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Booking Flights with Infants – Infant Fares

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Booking flights with infants can lead to hours of scrolling, researching, and ending up more confused than when you began. I know because I’ve done it myself. While there are a few industry standards for airlines and infants, every airline is slightly different.

To take the stress out of it, I’ve compiled a list of all the top airlines and their infant fares to help you pick out the best airline for you.

What’s Included in my Infant Fare?

When you book a flight with an infant fare, often you get some sort of baggage included. Usually, airlines will not allow you more carry-on or checked baggage, but you may get to check any one of three ‘baby items’. Some will allow you to check all three for free!

baby in crib cot

You’re usually allowed either:

  • A travel cot/crib
  • A pram/stroller
  • A car seat

Each airline is slightly different. Most flights will also allow you to bring on breastmilk and other baby food no questions asked – security may need to inspect it for being over 100ml but other than that, you’re fine.

baby travel in stroller pram

I would recommend double-checking your airline though, as some only let you check one item and some do even give you the extra carry-on luggage so you can bring a nappy bag.

What to Consider When Booking?

We have been on the hunt for bargain flights in the past and the infant fare has meant that the budget airline is actually way more expensive. For our flight from the Gold Coast, Australia to Bangkok, Thailand, we paid around $200 AUD pp. The infant fare initially was $180 AUD… She wasn’t getting an extra seat or anything.

Keep this in mind when looking into budget flights and your cheapest option… Sometimes the cheapest isn’t always the cheapest!

Always search the infant fare before booking – you might find another airline ends up being cheaper and the big sites like Google Flights, Expedia, Sky Scanner and more don’t always include your infant on the booking or will assume you need three seats.

booking flights for infants plane ride

Worrying about your baby now that you’ve BOOKED?

I made a full guide to flying with a baby for every age group, newborn to toddler. Check that out so you can feel confident about travelling with your kids!

Other things to note…

If you’re travelling with more than one infant under two years – make sure there are two or more adults there. You won’t be able to have two on lap infants for one adult. Also, there aren’t enough oxygen masks in one row for two babies usually.

Some airlines allow passengers over 15 to care for an infant, but a lot are over 18, so make sure you take this into account if you have twins or multiple littles!

How much will booking flights with infants cost me?

money booking flights for infants

Like I mentioned, booking flights with infants is different across the globe. I’ve compiled a list of the top major airlines around the world, and a few of the budget airlines in Australia and Asia as well.

Another thing to note is you will need to make sure your child is under two for your return flight. If you are going on holiday and your baby turns two while you’re away, you’ll have to pay for a full seat on the way home.

baby under two booking flights with infants

Have a look below to find out how much your infant fares will be and let me know if I missed any!

Booking in Australia or New Zealand

Qantas

Free for domestic
10% adult fare + taxes and surcharges for international

Jetstar

$30 AUD for domestic
$50 AUD for international

Tiger

$30 AUD for domestic
No int flights

Virgin

Free for domestic
10% adult fare + taxes and surcharges for international

Air New Zealand

Free for domestic
10% adult fare for international

qantas flight plane wing

Booking in USA + Canada

American Airlines

Need to call reservations once booked to add on-lap infants.

Delta Airlines

Free for domestic
10% + taxes and fees for international

United Airlines

10% of adult fare + taxes for domestic and international

Southwest Airlines

Potentially free? Not much online information.
Contact to confirm after booking.

JetBlue

Free for domestic
Fees + taxes for international

Alaska Airlines

10% of adult fare + taxes for domestic and international

Hawaiian Airlines

10% of adult fare + taxes for domestic and international

Air Canada

10% of adult fare + taxes for domestic and international

Westjet

Free unless flying into USA, then all taxes and fees for entering USA

Booking in Europe

British Airways

10% of adult fare + taxes for domestic and international

Ryanair plane on side flying with baby

Ryanair

25 Euros or Pounds (depending on where you’re flying) each way regardless of adult cost.

Easyjet

25 Pounds each way regardless of adult cost.

Norwegian Airways

10% of adult fare + taxes for domestic and international

Booking in Asia and the Middle East

globe Africa asia and Middle East

China Southern

10% of adult fare + taxes for domestic and international

China Eastern

10% of adult fare + taxes for domestic and international

Emirates

Discount from full adult fare (a little vague online)

Etihad

10% of adult fare + taxes for domestic and international

That’s a wrap!

As you can see through this list, for most flights, it’ll be 10% plus any airport or country taxes and fees.

booking flights with infants on plane

I think if you have the opportunity to, it’s BEST to travel with your kids while they’re under two. It’s so cheap and you might think oh don’t bother, they won’t remember anyway, but that’s simply not true! It’ll also shape them to become more well-rounded kids that get to see more of the world.

If you’re still unsure and need some more convincing, head to the blog to see more reasons why travelling with kids is amazing and how you can do it too!