Bringing children along on a trip can be expensive, but imagine if there were destinations where kids could travel for free. Even though it seems too good to be true, there are airlines, hotels and other companies out there making it easier for families to go on more adventures together.
At some of the places we’re highlighting here, they won’t even charge you extra for kids’ meals or lodging. If you hesitated planning a big family getaway before, leave your worries in the past and take advantage of all the budget-friendly options below.
A $60 Frontier Airlines membership goes a long way, as kids fly free with the Discount Den program. They’re not just talking about infants small enough for your lap either. Teenagers up to the age of 14 get one free ticket with the purchase of one adult fare.
Note, this deal is only valid for six passengers in total on select routes, which means it works for no more than three child and adult pairs. But considering other airlines simply provide a mere 10% off for younger travelers, this is a true gift from above.
It’s time for your family to make memories out at sea. Currently, all guests 17 and under sail for free on Crystal Cruises. To receive the promo, kids must be booked in the same stateroom as two full-fare adults.
There are eight-night luxury trips available for two starting at $2,249 each, but if your kids are complimentary, it’s basically like a BOGO ticket deal.
Act fast if you’re in the market for a Royal Caribbean cruise. Kids ages 12 and younger are free if you purchase accommodations by February 11th, 2020.
Most voyages start around $200 per person for two- and three-night voyages, so there’s no doubt you’ll save hundreds of dollars if you book asap.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian has been voted the “Best Family Experience,” so you better believe it has a good deal going on. From Miami to the Mediterranean, it has a never-ending list of itineraries where kids can come along for free.
Some of the family-friendly trips can be as much as $1,126 for adults, so be strategic and opt for the passages where you can save thousands.
Hotels and Resorts
Moon Palace Cancún
From now until December 23rd, 2020, anyone 17 and under can stay, play and eat for free at the family-friendly resort. In February of 2020, an all-inclusive vacation for a family of four was as little as $538.31 per night. If you break that down, it’s around $130 each, which seems like a fair price since everything is included.
This resort group was made for smaller families, as they allow up to two kids to stay at no extra charge. Again, hurry because this particular sale ends February 28th, 2020, and it’s only for travel dates between April 13th and August 15th, 2020. Keep these dates in mind when making your plans.
Family bonding seems to be a priority at Holiday Inn properties. They allow up to two children for free in each room, but that’s not all.
When parents order food, kids can also get free breakfast, lunch, dinner and even in-room dining. Room service and continental breakfasts can add up, so this is a refreshing travel perk.
Hyatt is creating fun for the whole family and, depending on the property, your kids’ vacation won’t cost you a thing.
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta are just a few participating locations to consider. The company points out that you can save up to 50% on your reservation.
Remember that kids meals are on Marriott when you’re on vacation. No matter the time of day, parents don’t ever have to worry about their little ones being hungry. They can eat whatever they want at these hotels. Forget about eating out, stay in and save.
Ready to soak up the sun in Southern California? Metrolink is a solid method of transportation for families, especially those with kids five and under since they can ride for free. If you have older children, they can get discounts with their student IDs.
Lake Express Chicago
Enjoy some time on the lake with your kids, as those 17 and under can board for free with a paying adult. Fares are normally between $39 and $66, making this a steal.
If you’re still trying to figure out when to take a vacation with your family, consider October in San Diego. During this month, there are more than 100 participating restaurants, hotels and more that allow kids to travel for free.
From free meals to hotel stays, this is your chance to have an affordable trip to California.
Rates are as low as $103 per adult, but of course, kids up to the age of 12 stay and play for free. All you have to do is book between now and March 19th, 2020.
Note, blackout dates are Valentine’s Day weekend, but let’s be real, who wants to spend those romantic dates with their kids anyway?
Head to the zoo on Wednesdays when general admission is free all day long. Adult tickets are normally $25.95 and children cost $16.95 on other days, so if you can swing it, break up the week and see some animals.
Whether you’re a Big Apple resident or a tourist visiting the New York City area, the Bronx zoo is always a great thing to do as a squad.
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