Plane fare

Angel - posted on 06/12/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My son is two and I want to take him on his first holiday abroad, would he have to pay the full adult fare??

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Beth - posted on 07/05/2010

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We just flew with out daughter who will be 2 in about 2 weeks. We kept her entertained with crayons, books, snacks, and the magazines in the seat-back pockets...."Can you find a doggy? Can you find a girl?" She did really good!

Sonja - posted on 06/28/2010

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Hi - I'm not aware of discount fares for children anymore. Sometimes its slightly less but this is because some of the taxes/levies are less for children.
We have done several flights with our little girl so far and she isn't yet two. Entertainment is hard and at this point we've had her on our laps but after two would be harder as she won't want to stay in her seat.
I'd take some books and new toys (not noisy ones and ones that don't matter if you loose them) prehaps some colouring/activity books would also be good.
Our little girl did the Singapore - Australia route a couple of months ago and was fine, as long as she could look out the window at the wing. We were allocated centre seats on the way back and the rest of the passengers paid for it - she was not a happy camper!

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When I was trying to book flights, I learned that you have to actually call to get the "infant" or child fares.

Angel - posted on 06/26/2010

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thank you so much you lovely mummys for all your useful feedback...wow so I take it that any plans of my son travelling for free are out of the window....I think its quite harsh for a two year old to pay almost the full rate, especially as at this age they cant even sit still, he most probably would sit on my lap or want to run around...which leads me to my next question which im gonna post.. How do you keep a 2 year old entertained on a plane, any suggestions??

Valerie - posted on 06/25/2010

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We fly internationally a ton with our son who will be newly 2 next month and have already booked some tickets in advance. All airlines we have used and plan to use charge on international flights 10% or 10% plus taxes for under 2. Good news is that when you pay the 10% you get an extra baggage allowance. We have yet to find an airline that does not charge full fare for over 2.

Also a helpful hint is to call the airline about 48 hours before you depart to remind them you have a young child with you - often times if they can they will shift you to a non-exit row bulkhead or other row with 3 seats and block off extra seat to give you extra room. I just knocked on wood as I typed that as I am flying with my 23 month old from Australia to US with him tomorrow!

Michelle - posted on 06/24/2010

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Sounds like it depends on the airline. You may not be able to book child's or infant's tickets over the internet, you will need to call the airline direct.
I've flown from Australia to NZ and haven't paid full fair for my daughter. She was under 2 years so I could have had an infant ticket (she would sit on my knee for the flight) but I chose to put her in her own seat and pay a child's fair because I was 7 months pregnant when I flew and didn't have room for the baby bump and her on my knee.

Erika - posted on 06/24/2010

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Yes - the atxes may be less. Definitely worth it if the flight is more than 5 hrs. We took those small boxes of UHT milk (they let you takle through security), so that he was always hydrated & happy.

Good luck!

Antigone - posted on 06/23/2010

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I haven't found any US airlines that offer discounts for children anymore and only a child under 2 that sits in your lap can fly free. They also want copies of the children's birth certificates.

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I have done it twice already - for a child over 2 I paid 75% and for a child under 2 I paid 10% plus airport taxes. It was an international flight.

Angie - posted on 06/18/2010

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LOL... that is what we thought, Kaye... We didn't fly needless to say. The flights I checked into would only be a few hours... so maybe that is the difference. And ya, talk about rude.. the one airline that told us our son could fly free wanted a copy of the birth cert so they could verify he was under 2. Needless to say... we drove, lol.

Kaye - posted on 06/18/2010

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Hi Angel, we have flown with our two year old & we did have to pay for a seat for him, but I think it is about 70% of an adults fare. If you think he will sit ok next to you, you can take your childs car seat on the plane also, BUT check beforehand if this will actually fit on the aeroplane seat FIRST. Only if they are under 2, you don't have to, pay but the child has to sit on your lap with safety belt.
Happy flying., Take some new toys & books with you if you are travelling a long way.
Ps I have just read some of the other posts and I can't believe that only 1 airline would give them a child on for free. ALL airlines should give you a free seat, cos its a long way when the kid has to sit on your lap !!! Rude lol

Angie - posted on 06/18/2010

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I am in the US and here even if you type in that it is for a child, it is all the same fare. I called and asked about it one time because years ago there were child prices... but the airline said that the airlines are hurting for money so they stopped issuing discounts for children. In their eyes, they are charging for the seat no matter what the age of the person using it. I did however find one airline that would let the child on for free if it was under two and could sit in your lap for the flight. But out here for the most part... you pay for the seat no matter who is sitting in it.

Angel - posted on 06/17/2010

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Thank you Zoe, although i have tried a few entries ie holiday to turkey or Spain and they have all given me quotes for 2 adults, even after I have entered in my sons age, what a bloody rip off!!

Zoe - posted on 06/15/2010

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I dont think so. We're planning a trip to the UK from NZ next year and my daughter will still be 2 and from what I've seen you still have to pay for their seat but only a percentage of the full fare. I think its half but its been a while since I checked. If you have a look at some of the flight websites and just pop in a few dates they will give you costings without you having to book.

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