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Many airlines give discounts on mileage tickets for infants.
On US/Canada flights, lap children under 2 fly free and don’t need a ticket in advance, they can be added at the ticket counter.
Speaking personally, I join United flight 232 survivor and lead flight attendant Jan Brown in strongly advocating against bringing lap children on a plane. If at all possible, buy a seat and bring along a carseat for your child. It’s much safer in the case of turbulence and it means you’ll be able to enjoy your flight when your child sleeps in a carseat instead of your arms or in a precarious bassinet.
For international flights, many airlines charge 10% of the full fare, which can be pricey. However airlines like ANA, Asiana, BA, and Korean charge just 10% of the adult mileage requirement. Lufthansa and Qantas only charge taxes. Virgin Atlantic charges just 1,000 miles in coach or 5,000 miles in business/first class each way. Air Canada only charges C$25 for lap children! Those fees go according to the carrier booking the award ticket, not the airline operating the flight.
But until today, I have never heard of a mileage discount for kids in a seat. [Commenters below point out that Lufthansa Miles and More also offers a 25% discount on award tickets for kids under 12!}
Commenter dsh321 tipped me off to the fact that the Air France/KLM Flying Blue program is discounting kids award tickets that are under age 12 by 25%!
A few searches on AirFrance.us confirm that information. You’ll need to login to a Flying Blue account to search for award tickets.
For example a flight from JFK to Tel Aviv for 1 adult on Delta is 37K miles+$10 or on Air France is 25K miles+$92:
Adding a child under 12 on Delta adds 27,750 miles or on Air France adds 18,750 miles. Those are 25% off the adult mileage requirements.
A flight from JFK to Tel Aviv for 1 adult on KLM is 25K miles+$81:
Adding a child under 12 on KLM adds 18,375 miles, or 25% off the adult mileage requirement.
A flight from JFK to Amsterdam for 1 adult on Delta is 24.5K miles+$10:
Adding a child under 12 on Delta adds 18,375 miles, or 25% off the adult mileage requirement.
A flight from JFK to Paris for 1 adult on Air France is 22K miles+$64:
Adding a child under 12 on Air France adds 16,500 miles, or 25% off the adult mileage requirement.
This also applies in business class.
A flight from JFK to Tel Aviv for 1 adult on Air France is 55K miles+$233:
Adding a child under 12 on Air France adds 41,250 miles, or 25% off the adult mileage requirement.
The 25% discount does not appear to work on Promo Awards.
I wasn’t entirely sure if this was new or if I was living under a rock, but DDF member SOS confirmed with me that in late March he paid the full 25K miles per person rate, despite having 3 kids under 12, so it appears that this is a new discount.
It would be great to see similar kids discounts from other programs!
You can transfer AMEX, Capital One, Chase, or Citi points instantly to Flying Blue.
Through 5/15, you can get a 25% bonus when you transfer Chase points to Flying Blue.
If you, a member in your household, or an authorized user has one of the following Chase cards, you can transfer points into miles:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred has a 60K signup bonus, earns 2.1 points per dollar on travel, 3.1 points per dollar on dining, streaming, and online groceries, has a $50 hotel credit, can transfer all Chase points into miles, and points are worth at least 1.3 cents each for paid travel or pay yourself back categories ($95 annual fee). Read more here.
- Chase Sapphire Reserve has a 50K signup bonus, earns 3 points per dollar on dining/travel, has a $300 travel credit, can transfer all Chase points into miles, and points are worth at least 1.5 cents each for paid travel or pay yourself back categories ($550 annual fee with $300 travel credit). Read more here.
- Chase Ink Preferred has a 100K signup bonus and earns 3 points per dollar on shipping, advertising, and travel, can transfer all Chase points into miles, and points are worth at least 1.25 cents each for paid travel or pay yourself back categories ($95 annual fee). Read more here.
