This is weird, i clicked a link when looking at a campsite in south France
I got quoted this
14 Villanova 29 2 Bed + Deck £ 736.80
Then realised that was a link to keycamp.co.uk, so keycamp.ie gives this for the very same option
14 Villanova 29 2 Bed + Deck € 528.00
This is ballpark a difference of €350, so I am wondering am I doing something wrong or is it for real?
Their pricing does seem a bit odd. I did my own search, based on a campsite I know from a few years ago, and with a bit of cutting and pasting from the two sites, I got this:
nr. St Julien-des-Landes, Vendee
Tue 31/07/12 5 nights Villagrand 3 Bed + Deck £1,002
Tue 31/07/12 5 nights Villagrand 3 Bed + Deck €983
It's not as big a difference as you got, but still a substantial saving.
(Don't tell the people in the "Rip off Ireland" forum. It would ruin all their preconceptions.)
FYI, i got onto the UK, online help and this is the response I got.
You are now chatting with 'Laura'
Laura: Good afternoon, How can I help?
you: hi there, i was wondering how come it is much more expensive to book via keycamp.co.uk as opposed to keycamp.ie for the very same thing? as in club farret in languedoc
Laura: Hi there
Laura: If you can bear with me one moment, i'll check this with the pricing team for you...
Laura: Won't be too long...thank you
you: may for 14 nights is £736 on uk, but only €528 on ie site, a difference of approx €350
Laura: Thanks for your patience...I've just had a quick work with the manager who has explained the reason for this difference. It appears that certain resorts will appeal more to either the English or France market at different times of year. Club Faret will be under higher demand from the english market and this will therefore reflect in the prices
Laura: You may find there are other resorts that work out cheaper on through the English website (keycamp.co.uk) it will totally depend on the demand based on previous years...this is something that our pricing team investigate and set up based on historical bookings
Laura: I can see from "Visitor Info" that you actually reside in Ireland? In this instance, your parc choice/time of travel is obviously working out better for you booking through Keycamp i.e under the euro rate...
you: yea, i had clicked a link from another website which brought me to the uk version. i just thought it was weird and was making sure it was the same thing i was getting
Laura: Absolutley, You will still be booking the exact same site/accommodation...don't you worry :-)
you: will tell all my uk mates to book via .ie from now on
Laura: :-) It's definately worth comparing the 2 yes...as I say, It can depend on parc choice, dates etc though but worth checking, why not!
you: thanks a bunch
Laura: You're very welcome! Is there anything else I can help with today?
you: no thanks, all sorted now, have a good weekend
Laura: You too, All the best
Why would you call them??? Doesn't make sense,
If you spot a bargain then jump on it, did you want to pay more????
If they made a mistake then its their bad luck why spoil it for every body else. All you had to do was book it print out the receipt and job done
i didnt call them, it was an online typing chat thingy, and i only did it out of curiosity.
i actually rang the irish office to book and got loads of extras for free + further discount, saving about €60 on the irish price!!!
got a good deal with crystal... 2 mobiles for price of 1 for 2 weeks end of june.happy out..
Why use either? Book direct and save hundreds.....
Not necessarily, it was about €300 more expensive to go direct
I tried direct 2 years ago and I would have saved nothing.
It used to be the opposite a few years ago. The .co.uk version was always cheaper for the same holiday. The other european versions were cheaper again keycamp.nl and keycamp.de. Check out eurocamp aswell (.co.uk/.nl/.de versions) its the same company.
Odd, we've gone to 4 and 5 stars places over the years and keycamp etc. could never come near the prices for similar locations. To be fair, we usually don't go to places that have keycamp etc., which has the added bonus of very few UK or Irish holidaymakers.
Last year however we did, must look it up later to see how it compares this year.
Direct: http://resanet.webcamp.fr/resa.php €1582
Canvas: http://www.canvasholidays.co.uk/Search-Results.aspx?wait=0 £1948
eurocamp: http://www.eurocamp.co.uk/book/bookonline/searchResults.cfm £1894 (worse dates)
This had been my general experience therefore I gave up on them years ago...
Pink 100 can I ask how you booked with crystal I can't find them on line we would like to get this deal for ourselves and the inlaws, is crystal still with thomson, thanks was just going to book with key camp their deals are crap