pjh wrote:There's also the question of whether your son might find it just as much fun to be at the back of the bus with his mate than up front with the parents, which may mitigate some of the cost issues. When #1 son flew to the US with his mates a few years back a relative in the industry said he could swing an upgrade, but just for #1. The offer was declined (with thanks) as being with mates outweighed the upgrade.
Indeed -We took Dragonbaby's best friend with us to the West coast four years ago after their GCSEs ( she too is an only child so has hated some holidays with us as she's had little company her own age). The deal was as folllows -we covered accommodation and all her food and she covered the flight. Dragonbaby magnanomously decided to travel with BF down the back as she knew BF couldn't afford UC ( an offer to upgrade at check in to PE was declined by BF much to DB's horror as it would mean less spending money
) . BF was overwhelmed with the CH/ treatments/jacuzzi and couldn't have cared less about the 11+ hrs in Y to LA ( unlike DB
!) Dragonbaby had a large reality check which did her no harm (she'd become pretty blase about travelling in comfort with lounge access etc ..)
Travelling with somebody else's child is a big responsibility ( BF didn't hit 16 until the end of the summer) and as Tonty has said we needed to travel with the authorising parental letter.
We all had a great time and BF was an absolute delight
.BF decreed that LA and Vegas coupled with theme parks ( Six Flags and Disneyland), Californian Beaches and a drive to Arizona for the Grand Canyon and shopping +++ was awesome, and the best holiday of her life