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Southwest air fare


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Jun 6, 2005
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Checking various fares available from PIT to MCO, I came across ..... see below. Why would you purchase this fare for a youth ages 2 to 11 when they have internet specials available at $77.00 one way or lower. I am paying 157.10 each (round trip) now for 3 adults and 1 toddler.

Price of the youth fare is 171.00

Southwest Airlines Fares (YCH)
Childrens Fare:
This fare is not available for purchase through Ticketless Travel Online. Please call Southwest Reservations at 1-800-435-9792 to purchase this fare.
One-way fare.
Fares do not include a federal excise tax of up to $3.30 that will be imposed for each flight segment of your itinerary. A flight segment is defined as a takeoff and a landing.
Fares do not include airport-assessed passenger facility charges (PFC) of up to $9 and government-imposed September 11th Security Fee of up to $5 one-way.
2 - 11 years old.
Child must be accompanied by a passenger at least 12 years old paying the applicable fare.
Passengers must present valid I.D. showing proof of age.
Ticketless Travel funds from previously unused reservations on Southwest Airlines are valid for 12 months from the original purchase date and may not be extended.


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Jun 20, 2005
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Gonic, NH
You wouldn't. I have always paid the lowest fare for my sons. They started flying with me on Southwest when they were 7 and 11 and I have always bought them their own seat at the lowest sale fare. I buy early and buy often (like voting in Chicago), but have always found it worthwhile for them to have their own seat regardless of the airline. This revelation occurred to me after having now 18 year old on our laps from BOS to SFO via DAL in 1988 when he was 18 months old. Only time he slept was during 45-50 minute stop on ground in Dallas. From that day forward. Each person, large or small, young or old...got their own seat.