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Seven More Details in the Fine Print of Frontier's New Kids-Fly-Free Campaign

Also dolphins. Dolphins can fly free.
Also dolphins. Dolphins can fly free. Tomas Del Coro at Flickr
Frontier Airlines made things a little sweeter for families this week, announcing that kids can fly free. Most airlines have longstanding policies that allow “lap babies” to fly gratis, but Frontier is expanding that to any kid fourteen years and under.

But age isn’t the only restriction. As always, it’s important to read the fine print.

Most important, the benefit is available only to adults enrolled in Frontier’s “Discount Den” program, which itself costs $59.99 a year, and of course the kids have to be accompanied by a paying adult. But it’s not just that. The tickets also have to be booked online, the freebies don’t include any “extras” like baggage and seat charges, and only select flights on select dates qualify — specifically, 53 dates between February 1 and mid-August. The rules and qualifying dates are on the Frontier website.

All this raises the question: What else might be hidden in the veryverysmallprint of this new campaign? Here are just a few educated guesses:
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Teague Bohlen is a writer, novelist and professor at the University of Colorado Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction in 2007; his textbook The Snarktastic Guide to College Success came out in 2014. His new collection of flash fiction, Flatland, is available now.
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