You can bag four-day holiday park breaks from just £60 (plus £10-£44 service charge) for four people, by collecting tokens with The Sun newspaper (excl NI).
Watch out for a host of extra charges, though. This guide explains how to sidestep these, and save up to £250 on a family getaway.
Are they really £15?
The Sun’s "£15 holidays" headline looks stunning, and with park holidays costing up to £350, the savings can be huge. Yet while they're undeniably good value, they don't work out at £15.
So what does it really cost?
Basic charge: though the basic cost is indeed £15 per person for three or four nights, when you factor in extras, it mounts up.
You always have to pay for at least four people, even if only two of you are planning to go. So you'll pay at least £60 under this offer. PLUS, nearly all parks add a service charge on top, adding £10-£44 to the total cost.
The service charge covers the holiday home's cleaning and gas & electricity and nearly all parks charge it at least for certain dates. If it doesn't, electricity & gas will be charged on a meter using coins/tokens.
Some European parks will also ask for a £100 refundable cleaning/damage waiver deposit. Instead you can opt to pay for an Equipment Damage Waiver guarantee for £15 per booking, but this is non-refundable.
The parks also recoup their cash by charging for optional 'extras' such as bed linen and entertainment.
Bed linen. Bed linen and blankets are not included at any of the holiday parks. Make sure you take your own, or you’ll have to hire them for about £1-£10 per bed.
Tent accommodation may include pillows and blankets but check with the park beforehand. It's also worth knowing cots, cot sides and high chairs may also require a supplement.
Entertainment. Parks offering entertainment programmes may charge for optional entertainment passes, around £2 to £15 per person, per break. Some parks offer free entertainment, so look out for the 'free entertainment' symbol when choosing.
Food. No meals are included in the price, so save by self-catering. Some parks have catering facilities for breakfast and evening meals, but this will be charged on top.
Take your own sheets and a Scrabble board though, and you'll avoid these costs.
Step 1: Collect your tokens & form
To book your holiday, collect eight unique tokens, printed in The Sun (40p weekdays, or 60p on Saturdays and 70p Sundays) every day until Sun 11 May. Therefore the last day you can start collecting is Sun 4 May. If you're a paid-up Sun+ member you don’t need to collect the tokens.
Next, book online using the code words on your tokens or download a booking form from The Sun and fill in the info described below. These holidays are always popular, so have everything ready to roll as soon as you get the eighth token.
The Sun says it will try to get you a holiday of some description, but they can't guarantee it. Usually around 8% are unsuccessful - in these cases you will be refunded.
If you meet the conditions, fill the application in correctly and book as early as you can, you have a greater chance of getting your chosen break.
Step 2: Pick your dates
One of the reasons these hols are so cheap is that you can’t pick the exact date and place. You have to specify FOUR dates and FOUR parks you'd like, and hope for the best.
The £15 hols can be taken on selected dates between the end of May and early Sep. Weekend breaks are three nights and weekday holidays are four nights.
Friday-Monday (three-night breaks) can start:
30 May; 6, 13, 20, 27 Jun; 4, 11, 18 Jul; 22, 29 Aug; 5 Sep
Monday-Friday (four-night breaks) can start:
2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Jun; 7, 14, 21 Jul; 25 Aug; Sep 1
Note: Not all parks will be available on these dates.
Step 3: Pick your parks
The holiday accommodation includes caravans, chalets, apartments, tents, lodges, bungalows or cottages at 280 parks in the UK and throughout Europe. Search the full park listings.
You must pick a shortlist of FOUR. Quality varies, so search the reviews on TripAdvisor, and also compare parks’ service charges.
Pets are not included in this offer. If you want to take a dog, check directly with the parks first, or your pooch could end up home alone. This may require you to pay extra.
Also note that the parks will not accept bookings from parties where everyone's under 21. All-male and all-female parties under 25 are not allowed either.
If you’ve been on a Sun holiday before, please add your feedback in the Sun Holiday Parks Reviews thread, so others can benefit.
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Step 4: Send off the form or book online
As soon as you've all eight tokens, post the form to: UK Holidays in The Sun, PO Box 1811, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8LF.
If you book by post you must pay by cheque or postal order and remember to include the basic charge of £15 per person and 60p for a stamp. So, the total would be £60.60. Service charges will be invoiced later.
You can add ferries and insurance to your booking, but make sure you do your own research first encase it's cheaper elsewhere.
Or book online at The Sun, you'll need to enter eight token codes and pay via credit/debit card. There's a £2.25 charge per booking, but the advantage of doing it online is that you're told within minutes whether you've been successful, and you can play around with your booking until you get what you want, whereas by post, you get what you're given and you can't change it.
The closing date for applications is Fri 23 May.
The Sun will send holiday confirmation by Fri 6 Jun. If you're unsuccessful, your payment will be returned by that date. If you have not heard anything by then, call 0844 543 9743 (calls cost 5p per minute from BT). Make sure you keep a record of your selected parks and dates.
WARNING! Only book if you really want to go.
There are absolutely no amendments or cancellations whatsoever after you've sent off the form. So only book if you're sure about the four dates and parks, and make sure you read the terms and conditions.
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