flyguy1
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Discount Airfare For Children

Mon May 23, 2005 3:34 am

Does anyone know of carriers that provide airfare discounts for children under the age of 12? Restrictions etc?
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RE: Discount Airfare For Children

Mon May 23, 2005 3:49 am

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.
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ahlfors
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RE: Discount Airfare For Children

Mon May 23, 2005 3:59 am

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.
 
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RE: Discount Airfare For Children

Mon May 23, 2005 4:08 am

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.

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RE: Discount Airfare For Children

Mon May 23, 2005 6:49 am

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.
 
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RE: Discount Airfare For Children

Mon May 23, 2005 6:53 am

We pay 65% of the regular price for my little girl. When she was under 2 it was only 10%
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RE: Discount Airfare For Children

Mon May 23, 2005 7:19 am

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?
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RE: Discount Airfare For Children

Mon May 23, 2005 7:26 am

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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RE: Discount Airfare For Children

Mon May 23, 2005 7:39 am

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 ..
 
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RE: Discount Airfare For Children

Mon May 23, 2005 12:57 pm

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.
 
boac707
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RE: Discount Airfare For Children

Mon May 23, 2005 1:14 pm

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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ahlfors
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RE: Discount Airfare For Children

Mon May 23, 2005 5:48 pm

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?
 
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RE: Discount Airfare For Children

Mon May 23, 2005 6:06 pm

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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RE: Discount Airfare For Children

Mon May 23, 2005 10:28 pm

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.
 
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RE: Discount Airfare For Children

Tue May 24, 2005 1:58 am

Ahlfors...it was domestic...YYZ-YVR.
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RE: Discount Airfare For Children

Tue May 24, 2005 2:04 am

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.

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RE: Discount Airfare For Children

Tue May 24, 2005 2:14 am

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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RE: Discount Airfare For Children

Tue May 24, 2005 2:17 am

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.
 
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RE: Discount Airfare For Children

Tue May 24, 2005 11:27 am

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.

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RE: Discount Airfare For Children

Tue May 24, 2005 1:14 pm

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.