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FAQ: Air Traveler's Handbook 1/4 [Monthly posting]
Section - [1-7] Children's Fares

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Children under 2 years of age travel free on US domestic flights.
(That is, children who have not reached their second birthday at the
date of commencement of travel.) To be more accurate, the child must
not occupy a separate seat (sits on its parent's lap), and must be
accompanied by a fare paying adult passenger 12 years of age and over
(the lap in which it sits). If the flight isn't full, usually the kid
can sit in the seat next to the adult, but if the flight is full, the
child will have to sit in the parent's lap for the duration of the
flight. Such children do not get a baggage allowance. Ask for an
"infant ticket" when you make your reservations. Additional children
under 2 are subject to regular children's fares. On international
flights you need a "lap child" ticket which typically costs about $100
(10% of the regular fare).

Fares for children (age 2-12) accompanied by a fare paying adult
passenger and occupying a separate seat are cheaper than fares for
unaccompanied children. Some carriers will not accept unaccompanied
children under five years of age (some 8 years, some 12). Fares for
accompanied children range from 50% to 100% of an adult fare 
(1/2 fare, 2/3 fare, 3/4 fare, 80%, 90%, full fare). Fares for
unaccompanied children range from 50% of adult fare to 125% of an
adult fare (1/2 fare, 2/3 fare, 3/4 fare, full fare, 1-1/4 fare). 
Nowaways, 2/3 fare seems to be the most common children's fare.

Tell your travel agent before they start searching for discount fares
that you're traveling with children. Not all discount adult fares
allow discounts for children, so it may sometimes pay to buy a
slightly more expensive adult ticket that allows for much cheaper
children fares.

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