Perhaps your little one isn’t so little anymore. Maybe it’s been years since he or she has been young enough to fly for free as a lap child.
Well, those free-flight days might have just returned, minus the lap child part.
Frontier Airlines now lets kids ages 14 and under fly for free with the purchase of a Discount Den adult fare. A Discount Den membership will cost you $60 a year, but it unlocks benefits like access to Frontier’s lowest fares for up to six people on the same itinerary.
Only Discount Den members can access the Kids Fly Free deal, and you must book online. Children can only fly free on select domestic flights and select days. Seat selection and baggage fees may still apply for you and the kids.
The offer is valid for these 2019 dates:
- February: 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
- March: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
- April: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30
- May: 1, 4, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 29
- June: 1, 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
- July: 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
- August: 5, 6
A rare offer
Frontier joins a small group of airlines with discounts for children. Southwest Airlines offers some child fares for kids ages 2 to 11, but the availability varies by flight and parents have to call to book this special fare. Infant fares are also available for parents who want to take their under-2-year-old children on Southwest flights but don’t want to book them as an on-lap child. The infant fare gives parents the flexibility to reserve a discounted seat for their baby so that the child can sit in his or her car seat.
As for most other domestic airlines, children older than 2 must have their own seat. Parents will usually have to pay the standard fare for their kids. Most U.S. airlines will allow parents some special benefits, including checking strollers and car seats to the final destination for free and in addition to the normal baggage allowance, even for basic economy fares.
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Parents also might find they have more options to get discounted fares on international carriers. Scandinavian Airlines has promotions that let kids fly free between the U.S. and Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Even when there is not a current promotion, Scandinavian Airlines sells discounted youth tickets to travelers under 26. Children between the ages of 2 and 11 can get discounts of up to 25% off of regular fares. Kids who participate in Scandinavian Airlines EuroBonus loyalty program can rack up points and also get 25% to 50% discounts on award travel.
The international carrier Virgin Atlantic Airways charges different airfares based on ages. When you book tickets on their website, you can select young adult tickets for kids between the ages of 12 and 15 and child tickets for kids between the ages of 2 and 11. The discounts are modest, but even a small amount of savings can add up for families on the go.
International carriers are also starting to cater to young flyers with kid-friendly meals and entertainment. Emirates, for example, gives out age-specific kits that include toys such as a vibrating plush for infants, and puzzles and games for older children. Kids might even get collectible destination socks on board. These perks come with the cheaper child tickets.
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