How your children can eat for free at Heathrow over February half-term

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February half-term can be a costly time to travel in the U.K. and requires planning to secure airline tickets when most of the country has the same time off. If you have obtained those golden tickets and made it to the airport, you now have nearly two hours before your flight. After getting through security, most families head to find somewhere to eat. TPG U.K. has some options for where your children can eat free before your flight this half-term.

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Lounges

If your family has elite status with an airline, usually one or two members can enter the lounge, but often the lounge will not accept an entire family due to number restrictions. My family uses Priority Pass lounges, which we get free as a benefit with my Platinum Card from American Express U.K. However, during half-term you may find the lounges full or with long wait times.

Related: Has elite airline status become obsolete for families?

My children in the Plaza Premium Lounge (Photo by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen / The Points Guy)
My children in the Plaza Premium Lounge. (Photo by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen/The Points Guy)

If possible at the lounge you want to visit, it could be worth looking in to see if the lounge takes reservations in advance. If you can reserve a spot ahead of time, it takes the question of whether or not you’ll get into the lounge out of the equation.

Heathrow “Kids Eat Free” promotion

For those families who don’t fit in the lounge or find them overcrowded, Heathrow has a programme where kids eat free at select restaurants. For this February half-term, it is running from 13 to 23 February 2020. Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food is kids-eat-free year-round. Heathrow tends to run this promotion during all school holidays.

The offer is valid at a selection of restaurants across Heathrow. One free children’s meal for each adult main course (minimum £9 at all restaurants, £10.95 at The Commission) with a maximum of four free children’s meals.

Where to find the free kid meals

  • Terminal 2: The Perfectionists’ Café, La Salle, Ca’puccino and Wondertree. For tiny AvGeeks, Wondertree has a great view over the airfield.
  • Terminal 3: Oriel Grande Brasserie.
  • Terminal 4: The Commission, Carluccio’s and The Prince of Wales.
  • Terminal 5: Gordon Ramsay Plane Food and Huxleys. There’s also a Carluccio’s before security in the offer if you happen to arrive very early at the airport.

Note there are variations between the restaurants as to what age defines a child:

  • Under 13: La Salle, Ca’puccino, Gordon Ramsay Plane Food, Huxleys, Oriel Grande Brasserie, The Commission.
  • Under 12: Wondertree.
  • Under 11: The Prince of Wales, The Perfectionists’ Café, Carluccio’s.

Remember that you can put your restaurant spend within Heathrow Airport on your Heathrow Rewards card to earn transferrable points.

Related: Why your family should never hoard your points and miles

(Photo by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen / The Points Guy)
(Photo by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen/The Points Guy)

Bottom line

One of the best ways to prepare your children before a flight is to feed them and get them comfortable. While airline status or a Priority Pass works for most individuals and couples, for families travelling at peak times, you may need to resort to the central part of the airport. If you happen to be passing through Heathrow, you can check out the restaurants above for a free meal for the kiddos when you purchase one yourself.

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