It’s almost time to start planning your summer vacation. Airfare prices to most U.S. destinations reach their peak between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and it’s the trickiest time of year to find budget travel solutions. However, a new initiative from Frontier Airlines may help you lower your vacation costs, and help you make the most of your time off with family.
Transportation is typically the most expensive part of planning a family vacation. Value Penguin estimates that average airfare accounts for about 44% of the vacation budget. Though there are plenty of ways to save while planning for vacations and booking flights, the reality is that taking a family of four has many associated costs that quickly add up.
When booking with most airlines, travelers are accustomed to free or discounted airfare for infants and toddlers young enough to sit on parents’ laps. But now, you can get free airfare for your teenagers, and without having to share your own seat.
Frontier Airlines just introduced the Kids Fly Free program to its Discount Den membership club. The membership, which was designed to benefit families and groups of travelers, is now even more lucrative for families with younger children. Starting this month, children 14 years of age and younger are eligible for free airfare through the Kids Fly Free program. This program applies to domestic flights on select dates, but there are several eligible dates every month through the summer. However, the date isn’t the only restriction for Kids Fly Free eligibility– specific flights on those dates will actually qualify. This is noted when you see the Kids Fly Free logo, or by going to the Kids Fly Free page and using the date picker to find eligible flights.
The free airfare applies for one child traveling per each adult traveling. (So a family of two adults and two children will only need to pay for the adults’ airfare, but a third child would not be eligible for free airfare.) Up to six passengers can fly together on a single reservation while taking advantage of this program, including both kids and adults. Keep in mind that the discount only applies to airfare– extras such as checked bags and seat changes will still cost extra.
Kids Fly Free is only eligible for members of Discount Den, Frontier’s annual subscription to various discounts and other bonuses. At only $59.99 per year, it’s one of the most accessible airline savings programs. Even taking one family vacation per year while using Kids Fly Free will pay for the membership fee. Even with some of the cheapest tickets available, airfare for a child still costs at least $100, depending on your destination.
More Discount Den perks include first access to low fares and discounts and earning miles on every purchase. Kids Fly Free is only available while booking through flyfrontier.com, so no booking via engines such as Kayak or Expedia. Kids traveling by using the discount program also do not earn additional miles for the member. Frontier also offers three elite status levels. Elite 20K gives access to more discounts such as a free carry on bag and priority boarding. If you fly frequently, it is worth trying to fly more with Frontier to start getting perks while still paying lower ticket prices.
Families can use this deal to fly to even more destinations as well as saving on airfare, as Kids Fly Free isn’t the only big expansion for Frontier so far this year. The airline is busy announcing offers for travelers in 2019, including expanding their direct flight service. The airline added new routes from each of its bases, including Raleigh, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, and Orlando.
Do you plan to make use of Frontier’s Kids Fly Free program?