Apparently it’s a really good time to be a family traveler. First, Southwest Airlines announces the offer of the year by giving out a companion pass for hitting the sign-up bonus on one credit card. And now, Frontier Airlines is offering free flights for kids if you’re a member of their Discount Den. Let’s dig in.
Kids Fly Free
Frontier Airlines announced this promo late last week for certain dates through August of 2019. You’ll need to be a member of their Discount Den, which costs $59.99 per year. More on Discount Den in a moment. Here are all the dates that you’re eligible to bring a child 14 years of age or under along when you pay for one adult ticket:
- 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
They did a good job with the website experience. Pick one of those dates and you’ll see easy to read indications that you can get a free ticket.
If you fly Frontier more than once in a while, Discount Den may be a good deal for you anyways (especially if you’re buying multiple tickets). You can see from the example above that you’d save $13 per paid ticket with the Discount Den pricing. Here are the other benefits of the Discount Den:
The Final Two Pennies
You’re probably asking, “Why would I want to fly Frontier? I’ve heard horror stories.” There are some Frontier horror stories out there. But, there are plenty of success stories. I flew them, saved $400 and didn’t die. In fact, it really wasn’t that bad. I flew a seat with the smaller tray table and really couldn’t use my laptop on it. But, other than that it was perfectly fine (and the seats near the front have full tray tables).
Frontier has been busy improving. They rolled out a new elite program and credit card last year, things that work really well for families and occasional business travelers. And, they recently lowered change fees on tickets. When was the last time you remember an airline doing that? Low-cost carriers have closed the gap quite a bit compared to the Big 3 airlines (or maybe it’s the other way around). There are still risks with limited schedules on certain routes. But, you’d be wrong to just exclude Frontier Airlines from the planning for your next trip.
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