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‘Kids Fly Free’ on BA to/from Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Inverness, Belfast and Billund

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British Airways has launched a bigger and better version of the ‘Kids Fly Free’ offer which it has run in the past.  This is a genuinely good deal with no catches or small print.

From 1st June to 31st October, two children under 12 will fly entirely free when accompanied by an adult.

Applicable routes to or from London Heathrow are:

Kids Fly Free British Airways

Leeds Bradford

Newcastle

Edinburgh

Inverness

Belfast

Billund (in Denmark, home of Legoland)

There are genuinely no catches attached to this offer.

You pay the standard lowest adult fare for your flight as shown on ba.com

The kids (under 12) are entirely free – you don’t even pay taxes

Two children can travel per adult

You can book a one-way or return flight

There are no minimum stay requirements, no ‘Saturday night’ rule and no minimum booking period although there is a comment that “Blackout periods apply on some destinations”

You can find full details at ba.com here.

If you are travelling on this offer, BA has also arranged a ‘kids eat free’ deal at Giraffe in Heathrow Terminal 5 – see the small print on ba.com for details.

The offer only works for point-to-point trips to or from Heathrow – you won’t find a trip such as Leeds – Heathrow – Berlin gets any cheaper if booked as one ticket.

Remember that children under 16 travel free on Heathrow Express now.  Given that adult tickets can cost less than £6 one-way when booked in advance, this does give the potential for a cheap family break in London.

Note that the terms and conditions specifically state that you will be in trouble if you book two child tickets along with a ticket for yourself – in order to reserve a full row of seats for yourself – and then you turn up at the airport without any kids …..

Full details are on ba.com here.


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Comments (60)

  • Kevin says:

    Worth noting that the last time I used this offer, the free child also received TPs and avios.

    • Hingeless says:

      I may have to borrow some in that case to get extra avios, anyone got any spare mute children?

  • Geordie says:

    No BA!! Not again! You take away my complimentary G and T and glass of sparkling water and then punish me by replacing them with children. Why should children fly free? It’s highly annoying.

    • Andrew says:

      +1

    • Kevin says:

      As with all special offers there will be some who benefit and others who do not. There are many offers I cannot participate in because of where I live. It’s all part of life.

      • Geordie says:

        I agree to a certain extent. But this ‘offer’ is running for a quarter of the year. If BA can’t fill their planes, why fill the empty seats with children? Here’s an idea BA: make the service better so you don’t have to give away free seats to anyone. Especially to badly behaved, sticky, loud, children.

        • Geordie says:

          I did have a smiley face at the end of that last sentence but it appears not to have appeared. I don’t really hate children. Well, apart from my own.

    • James says:

      +2 !

    • JoshBosh says:

      I shall raise an early glass to that!

    • Phil says:

      For folks with kids in places outside London, this opens up a great opportunity to take the family to see the UK’s capital for an affordable price. Now that’s something money can’t buy!

  • JamesB says:

    OT: a possible spanner in the works for those hoping to fly to the east coast of the USA with Norwegian.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39879962

  • Andrew says:

    “Heathrow Express cost less than £6” only at weekends (and booked 90 days in advance).

  • Anna says:

    Not sure what the North West has done to be excluded from the offer!

    • John says:

      Probably BA feels loads are sufficient that no need to entice extra bookings

  • imoli says:

    Booked LBA returns 3 weeks ago, will I get my 9 year old daughter’s fare refunded ??

  • TravellerFrequently says:

    Glasgow ?!?

  • Jen says:

    Just looked and flights to Edinburgh from Heathrow in economy seem to be non existent. There are plenty from lgw and lcy but not only does HBO not exist at all on the Heathrow flights, it also says it is completely sold out for months on end in economy, while club Europe has multiple flights a day.

    • Jen says:

      And the ts and cs say it is only available in economy from Heathrow. So Edinburgh is not really available for any of the two month stint I checked

    • John says:

      Apparently this is an error on ba.com

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