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Make a Big Saving on Your Family Thomson Holiday

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9y, 5m agoFound 9 years, 5 months ago
I have been advised by a Thomson rep at the call center (0870 165 0079) that if you are booking children on your holiday it is sometimes cheaper to book them as adults not children for the accomodation, therefore you don't get charged any under occupancy charges (i.e. children are classed as 0.5 people; therefore if you have two adults and two children in a 4 bed apartment, you will get charged under occupancy for 1 person!!).

By classing my two children as adults for our holiday next year I have just saved us £322 (compared to the online quote which was the lowest available) on a two week break!!!

Definately worth a try!
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#1
I thought it might be worth adding that it works on most if not all holiday companies. You can def save yourself a few pennies!!:thumbsup:
#2
That's a great tip that I will definately remember to try when I book my next holiday. Thank you!
#3
its a shame some people dont realise this, have known for quite a while it is quicker to go through the portland price up as you put in 4 people then you can compare for 4 adults , 3 adults and one child or then the 2 adults and one child because you should check all options as dont forget the free child places, thanks its great that you have posted this!
#4
This sounds perfect but for all the holidays I have booked I have always had to supply ages for the kids, so if I booked the kids as adults would that not have a knock on effect firstly with the airline who would be expecting adults x 4 but 2 would be kids and secondly with the hotel / appartments for the same reason?:-( :cry: :x
#5
Starshady
This sounds perfect but for all the holidays I have booked I have always had to supply ages for the kids, so if I booked the kids as adults would that not have a knock on effect firstly with the airline who would be expecting adults x 4 but 2 would be kids and secondly with the hotel / appartments for the same reason?:-( :cry: :x


It's actually worse than that. We have just tried with Airtours. Works great at first - the holiday that was £1400 for 2 adults and 2 children was only £1000 for four adults, but as you have to put in the ages to book, you get an error message saying all adult passengers have to be 16 or over and can't book. It's an absolute disgrace, to be honest. For this holiday the two adults, two children option was in one room - for four adults you got two rooms, even though it was £400 less.......
#6
merlinthehappypig
It's actually worse than that. We have just tried with Airtours. Works great at first - the holiday that was £1400 for 2 adults and 2 children was only £1000 for four adults, but as you have to put in the ages to book, you get an error message saying all adult passengers have to be 16 or over and can't book. It's an absolute disgrace, to be honest. For this holiday the two adults, two children option was in one room - for four adults you got two rooms, even though it was £400 less.......


OMG! OUTRAGEOUS.:w00t: Watchdog should be contacted about this.
#7
loveabargain
OMG! OUTRAGEOUS.:w00t: Watchdog should be contacted about this.


I agree, this is absolutely scandalous :x
#8
It's called fleecing the family market which is the bulk of their business, just another example of rip off britain I'm afraid!
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merlinthehappypig
It's actually worse than that. We have just tried with Airtours. Works great at first - the holiday that was £1400 for 2 adults and 2 children was only £1000 for four adults, but as you have to put in the ages to book, you get an error message saying all adult passengers have to be 16 or over and can't book. It's an absolute disgrace, to be honest. For this holiday the two adults, two children option was in one room - for four adults you got two rooms, even though it was £400 less.......


There maybe a way around this. When they ask for names put 1 Adult and 1 Child in each of the rooms. They then will charge for 4 Adults as you have to have 2 full fare paying passengers in the room. This normally works! Worth a go:)
#10
jellybaby
There maybe a way around this. When they ask for names put 1 Adult and 1 Child in each of the rooms. They then will charge for 4 Adults as you have to have 2 full fare paying passengers in the room. This normally works! Worth a go:)


Thanks for trying to help, but with Airtours this doesn't work, as they don't allocate to the rooms, just ask for passenger details and ages. It might work with other operators, it's just the sheer work involved trying out all the different permutations. I'd rather stay at home out of principle! The only way I can see to make this work is lie about the ages, but then there might be a problem at customs. It's crazy.
#11
Oh well worth a try! They shouldn't be able to get away with it. Your right it will cause more problems than it's worth at check in/customs. Only problem is if you stay in this country you may get rain rather than sun!!
#12
only problem is the airport can refuse flights as adult tickets cannot be used by children for legal reasons, therefore risks the whole holiday
#13
merlinthehappypig
Thanks for trying to help, but with Airtours this doesn't work, as they don't allocate to the rooms, just ask for passenger details and ages. It might work with other operators, it's just the sheer work involved trying out all the different permutations. I'd rather stay at home out of principle! The only way I can see to make this work is lie about the ages, but then there might be a problem at customs. It's crazy.


Thanks everyone for the feedback. I booked this one over the phone; therefore it was the lady on the other end that had to do all the messing about / trying to get around the system; she didn't ask me dates of birth or ages at all!

I did ask the question whether it would cause problems at airport and she has assured me it won't affect our check in what so ever. However I have taken her full name and extension number down just incase!!

I agree with a lot of the previous comments, we tried our hardest to get a holiday to corsica with free child places; only to be told they don't do free child places for corsica with it being such a popular country/region that gets booked up quickly!, even though we are booking a year in advance!!! I just cannot see how they can so blatently rip off families with children and get away with it!!!!!:x

Anyway it is quite a while to wait (May 08) however I will keep you posted on how it goes!!
#14
An update on this. I rang Airtours to get an explanation. I didn't get one as they couldn't explain the discrepancy, but I did find out how to get around it in this case.

To recap - the holiday was £1417 for 2 adults, 2 children, £965 for 4 adults and £432 each for 1 adult and 1 child (£864 in total). Airtours confirmed the holidays were identical except that the higher price was for one room and the two lower prices for 2 rooms! They told me to change the number of rooms on the 2 adult, 2 children quote from 1 to 2. This reduced the holiday price from £1417 to £864! It was under £800 after taking off the in-flight meals and quidco. It's obviously a misprice but there are 2 rooms left if anyone wants a week away at a 4* self catering hotel in Minorca next Friday from Bristol for a family! (pm me for details)

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