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Money-saving tips for every stage of your family holiday


When you’re forking out for your whole family, we know you want to keep your holiday budget in check. Read our money-saving tips for every step of your journey.

It’s fair to say that prices can quickly add up when you’re forking out for your whole family. But when it comes to holidays, you might be surprised to know there are actually pennies to be saved at every stage of your journey. Before you book? Think savvy searching and utilising discounts. Before you go, that’s where smart planning comes in. And as for while you’re away, there are loads of ways to cut costs. How? Our experts spill the beans…


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Book early, lock in the price

“We all know prices can be unpredictable, so it really pays to book your holiday early and fix your price so it's protected from cost increases in the future. We won’t add any surcharges either.”

Jack Molloy, Revenue

Spread the cost

“With our Pay Monthly^ scheme, you can pay a £60pp deposit* to secure your booking, then split the balance into equal, interest-free monthly chunks until your balance due date. We’ll work it all out for you too, so there are no tricky sums!”

James Malyon, Head of Web and Ecommerce

Pick a hotel where EVERYTHING is included

“Choose an all-inclusive hotel and you’ll have meals, drinks and snacks included in the price. But so many all-inclusive hotels offer so much more as part of the deal, like activities and entertainment, à la carte dining options and premium drinks. Better still, look for one that’s part of our Experience More collection and you’ll get tickets to a top attraction thrown in too – it’s always the way I go!”

David Parkes, Product Manager

Yippee, kids go free!​‡

“We're the Home of Free Child Places‡, so be sure to get in early and snap one up – they fly out fast! To make sure you don’t miss them, use our Free Child Place finder on our website, as this tool only shows you the holidays where your little one can go free, so you won’t miss this great cost-saver.”

Alex Eddleston, GM Holidays Revenue

Don't forget that all infants go free!

“When you’re looking at your budget, remember to factor in that infants under two years old go free on all Jet2holidays, so that’s a nice money-saver right there. We also give you an extra 10kg allowance so you can bring car seats, pushchairs and travel cots – so no extra baggage costs to think about either!”

Harry Marcham, Senior Revenue Analyst

Single-parent savings​

“We want our holidays to be affordable for everyone and we don’t want anyone to miss out on a good deal. So if you’re a single parent, pop in code J2HSPF60 at checkout and we’ll give you a super £60 off your holiday! It’s a big saving that can make all the difference to the overall cost.”

Ashleigh Dorling, Revenue Manager (Holidays)

Save an extra £10pp^^ via our app​

“Right now, we’re giving you an extra £10pp off^^ all package holidays when you book via our app. If you’re a family of four, that’s a fab £40 saving! It’s well worth downloading for the discount alone, but it’s really handy for having everything at your fingertips too. It’s rated 4.8* out of 5 on Apple and Google Play!”

Giulia Tomassini, Senior Digital Executive

Go halves on your villa with another family

“If you want to cut back on costs, why not ask another family if they want to share a villa with you? We have a big range of large villas that sleep at least eight. Plus, more people means more people to help out with the washing up too!”

Katie Waddington, Product Manager

Get exclusive member-only discounts

“I’m always telling my friends about this fantastic holiday hack! Simply sign up to our myJet2 travel club and we’ll send you exclusive member-only discounts – it’s as easy as that to make a saving on your sunshine!”

Richard Smart, Marketing Publications Manager


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Pack some cost-cutting essentials

“If you're going self-catering, pop some lightweight essentials in your suitcase from your stock at home i.e. dishwasher tablets, bin bags, kitchen roll, laundry capsules etc. And then you don’t have to buy big packs at the local supermarket when you arrive. Take a couple of your bags for life too so you don't have to buy more when you go shopping.”

Katie Waddington, Product Manager

Save on toddler toys and games

“Instead of panic-buying expensive toys and activities at the airport when your tetchy toddler’s in need of entertaining, save your spends by wrapping up a few of their toys from home instead. You can pull them out at those meltdown moments and the unwrapping will provide lots of much-needed distraction!”

Gina Stone, Content Manager

Plan your itinerary and make a budget

“Before you go, research your destination to find out exactly what there is to see and do, as well as local prices in your destination. Make sure you plan in plenty of free activities like beach days, sandcastle building competitions, nature trails, treasure hunts and trips to local parks – the options are endless! Then make a budget for each day so you know exactly what you have to spend.”

Katie North, Senior Content Executive

Choose a card suited to overseas spending

“There are plenty of travel cards on the market nowadays that are suited to overseas spending. Researching before you travel could save you some precious pennies. Many providers charge either no fee, or a low fee for paying by card, as well as withdrawing cash out while you’re there. A card could also save you carrying round all that cash or having lots of foreign currency left over at the end of your holiday!”

Olivia Matthews, Content Executive


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See your Customer Helper for cost-cutting help on holiday

“Make sure you get the inside scoop from your Customer Helper when you arrive on holiday. They live in the destinations they work in, so they know where the locals eat (always cheaper than the popular tourist spots!), where to find set menu deals and happy hours, as well as which days attractions and sights are free or reduced – think of them like walking, talking guidebooks!”

Steve Adamson, GM Customer Experience & Insights

Pack a purse-friendly picnic

“Picnics on the sand, anyone? They’re ideal for saving on meals and taking full advantage of a beachfront-row seat. If you’re staying in an all-inclusive hotel, speak to them and they might pack up your lunch to take with you.”

Charlotte Thompson, Senior Digital Executive

Make the most of lunch menus

“The fixed-prices menus at many restaurants are cheaper at lunchtime than in the evening, so you might want to eat big in the middle of the day and go for a simpler option at night.”

Lisa Farrell, Creative & Campaigns Manager

Jump on the bus!

“Take public transport. When you can't get from A to B on foot, swap taxis for buses to save money. That way, you'll see more of your resort too!”

Olivia Matthews, Content Executive

Hunt down happy hours

“Drinks and food are often cheaper or even two-for-one during happy hours and early-bird sessions, so keep your eyes peeled for those chalkboards and save a packet on eating out. It's a great way to keep your budget in check.”

Jen Vasis, Digital Marketing Manager


*£60 per person deposit is applicable on holidays departing 10 weeks or more from booking date.

^Pay Monthly: Terms and conditions apply, please see our website for details.

‡Free Child Places are subject to availability. Please see our website for details.

**£10 per person off via our app: Terms and conditions apply, please see our website for details.

Posted: 6th Sept 2022. Updated: 5th Apr 2023. Jet2 Holidays Jet2 City Breaks Jet2 Villas