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Our Complete Guide Holidays With Free Child Places In 2023/2024
There are thousands of free child places available on holidays with brands such as TUI, First Choice, Jet2 Holidays and many more. Restrictions vary from company to company but it offers the chance for families to get away for less. Package holidays with free child places in 2023/2024 are available right now to book but they go quickly, especially in popular times like June and July and to popular places like Benidorm and Tenerife in Spain and Belek and Marmaris in Turkey. While the school holidays are popular, family holidays get booked up quickly in months like September, October and November.
Free Child Place Destinations
There are so many popular destinations for a family holiday, here are a few of our favourites:
Tenerife, Canary Islands
Tenerife is a fantastic family friendly destination with a wide range of hotels offering free kids places. Try areas like Los Cristianos and Las Americas for lots of choice and plenty to do or the impressive Fantasia Bahia Principe Tenerife in the Golf Del Sur, with it's iconic fairy-tale castle. Tenerife is also great for some much needed winter sun, so if you fancy a beach holiday in December, Tenerife could be for you.
Areas like Lara Beach, Belek and Side near Antalya are great locations for family holidays. Many resorts in these areas often have cheap holidays with offers for children's places. But don't forget other areas like Marmaris and Kusadasi.
Hotels like the Holiday Village Atlantica Rhodes, TUI BLUE Atlantica Aegean Blue and Lindos Princess Beach Hotel are fantastic family friendly hotels in Rhodes. In fact much of Greece offers some of the best free child place holidays. Try going all inclusive if you can to make the most of the offers available.
Blue Lagoon Village, Holiday Village Atlantica Kos and TUI Magic Life Marmari Palace are perfect for an all inclusive family holiday. These hotels are just three of the many offering free places for kids on the island, even in the summer months of June and July.
Paphos is another great family friendly destination. Great beaches, plenty of sunshine and loads of hotels and resorts make this perfect for a cheap holiday with the kids. Keep an eye out for holidays with water parks for plenty to keep the family occupied.
All Inclusive Holidays
There are loads of all inclusive free child places available across Europe, from Benalmadena to Bodrum and Gran Canaria to the Greek Islands in 2023/2024. And it's so good to know then when you head on holiday abroad, food and drink is already paid for, meaning you know exactly what you've spent. This can really help families who are looking to save, or simply keep track of their spending.
While all inclusive is idea for saving money, don't worry. If you like to eat out and try some of the local cuisine, or keep it really cheap by cooking at home, half board and self catering holidays with kids deals are also available.
When To Go
Because the school holidays are the most popular time for families to travel, and therefore, holiday companies don't need as much help filling flight seats and rooms, many of the free child places are available during term time in months like June and March.
Months which have a half term holiday like February, May and October are also popular, and many holiday companies do still have free places, however, due to demand these do sell out very quickly, so you should be quick to book when they are released. October half term is a very popular time, as many families want something to look forward to after the summer.
The summer holidays months of July and August do have free kids places, however, as you can imagine, these get booked incredibly quickly. Destinations like Ibiza, Menorca, and Majorca are incredibly popular in summer for their sunshine and they are easy to get to.
The winter Christmas holidays are another popular time for families to get away, whether that's for an adventurous ski holiday or a winter sun destination like Cape Verde, Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt) or Fuertventura, or somewhere long haul like Cancun in Mexico, or the Dominican Republic. It's rare as they get booked up quickly, but you may even be able to find some last minute free child place holidays too.
To see when the easter, summer, Christmas and half term holidays are, look at the gov.co.uk website for the latest dates for 2023/2024.
Holidays With Infants
Infants sometimes travel free on holidays, or they are at a significantly reduced cost. This is because children under 2 years old can sit on an adults' lap, meaning they don't need their own seat and therefore don't need to pay for the seat. They can also sleep in baby cots within rooms, so extra beds aren't necessarily required. This can all mean reduced holiday rates for infants.
It's worth noting that infants under the age of two often go free, and do so with Jet2holidays.
Top Holiday Companies With Free Child Places
TUI Free Child Places
As one of the UK's biggest holiday tour operators, TUI offers free child places regularly across its various brands including Sensatori and TUI Blue, and across lots of European destinations from Ayia Napa to Zante.
Jet2 Holidays Free Child Places
Also available are free kids places with Jet2holidays. Flying from regional airports like Belfast, Edinburgh, London Stansted and Birmingham, family package holidays are ABTA and ATOL protected with Jet2. They've even got a useful finder tool to search for your next getaway.
