It’s always an adventure to go anywhere with your child. No matter how exhausting it is, seeing the joy in your child’s eyes while exploring new places and trying out new things makes it all worthwhile. But of course, your primary concern should be your child’s safety.
Booking your flight If you’re booking through a travel agent, it is important to inform him that you are traveling with a child. Don’t forget to mention your child’s age. This way, you get charged the correct plane fare: Children below 12 years old are charged only a certain percentage of the adult fare. You may also place your meal requests and inform your agent of any food allergies your tot has. Buying tickets online? Check out the fare for children and kiddie meal requests.
Let your agent know if you are bringing a stroller (or check the airline policy online). “Normally, this is allowed as an extra piece aside from your hand carry. You must check the airline’s baggage policy once you make your reservation,” says Luanne Wenceslao, account manager for an international airline.
For long haul flights, you need to consider which is better for your child: a direct flight or one with stopovers. Noemi Arrastia, former advertising executive and well-traveled mommy of four, prefers direct flights that depart at night so the kids are asleep half the time. On the other hand, I personally prefer to have a stopover for a quick change of air and environment and also because there are lots more to see.
Most importantly, do inform your agent (or someone from the airline if you book online) if your child has special needs so they can prepare for this ahead of time.