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Double check prices for 'cheap' family breaks

26 January 2009 10:31

Double check prices for 'cheap' family breaks

Families booking flights with low cost airlines should look behind the initial price paid, according to industry experts.

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has suggested that extras which are added on to cheap flights can significantly increase the cost of flying.

Sean Tipton, press officer at ABTA, pointed out that low cost airlines do not generally reduce the ticket price for children causing parents to spend just as much on these tickets as their own.

The press officer also drew attention to the fees associated with checking in and baggage.

"Are budget airlines necessarily 'budget'?

"Any traditional airline or charter airline will do discounted fares for children, no frills carriers do not," said Mr Tipton.

Paying for baggage that could then theoretically be lost is another possibility. Travel insurance to cover this eventuality is recommended.ADNFCR-1320-ID-18552177-ADNFCR