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Cutting The Cost Of Air Travel For Kids

Feb 28, 2008
One of the biggest costs of traveling with kids is paying for their flights. Furthermore, it isn't always easy to pay the full prices of airline tickets. For this reason, it's important to find children's airline tickets at discount prices.

Travel agents can arrange for children's flights. They buy blocks of tickets at a greatly reduced rate. Then they sell them to individuals at a price that is a markup for them, but quite a discount for you. This way, you can get tickets for the whole family, kids included.

Wholesale clubs, such as Sam's Club and Costco have sometimes offered good discounts on airline tickets. If you check into this, don't buy until you explore other options as well. These are sometimes good ticket prices and sometimes they are not.

Calling the airline directly can sometimes get you a discount. This is especially true if the travel is of an emergency nature. If there is a death in the family, the airline might offer discounted tickets for grieving families.

Another way airlines can help you is to set up your child with recurring flights. These may be useful for regular visits to relatives such as non-custodial parents. The advantage of setting these up in a series is that the deal often comes with deep discounts.

Southwest Airlines offers savings on children's flights. The best way to arrange these is to speak to the Southwest Airlines reservations desk directly. These fares may not be available on the airline's website.

Southwest has infant fares for babies from fourteen days to under two years. If they sit on a lap, they can ride for free. If they're in a safety seat, they will get the special infant rate.

Infants, as well as all children, must be verified as to age. This is done by Southwest's procedures involving identification. There are child's fares for children of the ages of two to eleven. Older children, of the ages of twelve through twenty-one, qualify for the reduced youth rate.

There are also special deals to be found on the internet. As a matter of fact, Southwest offers deals such as one where kids fly for five dollars with a Disneyland resort package. Some vacation sites offer discounts to kids of up to fifty percent off for destinations such as Hawaii and Mexico. It's just a matter of looking up discount travel for kids.

Some travel companies offer rebates. Watch for these, as you can get back as much as $250 on a child's travel to certain cities. It all depends on the program available. It also varies with the retail price of your child's ticket.

Travel search sites on the internet can provide an easy way to find discount tickets. The usual sites are those such as Expedia, Orbitz, and Priceline, to name a few. These offer different deals for kids and others on airline tickets.

Other sites, which may turn out to be even better, compare all the airfares for a given itinerary. You are given the options from cheapest to the most expensive. American Airlines often runs specials to get themselves on the top of this list for CheapTickets.

Air travel is always expensive. Bringing kids on a vacation simply adds more seats to be paid for. If their seats can be had for a discounted rate, the vacation or visit can take on more importance than the flight.
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