Traveling with a Baby

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The Day My Baby Earned Her First Miles

I’m not good at tracking and logging the flights we have taken, so I can’t tell you for sure how many flights my 23-month-old tiny traveler has taken. If I had to guess I would say 30-ish, but what I can tell you with absolute certainty was that her most recent flight over the weekend from Houston to Boston was the first one where she earned flown miles. This was not the original plan, and in fact it wasn’t the plan…

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Three Things to Bring When Traveling With a Baby

Yesterday we took our first flight as a family of four in a few months, and while packing I realized I have three things I must bring when traveling with a baby or toddler that go well beyond the obvious choices like diapers, an extra kid outfit, snacks, toys, and iPads. I’m going to assume for the moment you have that obvious packing list covered, but there are three things you need to bring when traveling with a baby or younger kid…

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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…

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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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