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Tips on Flying with Your Kids + How Kids Can Fly For FREE

Tips on Flying with Your Kids + How Kids Can Fly For FREE

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8 tips to make flying with your kids a breeze + how your kids can fly for free thanks to Frontier Airlines’ Kids Fly Free program through their Discount Den travel club!  

*Thank you to Frontier Airlines for sponsoring this post.

I remember the first time I flew with my son. I had a moment of insanity and decided I was going to join my husband on his military duty in Hawaii. With our 10 month old. Yes, I decided that flying across the country and then some with 2 layovers and an infant was a great idea.

While it all turned out to be great, I look back on that and can’t help but wonder what was I thinking? Airports and traveling seem to overwhelm the best of us, but then add in a kid or 2 and all the “baggage” literally & figuratively that goes with them, you could really be questioning your decisions. But, have no fear. I promise it’s not nearly as difficult as you are envisioning it to be.

First and foremost, stay calm!  I promise you can do this and the memories will be so worth it!

Fly out on the first flight of the day.  I always do this, with or without kids. It makes the chances of delays much less.

Use a lightweight umbrella stroller.  Between carry on bags and other essentials, I couldn’t imagine adding an infant or toddler to the mix of things I needed to carry. Bring the stroller right up to the gate and check it there. So when you deplane, it’s waiting for you.


Pack your carry on bag smartly.  Pack a carry on bag with a change of clothes for you and the kids. I learned this one first hand on that very first flight. If your kids are in diapers, pack 1 diaper per hour, and a few snacks. Always bring wipes no matter their age.

Speaking of clothes, dress the kids in layers and comfortable clothing. I love slip on shoes or sneakers to help them (and you) get through security a little easier. PJs are totally acceptable attire.

Download some movies or TV shows on your iPad or phone. Bring your child’s own headphones.

Once your child becomes mobile and is still under 2 years old, think about purchasing their own seat. No one wants to spend the day being their child’s own personal trampoline.

Fly a kid-friendly airline, like Frontier.  Purchasing that seat for your child won’t break the bank on Frontier thanks to their Kids Fly Free program through their Discount Den travel club!

All of the details on the Kids Fly Free program:

  • Kids 14 and under on the first day of your travel qualify for a free fare when traveling with an adult.

  • One kid can fly free for every 1 adult (ages 15+) ticket purchased.

  • Kids Fly Free is only offered on bookings made through and only valid for the initial booking.

  • Available on select domestic flights and cannot be combined with other offers or promo codes.

  • Does not include bags, seats and other travel add-ons, the Kids Fly Free offer is only good on your airfare.

  • The offer is valid for the following select dates (subject to change), which are perfect for Spring and Summer break travel!

      • 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

Do you have any tips on flying with your kids? Where will you travel to with Frontier’s Kids Fly Free program?

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Saturday 2nd of February 2019

These are awesome tips!!! I have yet to take my daughter on a plane. She's three and i don't even like taking her to the grocery store. It's not a great experience at all. Lol

Elizabeth O

Friday 1st of February 2019

I think parents with children of the requisite age should jump on that offer if it's as promised. Ticket prices can add up very quickly.


Thursday 31st of January 2019

I have only ever flown with 2 of my kids and they were both infants. My anxiety was threw the roof those days. I was so worries about crying, nursing, etc. I don't think I will be flying with my other kids for a while. Especially not the ones with major sensory issues/autism. However, these are really good tips for parents who fly frequently with their kiddos.


Thursday 31st of January 2019

These are great tips for making flying with kids just a little bit easier for you. and okay the children.

Marjie Mare

Wednesday 30th of January 2019

That is awesome. My kids are grown now but I will save that post to share with my system in law.