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DESTINATIONS — FAMILY HOLIDAYS


Take your tax back


As changes to APD cut families’ holiday costs, Joanna Booth looks at what they can spend those saved pounds on


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ike a banknote discovered in the back pocket of your jeans,


money unexpectedly saved has a flippant feel – it should be used on a treat, rather than carefully banked.


With the recent changes to Air


Passenger Duty (APD), families in particular will find a welcome reduction in the cost of their holiday as the taxman takes a smaller slice of the price. Last month, the top two APD


bands were scrapped, meaning all destinations over 2,000 miles are charged at Band B rates – a significant saving for previous Band C and D destinations such as the Caribbean and Australia. And from the start of this


month, children under 12 have been exempt from APD so long as they’re travelling in economy. The combination of these two changes sees a family of four flying in economy with two kids


under 12 claw back a fair few pounds off the cost of their trip. As families may well have not


expected these savings, why not encourage them to spend the extra money on something much more fun than tax? We’ve rounded up ideas on what they could buy with the money saved instead, from in-resort activities to upgrades and airport lounge passes. All savings and prices are for a family of four with two children under 12, flying in economy.


Cruise the Blues boat trip, Marmaris, Turkey


l BAND A – SAVING £26 In Band A destinations – those under 2,000 miles away – the £26 saving could buy: A relaxing day of sunbathing, swimming and sightseeing on a Cruise the Blues boat trip in Marmaris, Turkey, from £22 with Attraction World. A tasty visit to the Choco-Story chocolate museum in Bruges, from £20 with SuperBreak.


An hour-long sightseeing cruise through Prague on the Vltava


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River with an audio guide and views of the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle, from £26 with Do Something Different.


A guided hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Split in Croatia, from £24.50 with TravelCube.


l BAND B – SAVING £134 In Band B destinations – such as the US, Canada, Dubai and Egypt – the £134 saving could buy: A day of excitement for budding


astronauts at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where they can see NASA’s launch complex, the astronauts’ hall of fame and stand nose-to-nose with Space Shuttle Atlantis. Funway Holidays offers admission for £114. Entry into the newest attraction in Orlando, I-Drive 360. For £106, they can choose entry to two of the attractions – a flight on the 400ft-tall observation wheel the Orlando Eye, the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium and Madame Tussauds Orlando – with Travel 2. Families booked on to Grand American Adventures’ already





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