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The Sun "£9.50" Holidays

Stay in holiday parks in Europe from £38 per family

You can bag four-day holiday park breaks from just £38 (plus £10-£50 service charge) for four people, by collecting tokens with The Sun newspaper.

Watch out for a host of extra charges, though. This guide explains how to sidestep these, and save up to £300 on a family getaway.

Note: You can't collect the tokens anymore, but if you're a fully paid up Sun+ member (excluding those on a free trial), you can still apply up until Fri 13 Feb without collecting the tokens. Not a Sun+ member? see our Deals Hunters blog.

Are they really £9.50?

The Sun’s "£9.50 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 £9.50.

Basic charge: though the basic cost is indeed £9.50 per person for three or four nights, when you factor in extras, it mounts up. Plus if you pick dates in the summer months it's actually £15 per person instead.

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 £38 under this offer. PLUS, nearly all parks add a service charge on top, adding £10-£50 to the total cost.
Sun offer

The service charge covers the holiday home's cleaning and gas & electricity and nearly all parks charge it. 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, but you can pay £15 for a non-refundable Equipment Damage Waiver.

Remember this is accommodation-only, so consider the cost of getting there (read the Cheap Flights and Cheap Trains guides).

Other extras:

The parks also recoup their cash by charging for optional 'extras' such as bed linen and entertainment.

Sun offer

Bed linen - £1-£10 per bed

Entertainment - £2-£17 per person

Food

Collect your tokens & form

To book your holiday, collect 10 unique tokens, printed in The Sun (40p weekdays, or 60p on Saturdays and 80p Sundays) every day until Tue 27 Jan. Therefore the last day you can start collecting is Sun 18 Jan. See our Deals Hunters blog for ways to bag a holiday without collecting tokens.

Next, book online using the code words on your tokens or print a booking form and fill in the info described below. These holidays are always popular, so have everything ready to roll as soon as you get the 10th token.

The Sun says it will try to get you a holiday of some description, but it can't guarantee it. Usually around 8% of postal applicants 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.

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 £9.50 hols can be taken on selected dates between Feb-May and Sep-Nov and £15 holidays between May-Jul. Weekend breaks are three nights and weekday holidays are four nights.

From £9.50 holidays

Friday-Monday (three-night breaks) can start:

13, 20, 27 Feb; 6, 13, 20, 27 Mar; 10, 17, 24 Apr; 1, 8, 15, 22 May; 11, 18, 25 Sep; 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Oct; 6, 13, 20, 27 Nov.

Monday-Friday (four-night breaks) can start:

9, 16, 23 Feb; 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Mar; 6, 13, 20, 27 Apr; 4, 11, 18 May; 7, 14, 21, 28 Sep; 5, 12, 19, 26 Oct; 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov

From £15 holidays

Friday-Monday (three-night breaks) can start:

29 May; 5, 12, 19, 26 Jun; 3 Jul

Monday-Friday (four-night breaks) can start:

25 May; 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Jun; 6 Jul

Note: Not all parks will be available on these dates.

Pick your parks

Sun offerThe holiday accommodation includes caravans, chalets, apartments, tents, lodges, bungalows or cottages at 337 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.

Send off the form or book online

As soon as you've all ten tokens, post the form and tokens 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 £9.50 per person and 60p for a stamp. So, the total would be £38.60.

If your date options include £15 holidays, send only £9.50 as the holiday park will charge you the extra. 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. If you require wheelchair access accommodation, you can only apply via post and you must include a note with your form.

Or... book online at The Sun, you'll need to enter ten token codes and pay via credit/debit card. There's a £2.30 charge per booking.

The advantage of booking 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 for both booking methods is Fri 13 Feb.

For postal applications, The Sun will send holiday confirmation by Thu 26 Feb. 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! 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.