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Driving down for Feb half term

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Hi, I may drive if I cannot make it over Christmas. Can someone help me understand Le shurrle tickets. I’m confused because the “standard” ticket states it is valid for a year. Doesn’t that make it a flexi?..turn up and board?
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No. As I understand it, you have to make a booking, and that booking will determine the price you pay. You can change your booking (within certain time constraints) and if your new booking is more expensive, you pay the difference. And you can do that up to a year from purchase. But I'm sure all that information is on the website....
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pam w wrote:
No. As I understand it, you have to make a booking, and that booking will determine the price you pay. You can change your booking (within certain time constraints) and if your new booking is more expensive, you pay the difference. And you can do that up to a year from purchase. But I'm sure all that information is on the website....

Thank you. That makes sense. I could not find a clear explanation on the website.
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Tom H wrote:
Hi, I may drive if I cannot make it over Christmas. Can someone help me understand Le shurrle tickets. I’m confused because the “standard” ticket states it is valid for a year. Doesn’t that make it a flexi?..turn up and board?


The great advantage of buying a flexiplus ticket is you can go whenever you want so if plans change you dont have to pay to alter your booking, last year due to lockdown we left three weeks early, rolled up at calais and on the next train. Downside is the cost
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We've rescheduled our standard Eurotunnel tickets a number of times. As mentioned, you either pay nothing, or the extra between the price of your original slot and the one that you want. It's limited to the new slot you want being available. Flexiplus is attractive of course, if you think that the hefty premium is worth it. We never paid more than 20% extra even at short notice, but then we never travel at peak times anyway.

FYI Eurotunnel tells you not to turn up more than 2 hours early. The two times we've done this it's not been a problem, and we've just gone straight onto the next train. But again, this hasn't been in peak periods (although one was on a 'Busy Day' according to the website).


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Tom H wrote:
Hi, I may drive if I cannot make it over Christmas. Can someone help me understand Le shurrle tickets. I’m confused because the “standard” ticket states it is valid for a year. Doesn’t that make it a flexi?..turn up and board?


The great advantage of buying a flexiplus ticket is you can go whenever you want so if plans change you dont have to pay to alter your booking, last year due to lockdown we left three weeks early, rolled up at calais and on the next train. Downside is the cost

I suppose if ever there was a time to buy flexiplus it’s now. It’s odd just checking the price of the flexi I got £229 and £259 for the following day. What stops me buying the cheaper day and turning up the day after?
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Just amended my crossing Christmas > Easter. As pam says they charged you the difference in cost. In my case just under £15. Main thing is the ticket has to be used within 12 months - so in my case my as my original booking was June 8th that was the limit of my amendment.

Personally I think the price of Flexi is nuts. But clearly enough people pay it so what do I know.
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Layne wrote:


Personally I think the price of Flexi is nuts. But clearly enough people pay it so what do I know.


Yep and more often than not as an ordinary punter we get waved straight through. (Although we don't travel at 'peak peak'.)
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I rarely had to wait long, and rarely had to pay much to change a booking. Never travelled at peak though. We did once have a major detour round obscure suburbs of Paris to pick up daughter who was at a conference, and feeling very ill. So we got to Eurotunnel some hours after our booking and the machine proposed to charge us a LOT of money. So I phoned and explained to an actual person who reduced the charge dramatically. My own experience of Eurotunnel, over many years of travel several times a year, was always good - but clearly they have capacity problems at times.
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Only ever use Flexi once, in the 16 years we have been doing the journey, as like a lot of others, we could never justify the premium. It was last Xmas. The plan was our normal, collect from school and go! Did not count on teen phone drama, that warranted a trip to Carphone Warehouse. We arrived past the leeway period and the next available crossing was 2am. I no longer drive through the night and we had already 'checked-in' to the hotel rolling eyes . Opted to pay the price hike to Flexi - filled as many bags of goodies as we could and got a crossing within 40 mins.
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@Layne, I agree,but we ended up having no choice in March but to pay it, as it was the only ticket we could book. This was the day we were told to return home by the UK government and France went into lockdown. We were surprised to be almost the only ones travelling, but grateful for the bag of food and drink we were handed, as we hadn't been able to even buy breakfast on our journey. Expensive sandwiches though.
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Have any of the regular February Half Termers amended their booking to Easter or considering options? February is looking tight at the moment, the stars may align and it could be a great week but it is a risk.

Considering the first Easter week so kids can isolate the second if we're still required to and perhaps more likely ski resorts would be open. The flip side to that is they open for February and close in March is cases creep up.
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We had to buy flexi one year as we only booked in January for Feb half term so only flexi tickets left but another time we were able to ring en-route knowing we were significantly more than 2 hours early and were able to amend the booking by about £30, MUCH cheaper!

