October half term holiday deals 2014: Cheap offers from Thomson, Jet2, BA and more

By Kirsten Henton updated on 25th September 2014 in Destinations and Holidays

   
 
 

October half term holiday deals have never been easier to find now you have our collection of the very latest and best offers out there to help 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 October half term holiday deals from the likes of British Airways, Jet2holidays, First Choice and On the Beach...


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

October 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 October 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 up to £80 off per person with Jet2holidays, up to 9% off from First Choice and holidays from £175 per person with On the Beach. Read on to discover the very best October half term holiday deals out there...

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 October 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 October 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 October half term holiday:

Save up to £400 per couple on holidays in October

Save up to £400 on October half term holidays per couple based on Thomson brochure prices. Depart before 31st October 2014, and is subject to limited availability with a minimum of two adults travelling.

Late availability - save on holidays departing in the next 6 weeks

Browse late availability holidays from Thomson departing in the next six weeks. Filter the results by departure airport, destination, price, T-rating and board basis to find the best deal for you.

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On the Beach

On the Beach has long provided cheap family holidays across the globe. Wherever you have a toddler or teenager in tow, On the Beach will have the perfect holiday deal. Choose from hotels with dedicated kids' clubs for all ages, water parks and even luxury family accommodation.

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

By combining the cheapest flights and accommodation, On the Beach is able to offer competitive prices and great flexibility for families after convenient flight times and locations. When you book your October half term holiday deal with On the Beach, you'll enjoy the following services from On the Beach:

  • Choice of over 30,000 hotels and apartments
  • ATOL protected flights including scheduled, charter and low cost airlines
  • Huge range of two to five star hotels
  • Everything from room only to all inclusive
  • Kids stay for free at selected hotels

October half term holiday deals with On the Beach

Save on breaks this October half term with the latest special offers from On the Beach. Choose from the following great October half term deals:

Half term holidays from £175 per person

On the Beach has a selection of family holidays in short haul destinations such as the Algarve, Majorca and Cyprus starting from £175 per person. Choose from room only to all inclusive at three to four star properties.

Up to 40% off beach holidays

Browse a wide selection of beach holiday deals with up to 40% off. Escape to family-friendly hotels in hot and sunny destinations such as Sharm el Sheikh and Turkey, where you'll enjoy savings on all types of board basis.

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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

As a specialist in all inclusive holidays, 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 October half term holiday deals with First Choice

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

Save 9% on holidays departing in October 2014

Save 9% on all inclusive holidays when you book online with First Choice. Discount includes First Choice specific family holiday collections such as SplashWorld, Holiday Villages, Club Magic Life and Premier Families. Online discount cannot be combined with free child places.

Last minute all inclusive holidays from £260 per person

Search for last minute all inclusive holidays with First Choice. Prices start at just £260 per person to destinations including Turkey, Ibiza, Majorca, Menorca, Greece, mainland Spain and the Algarve.

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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, including numerous October half term holiday deals. As well as the various October 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 October half term holiday deals with Jet2holidays

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

Jet2holidays discount: up to £80 OFF per person

Save up to £80 per person on ALL holidays and city breaks with Jet2holidays. Depart between 24th September 2014 and 31st October 2015 from northern airports across the UK. There's no Jet2holidays discount code required as it's applied automatically. The Jet2holidays deal expires at 23:59 on Tuesday 30th September 2014.

October half term holidays from £189 per person

Browse last minute holidays from Jet2holidays departing around October half term 2014. The Jet2holidays deal finder enables you to filter the holiday deals by departure airport, destination, star rating, price, board basis and suitability.

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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 October 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 October half term holiday deals with BA

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

Last minute deals from British Airways

Check out the last minute holidays and flights for half term with British Airways. Deals include flights from £91 return, 7-night holidays to Tenerife from £269 per person, and weekend breaks in Barcelona from £139 per person.

Latest special offers on BA flights and holidays

Explore the special offers available from British Airways for both flights and holidays. Deals include promotional discounts on city breaks and beach holidays along with an extra night's accommodation and savings on car hire.

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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 October 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: Where to go on holiday in October and Weather in October.

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Top October half term holiday destinations

October is a very popular time to go away, as many families are happy to give the scorching heat and crowds of summer a miss, while still enjoying the warm and pleasant conditions both close to home and further away. Here's our pick of some of the best accessible, family friendly destinations with great weather for you this October half term holiday:

1. Cyprus

  • Flight time: 5 hours
  • Daily high: 25°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 7 - 8
  • Sea temperature: 23°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. Temperatures are comfortable with little chance of rain, and the sea is just warm enough to enjoy, although a hotel with a heated swimming pool may be an bonus. From Limassol's Sayious Adventure Park and Fasouri Watermania park, to the Karpaz tractor safari, there's lots to keep both big and little ones happy in Cyprus.

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

2. Sharm el Sheikh, Red Sea, Egypt

  • Flight time: 6 hours
  • Daily high: 28°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 9 - 10
  • Sea temperature: 26°C

Egypt's Sharm el Sheikh is a great destination which sun and pleasure seekers flock to. October is a lovely time to go as it's just after the searing heat of summer, with lower levels of heat and humidity and glorious long sunny days. The warm water is crystal clear and ideal 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.

Search for holiday deals to Sharm >>

3. Canary Islands, Spain

  • Flight time: 4.5 hours
  • Daily high: 26°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 7
  • Sea temperature: 22°C

The Canary Islands are undisputed year-round favourites with holidaymakers, and for good reason. During the October half term holiday, it's warm with plenty of sunshine, and only a slim chance of rain, although the sea can be a bit chilly. It's slightly sunnier in Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, but warmer in Gran Canaria and Tenerife. As well as enjoying the many beautiful beaches and national parks, you'll find the famous Siam Park in Tenerife, among many other family friendly activities.

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Read more: Things to do in Fuerteventura for families and Cheap things to do in Tenerife


Sal, hotel on the beach - photo courtesy of Cape Verde Tourism

4. Cape Verde

  • Flight time: 6 hours
  • Daily high: 28°
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 7
  • Sea temperature: 26°C

Sitting 900 miles south of the Canaries and 400 miles west of Africa, is the archipelago of Cape Verde, and October is one of the best times to visit. Temperatures, are very warm but pleasant, rarely falling below 22°C at night. The sea is also an inviting temperature, although thanks to the prevailing wind, it's not a calm sea. Stick to the west side of popular islands such as Boa Vista or Sal, where it's likely to be more sheltered during the October half term holiday.

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Read more: An introduction to Cape Verde

5. Orlando, Florida, USA

  • Flight time: 9 hours
  • Daily high: 27°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 7

Orlando attracts many families keen to experience the thrills of the array of parks and rides on offer. October is a fine time to go, with warm weather and just the odd passing shower. As Orlando lies inland, you'll need to secure a hotel with a heated pool for swimmers. There's a small chance of a tropical storm affecting Orlando during the October half term holiday but the risk is really very low.

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There are so many offers and destinations to choose from when it comes to deciding where to go for your October half term holiday 2014. Make sure your family makes the most of special offers out there from leading holiday providers by browsing the latest October half term holiday deals before booking.

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