May half term holiday deals 2014: Cheap offers from Thomson, Monarch, BA and more

By Kirsten Henton updated on 21st April 2014 in Destinations and Holidays

   
 
 

May half term holiday deals have never been easier to find as we've collected the very latest and best here, and on our deals and discounts page, to save you time and money. Make sure your family gets the most out of the school holidays with an unforgettable escape to a family friendly destination with dedicated kids' clubs, activities, pools and so much more.

Read on to discover the 2014 May half term holiday deals from the likes of Thomson, Jet2 holidays, First Choice and Monarch...


May half term holiday deals © Cheryl Casey - Fotolia.com

May half term holiday deals 2014

It's widely known, and frequently discussed, that half term can be a very expensive time of year to go on holiday for families. However, leading holiday providers such as Thomson, First Choice, British Airways and more, have so many great 2014 May half term holiday deals and discounts available to help you save and ensure you get the family break you desire.

Choose from fantastic special offers such as FREE child places with Jet2holidays, 10% online discount from First Choice and 20% OFF flights with Monarch. Read on to discover the very best May half term holiday deals out there...

Half term holidays with Thomson

As one of the UK's largest and most well known holiday providers, Thomson is a popular choice with many families keen to rely on its good reputation and great value May half term holiday deals. From Thomson Family Resorts around the Mediterranean and North Africa to the more luxurious Sensatori resorts from Tenerife to Jamaica, Thomson has family holidays all wrapped up.

Riu Tequila Hotel, Caribbean Coast, Mexico - photo courtesy of Thomson Holidays
Riu Tequila Hotel, Caribbean Coast, Mexico - photo courtesy of Thomson Holidays

Thomson takes especially good care of families, with tailored activities and games to suit all ages. You can also expect the following when you book with Thomson:

  • Infants two years old and under go free
  • Extra legroom available on flights
  • 15kgs baggage allowance included
  • Thomson Family Resorts (19 properties)
  • Sensatori resorts (six five-star properties)
  • Children's buffets
  • Family sized rooms
  • All inclusive family holidays
  • Certified and qualified childcare
  • ABTA member, ATOL protected

Latest May half term holiday deals with Thomson

The best way to enjoy a Thomson holiday is to save money on your booking. Here are the latest special offers and deals which could help you save on your family's May half term holiday:

Save up to 10% on holidays booked online

An easy way to save a bit of money is by booking your May half term holiday online with Thomson, where you will enjoy up to 10% OFF bookings for people travelling between 1st May 2014 and 31st October 2014.

Save an extra £80 with Thomson's latest discount code

Book a family escape with Thomson online, and you could save an extra £80 per booking. The deal is valid on departures in May and June 2014 making it ideal for those looking for a half term getaway. Head to favourite spots such as the Canary Islands, Greece and Turkey with Thomson Family Resorts and Sensatori holidays.

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Half term holidays with Monarch

Monarch is a leading flight and holiday provider which departs from six major airports around the UK, flying families to 72 destinations worldwide. It has a strong reputation and frequently has special offers and discounts available to help you save.

Messing about in the pool © Andreas Safreider - Fotolia.com
Messing about in the pool © Andreas Safreider - Fotolia.com

Whether you fancy escaping to the shores of Greece, Cyprus or Portugal, perhaps even further to the Caribbean, India or Thailand, Monarch has a wealth of holidays as well as deals to help get you there. Other benefits of holidaying with Monarch include:

  • Selection of family friendly hotels with kids' clubs, pools, menus and more
  • 20kgs baggage allowance (sometimes included)
  • Infants two years old and under go free
  • Extra legroom available
  • Value for large families with three or more children
  • All inclusive family breaks
  • Waterparks at or near many properties
  • ABTA member, ATOL protected

Latest May half term holiday deals with Monarch

Make the most of the break with Monarch's May half term holiday deals to help you get your family break at a great price:

20% OFF return flights with Monarch

If you're just looking for a flight, don't miss the current offer from Monarch with 20% OFF return flights in its big spring sale. Numerous routes have been discounted including the Canary Islands, Balearics and more.

Latest holiday offers from Monarch

Browse the latest May half term holiday deals from Monarch including offers on family friendly accommodation, the Siam Water Park, last minute availability and the latest 'Holiday Offer of the Month'.

