Traveling with a Baby

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Free Kid’s Club at the Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica

For me, the best type of vacation is often one that provides a nice mix of both family time and adult time. Adults-only trips are great on occasion and trips that are nothing but family time 24/7 can also be great, but after a few days of either extreme you can yearn for a little bit of balance. Whether you accomplish this balance by bringing grandparents, a nanny or babysitter from home, using a resort kid’s club, or hiring a local…

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New Parents Can Now Extend Their Alaska Elite Status for a Year!

This last month hasn’t been one of the best ones in terms of air travel news, but there are a few exceptions to that trend; one is that a US frequent flyer program has finally come out with a formalized elite status extension program for parents welcoming new babies. It is no surprise that it is one of the very best airline frequent flyer programs that is leading this charge, the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan program. Alaska totally gets the joy and exhaustion…

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The Real FAA Car Seat Rules…Not the Delta Version

I’m in the middle right now of dealing with either totally gnarly food poisoning or the plague. It’s so bad it would be almost comical if it weren’t so miserable and causing me to be a serious party pooper for Josh’s birthday. Anyway, I’m not sure if it is my actual food poisoning/plague that has me feeling sick to my stomach, or the new round of airline passengers getting the boot. Since I’m running at least a half day behind right now (thanks…

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Extend Elite Status On British Airways When Welcoming a Baby

One recent airline trend that I absolutely support is more airlines formalizing programs to permit new parents to put their elite status on hold while they adjust to life (on the ground) with a new baby. I’m aware of formal status hold or extension policies at Qantas, Air Canada, Virgin Atlantic, and Iberia (though Iberia is strangely just for moms), and now British Airways has introduced a program for new parents. I’ve long thought it makes sense for airlines to grant elite…

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Flying With a Lap Baby Does Not Make You a Bad Parent

In the wake of last weekend’s Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Bangkok where the plane encountered severe and unexpected turbulence resulting in injuries to a couple of dozen passengers including at least three young children, I want to put on my ‘internet armor’ and talk for a minute about lap babies. My goal in doing this isn’t to start an internet riot (though lap baby ranks up there as being at least as controversial a topic as babies in first class…

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Severe Turbulence Injures Lap Babies and More on Aeroflot Flight

My biggest fear when flying with a lap baby is not that they will cry, it is that we will unexpectedly hit turbulence and I won’t have a good enough grip on my little one to keep them safe. Unfortunately, that sounds like it is exactly what happened to passengers on yesterday’s Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Bangkok. Reports are that 30 passengers were injured and social media reports from passengers indicate that several lap babies were among the injured. The seat…

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20 Airline Stroller Policies Around the World

The events of the recent American Airlines flight 591 from San Francisco to Dallas where a mom of young twins had her stroller taken from her on-board the aircraft set off a chain reaction that ended with a yelling flight attendant, the mom in tears, the baby narrowly being missed by the stroller, and much more. The initial reaction of many, even frequent flyers, was that the mom should have known better than to bring a stroller on-board the aircraft in…

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Lap Babies Eligible for £250 EU Delay Compensation Awards!

If you have flown to or in Europe you are probably at least somewhat familiar with the EU Regulations that provide for monetary payments if you arrive at your final destination with a delay of more than 3 hours, as long as the delay wasn’t due to extraordinary circumstances such as political instability, air traffic control, weather, or security situations. For those not familiar with how this compensation works, we aren’t talking about getting a small airline voucher for your troubles, we are…

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Four Reasons to Not Take a Toddler to Hawaii

I booked our recent trip to Hawaii roughly a year in advance when my youngest daughter was around 8 months old. She had already taken well over a dozen flights by then and I thought she would be good to go to Hawaii a year later. Roughly calculating where my first daughter was at about 20 months old, I thought we could pull off a family trip to paradise with a toddler who would just be coming out of the “hardest age…

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Pre-Ordering American Airlines First Class Meals…Just Not for Kids

When you are booked in a premium cabin on American Airlines, you can go online into your reservation from 30 days until 24 hours before departure and select a meal option. Selecting a meal choice doesn’t 100% guarantee that you will get that choice, but it certainly increases the chances of getting your first choice. Since we are within 30 days of some American Airlines first class flights I logged in to my reservations to check out the menu choices and select the ones…

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