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Yesterday I got an email from a reader who was excited that he discovered that Lufthansa offered a 25% discount on award tickets booked for children who are ages 2-11 (ie under 12). He asked if I knew of other programs that offer a similar discount on award tickets for children. While I had heard of a few (non-US) airlines that offered such a discount, I admittedly had yet to really do much research on the topic. However, it was high time that changed, so I spent some time today searching for airlines that offered discounted award tickets for children.
It was actually not simple trying to compile this information, so I highly doubt this is an exhaustive list. I am looking for others to add to the information that I found. Also, if you have actually booked a discounted award ticket for a child, I would love to hear about how the process was for you. None of these programs are US-based, but with discounts of 25%-50% off reward tickets, they are at least worth being aware of, even if you don’t typically earn miles in these reward programs.
SAS and some of their partners give children between 2 – 11 years of age (i.e. who has not reached the 12th birthday) a 50% discount on award flights.
These partners offer the child award discount:
- Scandinavian Airlines
- Estonian Air
- Atlantic Airways
- Cimber Sterling
- City Airline
According to their terms and conditions, “10.2.13 Jet Awards on Jet Airways for children below 12 years of age will be ‘charged’ 50% JPMiles for the relevant destination. However, this does not apply for redemptions on airline partners, as the standard published redemption requirement will be charged, irrespective of the age of the guest.”
Children from 2-15 years of age get 50% discount off Award Bookings.
According to their terms and conditions, “1.3 In addition there is a concession for children aged between two and eleven (under twelve years of age) amounting to 25% on the number of miles required for the usual flight award. Children’s awards are only offered on flights operated by Adria Airways, Austrian Airlines Group, Air Dolomiti, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Luxair and SWISS.
If you wish to make such a booking, please contact your local Miles & More Service Team as these awards cannot be booked online. Booking a flight award for children or infants is only permitted if the child or infant is accompanied on the flight by an adult.”
I love the concept of reduced award tickets for children. It eases the burden on families, and encourages travel with children. It is amazing how quickly the number of miles required for a trip adds up when you start multiplying it by 3, 4, 5, etc. Of course, I also realize that the seat is the same whether an adult or a child is in it, so I can understand why many airlines don’t want to discount the seat just because a child is the one occupying it. Regardless, I very much wish that other airlines would offer reduced mileage award for children.
Let me know about other programs I may be missing, and I will get them added to the post!