Chase no-annual fee cards that are fantastic for earning points, but require one of the cards above for points transfers include:
- Chase Ink Cash has a record high 75K signup bonus and earns 5 points per dollar on cable, TV, telecom, cellular, office supply stores, and gift cards from office supply stores, plus 2 points per dollar on dining and gas ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
- Chase Ink Unlimited has a record high 75K signup bonus and earns 1.5 points per dollar everywhere ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
- Chase Freedom Flex has a 20K signup bonus, plus 5 points on rotating categories, 5 points per dollar on travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
- Chase Freedom Unlimited has a signup bonus offering 3 points per dollar on up to $20K of spending in your first 12 month, afterwards earn at least 1.5 points per dollar everywhere, 5 points per dollar on travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
AMEX cards with transferable Membership Rewards points include:
- AMEX Blue Business Plus
- AMEX Platinum Business
- AMEX Gold Business Card
- AMEX Platinum Consumer Card
- AMEX Gold Consumer Card
- AMEX Green Consumer Card
- AMEX Everyday Preferred Consumer Card
- AMEX Everyday Consumer Card
If you or a friend has one of the following Citi cards, you can transfer points into miles:
- Citi Premier has a 60,000 point bonus for spending $4,000 in 3 months, 3 points per dollar on airfare, hotels, travel agents, groceries, gas, and dining. $95 annual fee. Read more here.
Citi no-annual fee cards that are fantastic for earning points, but require one of the cards above for points transfers include:
- The Citi Double Cash card offers 2% cash back or 2 points per dollar spent everywhere that can be transferred into ThankYou points. If you also have a Citi Premier Card you can transfer points into miles. No annual fee. Read more here.
- The Citi Custom Cash Card offers 5 points per dollar on up to $500 in purchases in your top eligible spending category each billing cycle. This is marketed as 5% cash back, but will actually come in the form of 5 ThankYou points per dollar spent! Eligible categories include Restaurants, Gas Stations, Grocery Stores, Select Travel, Select Transit, Select Streaming Services, Drugstores, Home Improvement Stores, Fitness Clubs, and Live Entertainment. You will also get 0% APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months. No annual fee. Read more here.
- The Citi Rewards+ Card offering 15,000 points for spending $1,000 in 3 months. This card can’t transfer points on its own, but can transfer points if you have one of the Citi cards above. This card automatically rounds up rewards earned on every purchase to the nearest 10 points, meaning you earn 10 points on a $0.50 Amazon balance reload. Earn 2 points on $6K in annual spending at supermarkets, 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months, and a 10% points rebate when you redeem points, up to a 10K points rebate per year. If you also have a Citi Premier Card you can transfer points into miles and get a 10% points rebate on transferred or redeemed miles. No annual fee. Read more here.
- Capital One Venture X Card: Earn 75,000 bonus miles, plus earn 2 miles per dollar spent, $300 annual travel credit, 10K anniversary bonus miles, Global Entry/Pre-Check, Capital One lounge access, Priority Pass Lounge membership, and more. Read more here.
- Capital One Venture: Earn 60,000 bonus miles, plus 2 miles per dollar spent.
- Capital One Spark Miles: Earn 50,000 bonus miles, plus 2 miles per dollar spent.
- Capital One Spark Cash Plus Card: Earn up to 100,000 bonus miles, plus 2 miles per dollar spent, convertible into transferrable miles with any of the 3 cards above. Read more here.
Marriott cards with transferable points include:
- Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Consumer Card
- Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card
- Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express®Card
- Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card
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11 Comments On "Air France/KLM Flying Blue Now Offers A 25% Mileage Discount On Award Tickets For Kids!"
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So since you can put in any DOB for the kids, everyone that looks around 12 can technically take advantage of that ? or is there any risk ?
SFO – CDG didn’t seem to give any discount when I tried
Just checked and it most certainly does.
what date did you see it? I’m looking at 07/20 and it’s 21,750 each or 43,500 with 1 kid
Booked 2 ADT & 2 CHD DL Direct JFK-VCE-JFK for Sukkos total 192,500 flying blue miles for an avg of 48,125 per tkt RT.
The Miles and More program has offered this same 25% child discount for some time already. Sounds like Flying Blue finally decided to match. I’ll certainly take it! Thanks for reporting.
Good to know, though not a program that I’ve ever used due to their lack of transfer options.
This is definitely not the first, even for the experts, there is always more to learn and grow.
See here for another example of kids discount
As Chase UR has a 25% bonus on transfers to KLM till 5/15, seems like a very good option for flight to Israel, with or without, the discount for children. Am I missing something? Looking mid August, comes out several hundred less than other airlines.
What about paid revenue tickets?
Looking for the delta direct from jfk-tel aviv Anyone have any exact dates When available