For many people, simply getting across the channel can be one of the biggest expenses of driving to a ski resort from the UK but there is a frequent traveller programme for the channel tunnel that can save you hundreds of pounds, even if you only travel a few times a year because you can share it with another person.
Can I Share A Eurotunnel Frequent Traveller Account? One of the many benefits of the Eurotunnel Frequent Traveller programme is the ability to share the account with a ‘Nominated Person’. This means that two parties can share the ten ticket minimum purchase – they do not need to be related or travelling at the same time.
In this article we’ll talk you through the different types of Frequent Traveller Wallet available, plus the extra costs you will incur for on peak and high season travel; any ferrets that are accompanying you; and the charges for motorhomes, campervans, caravans and trailers. We’ll also show you how to share this cost with someone else and if you’re looking for a EFT Buddy, how to get in touch with us so we can put you in contact with a fellow infrequent traveller so you can both benefit from the perks.
What is a Frequent Traveller Wallet
Frequent Traveller Wallet is a digital account run by Eurotunnel that is designed to offer loyalty benefits (and financial incentives) to people who regularly choose the channel tunnel for their crossing. If you as an individual or family are making more than 3 return journeys across the channel in any 12 month period, then the chances are, this programme is going to work for you. It is important to do that maths and assess the supplements you may be liable for on each booking you make as there are a few ‘extras’ you need to account for.
If you’re not making the full 10 journeys but you know someone who could share your minimum allocation, then naming them as a Nominated Person on the account, allows completely legitimate use of the Eurotunnel Frequent Traveller Wallet benefits.
Which Frequent Traveller Wallet is for me?
There are two types of wallet, Standard and Flexiplus, and which you chose is probably going to come down to when you need to travel. If the majority of your crossings are in peak season, then you may find that the significantly more costly Flexiplus offers better availability and fewer restrictions, and you still might end up quids-in.
We made the following charts to help you with a side-by-side comparison standard versus the Flexiplus wallet.
Eurotunnel Frequent Traveller
|Frequent Traveller Wallet Type||Standard||Flexiplus|
|Upfront Cost (10 journeys)||£460||£1420|
|Cost Per Journey||£46||£142|
|Share your wallet with another My Eurotunnel account holder||Yes||Yes|
|Registration or Annual Membership Fee||None||None|
|Travel Times (See Travel Times Chart)||Off Peak or peak with supplements (£20-30 per journey)||Anytime, no peak supplements|
|Pet Travel Supplement||£18||£18|
|Caravan / Trailer Supplement||£46||£178|
|Motorhome / Campervan Supplement||£12||£36|
|Minimum Individual Ticket Numbers||10||10|
|Maximum Number of Individual Tickets||150||150|
|Flexible changes||Up to 24 hours without charge||As Flexiplus account - total flexibility subject to availability|
Peak Times and Dates
One thing worth seriously considering when joining the Eurotunnel Frequent Traveller programme – is the time you travel – if you’re able to travel off peak (both time and date) you’ll make the best savings however, even with the supplements, you often still make savings on a regular booking. Take a look at our chart which shows you which supplements apply and when:
Peak Travel Times - Eurotunnel Frequent Traveller
|OFF PEAK||STANDARD PEAK|
£20 Supplement for Standard EFT
£30 Supplement for Standard EFT
|UK - FRANCE||4pm - 6am||6am - 4pm||6am - 4pm|
|FRANCE - UK||12am - 2pm||2pm - 11.59pm||2pm - 11.59pm|
|NOTES||Applies all year round||Applies all year round with the acceptation of High Peak||See High Peak Calendar Below|
Peak Travel Dates for Frequent Travellers on Standard Wallets
*Pink indicates High Peak periods
As with anything like this – if you’re going to jump in then you should read all the Ts&Cs as you may have specific circumstances that apply to you – here are the EFT Terms and Conditions.
Teaming up with someone to take advantage of the benefits of a frequent traveller wallet couldn’t be easier.
Here’s the link to a page covering pretty much everything you need to know but here’s how it works:
- Open a ‘My Eurotunnel’ Account
- Purchase a Frequent Traveller Wallet with at least 10 single journeys (in full – you will need to arrange for your nominated person to split the cost as you arrange and reimburse you so you do have to trust them!)
- There is a page where you can invite a ‘Nominated Person’ to share your account – you simply add their email address (this must be the same as the one they have on their own ‘My Eurotunnel’ account
- They receive an invitation and accept
- You will both have details stored on your individual accounts and can simply book from your dashboard – you pay any supplements separately and the payment process is secure
We know that there are a bunch of people looking to share a Eurotunnel Frequent Traveller Wallet so we are inviting anyone who wants to team up with another Winterised community member to email us winterisedproject [at] gmail.com with the type of wallet you wish to share. We will put people in touch with one another as they roll in – you must be happy for us to share your contact details. Everything after is up to you!
Making the Most of Your Eurotunnel Frequent Traveller – Hints and tips
- Travel off peak if you can to benefit from the best savings – both time of day and based on the calendar above
- Book as far as possible in advance for peak travel – there are only a dedicated number of Eurotunnel Frequent Traveller tickets available for each crossing
- Underestimate – you can add blocks of ten tickets to your wallet but you can’t carry them over to a new calendar year – they are use it or lose it!
- Use the Eurotunnel Live Chat – it’s very useful for your odd questions!
- You must have the card you booked on and the lead name present in order to travel
- You can remove a ‘Nominated Person’ but they cannot be replaced