School Holiday Price Rip Off?

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The prices that holiday companies charge over the school holidays is again all over social media channels – are they ripping us off or just making the most of an opportunity?

We decided to do a few price comparisons based on a family of 4 (2 adults + 2 children aged 6 & 10):

Disneyland Paris

Fancy taking the kids to Disneyland Paris for a weekend?  Head off to Disney’s on-site 3* Sequoia Lodge on Friday 28 March 2014 for 2 nights & pay £562 for the whole family in a standard room (including breakfast & length of stay Disney passes)..But go on Friday 11 April 2014 during the school Easter holidays & you will be paying £1130 for the same deal…thats over double the cost…


Butlins always makes for a great break with the kids – a short 4 night stay in May half term (Monday 26 May 2014) at Bognor Regis in a Silver Apartment will cost from £189 per person…The same break the week before will cost only £48 per person or go in June on the 2nd & you will still only pay £53 per person…Thats nearly 400% more for school holidays…


Yes, we all know that flight prices can change, free child places can come & go, but what is an average price difference between before school holidays & during…well if you can go from Gatwick on Saturday 12 July 2014 to Menorca staying in a 2 bedroom apartment at the 3* Talayot Apartments for 7 nights you will pay £1671 for the family.  The exact same holiday, with the same flight times, 2 weeks later on Saturday 26 July 2014 will cost you £2209 – a huge £538 difference…


A Woodland Lodge 6 at Finlake Lodges in Devon, part of Hoseasons family friendly Go Active+ collection will set you back £1349 on Saturday 26 July 2014 & remains this price for the August holidays – the same holiday the week earlier (19 July) is just £875 or go on Saturday 30 August & the price drops down to £699 – nearly half the price…

So, what is the answer?

Holiday companies are not likely to change their prices…Should schools amend their fixed term dates?…Should we be allowed to take our children on holidays during term time, without the fear of fines?…

Over to you, we want to hear your thoughts…In the meantime, if you feel strongly about this subject & would like to sign an online petition to reverse the changes to the school term time family holidays rule, head over here


* Prices & availability were correct at the time of going to press – please visit the tour operators website via the links above to check current prices


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