Travel with Children - Children for half price?
May 23, 03, 7:53 am
Does anyone know if any airline will sell a seat to a child (either under 2, but guaranteed seat, or ages 2-15), for half price? Didn't airlines used to do this?
I just checked Frontier Airlines ( www.frontierairlines.com (http://www.frontierairlines.com) ), who lets you enter the number of adults, seniors, children and infants that are flying. At least on Denver/Vegas, they charge the same price for adults and children.
Specific other airlines that I would like to know about are:
Thanks for your help!
May 23, 03, 8:00 pm
American (http://www.amrcorp.com/facts/sheets/kids.htm), Northwest (http://www.nwa.com/plan/guide06.html), and United (http://www.ual.com/ual/asset/Contract_of_Carriage_030401.pdf) (see pg. 11) all have discount fares for infants occupying a seat. The safest bet would be to call and speak to an agent to make sure you get the discounted fare.
The definition of "infant" is less than two years old. The definition of "child" is ages 2 to (17?).
On every domestic fare I've seen, other than Southwest Airlines, there is no discount for children, which is why you're seeing adult and "child" price the same. Infant in a separate seat on domestic fares is 50% off the adult fare.
International fares may have discounts for children.
Southwest Airlines has a child fare, but it's a discount off the full fare. Just about anything less than full fare will be cheaper as an adult.
May 23, 03, 11:24 pm
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by JS:
Children for half price?</font>
There are certainly days that I'd sell you mine for half price http://www.flyertalk.com/travel/fttravel_forum/wink.gif
Oh wait, that's not what you were asking.
May 24, 03, 7:12 am
I know you didn't specifically ask about America West Airlines, but for others who may be interested, AWA infant fares (less than 2 years with a reserved seat) are 50% off the adult fare. This seems to be true for their domestic as well as Mexico flights.
May 25, 03, 5:23 pm
This is probably of limited use, but Alaska and possibly other airlines often have "Kids Fly Free" promotions to Disneyland.
May 28, 03, 4:23 am
Alaska charges 50% of the fare for an infant under two in a confirmed seat.
Child fares (age 2-11) are offered for some of the Mexico markets fares.
May 28, 03, 7:49 am
This past February, I flew YOW - MSY and ATL - YOW on Air Canada and VPS - ATL on Delta and received a 50% seat for my 8 month old on all segments.
Jun 12, 03, 1:40 pm
I assume you are talking about 50% of the full coach price? I can see where that might be of value at times, but generally when travelling with a child, the trip is planned well in advance (not a last minute business trip). It appears that if the discount seat price is less than 50% of the full coach price, then they just sell you one of those. Is that correct, or is there a way to get a ticket that is 50% of the discount price?
Jun 13, 03, 10:05 am
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by FCfree:
I assume you are talking about 50% of the full coach price? I can see where that might be of value at times, but generally when travelling with a child, the trip is planned well in advance (not a last minute business trip). It appears that if the discount seat price is less than 50% of the full coach price, then they just sell you one of those. Is that correct, or is there a way to get a ticket that is 50% of the discount price?</font>
No, the majors will sell you a domestic infant fare for 1/2 of whatever discounted sale fare you buy for yourself. Several years ago (before the industry-wide meltdown) I flew IND-SFO RT on AA for $160, inclusive, and the kids' seats were $80. http://www.flyertalk.com/travel/fttravel_forum/smile.gif
Problem is, you may have to call and speak to a human to get the discounted infant fare, since the websites don't seem able to handle this.
Generally, children 2+ get no discounts for domestic flights (WN has a discounted child fare, but regular advance purchase sale fares are usually cheaper), and most airlines give a 25% discount for international tickets (off any fare) for children 2+.
For lap-infants on international flights, the fare is usually 10% of the parent's fare for the cabin in which the infant is seated. That's cheap unless the parent gets clever and upgrades. Then the infant fare is 10% of the upgraded cabin fare (very expensive). http://www.flyertalk.com/travel/fttravel_forum/smile.gif
Expedia.com will price the 50%-off infant fare.
Jun 14, 03, 10:16 am
Do these flights earn miles with the discount?
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Northern Willy:
Do these flights earn miles with the discount?</font>
AA's official rules say NO, but my infants earned miles about half the time, and others report routinely earning miles on the half price infant fares.
Don't count on them, but enter the infant's FF number anyway and hope they get them.
Jun 16, 03, 12:26 pm
I did receive 50% off the discounted price and Baby CL received full UA mileage for the DL and AC flights.
Jun 17, 03, 3:55 pm
Thanks all. I tried it on Expedia and I see the 1/2 price fare. Frontier gives a fare that is just over 1/2 price.
Too bad there isn't a way to book the 1/2 price fare on United and Frontier's web sites directly.
Why? Do you not like Expedia? Just curious.
Jun 20, 03, 6:22 am
Just for comparison, AF lets infants fly free in Europe; long-haul flights are 10% of an adult ticket.
Children (2-11) pay 2/3 adult ticket price for long-haul flights. I believe this is about the same for DL.
My son did get DL miles (100% qualifying for Medallion) on a K class ticket last week.
Jun 22, 03, 4:15 pm
It is not that I do not like Expedia -- I have nothing against them. However, airlines sometimes have better prices on their own web site than they do on web sites where there are multiple airlines. Further, the airline's own web site sometimes gives a miles bonus when the ticket is booked on their site. On Expedia, instead of giving that bonus to me in the form of miles, the airlines are paying a small % of the ticket price to Expedia.
Jul 28, 03, 8:30 pm
Orbitz also shows the 50% fares for infants. I'm currently booking a DL flight to MCO in Dec and they have the 1/2 off fare.
I personally prefer Orbitz over Expedia - I like the way its organized.
We've always received full AAdvantage miles on all infant-in-seat fares (INF50). BTW, the fares may be 50% off, but the taxes are full price! Most international destinations give infants-in-seat and kids 2-11 a discount, usually a 66-75% fare.
Aug 10, 03, 9:48 am
Yes, NWA has infant fares, half of adult ticket price (even cheap sale fares). You can book these on the NWA website and no they do not earn miles. I just booked a ALB to RSW and it worked great adn prices were fantastic!
Oct 26, 03, 10:36 am
Help me out with this one...
Booking USAir, COS to BTV for next July (just testing the waters on fares), and I got quoted:
Child $462 (child, 2-12, not infant)
What's up with that?