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News broke yesterday of a new promotion that is being run by Frontier Airlines where kids fly free with a paying adult. When I first heard it mentioned I was surprised that I hadn’t heard about it yet but apparently it was just soft-launched on Friday. Southwest Airlines might have a companion pass, but Frontier is one-upping them with ALL kids (14 and under) flying free – one free kid per paying adult.
Kids fly free on Frontier
The kids fly free promotion is pretty simple to do.
- First you have to be a member of Frontier’s Discount Den, which costs $60 per year and is good for up to 6 discounted tickets on the same reservation
- Then you have to find an eligible date with a kids fly free flight. There are blackout dates – most of the eligible flights are mid-week so most Fridays and weekend flights are not eligible. So in order to take advantage you will need to have some flexibility.
- Then each kid 14 years of age and younger can fly free with one adult Discount Den fare purchased.
Note that if you use a kids fly free fare, then you are NOT eligible for using any other discount codes, so if they’re running something like the 99% discount that they ran a few months ago, you might want to check to see which gives you the better deal.
We flew our family of 8 to Orlando last week on Frontier. Our total came to $631.20 (not including a $500 voucher that we had previously gotten from Frontier). This broke down as follows
- Flights – $751.20
- Discounts – ($180) – I think they were doing a 30% off promo?
- 1 checked bag both ways – $60
As I understand it, kids fly free are not charged the taxes and fees, but also wouldn’t get the discount, so our total cost would have been $375.60 for the 4 flights and $60 for the 2 bags, a savings of $195.60, which more than makes up for the fact that we’d have had to pay $60 for the Discount Den membership. Right now (until November), our family is perfectly aligned with 4 “kids” and 4 “adults” :-).
You can find more information on the Frontier Kids Fly Free page, including fine print and other terms and conditions
How to find eligible dates
Currently, the eligible dates for Kids Fly Free are
- February – 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
- March – 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
- April – 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30
- May – 1, 4, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 29
- June – 1, 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
- July – 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
- August – 5, 6
If you look for flights on those dates, you’ll see the Kids Fly Free logo
You do have to be a Discount Den member for the Kids Fly Free wording to show up. It’s also possible some dates / flights may not be eligible, but I was seeing it show up on most flights on the eligible days.
Pitfalls about flying Frontier
I know Frontier gets a lot of static, but I’ve personally not had a problem with flying Frontier. You just have to know what you’re getting yourself in for. There are no free snacks or drinks onboard, you have to pay for your carryons and checked baggage, and you have to pay if you want a guaranteed seat, though I’ve personally never had a problem as long as you check-in at the 24 hour mark.
(SEE ALSO: How to get a good seat on Frontier (for free))
The one place where you’re really unprotected is in case of irregular operations – if flights are canceled or rerouted, Frontier doesn’t really have the route map to be able to get you where you need to be without at least a day’s delay, in most cases.
Is this a limited-time promotion?
The other thing that is not clear to me is whether or not this is a new policy / ongoing promotion, or something that expires. The Frontier Kids Fly Free page is set up like it will be a longstanding promotion.
But the fine print at the bottom of the page does say “Tickets must be purchased by 11:59 pm Eastern time on Jan. 28, 2019 for domestic travel within the continental United States.”
Frontier right now is playing it close to the vest and is making an announcement on Monday – we believe about this, so perhaps we’ll get more information on Monday. Stay tuned!
So what do you think? Will you be participating in the Frontier Kids Fly Free promotion? Leave your thoughts in the comments
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