Does AA ever offer children's discount on airfare?

 

Old Nov 19, 11, 2:51 pm
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Does AA ever offer children's discount on airfare?

The web site makes me enter ages and such for my kids when booking, but I have yet to find a ticket discount for any of their fares. They are between 4 and 7.

Are these discounts not offered, or just not on international routes, or do I just have bad luck?
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Old Nov 19, 11, 2:58 pm
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under 2 can go as a lap child....

i haven't heard of anything else....
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Old Nov 19, 11, 3:00 pm
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On international fares where discounts are offered for children, you must call AA to book them (I think there's something on aa.com advising of this). Can't be done online.
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Old Nov 19, 11, 3:11 pm
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Yeah, I don't see why they would ... children take up a full seat just like anyone else, right?
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Old Nov 19, 11, 3:26 pm
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Yeah, I don't see why they would ... children take up a full seat just like anyone else, right?
Well the lighter the load, the less fuel must be burnt
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Old Nov 19, 11, 4:08 pm
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Some child fares are indeed discounted, but not by much. I've only seen this on international itineraries.
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Old Nov 19, 11, 4:11 pm
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Originally Posted by vasantn View Post
Some child fares are indeed discounted, but not by much. I've only seen this on international itineraries.
I wasn't aware of this. Thanks. I assume that these discounts are only ever for coach, never J or F ... for obvious reasons.
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Old Nov 19, 11, 4:56 pm
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I wasn't aware of this. Thanks. I assume that these discounts are only ever for coach, never J or F ... for obvious reasons.
Wrong again. AA routinely discounts premium cabin fares for children. For example, here's the child discount language from the fare rules for full F LAX-LHR:

CNN/ACCOMPANIED CHILD PSGR 2-11 - CHARGE 75 PERCENT OF
THE FARE.
TICKETING CODE - BASE FARE CODE PLUS CH.
MUST BE ACCOMPANIED ON ALL FLIGHTS IN THE SAME
COMPARTMENT BY ADULT PSGR 12 OR OLDER.
OR - INS/INFANT WITH A SEAT PSGR UNDER 2 - CHARGE 75
PERCENT OF THE FARE.
TICKETING CODE - BASE FARE CODE PLUS CH.
MUST BE ACCOMPANIED ON ALL FLIGHTS IN THE SAME
COMPARTMENT BY ADULT PSGR 12 OR OLDER.
As I posted above in post #3, child discounts are not available on aa.com; to buy discounted child fares, you must call AA.
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Old Nov 19, 11, 5:21 pm
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As I posted above in post #3, child discounts are not available on aa.com; to buy discounted child fares, you must call AA.
I hesitate to correct you because you are hardly ever wrong, but I have been able to get child discounts to price out on aa.com. I do have to remind the agents to apply them while ticketing.
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Old Nov 19, 11, 7:37 pm
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I hesitate to correct you because you are hardly ever wrong, but I have been able to get child discounts to price out on aa.com. I do have to remind the agents to apply them while ticketing.
You're right - I stand corrected. Child discounts can be found and booked on aa.com.
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Old Nov 19, 11, 8:47 pm
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Is there any way to zero in on these other than manually searching routes/times?
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Old Nov 19, 11, 9:00 pm
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The european carriers offer these routinely. You might want to check with BA as well in case you would like oneWorld miles!
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Old Nov 19, 11, 9:46 pm
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Lil KFM has been on almost 50 flights and I've not once been offered a reduced coach price. On which routes do these appear?
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Old Nov 19, 11, 9:58 pm
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Originally Posted by phil_flyer View Post
Is there any way to zero in on these other than manually searching routes/times?
Not to my knowledge. I'm always pleasantly surprised when one pops up.

Originally Posted by Keith Flyer Maven View Post
Lil KFM has been on almost 50 flights and I've not once been offered a reduced coach price. On which routes do these appear?
I've never seen one on a domestic flight. They are fairly common to Brazil and I have also occasionally seen them to Europe and even to India. I just ran a test for random pair of dates to Brazil:



Not quite as insignificant as I remembered; around 20% less in this case.

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Old Nov 20, 11, 9:23 am
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Originally Posted by phil_flyer View Post
The web site makes me enter ages and such for my kids when booking, but I have yet to find a ticket discount for any of their fares. They are between 4 and 7.

Are these discounts not offered, or just not on international routes, or do I just have bad luck?
Please explain to me why there should be a discount when the child is taking up the same seat as an adult?

Under 2, you can have your child on your lap (at considerable danger) to save money.
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