ACSI Card: Is it worth it? We’ll tell you!
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Are you also not a fan of paying a lot of money for overnight stays at the campsite? Stupid question! Who is? There are several discount cards you can use to get handsome discounts at some campgrounds. In this article I would like to introduce you to the ACSI Card, one of the discount cards in more detail. I also took advantage of this little green card during my winter stay in Sardinia, and was pleased with the discount. Here you can find the most important answers about the ACSI CampingCard.
What does “ACSI” mean and what is behind it?
ACSI stands for “Auto Camper Service International”. In 1965, Dutchman Ed van Reine founded this company to make it easier for camping enthusiasts to plan their vacations. Since then, the company has been selling its popular ACSI travel guides on the “Eurocampings” website. Finally, in 1999, the ACSI Card came into play.
How does the ACSI Card work?
As already mentioned, the ACSI CampingCard is a discount card that allows you to save money at over 3,000 campsites in 21 European countries. And not just a little! To be exact, you can save up to 60%. The ACSI CampingCard is included if you purchase the corresponding travel guide with all participating camp sites listed for the respective country or continent.
The ACSI CampingCard is worthwhile for stays of four nights or more. If you are heading for one of these camp sites or pitches, you should make sure that you are travelling at the “right” time – because the ACSI Card is only valid in the low season. If you then show your completed, valid ACSI Card, the overnight stay will only cost you and a companion a total of 12, 14, 16, 18, 20 or 22 euros, depending on the site. Accordingly, there are six different discount rates. Another advantage: In each case you pay less than the lowest overnight price without ACSI CampingCard. For example, if the lowest price is 30 euros per night, you will still only pay 20 euros with the ACSI CampingCard.
How often and when is a new ACSI CampingCard published?
Once a year a new edition of the ACSI guide is published in autumn. The new ACSI CampingCard is published at the same time as the camp site guides and the validity of the old card expires at the end of the year. At camping fairs, the guidebook for the coming year is available at the ACSI stands from the middle of the year. However, you can only order it on the Internet from around October. Why not order it at the start of the season, I’ll come to that in a moment.
When is the ACSI Card valid?
The ACSI Campingcard is valid in spring and autumn/winter – to be exact from mid-January to mid-June and from mid-September to mid-December. As is the case with many, beautiful things, the ACSI Card also has a small catch. If the ACSI CampingCard were valid all year round, thehe valid, the campsite operators would make big losses. Therefore, the card is not aimed at seasonal holidaymakers, but at those who can and want to take a vacation in the early and low seasons, regardless of school vacations or company vacations.
In the main summer months, the ACSI camping card unfortunately brings you no advantages and can safely remain in the glove compartment. The exact times of the low and shoulder seasons change from year to year by a few days. In addition, the campsites decide individually in which period within the early and low season they grant discounts with the ACSI card. Therefore, I recommend that you check the current season times in advance and in addition always check the period of validity and discount amount individually for each planned camp site before submitting your next vacation for the low season. You don’t want to be too early with your ACSI CampingCard and end up with a bill that doesn’t add up at the end of your vacation. It’s better to check beforehand whether your favourite vacation destination will really let you save money.
What does the ACSI CampingCard include?
The ACSI Card includes a lot! Personally I was very surprised what the ACSI Card includes:
- Pitch: It doesn’t matter whether you arrive with a car + tent, a car + caravan and awning or your motorhome with awning. Exception: with the ACSI CampingCard you are not entitled to a luxury or comfort pitch, if the chosen camp site makes any difference.
- Stay of 2 adults: If there are more than 2 people, the camp site owner can decide whether to give the plot to all of them at the ACSI price, or whether to charge all additional people an extra fee or the regular price.
- Electricity connection: this has a maximum of 6A and you are allowed to use up to 4kWh per day.
- Hot shower: if the chosen campsite works with shower tokens, each adult is entitled to one token a day. If the showers run on 50 cent coins or SepKeys, you must consult with the campground attendant.
- 1 Dog: No, of course you don’t get a dog for free as an ACSI Card holder! But if dogs are allowed on the chosen site, you can take a four-legged friend with you without having to pay extra for him.
In which countries are there ACSI camp sites?
The top 5 most popular ACSI travel countries:
- #1 – France with a whopping 1,381 cooperating camp sites.
- # 2 – The Netherlands with 376 cooperating camp sites
- # 3 – Italy with 300 cooperating camp sites
- # 4 – Spain with 257 cooperating campsites
- # 5 – Germany with 224 cooperating campsites
But these are by no means all. There are camp sites in a total of 23 European countries that accept the ACSI Camping Card. So there is plenty of scope for you to choose your destination.
Where can I buy the ACSI Card?
The ACSI CampingCard comes with every ACSI camp site and camping guide. There are numerous suppliers of the card on the Internet, including Amazon, the ACSI Webshop and camping suppliers. There is hardly any price difference between the offers. You can also order the latest guide including the ACSI Card in bookstores.
However, you will quickly see that there are different versions of camping guides. It is not so easy to keep track of them all.
Which ACSI Cards are available and what are the costs?
As mentioned above, the ACSI Card is already included in the camping guides. However, there are different camping guides and also different (price) models. The prices differ between subscription and single edition, and whether you need access to the app or not. In the following I would like to introduce you to the different options.
