed up.

Are there any crossings that people have managed to use Tesco’s Vouchers for? (I can probably re-use the vouchers on another trip over in my Toy Car so won’t lose out).

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dont think theyve ever done the dover calais ferries think it one of the northen crossings harwich or hullbut you can use them for the tunnel
 

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I don't recall being able to use Tesco vouchers for anything other than Eurotunnel, other routes such as mentioned above, or Ireland yes, but not Dover to Calais.
 
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@Happy Jim you can exchange Tesco vouchers for DFDS travel up until 25 August 2019. You then need to use them within the next 6 months.

You cannot book your crossing on line you have to ring up DFDS to book.

If you look up Tesco club card it explains the system.

Hope this helps you.

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Back in the day, you could use Tesco Vouchers for P&O North Sea, Ireland and the Channel.

North Sea went a long time ago, and not sure about the rest.

Eurotunnel, no limits.
Stena Line, I think £105 each way to Holland


I have started to use ours for British Airways, Avios. Only for direct flights from Manchester.
 
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Thanks all, maybe I just got lucky last year, hey ho. I’ll go read the blurb and try DFDS (thanks for the pointer @Trixie)

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I'm sure I've used them in the past. Although I did used to change them into airmiles ,maybe that's how I used them. Can't use them anymore either.
 
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I used them last June on P&O Dover to Calais although it caused a slight delay checking in as they'd "only just started taking them".
I also used them on DFDS the year before, same crossing.
Looks like Veronica @Trixie has the up to date information.
 

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Why a ferry or do you have a problem with the tunnel?

We always use the tunnel (Tesco vouchers) mainly because of the dog but the boss doesn't like ferries. No hassle on the train, a quick check-in, well-organised formalities, a 35 minute crossing and 10 mins later you're on the motorway to wherever. Same thing in return.

No brainer as far as we're concerned - but then we do live almost next to one of the largest Tescos in UK and also use their credit cards. Pays for at least three crossings a year (but not the dog, grrrrr!)

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Well that was refreshing! I just phoned Tesco’s and said “Whoops, made a boo boo - can I change companies?” Fully expecting a fight.....Yep, mail sent and new codes received whilst I was on the phone, took all of 5 mins!!

Booked with DFDS now.

As for why not Tunnel. Good question, I was stationed in Germany prior to the tunnel opening so always used the ferries, then the tunnel opened and never went back, it’s quick/efficient/great for a quick getaway. However, in the Van I like to wind down and relax a bit, it takes me about 2 hours ish to get to Dover, then jump on the ferry....and pay the extra for the Exec Lounge thingy - peace & quiet, tea/coffee biccies on tap, nice sea view, free newspaper etc etc - it just helps me book mark the start of the Holiday rather than have a frantic dash through the tunnel no time to unwind and then start driving again.
In short....it’s psychological, when I’m off on a boys trip in my toy car it’s the total opposite, I only ever use the Tunnel - - It’s just me....I’m weird :Grin:

Cheers
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Not weird Jim - was just interested.

In my time as a coachie I crossed the channel hundreds of times and, to be honest, always preferred the ferry as I could get a proper legal rest and a break from the pax, plus a (reasonably, dependant on company) decent meal. Not always possible on the train although I used that quite often too.

Nowadays my priorities are somewhat different and we organise ourselves to take advantage.
 
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Well that was refreshing! I just phoned Tesco’s and said “Whoops, made a boo boo - can I change companies?” Fully expecting a fight.....Yep, mail sent and new codes received whilst I was on the phone, took all of 5 mins!!

Booked with DFDS now.

As for why not Tunnel. Good question, I was stationed in Germany prior to the tunnel opening so always used the ferries, then the tunnel opened and never went back, it’s quick/efficient/great for a quick getaway. However, in the Van I like to wind down and relax a bit, it takes me about 2 hours ish to get to Dover, then jump on the ferry....and pay the extra for the Exec Lounge thingy - peace & quiet, tea/coffee biccies on tap, nice sea view, free newspaper etc etc - it just helps me book mark the start of the Holiday rather than have a frantic dash through the tunnel no time to unwind and then start driving again.
In short....it’s psychological, when I’m off on a boys trip in my toy car it’s the total opposite, I only ever use the Tunnel - - It’s just me....I’m weird :Grin:

Cheers
Jim
Interesting re your relaxation on the ferry.

We always get onto the Tunnel, turn our seats around, open the vacuum flask and have coffee with our sandwiches while travelling through. That gives us a nice half hour’s rest. The time saving over the ferry is valuable to us when travelling to our base in Burgundy.

The advantages of using Tesco vouchers and keeping our dog with us makes it Tunnel for us.
 
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Interesting thread, thanks to all that have put their advice & views on their preferred method of crossing.
Can someone with Tesco voucher experience tell me if there is an expiry date on Club points? or is the expiry date on using the vouchers?, reason I ask is that we have been saving up our precious Tesco points for some time now, and not using Tesco that often it takes time to build a decent balance up.
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Can someone with Tesco voucher experience tell me if there is an expiry date on Club points? or is the expiry date on using the vouchers?, reason I ask is that we have been saving up our precious Tesco points for some time now, and not using Tesco that often it takes time to build a decent balance up.
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Les
Hi Les
Yes, I can’t check because we’ve used all our vouchers, but there is an expiry date - can’t remember if it’s 2 years or 3. I think the points convert to vouchers every quarter. But if I recall right, you always used to be able to “recycle “ vouchers on the verge of expiring, by ringing them up - no idea how long they were then valid for, as we’ve never done it.

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Slightly off topic, I just tried to book Wightlink from the Isle of Wight ferry, through C&CC 40% discount .
But you can't use Tesco points with another offer , Dam !!! got quite a few points as not going to France this year.
Get most of my points by using there credit card , dont shop much at Tesco's.
 
