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If you're traveling with the family, we have specials on vacation packages abroad. When booking family travel, ask about rates for children. International airfares can drop by 10 percent to 25 percent for kids ages 2 to 11. Infants not occupying a seat typically pay 10 percent of the adult fare.

United Vacations has half-off kids' airfares with packages to Mexico and the Caribbean. In addition, kids stay, play and eat free at some all-inclusive hotels. Vacations must be booked by Saturday for travel June 1 through Aug. 31. The offer is valid for children 12 and younger. Use promotion code KIDS50. Contact: (800) 377-1816;

Book a Funjet vacation to Mexico or the Caribbean and take the kids for $99.99 and up. Rates are valid for children 12 and younger and include airfare, lodging and food. The Funjet Loves Kids Sale must be booked by Thursday, for travel on selected dates from May 1 through Aug. 31.

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Continental Vacations and Delta Vacations have kids stay-, play- and eat-free promotions for travel to Mexico. Offers are valid with two-night minimum stays. Packages must be booked by Aug. 15 for travel June 1 through Aug. 31. One child 12 and younger is allowed per paying adult, with a maximum of two free kids. Contact: Continental, (800) 301-3800, www.covacations.comromotionDetail.aspx?code6834; Delta, (800) 654-6559; www.deltavacations.comromotionDetail.aspx?code6838.

Check LanChile's package division for South American vacations. Rates are cheaper than airfare alone in some markets. Rates don't include most taxes and fees and are per person, double occupancy. Trips must be purchased by May 26, with a 21-day advance. Rates are cheapest for travel through May 31. Other destinations are available. Contact: (800) 435-3593;

South African Airways has an introductory fare of $747 round trip for new service from Washington, D.C., (Dulles) to Johannesburg, South Africa. The fare is also valid to Cape Town. Children ages 2 to 11 can travel for $560 round trip. Tickets must be purchased by Aug. 9, for travel July 2 through Aug. 15. Minimum stay is five days, maximum 30. Contact: (800) 722-9675;

Tom Parsons, Knight Ridder Newspapers

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