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

By Kirsten Henton updated on 1st June 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, Jet2 holidays, First Choice and Monarch...


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 low deposits with Jet2holidays, free child places from First Choice and up to £50 off per person with Monarch. 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 9% on holidays booked online

An easy way to save a bit of money is by booking your October half term holiday online with Thomson, where you will enjoy 9% OFF bookings for people travelling between 1st May 2014 and 31st October 2014.

Low deposits from £100

Secure your holiday in advance with the low deposit scheme from Thomson. Starting from £100 per person or £250 per family with the remaining balance due eight weeks after the booking has been made, it's a great way to ensure you get the family holiday you so desire.

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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 October half term holiday deals with Monarch

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

Low deposits from £99 per person

If you're keen to get your October half term holiday secured but don't want to pay in full just yet, take advantage of the low deposit scheme available from Monarch. Pay as little as £99 per person to seal up your autumn break today.

Get up to £50 off per person

Alternatively, if you fancy getting your holiday booked and paid in advance, you could save up to £50 per person. Book your whole trip online today to enjoy this great deal.

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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 up to 10% on all inclusive holidays with First Choice

Book your all inclusive October half term holiday online, and you'll receive 10% off your booking. With holiday deals available on SplashWorld resorts, Holiday Villages, Suneo Club and Premier Families at destinations across the Mediterrean, Canaries, Red Sea and beyond.

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 your search for your holiday online with First Choice, and you will be shown what's available.

Low deposits from £100

Avoid disappointment by booking your October half term holiday nice and early with the help of low deposits offered by First Choice. Options start from £100 per person or £250 per family with the remaining balance due eight weeks after purchase to guarantee you a fantastic October half term holiday deal without breaking the bank.

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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:

FREE child places with Jet2holidays

Surely the best October 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.

Low deposits from £60

To help you get your holiday booked and secured, Jet2holidays offers low deposits from £60, giving up to 10 weeks before you travel to pay the remainder of your balance. This flexibility ensures you can guarantee the best October half term holiday deal for your family.

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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:

Low online deposits from £150

British Airways offers low online deposit options on flight + hotel and flight + car bookings, starting from £150 per booking. Final payment is due 10 weeks before departure.

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 October 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 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.

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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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