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Frontier Is the Latest Airline to Debut Family-friendly Seating

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Frontier Airlines is following the lead of United Airlines by rolling out a change that will make it easier for families with children under the age of 14 to sit together at no additional cost.

Let’s take a look at the new policy!

Families With Children Under 14 Sit Together for Free

Frontier Airlines, the low-cost airline headquartered in Denver, announced on February 21 that at least 1 adult would automatically be seated with any children within their family group 14 and under at no additional charge.

The airline says it will “automatically assign seats based on family members’ ages before the check-in window opens.”

“We recognize the importance of seating children next to an adult with whom they are traveling,” said Daniel Shurz, senior vice president of commercial at Frontier Airlines.

Frontier flight attendant pilot and child

Frontier says that customers still have the option to choose their own seats for a fee. Other family-friendly features that Frontier offers includes the pooling of miles and Kids Fly Free promotions through the paid Discount Den program.

Hot Tip: Flying Frontier Airlines for the first time? Check out our guide to the Frontier Miles loyalty program!

The airline says this update has been in the works since last October and is receiving positive feedback. The announcement, however, came just one day after United Airlines announced that it would make it much easier for families with children under 12 to sit together for no additional fee — even those flying on highly-restrictive basic economy fares.

In that move, United says it would also allow families to change to a different flight bound for the same destination with adjacent seats available in the same cabin if there are no adjacent seats on their original flight. Additionally, the seat map will even open up Preferred Seats if no free adjacent economy seats are left to choose from.

“We’re focused on delivering a great experience for our younger passengers and their parents and know it often starts with the right seat,” said Linda Jojo, United’s Chief Customer Officer.

More family-friendly features will roll out this year, United said. The full implementation of letting families with children sit together should be complete in March. However, the new policy will not apply to domestic first class, Economy Plus, and United Polaris tickets.

Final Thoughts

Frontier becomes the second airline this week to announce positive, family-friendly updates for travelers. Now, at least 1 adult will be seated with children under 14 at no additional cost on Frontier. This change will certainly be positive news for families traveling with children and teens, and we’ll keep you updated on any other changes introduced by other carriers!

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About Victoria M. Walker

Victoria holds a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the Howard University School of Communications and is an award-winning journalist, travel reporter, and the founder of the “Travel With Vikkie” newsletter.


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