First Choice Holidays Free Child Places
First Choice, part of the TUI group of holiday companies is also worth looking at for the latest family holiday deals. Once the all inclusive holiday brand, First Choice now focuses on getting "more bang for your buck", with beach holidays, last minute holidays and the Holiday Village range of hotels.
easyJet Holidays Free Child Places
There are hundreds of Like us, Ice Lolly works with a number of top brands to showcase holiday offers, including free child holidays. You'll need to call up Ice Lolly holidays to find the deals, but they can point you in the right direction. There are lots of other popoular travel companies which have been known to offer free child places, or kid friendly deals, including the likes of Hays Travel, Love Holidays, On The Beach, Travel Republic, P&O Cruises and Virgin Holidays. Each brand has their own availability and terms and conditions where they offer free places or similar deals. Keep an eye out for ski brands like Neilson, Crystal Ski and Inghams offering special deals for families looking to get away on a ski holiday, while if it's something magical like Lapland in winter, TUI, Transun and Santas Lapland holidays should also be worth keeping on your radar. Many will offer low deposits to secure your booking too but it's always worth booking with an ATOL protected tour operator and check for the latest travel advice to stay safe and healthy abroad. You'll receive an ATOL certificate when you pay a deposit or your balance in full. Package holidays booked through the Jet2holidays website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme.
Ice Lolly Free Child Places
Other Top Companies
Like us, Ice Lolly works with a number of top brands to showcase holiday offers, including free child holidays. You'll need to call up Ice Lolly holidays to find the deals, but they can point you in the right direction.
There are lots of other popoular travel companies which have been known to offer free child places, or kid friendly deals, including the likes of Hays Travel, Love Holidays, On The Beach, Travel Republic, P&O Cruises and Virgin Holidays. Each brand has their own availability and terms and conditions where they offer free places or similar deals. Keep an eye out for ski brands like Neilson, Crystal Ski and Inghams offering special deals for families looking to get away on a ski holiday, while if it's something magical like Lapland in winter, TUI, Transun and Santas Lapland holidays should also be worth keeping on your radar.
Many will offer low deposits to secure your booking too but it's always worth booking with an ATOL protected tour operator and check for the latest travel advice to stay safe and healthy abroad. You'll receive an ATOL certificate when you pay a deposit or your balance in full. Package holidays booked through the Jet2holidays website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme.
Top Holiday Destinations With Free Child Places
What's Included In Free Child Places
What's included in free child place holidays depends on the specific holiday company you book with. You should always check the T&Cs for your specific holiday, however, generally you can expect the following included for a child when two full paying adults are travelling:
- Flight fare (basic fare only, extras such as extra legroom seats, inflight meals will be charged as a supplement during the booking process)
- In resort return coach transfers
- Accommodation (staying in the same room as the two adults)
- The same board basis that is included in the adult price
- Access to the hotel's facilities
Free Child Place Age Limits
Age limits for free child places vary from company to company and hotel to hotel. Generally free kids places start from 2 years old and can go up to a limit of either 12 or 16 years old, but you should always check. When searching for a holiday, you will need to add the age of any children, and the holiday company will return the relevant offers based on the children's ages.
Free Child Places On Cruises
There are a range of discounts and promotions available for families looking to take a cruise holidays. Only a couple of companies offer free child places on cruises, however, as the cost of a cabin is usually set, the cost is split amongst those who are staying in the cabin. Other offers include kids sail for as little as £49 or £99, or the fourth person in a cabin goes free. Cruise brands who usually offer these sorts of deals include Royal Caribbean, P&O Cruises, MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line.
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Free Child Places For Single Parents
Being a single parent can be difficult, let alone afford, so various brands cater for this. Often within the terms and conditions, free child places require at least two full paying adults, but Jet2 Holidays offers a discount off the holiday for single parent families travelling on holiday, which can help to reduce the cost when you take your little ones away. While it's a great opportunity to spend time as a family, book a resort with a kids club and you'll have the chance to have some time by the pool on your own for a little while.
Villa Holiday Free Child Places
It's difficult to work out free child places on villa holidays. You generally book the villa as a whole, so the more people going, the less cost per person. So as a family, you know how much the villa will cost for everyone, whether you have one child or five. It's worth considering going on holiday with more family members to help keep the cost down. Popular villa holiday destinations include Cyprus and Majorca in Europe and Orlando and Kissimmee in Florida, perfect for exploring Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort for 14, 10 or 7 nights.
Free Child Places Frequently Asked Questions
Are free child places really free?
Generally, yes, free child places really are free. Usually you will find the flight, accommodation and airport transfers are free, and sometimes the holiday company may quote the total cost of the booking and split it amongst the total number of travellers.
How do free child places work?
Free child places on holidays work in different ways, but usually when an offer is available, a child between 2-15 years old flies and stays for free when travelling with at least two full fare paying adults paying the full brochure price. Often the flight, accommodation and airport transfers are included. Food will also be included if the adults are also paying for a food package like half board or all inclusive. The age limit can vary from hotel to hotel and the offer usually applies to new bookings.
When are free child places released?
Free child places are usually released when normal holidays are released which can be between 12-18 months in advance of travel. Often hotels will agree a certain allocation of free places with holiday companies. Due to the popularity of the offers, these can get booked very quickly, so it is encouraged to book ASAP and are usually offered on selected holidays, subject to availability.
Can you get free child places on cruises?
Yes, free child places are often available on cruises with top brands like P&O Cruises. Other brands like Royal Caribbean Cruises, Norwegian and MSC Cruises offers other family friendly offers like fourth person goes free and discounts for kids.