Liverpool Crown Court heard Deborah Briton, 53, and partner Paul Roberts, 43, tried to claim compensation by stating they and their two children had fallen ill on holidays to Majorca in 2015 and 2016.
But the couple’s social media showed posts where they boasted of holidays full of “sun, laughter and fun”, reports the Daily Mail.
Briton sobbed as she was sentenced to nine months in prison after admitting four counts of fraud in the private prosecution, brought by holiday company Thomas Cook.
Roberts, who was sentenced to 15 months after admitting the same offences, cried and shook in the court throughout the hearing.
The court heard the couple, from Wallasey, Wirral, tried to claim nearly £20,000 ($33,800) for the fake gastric illnesses and would have also cost the holiday firm a further £28,000 ($47,323) in legal expenses had their claims been successful.
Sentencing, Judge David Aubrey QC said their claims had been a “complete and utter sham”.
He said the claims, made in August last year, must have required planning and premeditation.
He said: “Why? Pure greed. Seeking to get something for nothing.”