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User currently offlineFlyguy1 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1736 posts, RR: 4
Posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6940 times:

Does anyone know of carriers that provide airfare discounts for children under the age of 12? Restrictions etc?
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User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5686 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6928 times:

By calling Southwest Airlines and booking on the phone you can get a "youth fare" however most of the time, the online fares with www.southwest.com are much cheaper then the youth fare, but do your work, and you will find the cheapest. I am not sure if other airlines offer youth fares.
Alex



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User currently offlineAhlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1339 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6921 times:

For children under 12, pretty much any IATA carrier will offer a discount, as will many LCCs. I think it would be more appropriate to have a list of carriers that don't offer this discount.

User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6913 times:

Quoting Ahlfors (Reply 2):
I think it would be more appropriate to have a list of carriers that don't offer this discount.

Virtually all US domestic airlines. Senior fares are also becoming more rare, and in many cases, the airline's lowest discounted fares are lower than a senior or youth fare.

David / ABQ


User currently offlineAhlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1339 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6876 times:

We are NOT! talking about youth fares here, BUT child fares. Look in the original post, and you will see it refers to children UNDER 12, a category which most certainly gets discounts on almost all airlines except certain LCCs.

User currently offlineRlwynn From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 1064 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6871 times:

We pay 65% of the regular price for my little girl. When she was under 2 it was only 10%


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User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5686 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6861 times:

Quoting Rlwynn (Reply 5):
When she was under 2 it was only 10%

wow!! here in the US 2 and under are FREE. what airline is this?
Alex



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User currently offlineCoronado990 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6858 times:

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 6):
wow!! here in the US 2 and under are FREE. what airline is this?

An airline that fly an international route. US airlines do the same thing on international routes.

Also, last I looked, no more children fares (2-11) on LX. At least on discounted tickets.



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User currently offlineJayBird From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6853 times:
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Ahlfors -
here in the U.S. for travel within the U.S. (the question was posted by someone in the U.S.) some airlines "may" offer a child discount (2 to 11 yrs old) - however - the discount does NOT apply to discounted/capacity controlled airfares .. if available it only applies to full fare .. which renders then useless ..


User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5067 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6817 times:

AA does charge 50% of the fare that the accompanying adult pays for children under age 2. Since the FAA allows children under 2 to sit on an adult's lap, this is AA's way of encouraging people to buy seats for their babies and toddlers.

User currently offlineBOAC707 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 278 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6805 times:

I just checked Air Canada's web site and they quote me the same fare across the board (steerage to executive) for an adult and a child under 11.

No breaks there.



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User currently offlineAhlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1339 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6775 times:

Quoting BOAC707 (Reply 10):
I just checked Air Canada's web site and they quote me the same fare across the board (steerage to executive) for an adult and a child under 11.

No breaks there.

Domestic and international, or just domestic?


User currently offlineBrightCedars From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 1286 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6771 times:

Usually it's 10% from 0 to 23 months (infant) and 66% from 2 to 12 years (child).

However, some airlines or domestic markets apply different rules. Also, some airlines indeed tend to cut the child structure on discounted fares.



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User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 17
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6746 times:

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 6):
wow!! here in the US 2 and under are FREE. what airline is this?

Kids under 2 are free as long as they are "lap children"...and don't occupy a seat. If you want to put the carseat in the seat next to you, and strap junior in, it will cost.


User currently offlineBOAC707 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 278 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6713 times:

Ahlfors...it was domestic...YYZ-YVR.


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User currently offlineFLY2LIM From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1183 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6704 times:

Quoting Hawaiian717 (Reply 3):
Virtually all US domestic airlines. Senior fares are also becoming more rare, and in many cases, the airline's lowest discounted fares are lower than a senior or youth fare.

Having flown a lot with my two girls (currently 9 and 5 years old) I can tell you that the "reduced child's fare" is never cheaper than the economy fare. I believe the discount for children is based on full price, while the economy fare is always cheaper. Whenever we travel with our daughters, all 4 of us pay the same fare. This is usually on an SFO-LIM fare.

FLY2LIM



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User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7482 posts, RR: 24
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6702 times:

When I was investigating fares for my brother's family trip to BNA (from BDL); neither US nor WN fares for my 2 nieces (one 9 & one 7) were lower than the lowest adult economy fare. As a matter of fact, neither carrier listed a child's fare on their websites.


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User currently offlineAirbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 7874 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6692 times:

Quoting Ckfred (Reply 9):
AA does charge 50% of the fare that the accompanying adult pays for children under age 2. Since the FAA allows children under 2 to sit on an adult's lap, this is AA's way of encouraging people to buy seats for their babies and toddlers.

Not correct. I just flew on AA with my 10-month old and the child fare was exactly the same as mine. That discount you mention must apply only to a certain class of service which is pretty much the rule on most airlines. As a result I didn't buy a seat for the baby and instead chose to fly at odd hours to increase my chances of having an empty seat next to me. And it worked.


User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6635 times:

Quoting Ckfred (Reply 9):
AA does charge 50% of the fare that the accompanying adult pays for children under age 2. Since the FAA allows children under 2 to sit on an adult's lap, this is AA's way of encouraging people to buy seats for their babies and toddlers.

This is pretty much standard for all US domestic airlines on domestic flights. The only time I saw this was an problem was on a bulk fare ticket, when the infant-seat price ended up being based on the full Y fare, so in that case it was better just to sell a third ticket on the bulk fare.

David / ABQ


User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5067 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6621 times:

Airbazar:

My son, who just turned 2 has flown 3 times, and each time, he's gone for half of what my wife and I paid. That includes flying ORD-ATL and back during the week between Christmas and New Year's, booking several months in advance.

I don't know about you, but even if AA charged full fare for children under two, I would pay it. Our son fidgets a lot, and there is no way my wife and I would take turns holding him, even for a flight under two hours.


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