Recent research suggests that half of parents in the UK would be happy for their children to miss school if it meant getting a cheaper deal on a family holiday. The survey by Direct Line Travel Insurance found that 55 per cent of parents would book a trip during term time to save on inflated school holiday prices.
Advice by the government that schools should impose a fine on parents for any unauthorised absences appears to have had a limited impact as 43 per cent of parents admitted they had no idea what the school’s policy was.
Of those who said they would take a child away from their studies, two-thirds admitted they would do so if it shaved just £500 of the cost of going away. According to loveholidays.com, the cost of a holiday can be dramatically reduced if it is booked outside of the school holiday periods.
A family of four going on holiday to Malta over Easter for seven nights could end up spending £3,489.15, according to the website. However, by travelling on an all-inclusive deal just two weeks earlier, that same family would only have to spend £1,680, a saving of £1,809.15.
Loveholidays.com’s Alex Francis said families can save a significant amount of cash if they book travel and accommodation at times that are not holiday periods for UK schools.