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Half term holidays with First Choice

Is all inclusive your thing? Look no further than First Choice, which is committed to providing memorable all inclusive only breaks around the world, from Europe and the Mediterranean to Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

Hotel Laura Beach, Cyprus - photo courtesy of First Choice Holidays
Hotel Laura Beach, Cyprus - photo courtesy of First Choice Holidays

Specialising in all inclusive holidays means that First Choice works hard to ensure that all the extras and activities your children could possibly want are either included or available, often on-site. Other benefits of booking with First Choice include:

  • Infants two years old and under go free
  • Extra legroom available on flights
  • 15kgs baggage allowance included
  • Holiday Villages dedicated to families with kids' clubs, splash parks and more
  • First child free - selected number of free places available at a variety of destinations
  • Skilled reps to entertain children of all ages
  • ABTA member, ATOL protected

Latest May half term holiday deals with First Choice

If you fancy a May half term holiday deal which includes everything you could wish for, check out the very latest special offers and 2014 May half term holiday deals and discounts available now:

FREE child places

First Choice offers hundreds of free child places at destinations worldwide, letting you take your first child for free. This is open to all children up to the age of 16, simply tick the 'Free Kids' box when you search for your holiday online with First Choice, and you will be shown what's available.

Save up to 10% on all inclusive holidays with First Choice

First Choice is offering guaranteed savings of up to 10% on your online holiday booking with additional discounts available with the latest First Choice discount code. With holiday deals available on SplashWorld resorts, Holiday Villages, Suneo Club and Premier Families at destinations across the Mediterrean, Canaries, Red Sea and beyond.

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Half term holidays with Jet2holidays

Jet2holidays is a leading provider of great value holidays year round, offering direct flights from the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland to 50 popular destinations across Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa.

Diamond of Bodrum Hotel - photo courtesy of Jet2 Holidays
Diamond of Bodrum Hotel - photo courtesy of Jet2 Holidays

Jet2holidays aims to satisfy the needs of families, offering a variety of facilities at affordable prices, plus numerous May half term holiday deals. As well as the various May half term holiday deals and discounts available, Jet2holidays offers the following benefits and services to families:

  • Infants two years old and under go free
  • Convenient flight times
  • 22kgs baggage allowance from £10
  • Hotels with theme parks and water parks
  • Family Favourite hotels with dedicated kids' clubs, kids' pools, play areas, kids' activities
  • Family Luxe hotels
  • All inclusive family holidays
  • Family sized rooms
  • ABTA member, ATOL protected

Latest May half term holiday deals with Jet2holidays

Jet2holidays has a wide selection of special offers available year round. Here are some of the very best May half term holiday deals 2014 to help you save and book:

FREE child places with Jet2holidays

Surely the best May half term holiday deals out there have to include free child places, which is exactly what Jet2holidays offers. Book early with Jet2holidays and bag free child places for your little nippers at a number of select hotels. Although there are 10,000 available, they go fast, so get booking today.

Jet2holidays May half term holiday deal finder

Find a May half term holiday that best suits your family with the Jet2holidays deal finder. Filter the holiday deals by preferred departure airport, price range, star rating, board basis, hotel location, activity and destination.

May half term holiday deals from Jet2holidays >>
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Half term holidays with British Airways

British Airways is a trusted favourite with UK holidaymakers, and has a mix of flight, hotel and car hire options to suit every family. British Airways flies to much loved destinations around the world from Europe and the Middle East, to the Caribbean, Africa, Indian Ocean and more.

Enjoying the waves © Kathleen Rekowski - Fotolia.com
Enjoying the waves © Kathleen Rekowski - Fotolia.com

If you're on the hunt for May half term holiday deals then consider booking with British Airways and you will benefit from the following:

  • 23kgs baggage allowance included
  • Free seat selection 24 hours in advance
  • In-flight food and drink included
  • Extra legroom available
  • All inclusive holidays
  • Dedicated 24 hour holiday helpline
  • ATOL protected

Latest May half term holiday deals with BA

Make the most of the latest offer from British Airways to save on your May half term holiday booking:

Latest family holiday deals from British Airways

Explore the latest holiday deals offered by British Airways specifically tailored to families including a selection of family-friendly hotels, all inclusive deals and free child places. Whether you are looking to escape to Europe or further afield, you're bound to find a great May half term holiday deal with BA.

