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TUI Holidays, deals and discounts - review

Welcome to the Holiday4 review of TUI Travel. We look at the different holiday types available - plus discount codes and sale news on TUI's package holidays, city breaks, cruises and flight seat-only deals.

Author: Chris R. Wilson

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Who are TUI Holidays?

TUI Holidays is part of the TUI Group, a massive tourism company and a significant provider of package holidays worldwide. TUI offers affordable flights and package holidays to 70+ destinations globally, with flight departures from three London and 18 UK regional airports. TUI's global reach and customer base are vast, connecting with multi-millions of travellers annually.

We found TUI offers a comprehensive portfolio of package holiday options, ranging from the family favourite all-inclusive beach holiday and adult-only breaks to ski deals and the fresh air of 'Lakes and Mountains' adventures.

TUI Holidays Logo

Holiday Types

TUI's wide-ranging package holiday portfolio includes:

  • Family Beach Holidays
  • All Inclusive Deals
  • Lakes & Mountains
  • Worldwide Long-haul
  • Spa & Adults Only Breaks
  • Luxury Resorts
  • Ski & Activity Holidays
  • TUI Touring Holidays
  • City Breaks & River Cruises
  • Late Deals & Special Offers

What are TUI holidays like?

We found TUI provides holiday programs to suit families, couples, friends and solo travellers, with package holiday prices representing fair value across most sectors. However, it's the operator's massive portfolio of 'choice and flexibility' that makes them 'stand out' amongst the crowd.

As well as offering multiple travel options, TUI offers a 'huge range' of accommodation types & grades, ranging from low-key self catering apartments to 5-star all-inclusive resorts (and everything in between). See list below for more ideas and options.

  • Customise your holiday by choosing multi-destination stays - you can select from a 'range' of pre-planned Multi-Destination holidays and pick your own hotels.
  • Consider a two-centre or multi-trip holiday, they can help you explore your destinations and find new adventures.
  • You have 'options' to book and stay at different resorts within the same region, or split your vacation into a "2 centre package" and explore two separate countries.
  • With hundreds of combinations to choose from, you can design a holiday that fits around your travel style and preferences.
  • Choose flight options from local airports, plus a range of hotel collections to match your style and budget. You can also include return private transfers (subject to availability).

TUI offers holiday discount codes and special offers.

We found TUI provides frequent deals, including last-minute offers and discount codes - which can be accessed via the Deals section on TUI's website. At the time of our review, we found the following deal types available (deals shown are subject to change & availability).

  • Seasonal deals inc Summer & Winter.
  • Last minute deals.
  • Deals by destination.
  • Deals by holiday type.
  • Discount codes.

Top Tips: Check out the following tips on how to grab yourself a bargain - with plenty of options available there's bound to be something of interest.

  • If you're looking for family deals, check out TUI's new 'Free Child Place' search tool - it can help find some of the best family deals available.
  • For Last Minute Holidays & Late Deals, head over to the TUI deals section, where you can filter your search by destination, departure date, accommodation rating, price and departure airport.
  • To find out when discount codes are released, keep checking www.tui.co.uk/discount-codes. Or sign up for TUI emails, they give a heads-up on special offers, holiday tips and destination suggestions. You can also find offers posted on social media platforms.

What are TUI Long Haul holidays like?

TUI Long Haul Holidays: Check out TUI's long-haul programmes, such as the luxurious resorts of St. Lucia, Barbados, Cancun and Jamaica - you'll find plenty of family-friendly hotels and adults-only properties to choose from. If you're looking for a warmer winter break and a chance to experience fascinating new cultures, look east to Phu Quoc in Vietnam, or the Thai islands of Phuket and Koh Samui - if you're looking for something new and exciting, try Cuba or Goa.

Long Haul Fleet: TUI uses advanced Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. These aircraft provide improved fuel efficiency, range, and versatility. They also offer large windows, more headroom, legroom, and quieter engines - which all help to provide a more comfortable and enjoyable long-haul flight experience. On direct Dreamliner services, most flights are available with no stops, making it even more convenient for travellers. See our long-haul tips below.

