Travelling as a family is an excellent way to bond and great cherished memories. However, travelling as a family can get expensive. For this reason, many travel companies offer select free child places to make it easier to afford your dream family getaway. Booking a family holiday with a free child place can save you hundreds of pounds, freeing you to spend on other things like excursions. Free child places are popular, so if you want to take advantage of this fantastic way to save, it is best to book early. Remember that free child places are usually only available to children under 16 years of age.
If you're looking to book a summer holiday, most people start booking in January of that year. You'll want to book in January or even earlier if you have a particular holiday in mind. Generally, the earlier you book, the better. If you're travelling during peak times such as school holidays, it is always a good idea to book in advance as this is the best way to save. While booking last-minute can be a great way to find a bargain, free child places are offered only on selected holidays. These spots are very popular and tend to sell quickly. Booking a free child place will already help you save big so if you a holiday you like book it as soon as possible. Remember, providers that offer free child places usually offer low deposits as well.
When it comes to these offers, beach holidays are what to expect. Travel companies don't usually offer free child places on city breaks as families often dine out on these holidays. Instead think family-friendly sandy, sun-soaked locations such as Gran Canaria and Costa del Sol. Any popular sunshine destination usually offers free child places whether you plan on travelling to Cyprus, Turkey, Croatia, Portugal, Greece or the Canary Islands. For more inspiration on destinations, the whole family will enjoy check out our family holidays page.
Every company is different when it comes to what is included in a free child place. You can be sure that your child's flight and accommodation are included, but always read the fine print to figure out whether kids' clubs, meals, etc. are part of the package. We've explained the basics of how free child places work with the leading travel providers that offer them. Blue Sea Holidays, Broadway Travel and Expedia create package holidays using the services of airlines, hotels and tour operators. Their free child places will depend on the hotel and airline that you are using.
Jet2holidays: Just like many other travel providers, Jet2holidays offer one free child place for every two full-paying adults.
Flight: Not only is a standard flight ticket included with every free child place, but so is a generous amount of luggage! Your child can take up to 22kg of baggage with them for free, no need to worry about having to leave any favourite toys or clothing behind.
Hotel: For every select room booked by two full-paying adults, a child can stay in their room free of charge. Jet2holidays recommends booking early to get the best selection and price on rooms.
Food and Drink: Your child gets to fill up on the same board option you booked, helping you save big.
Transfers: Your child can travel to and from the airport to your resort for free on a free child's place.
Kids' clubs and Activities: Activity clubs and mini-discos that are offered free of charge to children staying at your accommodation, are included with a free child place. Making it a snap to keep little ones entertained.
TUI: TUI and First Choice are sister companies and offer very similar free child places. With both companies, one free children's place is available on select holidays for every two full paying adults or every select room, villa or apartment. Read on to get the details about what is included with their free child places.
Flight: With every free kid's place offered, there is a standard flight ticket included.
Hotel: Your child can stay free in the hotel room, apartment or villa you book for every two full-paying adults.
Food and Drink: The board option the two paying adults chose is the board basis that is free for your child. If you booked half-board, your child could dine half-board for free, if you want you can pay a supplement charge to upgrade your child's board.
Transfers: Transfers from the airport to your resort and back for your flight home are part of the deal.
First Choice: A free child place is available on select holidays. One free kid's place is available for every two full paying travellers, or every selected hotel room, villa or apartment. Other children are charged the total advertised price.
Flight: Standard flight ticket is included with every free kid's place.
Hotel: One child for every two full paying adults can stay for free at the room, apartment or villa you booked. Your child also gets the same access to your accommodation's facilities as you.
Food and Drink: The same board basis the two paying adults have booked is included for the child travelling on the free kid's place offer. If you booked all-inclusive for yourself and your partner, then your child could also take advantage of your hotel's all-inclusive package. If you booked room only, then your child wouldn't have food and drink included.
Transfers: Transfers from the airport to hotel and back are a part of First Choice's free child place offer.