Flying with kids can seem scary. So when booking airfares for the entire family think about the following:
Tips for booking flights with kids
- Consider the pros and cons when deciding to fly with a full service verses low cost carrier.
- If you choose a low cost carrier remember to book everything before you travel including luggage allowance and food as you will pay extra at the airport.
- No matter which airline you travel remember to pre-book special meals, bassinets, and assistance required at the airport. It is too late to organise once you get there.
- Book all the family together, if your travel arrangements have been made separately contact the airline directly and inform them you are a group travelling together.
- If you have a young baby under 6 months request a bassinet.
- Choose a flight time that matches in with sleep/nap times.
- Request a child’s meal for each fare paying child.
- Do not leave this until check-in as you will not get your meal request.
- This also goes for any other special meal requests you require.
- Note down all reference numbers.
- Consider whether to use a car seat for the flight. This must be pre-booked and you will have to purchase a seat for the car seat.
- If you are a sole parent travelling and/or have long distances to cover during transit request an assistance cart to help. This must be done prior to travel.
- If your child is under 2 years consider whether it might be worth the cost of purchasing a seat for the guarantee of more space and more luggage allowance.
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