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To think that families of 5 are ripped off when booking holidays

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Budgiegirlbob Sat 08-Mar-14 00:21:26

I've been trying to book a summer holiday with my sister , she has a family of 4, I have a family of 5.

We originally tried to book an AI holiday to Turkey, she had a quote of £4000 for 2 weeks, all 4 of them in one room. I got a quote, but as we needed 2 rooms to accommodate 5 of us, our quote was £7000. An extra £3000 for one extra child! Of course I expected it to be more than my sister, but not getting on for double. It included under occupancy charges as there would only be one adult in each room.

So we scrapped that idea, and got a quote for a cruise in a large ship, which specifically markets itself to families. Dsis quote was £3000 for four sharing a cabin. No cabins for 5 though, even on a family ship, so the cost for us was £5000. Aaargh !

I know we are lucky to be able to go on holiday at all, but AIBU to be cross that the cost for one extra child is so high just because we don't fit into the nice little holiday ideal of 2 adults, 2 kids?

tigermoll Sat 08-Mar-14 00:22:34


onehellofaride Sat 08-Mar-14 00:23:54

I completely understand this as we are a family of 5 but we have managed to get holidays abroad with us all sharing one room and for much less than that quoted. Unfortunately you need to shop around a lot more than a family of 4 but there are places out there

SinglePringle Sat 08-Mar-14 00:25:45

Exactly the same if you're single. Except you don't have to put up with pitying looks.

Holiday companies are designed to make money and they'll make it wherever they can.

Lighthousekeeping Sat 08-Mar-14 00:26:41

Try a family of six!! It costs a fortune one adult and two children in each room. Hardly romantic. I guess the answer is a villa except it's like a bus mans holiday with sun.

NigellasDealer Sat 08-Mar-14 00:28:07

try one adult two children......grin

Budgiegirlbob Sat 08-Mar-14 00:38:26

I think that's the point, any combination that doesn't fit the ideal is disproportionately expensive.

We have also found rooms for 5 in the past, and for less than the prices I've quoted , but it really does restrict the choices.

I know it's a small price to pay in the grand scheme of things though.

DailyBread Sat 08-Mar-14 00:58:45

But they're not charging you per child, they're charging you per room. Yoh require double the number of rooms. Why do you think the hotel should subsidise you? It's a business. They could make 4000k from putting another family of 4 in that room.

TheZeeTeam Sat 08-Mar-14 01:03:09

Just keep looking. There are a gazillion and one hotels that allow 5 people in a room, with a pull out bed.

If not, just buy a cheap inflatable sleeping bag combined thing for the youngest and smuggle it in. I've never actually done that, but I probably should have.

MidniteScribbler Sat 08-Mar-14 01:05:51

Single parent and one child gets screwed over as well. And as a teacher I only ever get to pay holiday rates. You have the family that you choose, and that means that costs may vary to other families.

LadyPenny Sat 08-Mar-14 02:20:24

Not sure if this is your sort of holiday but we've booked centreparcs in France for August. Two adults and 5 dc. We have a premium chalet with 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, whirl pool baths and a sauna. It cost £1,600 euros which is about 70% less than the same holiday in the UK.

wobblyweebles Sat 08-Mar-14 03:07:17

I am reading with interest for tips on how to make holidays for families of five cheaper.

We usually do end up booking two rooms. We probably could squeeze into one but it wouldn't be much fun.

We thought about an AI holiday this year but even without the added cost of a second room it was outrageously expensive. Instead we have rented a condo.

We also bought a big, easy-to-put-up tent.

Wurstwitch Sat 08-Mar-14 03:25:09

You can get rooms for 5 on Disney cruises... I booked one. (But then canx)

Mutley77 Sat 08-Mar-14 03:30:15

Totally agree. If we want to have our 2 Kids in our bedroom and squeeze baby in travel cot in too why shouldn't we? I wouldn't expect a hotel to give us another room for free but why not let us take 3 kids in one large family room? V irritating.

wobblyweebles Sat 08-Mar-14 03:32:05

I imagine part of it is due to what occupancy they are legally allowed, and fire safety.

TravellingToad Sat 08-Mar-14 03:39:04

You require double the amount of rooms as your sis. The holiday should cost you double. Why would the hotel subsidise you? How can you not grasp this!!!

Poppy67 Sat 08-Mar-14 05:52:03

Hire a villa?

isitsnowingyet Sat 08-Mar-14 06:02:29

travellingtoad it's not double the amount of people though - is it??

The reason the OP 'can't grasp this' is no doubt she is amazed that there are not many places where 5 can all share one room. [there is a little b and b in dover that accommodated all 5 of us in one room for a reasonable price]

OP - the way to go is caravan holidays or villas/self catering.

QueenofLouisiana Sat 08-Mar-14 06:03:33

Parents of only children end up paying under occupancy rates- even on a one bedroom apartment. The theory is that you could fit 2 children in, so you are paying for a child you don't have, to share the pace you are already paying for....

Immensely irritating, but just the way it is.

SnookyPooky Sat 08-Mar-14 06:04:41

When I was repping we had some 2 bedroom accommodations that slept 6, so 2 in each bedroom and 2 on the sofa bed. Perhaps you would be better to look at self catering rather than hotels. Combine your two families and get 2 x 2 bedroom apts.

Athrawes Sat 08-Mar-14 06:30:56

You chose to have such a big family. Noone made you. You should have thought about this kind of tjing in advance. It's called family planning.

Enjoyingmycoffee Sat 08-Mar-14 06:44:56

Isn't it annoying that as a family of five you need....

More food
More space
More clothes
More water

Are you surprised? Do you honestly think the holiday company should have given you the second room for peanuts when they could have rented it full price to a family of four?

TamerB Sat 08-Mar-14 06:46:56

We are a family of 5 but I never wanted to all share the same room on holiday so I didn't come across the problem. We always had a double and a triple.

BeckAndCall Sat 08-Mar-14 06:58:18

Why is everyone being so mean to the OP - she just mentioned it! She's not outraged or about to write to her MP! And the hike from 4k to 7 k is a lot and worth commenting on.. She's not saying the holiday company should be taken out and shot for it - just pointing it out.

We are likewise a family of 5 and there are many times when the cost of 5 is disproportionate to the cost of 4 - family tickets for museums or theme parks, for instance. Not to mention the number of times restaurants squeeze an extra chair on a table for 4 and think you should be grateful they bothered. And we typically have booked two hotel rooms in any case, but there isn't that much choice for hotels or places that sleep 5 - there are some, but the choice is more limited than a room for 4. It's a fact, don't shout at the OP for pointing it out.

And yes, of course it's obvious but it's not really the thing you think about when deciding to have number 3 or not, cos you're not at that stage yet- until you try booking a room for 5 people why would you know what your options are?

MorningTimes Sat 08-Mar-14 07:09:00

LadyPenny - That sounds brilliant! Have you been to CentreParcs in France before? <sorry to interrupt thread>

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