While trawling through the Camping Cheques Site book looking for sites in France, I opened up one of the site's mentioned website to glean more information. The price for a pitch, 2 people plus electricity was €15. At the current tourist exchange rate of, say, at worst, €1.17 to the £, that equates to £12.82 per night, a difference of £1.13 to Camping Cheques' advantage and our disadvantage. If one is fortunate enough to get the commercial rate of, say, €1.22/£, €15 equates to £12.29, a difference of £2.71 in Camping Cheques' favour. Fortunately, most of the other sites I looked at were in excess of £13.95 after conversion.
The current cost of a Camping Cheques in the UK from Alan Rogers or from the Caravan Club, is £13.95. When the exchange rate was less favourable than it is at the moment, the price went up to £13.95, the reason being the poor exchange rate but they haven't come down now that the exchange rate is more favourable.
My question is, is this Camping Cheques making hay while the sun shines and hoping that no-one notices, is it yet another example of "rip-off Britain" or are my Scottish roots rising to the surface?
Roy, I don't now who sets the UK price for Camping Cheques, Alan Rodgers or Camping Cheques themselves? But, yes I think it is a 'Ripe Off' which is why for the last few years we have bought our Cheques (electronic-Gold Card) from the French Camping Cheque web site, at €15 using our Saga Platinum CC (No fees or Commission).
But.............. The first night of our holiday will be spent at Black Horse Farm, a Caravan Club site, cost £17.50 (not peak season) our second night will be on a 4/5* site in France with Swimming Pool etc, at £13.95 not too bad, at £12.80, which our last lot of cheques worked out at, even better.
Elnagh Clipper 90.......... Real Names Mike & Hazel
As you correctly said the price went up when the exchange rate was low and never came back down again. It is exactly the same as petrol. Last year we bought our Camping Cheques from Simard and saved £12 on 20 cheques we are doing the same this year.