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Interesting thread, thanks to all that have put their advice & views on their preferred method of crossing.
Can someone with Tesco voucher experience tell me if there is an expiry date on Club points? or is the expiry date on using the vouchers?, reason I ask is that we have been saving up our precious Tesco points for some time now, and not using Tesco that often it takes time to build a decent balance up.
Thanks
Les
I believe that, as you approach the expiry date, you can contact Tesco and ask for them to be reissued.

Someone else may be able to confirm this but I think I read it somewhere a few months ago.
 

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Interesting thread, thanks to all that have put their advice & views on their preferred method of crossing.
Can someone with Tesco voucher experience tell me if there is an expiry date on Club points? or is the expiry date on using the vouchers?, reason I ask is that we have been saving up our precious Tesco points for some time now, and not using Tesco that often it takes time to build a decent balance up.
Thanks
Les
  • The accrued Clubcard points are automatically converted either quarterly or yearly (if you opt in to this) into £ coupons which are then valid for 2 years from issue.

  • You can either spend the coupons in store at face value, or exchange them at 3 x value for one of the 'partner deals' vouchers - once converted the partner deal coupon is valid for 6 months from the date of issue (see * below).

  • If the cost of your 'partner deal' exchange is less than the original Tesco coupon then the balance will be put back into your Tesco Clubcard account (converted back to points).
* If you intend to exchange coupons for some companies, eg Eurotunnel, make sure you have enough saved up if you want to cover the full cost before you do so as the companies will only accept ONE exchange voucher per transaction (you could break it down into outward and inward journeys and do them as 2 transactions to use 2 x exchange vouchers).

As for exchanging coupons that are going out of date this is what they say:

Sorry. Unused, expired and redeemed Reward Partner vouchers or voucher codes cannot be refunded, reissued or exchanged.

We sometimes 'recycle' though - if we have some high value coupons which we're not going to use and they are coming to the end of the 2 year validity, we buy minimum value 'deal' vouchers with each one individually which means that only the small amount of value is actually 'exchanged' and the balance in value goes back into the pot as points to use in the future.

By opting into the 'Christmas Saver' you can have all of your points converted yearly in November rather than quarterly, you can add money to the saver if you want to get any of the 'cash' bonuses but the cash you pay in and the bonus can ONLY be spent, not exchanged. It just means that you get all your coupons at one time, rather than in dribs and drabs throughout the year.

https://secure.tesco.com/clubcard/christmas-savers/
 
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Thanks for that explanation. I thought there was a way around it, but couldn’t remember how.

My post (#17) .......I must have remembered your information from a previous post.(y)
 
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Thanks @Minxy Girl
Complicated isnt it?:unsure:
It would seem that some of our points have expired now, as they should have been used before July 2018:(
We also have two accounts running somehow, with points on each that apparently we cannot merge or combine.
If Tesco points are a form of reward currency in return for buying stuff at or via Tesco, I cannot understand why they would have a "use by" date. They also seem to move the goal posts on certain rules also, TinaL seems to think that the vouchers for say Eurotunnel must be used within 3 months now instead of the original 6 months.
We must look further into the Christmas Saver method if that means we can preserve/protect our hard earned points a bit longer, so thanks for the tip on that.
We also save up our Sainsburys Reward points which dont have an expiry date, which we use to buy the booze at Christmas, shame they dont offer Eurotunnel vouchers.

Les & TinaL

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TinaL seems to think that the vouchers for say Eurotunnel must be used within 3 months now instead of the original 6 months.

According to the Tesco CC website FAQ it says:

How long are my Partner vouchers valid for?

Partner vouchers are valid for 6 months, unless otherwise stated. An expiry date is shown on each voucher, so keep an eye on this so you don’t miss out.

She may be thinking of the four times a year (ie every 3 months) when Tesco issue the coupons except for those who've opted into the Christmas Saver.
 

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Why a ferry or do you have a problem with the tunnel?

We always use the tunnel (Tesco vouchers) mainly because of the dog but the boss doesn't like ferries. No hassle on the train, a quick check-in, well-organised formalities, a 35 minute crossing and 10 mins later you're on the motorway to wherever. Same thing in return.

No brainer as far as we're concerned - but then we do live almost next to one of the largest Tescos in UK and also use their credit cards. Pays for at least three crossings a year (but not the dog, grrrrr!)
Is the Tesco credit card a good bet?
 

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Is the Tesco credit card a good bet?

It's a credit card, same as many others - as long as you pay it off every month and don't draw cash so you pay no interest or charges. Others on here will tell you of better deals, such as cashback etc., no problem with that if you can be bothered with the fuss. Tesco works for us, but maybe not for everybody, because we use the points to pay for Tunnel crossings, thus getting three times their value.
 

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It's a credit card, same as many others - as long as you pay it off every month and don't draw cash so you pay no interest or charges. Others on here will tell you of better deals, such as cashback etc., no problem with that if you can be bothered with the fuss. Tesco works for us, but maybe not for everybody, because we use the points to pay for Tunnel crossings, thus getting three times their value.
Thank you for the advice. I have always used the Tunnel, so this is a good way to step up the points. Cheers
 

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Hi we have enough points saved for two crossings of our choosing this year just from the tesco credit card used to pay for shopping and balance cleared every month
HTH

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Interesting thread, thanks to all that have put their advice & views on their preferred method of crossing.
Can someone with Tesco voucher experience tell me if there is an expiry date on Club points? or is the expiry date on using the vouchers?, reason I ask is that we have been saving up our precious Tesco points for some time now, and not using Tesco that often it takes time to build a decent balance up.
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Les
So easy to use vouchers for tunnel. Use the oldest ones first, and they refund any overpayment with new vouchers which have new date.
 

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