Count the savings with children go free holidays

In a tricky economic climate, making savings on family holidays is crucial. Families who previously booked budget flights and cheap accommodation are now looking at children go free holidays as a more effective way of making savings. These packages can be a great deal, but study the details closely to make sure it suits your needs.

Kid-friendly holidays

Don't expect to be heading anywhere too exotic on children go free holidays. These deals tend to concentrate on family-friendly resorts and hotel complexes where there are plenty of entertainment options for children.

The budget airline Jet2 has branched out into packages offering flights and accommodation, and some of its most popular deals offer free child places. Destinations include Mallorca, Ibiza, the Costa Del Sol, the Algarve, Tenerife and Turkey. Resorts usually include waterparks, theme parks and inclusive entertainment programmes for the kids. Book well in advance for the children go free holidays.

Thomson and First Choice also include free child places on many of their family packages. For those planning winter ski holidays, Thomson offers some attractive discounts for family packages. To qualify for Thomson's free places, 2-11 year olds are eligible in hotels and chalets and 2-15 year olds in apartments, on charter flights, Eurostar trains and ferries.

For those who want to save the pennies and take a staycation this year, it's worth knowing that Scotrail offers kids go free tickets on trains throughout Scotland, making that excursion to the Highlands all the more affordable for large families. Two kids can travel free for each accompanying adult buying a ticket.

Haggle for family deals

Even if package children go free holidays don't suit your needs, a little friendly persuasion can help you get a discount. Many hotels will upgrade your double room to a family room or include a fold-out sofa bed for no extra charge or for a minimal fee. Look out for restaurants that offer "kids eat free" deals, especially useful if your kids are the hungry kind.

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