@James77, we're still being optimistic for Feb half term but also plan going over Easter if the SFaB happens this season but have not booked any travel for that yet. Holding off booking en-route accom for either at the moment though, although I am going to try and bust our boys out of school early to get further south on the Friday / allow for any brexit issues.

Oh hell, reminds me, must renew passports as I fall foul of the 6 month rule for Feb and one of the boys does for Easter!
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The ft is reporting you wont be able to travel to europe until it lifts covid restrictions on 3rd party states like USA etc after Jan1st.
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Forget it https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/dec/09/uk-holidaymakers-could-be-barred-from-visiting-eu-under-covid-safety-rules


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Wow, that certainly calls time on any possibility of a ski season this winter for UK residents and any other sort of holiday in the EU until around next summer at the earliest perhaps. Of course this is the media and very difficult to know what to believe but what is certain is there will be strict restrictions that make it very difficult for most in the UK I suspect.
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Well, we knew all this already and I think the journalist is conflating Covid conditions with post-Brexit status. You can't currently go to France or Switzerland anyway, because (a) the UK Government prohibits unnecessary trips abroad and (b) it would be very hard to get travel insurance (especially if you're over-60 like me) and (c) for France, you can't travel internally. And whatever, you'd have to quarantine for 2 weeks on returning. Switzerland currently allows UK visitors entry without restriction. but that' not a lot of use if you're not meant to leave the UK and can't get travel insurance. What the landscape will be in 2021 is speculative. Partly because of covid and partly because we know almost nothing about the actual consequences of ceasing to be EU citizens, in terms of travel and residence. We left the EU on 1.1.20 and were given a year of status quo extension to sort all this out. Yet here we are, still with the same uncertainty.


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Except for the fact the government "advise" against unnecessary travel to france and I hot my travel.insurance from mpi yesterday no trouble at all and was 5 quid cheaper than last year, although it is for three weeks less time and obviously excludes covid treatment but every other thing is covered
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robs1 wrote:
... and obviously excludes covid treatment ...

Yes, but isn't covid treatment exactly what everyone wants cover for? I can go anywhere if I self-insure for covid but sadly, I don't have the funds to deal with a worst case outcome - you'll be fine if you travel out before 1.1.21 but after that there's no EHIC, and you'd have no insurance cover for prolonged ICU and recuperation.
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If you have a valid EHIC card, it will remain valid until it expires. As luck would have it, mine is valid until Oct 2024. Not that I fancy my chances trying to explain that to a continental provincial hospital administrator.
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If you have a valid EHIC card, it will remain valid until it expires. As luck would have it, mine is valid until Oct 2024. Not that I fancy my chances trying to explain that to a continental provincial hospital administrator.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44850972
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This year's "Feb Half Term Drive ChitChat" thread seems a bit quiet?

I'm looking to pack up within the next couple of hours and then jump in the car. I recon I can last the whole night without sleeping. Early morning, arrive on my own driveway and then I'll go into the Chalet (house) and see if I can cadge a cooked breakfast or Pan au Chocolat while the chalet maid (wife) changes the beds.

Anyone else?
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As usual taken the kids out friday , we caught the shuttle yesterday evening , stopped of for the night in Reims now at super U BsM , before going up to the Flat , Wife’s sisters and family will arrive in tine for dinner from Lausanne . Just starting to snow a little and expecting a powder day whilst all of you lot are stuck in the traffic !

Only bit of that is true , is yes it’s starting to snow . We will recreating the start of half term hols with a drink with the sister in laws family via Zoom from Lausanne tonight and might get pissed with our Ste Foy neighbours later in the week .
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Rob Mackley wrote:
Only bit of that is true .
We were overweight for our biz jet from Biggen . We phoned the school and they came and picked up mini bb and took him back to school so we could depart. Flight to GVA went to schedule with the helicopters waiting and ready to take us up to Zermatt. Mrs BB has now decided its too cold so looks like Monaco tomorrow.
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Loaded car. Collected son from school. Drove to Eurotunnel. Put in queue. Called to booth. Now nicked and on way to jail Laughing
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Just got to the UK side of the tunnel. Picked kids up straight from school - forgot they would be bringing their Art Projects home today, so had to load a Macaroni sculpture of the Colosseum into the car, at least we'll have pasta for the bolognaise defrosting in the footwell tomorrow. Journey down uneventful, now in queue with 72 lorries of spoiled seafood waiting for permission to cross.
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Thank goodness my daughter is no longer going to school, we are doing on-line skiing this time. Much cheaper even half term week...
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@harrim51, Is that the snow equivalent of in-line skating? Very Happy
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@MorningGory,
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Well the traffic into the French alps is pretty real this evening

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La Saison Blanche Crying or Very sad
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presumably all you "virtual" self drivers this year, are preparing for your "virtual" return home today Toofy Grin Toofy Grin
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You can view the lock down traffic jams here https://www.autoroutes.fr/fr/webcams.htm
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Love all these virtual HT-trip posts, British humour at its best Laughing
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