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Would you pay £500 to change flights?

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Thomasina76 Tue 25-Apr-17 11:45:11

Booked flights to go to Greece for half term. I stupidly booked a really late flight back on Sunday 3rd June (11.30pm which lands at 1.30/1.45) as it was so much cheaper so means that the kids (9 and 7) will be exhausted the next day at school or possibly even have to miss a day. Really don't want them to miss a day of school and hate keeping them up so late (they will be really tired) so thinking of changing to earlier flight but the total cost is around £500. Earlier flight is around midday so so much better. Just wondered if others would pay £500 for a better flight time or just stick to the later one and have the kids tired and possilby missing a day of school. They have not missed school before but the school is fairly relaxed anyway (other kids have missed weeks!)

Thomasina76 Tue 25-Apr-17 11:46:01

Should add that I boought the flights ages ago in a sort of panic, hence why i didn't think timings through.

halcyondays Tue 25-Apr-17 11:46:28

No way, I'd just keep them off school the next day.

PestoSwimissimos Tue 25-Apr-17 11:46:38

I wouldn't, the chances are you could pay to swap to an earlier flight & then that gets delayed anyway.

Sunnydaysrock Tue 25-Apr-17 11:47:35

I wouldn't pay. You'll get nearly a whole day extra holiday flying late. Worry about the tiredness when u get back...They could go to school at lunch. Though kids are surprisingly resilient and they'll probably be fine.

2014newme Tue 25-Apr-17 11:47:44

No. I'd let school know I'm taking a day unauthorised absence.

PestoSwimissimos Tue 25-Apr-17 11:48:37

And we have done overnight flights home from the Caribbean loads of times, arriving early morning and the DD's still went into school that day.

OhYouBadBadKitten Tue 25-Apr-17 11:55:12

Ask yourself if it is worth £500 to have children less tired for a day. Probably not.

MackerelOfFact Tue 25-Apr-17 11:57:12

They'll probably sleep on the plane and on the way back from the airport, won't they?

I'd keep them off school the next day and say the flight was delayed if questioned. Even if you get a fine, it will be less than £500!

Thomasina76 Tue 25-Apr-17 12:11:54

Thanks so much all. That confirms it. I also have a terrible fear of flying so was wondering if an earlier flight would be better but really don't think it will make any difference. And yes, hadn't thought about the extra holiday!

Sunnydaysrock Tue 25-Apr-17 13:16:27

Have a great holiday. We go at half term too x

Thomasina76 Tue 25-Apr-17 13:55:23

Thanks Sunnyday, you too! We never usually go in the May half term and first time ever that we have done all inclusive so no cooking, shopping, washing-up etc - yay!!

Whathaveilost Tue 25-Apr-17 14:04:41

I have done this. We got home at nearly 03.00am. I got them up and sent them to school. Early that evening, early bed and they were back in the routine. This was before the unauthorised attendance malarkey.
I certainly wouldn't pay 500 quid more!

Janek Tue 25-Apr-17 20:29:04

It is Saturday 3rd June - if that's what you've booked you have a whole day to recover from the late flight...

Reow Tue 25-Apr-17 20:31:06

Tell school you'd booked the earlier flight but missed it due to traffic/flight overbooked/engine trouble.

AndNowItIsSeven Tue 25-Apr-17 20:33:22

Half term? My dc only went back to school today.

Thomasina76 Tue 25-Apr-17 23:09:47

Sorry, it's the Sunday 4th we are booked on (I think!). We're going Sunday to Sunday.

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