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Taking the whole family on holiday can be very expensive, so it helps that many travel companies offer free child places with selected holidays.
This can knock hundreds off the final price you pay, which during the peak summer months can really help cut costs for parents.
From self-catering to all-inclusive holidays, search and compare on TravelSupermarket for the chance to save money on your next family holiday deal.
When is the best time to book to get a free child place?
To make the most of free child holidays, we advise that you book close to the beginning of January. Free child places are in high demand and can therefore be limited, so it’s important to book early to get the holiday you’re after, especially if you’re going to be travelling during peak times like summer. Booking early also usually means the overall price is lower anyway, which could save you a lot more in the long run.
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Which destinations offer free child places?
Sun, sea and sand is the name of the game for most family holidays, and travel companies understand this.
Expect to find great family holiday deals in summer to mainland Spain, Portugal, the Balearics, the Canary Islands, Greece, Croatia, Turkey and more.
What is included in a free child place?
What you get with your free child place varies depending on who you book your holiday with. Generally, most include a standard flight ticket and a hotel stay, but you should check the small print before you book.
Entertainment, like kids clubs, is also usually included, but if it’s a deal-breaker you should confirm this is the case before you book your holiday.
What age must my child be to qualify for a free child place?
The cut-off for a free child place is 16 years old with most holiday companies. It’s also common for certain stipulations to be in place: for example, only one free place can be claimed per two paying adults.
Each company’s terms and conditions may differ, so again, make sure you check before you book.
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*ATOL (Air Travel Organiser's Licence) is a financial protection scheme for package holidays: It provides support to consumers in the event their holiday provider collapses. Booking with an ATOL holder ensures that you won't be left out of pocket and you won't be left stranded abroad. All package holidays compared using TravelSupermarket are protected by ATOL.
ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) offers similar cover for packages booked with its members. However, while ATOL predominantly covers flight-based packages, ABTA covers non-flight based holidays (such as rail and cruise) and linked travel arrangements. If you are unsure whether or not your trip is covered by ABTA, check with your provider.
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