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Tips on how to get a cheap half term deals

Booking a half term holiday needn't break the bank. Here we show you some simple ways in which you could save on your May half term holiday:

1. Book early

Although there are often late deals available, you stand a much better chance of finding the right place for you at a reasonable price if you book early. This helps avoid any disappointment and ensures you end up just where you want to be for the best price possible.

2. Take advantage of online deals

Holiday providers like to have full flights and hotels, so it's in their interest to offer special deals and discounts, most of which are exclusively available online. Before booking your half term holiday, check out our extensive collection of special offers on everything from holidays to car hire, airport parking and theme park tickets.

3. Be flexible

We all know no one enjoys an early flight, especially young children, and most people like to travel at the weekend, however, if you're a bit more flexible you could save even more money on your holiday. Think about travelling mid-week or perhaps taking a very early or late flight.

4. Consider all inclusive

You could save more money by going all inclusive and paying for everything upfront. This way you're left to enjoy your holiday without worrying about extras costs, however, always make sure you know exactly what is and what isn't included to avoid any surprise charges when you get home.

5. Destinations

Pick your destination carefully, and really think about what it is you want from your break. See where is favourable currency wise to help your pounds go further. Also consider what you are after to entertain your children as some destinations are better equipped than others, with safari, water and theme parks just some of the attractions available. Read more about where to go on holiday in May.

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Top May half term holiday destinations

May is a great time of year to go on holiday as it starts to warm up closer to home, but it's before the crowds set in for the summer. Here's our pick of some of the best accessible, family friendly destinations with great weather for your May half term holiday:

1. Costa Blanca, Spain

  • Flight time: 2.5 hours
  • Daily high: 26°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 9.5
  • Sea temperature: 19°C

Alicante on the Costa Blanca is quick and easy to get to with both direct and indirect flights from airports across the UK. It's warm and sunny in May, although sea temperatures are a little chilly. There's plenty to see and do for all the family, including the many theme and water parks in and around Benidorm, such as Aqualandia and Terra Natura with its own water park on site.

Search for holiday deals to Costa Blanca >>


Selwo Marina, Costa del Sol - photo courtesy of www.selwomarina.es

2. Costa del Sol, Spain

  • Flight time: 3 hours
  • Daily high: 26°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 10
  • Sea temperature: 19°C

The Costa del Sol, with its main airport in Malaga, has similar conditions to the Costa Blanca at this time of year, being reliably warm with plenty of sunshine. There's also a great variety in terms of accommodation and things to do, from the beaches and outdoor activities to water parks such as Aqualand Torremolinos, and other theme parks including Selwo Aventura safari park and Selwo Marina sea life centre complete with dolphins and sea lions.

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3. Majorca, Spain

  • Flight time: 2.5 hours
  • Daily high: 23°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 9.5
  • Sea temperature: 19°C

Palma is a popular destination year round thanks to Majorca's natural beauty and easy pace of life, making it a great May half term holiday option. It's a touch cooler than mainland Spain in May, but there's still plenty of sunshine. Majorca has so many stunning spots, with plenty of places to explore, and if you hire a car the options are endless. For kids there's the Ostrich Farm and Safari Zoo, as well as the Palma Aquarium, go karting and so much more.

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Red Sea resort, Egypt © Oleg Zhukov - Fotolia.com

4. The Red Sea, Egypt

  • Flight time: 6 hours
  • Daily high: 33°
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 12
  • Sea temperature: 25°C

Egypt's Sharm el Sheikh is an enduring destination that is once again welcoming holidaymakers to its hot and sunny shores. May is a fantastic time to go as it's before the searing heat of summer but with glorious wall-to-wall sunshine. The water is crystal clear making it great for water sports, while there's also a real mix of things to keep children entertained such as kids' clubs at certain hotels, and day excursions into the desert.

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5. Cyprus

  • Flight time: 5 hours
  • Daily high: 29°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 11.5
  • Sea temperature: 22°C

Cyprus is an easy destination for families, with some of the cleanest beaches in Europe, English spoken widely and many experienced holiday providers ensuring your every need is met. It too is beautifully hot and sunny in May and it's also that little bit quieter than in the months that follow. Take your children to the Camel Park, get them involved in snorkelling, or think about bowling. There's lots to keep both big and little ones happy in Cyprus.

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There are so many offers and destinations to choose from when it comes to deciding where to go for your May half term holiday. Make sure your family makes the most of special offers out there from leading holiday providers by browsing the latest May half term holiday deals.

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