24/03/2011 13:12 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Half-Term Holiday Rip-Offs: Massive Increase For Families

half-term costs With some travel companies reportedly hiking the costs of half-term getaways by a staggering 269 increase on the £1,720 tag once the school holidays are over.

A report by Santander found breaks in popular family destinations like Florida and Crete will cost holidaymakers an extra 53% during half-term - almost £1,200 more than they would pay going two weeks later.

Santander said it was 'hard to justify such premiums.'

Director Ian Coles said: 'Holidays abroad during peak season will inevitably be subject to some price inflation because demand is so high.

'However, at a time when the cost of living is rising sharply and many families are still feeling the pinch, it's hard to justify such massive premiums.

'The price of the hotel and flights is only a fraction of the overall holiday cost, particularly for active families and those with children, but there are ways to reduce everyday spending and cut out unnecessary costs while abroad.'

What do you think about the cost of holidays?
Do you take your children out of school during term time rather than pay inflated prices?

Or do you think the Government should impose a crackdown on holiday companies taking advantage of families with school-age children?

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