  • Long Haul needn't mean spending all your time at the beach; so check out TUI's range of long-haul city breaks. Discover the bright lights of New York and Las Vegas; or even the futuristic marvel of Dubai.
  • Check out the TUI 'Long Haul Deals' search facility; you can filter results by board basis, hotel rating, destination and price.
  • Consider a long haul (two-centre) City and Beach break combined. Two weeks or more relaxing on the beach sounds great, but how about spicing it up with a buzzing short-stay city break beforehand. Such as a 3-night stay in New York (the city that never sleeps), then flying on to the soft pale sands of the Caribbean to 'chill out by the pool' for a week or so. It could be a perfect combination.

Top Tip: Occasionally, planning and booking a long-haul holiday 'online' can be slightly complex, especially if you're itinerary includes multiple stops and destinations - or perhaps you're stuck on choosing a destination. If this is you, you can contact TUI's dedicated call centre or pop into one of their 300 UK travel agencies (or innovative Holiday Design Stores) and speak to a travel specialist - who can guide you through the booking process.

What are TUI all-inclusive holidays Like?

We find that all-inclusive holidays can take the stress out of arranging and budgeting for food, drinks, activities and entertainment. Enjoying a holiday with all the trimmings needn't mean breaking the bank, with an all-inclusive holiday, everything is bundled into one handy package.

  • All-inclusive packages include flights, accommodation, luggage and transfers. Food and (local drinks) are all taken care of - meaning you won't have to pay extra for these items once you arrive, all-inclusive availability and T&Cs apply.
  • Many of TUI's all-inclusive hotels include kids’ clubs, entertainment and a full line-up of activities.
  • For all-inclusive holiday deals; you can choose from destinations across Europe, North Africa and the Caribbean.

Top Tips: For a full range of all-inclusive availability, check TUI's dedicated all-inclusive holiday search - here you can filter and sort results by recommended, price, tripAdvisor rating and departure date.

All-inclusive activities, entertainment, plus food and drink options, can vary between hotels. Check each hotel description for a full rundown on what’s included (all-inclusive conditions apply).

Which holiday companies are part of TUI Group?

Members of the Tui group include Crystal Ski Holidays, Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises) and First Choice Holidays.

Holiday Programes: There's a long list of individual TUI specialist programmes operating under the TUI banner. These include a comprehensive selection of Beach Holidays, plus Lakes and Mountains, Disney Holiday Hub, TUI Scene, TUI Small & Friendly, TUI A La Carte, TUI Platinum, TUI Villas Collection, TUI Sensimar, TUI Family Life, TUI Gold, TUI Suneo, TUI Magic Life, Robinson, TUI Sensatori and TUI Blue.

Travel Agents: TUI UK & Ireland operate over 300 travel agencies (including innovative Holiday Design Stores) and offers bookings to over 4,000 properties – from luxury-grade hotels to private villas with pools.

Flights: With an impressive fleet of over 60 aircraft, flights operate in conjunction with package holiday programs. On most routes a selection of seats are sold separately as 'flight only'. TUI UK offer flights to most major European tourist destinations (plus a selection of faraway shores). The TUI flight network is served from 21 UK regional airports – from Gatwick to Glasgow and Liverpool to Luton.

If you would like to know more about the history of TUI Travel, you can visit our 'A Brief History of Thomson Holidays & Britannia' page.

Does TUI offer free child places?

We found TUI provides a limited number of free child spaces that are subject to availability and T&Cs. Top Tip: Check out TUI's 'Free Child Place Finder' tool - it can help save time when searching for free child places, child reductions and the best family deals.

TUI produce both digital and hardcopy holiday brochures.

If you prefer to browse holiday brochures for inspiration, we found you can easily download any of TUI's 40+ brochures. You can view them online, download them for later, or print the pages that interest you. You can also obtain hard copies of brochures from your local TUI store.

For a more 'customised' experience, try TUI's new 'Build Your Own Brochure' service. You can create a personalised brochure 'that includes' your favourite destinations and holiday types. Once you've built your brochure - you can book your holiday online or call a TUI store and speak to a travel expert.

Are TUI holidays ATOL & ABTA protected?

TUI flight-inclusive package holidays that include both flights and accommodation are ABTA and ATOL-protected. To find out more about ATOL and your TUI holiday please click here.

Top TUI destinations & UK departure airports:

Top Destinations
  • Mallorca
  • Malta
  • Tenerife
  • Ibiza
  • Algarve
  • Mainland Spain
  • Turkey
  • Cyprus
Main UK Departure Airports
  • Gatwick
  • Luton
  • Manchester
  • Liverpool
  • Birmingham
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Belfast

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