Trip Tips: Flying with Kids

Long Flights

  • If you're worried about your children experiencing jet lag, just follow their cues; let them sleep and eat when they want. They'll be back to a regular schedule quicker than you will!
  • Some airlines, like Qantas, have seats with a baby bed that folds out in front of your own seat. For long flights, check around and request one in advance.

Family-Friendly Airlines:

  • Some airlines are less sensitive than others to parents' needs. United Airlines, for example, does not cater to family travelers. They don't pre-board children and they won't check strollers on-board; when you have a long layover, you have to carry your child.
  • On American Airlines, you are allowed to pre-board with children. The flight attendants sometimes even assist with the children and with carrying your bags. They are definitely child-friendly! Midwest Express has a great track record for helpful staff. You are able to check your stroller at the gate, with it being returned after each leg of the flight. Costing the same as most other airlines, Midwest offers business-class seating (two wide, leather seats across) for their coach passengers. You also get great food (hot, homemade cookies!) and free wine or champagne.
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