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Costs of travelling with children by air

With the credit crunch hitting everyone harder each month even the annual summer holiday can bring it's own problems, both financial and emotional.

When flying with children, domestically or further afield, there is much to consider and check before booking.

Some of the more important questions to bear in mind are :-

Are there excess charges if so what are they?
Is it possible to take a pushchair with you and, if so, what if any, extra costs are involved.
Can you take car seats on the plane and are there any extra charges?
Up to what age do children travel free of charge?
What is the scale of charges for children's fares?
Are there children's meals available;  if so, are there any special requirements for ordering before travel?
Will there be any onboard entertainment provided on board for the children?
Are there any additional check-in charges?

www.aph.com  have created a comprehensive list below outlining the costs of travelling with infants and young children. Importantly, the list shows how to avoid unnecessary costs and aggravation that might be associated with air travel with the kids.

Data correct as of 29/05/2008

 

Airline

Transporting a Pushchair

Transporting a Car Seat

Child’s Meal

Luggage Allowance for Infants (under two)

Age Children fly Free

Kids Entertainment on Board

Extra costs to Check- in?

 

British Airways

One fully collapsible pushchair is allowed free of charge.

It is free to transport a car seat for free when travelling with an infant (under two).

Child meals are available at no extra cost and must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance. There is also onboard bottle and baby food warming facilities

Infants are entitled to one bag weighting up to 23kg.

Infants under the age of two are charged 10% of an adult fare, as long as they sit on the parents lap and will not have their own seat. Child tickets (under 12) will cost between 60% -80% of the adult fare on long haul flights. 

Skyflyers activity packs are available for children up to the age of 12 on all flights 170 minutes. There is also dedicated Disney and Cartoon Network entertainment on long haul flights. 

There is no extra costs at check-in. British Airways has introduced the new online ‘Family Check-in’ at no extra charge.

 

Ryanair

One fully collapsible pushchair is allowed free of charge.

Car seats are not allowed in the cabin of the aircraft. It can be checked-in however there will be an additional charge of £8.00.

There are a range of snacks available to buy on the aircraft.

No luggage allowance for Infants. 

Infants are not entitled to their own seat and an extra cost of £10 for them is applicable. Children over two must pay the full price.

N/A

There is a £4 per person charge to check-in at the Airport. There is no charge to check in online.

 

EasyJet

One fully collapsible pushchair is allowed free of charge

Travel cots can be taken right up to the aircraft steps and/or door, where they will be taken by cabin crew and stored in the hold. Can be checked in free of charge.

There is a range of snacks available to buy on the aircraft.

This is no baggage allowance for infants under the age of two.

Infants (under two) pay £20 for a ticket, children have to pay the full fare.

N/A

There is no cost to check in on-line or at the airport, however you will have to pay extra if you have excess baggage. 

 

BMI

One fully collapsible pushchair is allowed free of charge.

Car seats can be used for infants between six months and three years, free of charge.

Child’s meals are available at no extra cost, but it must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance.

Infants are entitled to one piece of luggage up to 10kg when travelling to Europe, Africa & Asia. The luggage allowance is up to 23kg when travelling to the US

Infants under the age of two are charged at 10%of the adult fare and must sit on an adults lap. Children under 12 are charged between 67%-80% of an adult fare.

Children’s entertainment packages are available, free of charge.

There is no cost to check in online or at the airport. Although there are a few routes that do not offer online check-in.

 

XL Airways

Either a pushchair or car seat is within the allowance but not both.

Either a pushchair or car seat is within the allowance but not both.

Child’s meal is available at no extra cost.

Chhildren are entitled to one piece of luggage

Infant under the age of two has a fare of £20. Children over two have to pay full fare.

No

There is no extra cost at check in, however there is no online check in available.

 

First Choice

One fully collapsible pushchair is allowed free of charge.

It is free to transport a car seat for free when travelling with an infant (under two).

Children’s meals and snacks are available at no extra cost.

There is no luggage allowance for an infant under two.

The cost to travel with children depends upon the destination. 

Children’s entertainment including, films and games designed for children.

There is no extra cost to check in, however there is no online check in available.

 

Thomas Cook

One fully collapsible pushchair is allowed free of charge.

It is free to transport a car seat on the plane.

Children’s meals are available at no extra costs but must be ordered at least 3 days in advance. 

There is a 10kg luggage allowance for an infant. 

There is no charge for an infant to fly, however they are not entitled to a seat.

Yes

This is no extra cost to check in, however there is no online check in available.

 

Thomsonfly

One fully collapsible pushchair is allowed free of charge.

It is free to transport a car seat; it will have to go into the hold.

Children’s meals are available upon request. The airline must be notified at least 24 hours.

There is no luggage allowance for infants under the age of two.

Children over two years old have to pay full fare and will get their own seat.

Yes, there is entertainment available onboard.

There is no extra cost to check in; however there is no online check in available. However you can purchase a family executive check in (2 adults and 2 children) for £50.

 

Virgin Atlantic

One fully collapsible pushchair is allowed free of charge.

It is free to transport a car seat for free when travelling with an infant (under two).

Child’s meals are available at no extra cost, but must be ordered at least 72 hours before you travel.

Infants not entitled to a seat are entitled to check in one piece of luggage weighing up to 10 kg as well as one piece of hand luggage up to 6kg

All infants and children have to pay a percentage of the fare; this depends on which destination they are travelling too.

All children leaving the UK will receive the Virgin K-iD pack, full of things to do on the journey. 

There is no extra cost to check in at either the airport or online. 

 

Airport Parking & Hotels Ltd (APH) offers an excellent range of services for the independent traveller which include: airport parking, airport hotel & parking packages, executive airport lounges, car hire, and travel insurance.

 


 

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