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Free Child Places Holidays 2014

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Better safe than overspent

A family holiday, whether it’s a weekend camping or a fortnight in the sun, can take a major chunk out of the household budget, so spotting ‘free child places’ in a brochure, online or otherwise, can be a big incentive for booking with a particular holiday company. But be careful, all not be quite as you think it is.

Some tour operators offer packages with free child places but occasionally these offers are not as free as they may look. Because the child gets a free place, the accommodation is sometimes regarded as being ‘under occupied’ and the tour operator then applies an under occupancy charge, which may make the total price for the holiday higher than if the child place had been paid for.

No standard free place rules

Most holiday companies offer free child places to some resorts at certain times of the year, usually outside the peak season dates (i.e. the most popular school holiday dates, Easter, July and August, and over the Christmas period). Unfortunately, there is no standard way that tour operators provide free child place information so it’s not possible to include information on our website to tell you if free child places are available and even if they would offer the cheapest deal if there were .

Not all companies are clear as to what age they mean by ‘child’, and it’s only by trawling through pages of information, and sometimes even going so far as to almost make a booking, that you find out whether you child is a child in the holiday company’s eyes. Some allow up to the age16, which might insult a teenager, being called a ‘child’, but if it saves money….. You will also usually find that ‘free child place’ rules can be quite complicated. It may mean kids travel free, as they pay no basic holiday price and no flight or occupancy supplements, but you may find that additional room or board supplements are payable. You need to know what and how much they are so you know exactly how much your holiday is costing.

We can advise you

The best way to book a cheap family holiday is to decide on the destination and when you want to travel. Then decide on the type of board basis you want, (self catering, bed and breakfast, half board, full board or all inclusive). Search the Directline Holidays site and obtain your reference number. We will then be able to advise you over the phone if there are free child place offers and if taking up the free place is the cheapest way to book a family holiday. And, as with most bargain holidays, it’s always a good idea to book early.

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