ACSI Club MembershipIn
following there is always talk about a membership. The ACSI Club ID membership costs 4,95 Euro per year. It offers you an easier check-in thanks to deposited data (ID replacement) and a liability insurance. In addition, there is a discount on the ACSI pitch and camp site guides.
Which ACSI Card or ACSI Guide for whom?
To make the confusion complete, there are still different camping guides. Which ACSI camping guide is for whom?
ACSI camping guide for caravans, folding caravans and tentsOn
one hand there is the classic ACSI camping guide. This consists of two volumes and contains more than 3,000 participating camp sites. This is mainly aimed at campers with tents, caravans and tent trailers. When buying the ACSI camping guide you have the choice between 7 different languages. Costs for the ACSI camping guide are €16.95 for members, €17.95 for non-members, access to the app costs extra. With a subscription you get a 25% discount and automatically receive your hot off the press edition every year around Christmas time. However, the duration of a subscription is at least 2 years. If you want to have access to the ACSI app, you pay an extra €3.59 on top of the mentioned fees.
ACSI camp site guide for motorhomesIf
are traveling with a motorhome or van and like to visit motorhome sites, you will surely be interested in the ACSI camp site guide. In addition to the more than 3,000 participating campsites (as in the camping guide), you will find an overview of 9,000 motorhome sites in Europe. The camp site guide is therefore mainly aimed at campers with motorhomes. When buying the ACSI camp site guide you have the choice between 3 different languages (German, Dutch and French). The cost of the ACSI camp site guide is (as mentioned above) € 21.95 for members, € 22.95 for non-members, access to the app costs extra. With a subscription, you get a 15% discount and automatically receive your hot off the press edition each year around Christmas time. However, the duration of a subscription is at least 2 years. If you want to have access to the ACSI App, you pay an additional 3 € on top of the mentioned fees.
Subscription or single issueYou
already know ACSI and are sure you want to get the camping guide and discount card next year? Then a subscription is clearly worthwhile. With the combined subscription, you will automatically receive the ACSI Campingcard together with the desired guide every year – with or without access to the app, depending on your choice.
Access or no access to the appYou
t like to travel digitally and don’t necessarily have to browse through the book for suitable camping guides? Then you should think about the ACSI APP. You can add the CampingCard ACSI APP for 3.95 euros.
With the ACSI Camping Europa app you always have all the information at hand. Over 9,500 camping sites are listed here. In addition, an extra package with over 9,000 campsites is possible.
Please note that you can only order the CampingCard ACSI 2022 app in combination with a camping guide that includes a CampingCard ACSI 2022.
How much does the ACSI Card cost?
Now let’s take a look at a practical overview of ACSI Card prices. How much all this fun costs depends on your needs:
Prices of the ACSI CampingCard incl. camp site guide with participating camp sites:
- Camping guide incl. ACSI Card as member without subscription 16,95 Euro
- Camping guide incl. ACSI Card as non-member without subscription 17,95 Euro
- Camping guide incl. ACSI Card as member with subscription in the 1st year 12,95 Euro / from the 2nd year 15,95 Euro
- Camping guide incl. ACSI Card as non-member with subscription in the 1st year 13,95 Euro / from the 2nd year 16,95 Euro
- Camping guide incl. ACSI Card + APP as member without subscription 20,54 Euro
- Camping guide incl. ACSI Card + APP as non-member without subscription 21,54 Euro
- Camping guide incl. ACSI Card + APP as member with subscription in the 1st year 12,95 Euro / from the 2nd year 15,95 Euro
- Camping guide incl. ACSI Card + APP as non-member without subscription in the 1st year 13,95 Euro / from the 2nd year 16,95 Euro
Prices of the ACSI camp site and camping guide:
- Camp site and camping guide incl. ACSI Card as member without subscription 25,95 Euro
- Camp site guide incl. ACSI Card as non-member without subscription 26,95 Euro
- Camp site and camping guide incl. ACSI Card as member with subscription 21,95 Euro
- Camp site and camping guide incl. ACSI Card as non-member with subscription 22,95 Euro
- Camp site and camping guide incl. ACSI Card + APP as member without subscription 32,54 Euro
- Camp site and camping guide incl. ACSI Card + APP as non-member without subscription 33,54 Euro
- Camp site and camping guide incl. ACSI Card + APP as member with subscription in the 1st year 24,95 Euro / from the 2nd year 27,95 Euro
- Pitch and camping guide incl. ACSI Card + APP as non-member with subscription in the 1st year 25,95 Euro / from the 2nd year 28,95 Euro
In addition to the above offers there are the following two products:
- Camping Guide for Europe (incl. ACSI CampingCard and ACSI Camping Europe App) from 27,95 Euro
- Camping guide for Germany (incl. ACSI CampingCard and ACSI Camping Europa app) from 19,45 Euro
Which of all these products is the right one for you depends on your type of travel, your wishes and needs.
Find camp sites that accept the ACSI Card
A total of 23 countries are home to at least one camp site where you can use your ACSI benefits. At www.eurocampings.de you will find all of the almost 10,000 camp sites from all the camp site guides. At www.CampingCard.com you will find all of the approximately 3,000 camp sites that participate in CampingCard ACSI. Here you can also see if your desired country or camp site is included.
The ACSI apps at a glance
Until recently I thought,
there would be only one ACSI App. But this is wrong. There are 3 of them! And each app offers its own advantage.
- ACSI Camping Europe App
- ACSI Great…
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