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This deal is nothing to kid about.

SAS (Scandinavian Airlines System) is running a promotion to let kids 11 and under fly free (though you do have to pay the applicable taxes and fees), when accompanied by a paying adult. To score the deal, you must book by December 10th and fly from the US to Scandinavia or Finland between January 8 and April 2, 2019.

“These types of promos are sporadic and the biggest caveat tends to be, act quickly: you have a limited window to book, which means those with the most flexible schedule will benefit most,” says Gabe Saglie, an anchor and producer at Travelzoo. “Scandinavia tends to be a pricey travel proposition generally, but this promo from SAS, a quality carrier, features travel over low season ... it’s a win for travelers.”

Air Tahiti also offers an ongoing kids-fly-free promotion, where you just pay the taxes and fees. That means the kids can fly from the US to Tahiti for just the cost of taxes and fees.

SAS isn’t the only company offering a kids-travel-free promotion. A number of cruise lines offer these deals: MSC Cruises lets kids travel free on select cruises to over 150 destinations worldwide. For the winter 2018/19 season, kids 11 and under traveling in the stateroom with two full-fare-paying adults do not pay the cruise fare, though they must still pay taxes, duties, insurance, flights and transfers. For children from 12 - 17 years of age, this deal applies to some cruises in low and mid-season only.

Luxury liner Crystal Cruises and Royal Caribbeanare among the others with deals kids-sail-free deals on cruises.

All-inclusive resorts have gotten into the kids-travel-free game too. At Iberostar resorts in Jamaica, Mexico and the Dominican Republic kids stay for free. Dreams Resorts & Spas have a similar deal with up to two kids getting a free stay, as does Palace Resorts.

Of course, these aren’t always deals: It’s worth comparing prices from other travel companies where you might pay for your kids but their rates are cheaper. And there are typically exemptions like the cruises, resorts or airlines only take kids of a certain age for free and only on certain trips.

Still, the benefit for these travel companies is clear: 88% of families are “very likely” or “likely” to travel with their child or children in the coming 12 months, according to the US Family Travel Survey 2017 from New York University and the Family Travel Association. And over half have spent between $1,000 and $4,999 on travel in the last year. Offering kids to fly free can mean the difference between the companies getting the business -- and not.

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