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New Post 12/19/2011 9:02 PM
  lizzpreto
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Feedback on Passport America 
I just got an offer to join Passport America for $39.95. We already have memberships with Good Sam and KOA. We are not full-time RVers yet, and so far these two memberships have served really well. I checked through their list of affiliated campgrounds, and there are not really that much my area. But from what I understood, Passport America offers 50% discount on the rates of their member parks, is that correct? Since I noticed that there are a lot of you guys that are members of Passport America, I'd just like to ask how is your experience with them? Are the campgrounds they offer good? Are there any restrictions (like when to book and for which kinds of campsites) that they impose?

Feedback is highly appreciated.
 
New Post 12/20/2011 8:01 AM
  murffdog123
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Re: Feedback on Passport America 
I have been a member of PA for some years and like any other program, it is worth it if you use it. Yes there are some restrictions which are discribed in the fine print of the campground. When you make a reservation, be sure to tell them at that time that you are a PA member. I have never had a bad experience with them and I have never had a "bad" campground. As matter of fact, one in Gatlinburg Tenn. at the start of the Smokie Mtns is a 4 star campground, it was the cleanest one I have ever seen.
 
New Post 12/21/2011 12:48 AM
  maximo
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Re: Feedback on Passport America 
We've been members of PA for quite some time now, so far it has been great. There are restrictions, but usually these are imposed by the campground owners and not by PA like the discount is only applicable for reservations from Sunday thru Thursday, holiday and seasonal restrictions, and payment restrictions (discount is only applicable for cash payments). But during off peak season, they tend to waive these restrictions if they got a lot of available spaces. Like other camping clubs, make sure to check the website for restrictions. When in doubt, call and ask the camp hosts.
 
New Post 12/21/2011 10:31 PM
  harold
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Re: Feedback on Passport America 
After our experience with one of their campgrounds this year and their terrible customer service, we've decided not to renew our PA membership. We booked a reservation in one of the campgrounds that was listed in their website. When I made our reservations, I specifically told them that I was a PA member. But when we got there, they told us that they were no longer affiliated with PA. After driving all day, I was in no mood to argue with the manager, but I did call PA to file a complaint. Apparently, the problem was that they have TWO Passport America memberships: Passport America Florida and Passport America MS. My PA membership is PA Florida, and the campground we were staying was not anymore included in the list of campgrounds we can use this. It is still affiliated with PA, but only for Passport America MS members. Of course, we weren't aware that there was this kind of segregation. Otherwise, we wouldn't have chosen this campground. They didn't refund me the difference between the discount rate and the rate we were being charged by the campground host.

Just a friendly warning.
 
New Post 12/22/2011 11:48 AM
  bukhrn
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Re: Feedback on Passport America 
Modified By bukhrn  on 12/22/2011 11:51:51 AM)
We have PA & love it, wont be without it,the campgrounds run from not so great to excellent, just like GS or KOA, or any other affiliation, I've heard others say they'll never set foot in another KOA, or Thousand Trails, but I guess thats personal opinion, we've never been to a bad PA CG.
Yes there are restrictions, but if you look at the web site, you'll know that in advance. You say there aren't many in your area, if you restrict yourself to only one specific area, then it may not be for you, but if you travel at all you should have no trouble finding them, they have over 1600 CG's, (actually more than that since Camp Club has merged with them.)
We find the 50% savings far better deal than the 10% at GS or KOA. AS far as cost, you can make back the cost on one stay, we saved $135. on one stay at Gettysburg.
I have never heard of what harold is talking about, "State specific"? We've used it from VA to OH,PA, MN, SD, WY, MT, OK, AR, TN,NC & back, never been refused.
 
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