Saturday, January 4, 2014


Recently my family and I flew to San Diego California on Southwest Airlines.  We were  a bit apprehensive because it was our first time we were going to fly with our newborn son.  Now my wife and I are avid travelers and we fly quite often, but when you throw a new baby in the mix alot of questions come up.  The info saved us more than $300.00 right off the bat!

1. Do you need to buy a ticket for children
There are two answers to this question. You can buy a discounted ticket for your child 2 and under if you want to put them in their own seat in an FAA approved car seat. Or have them ride on your lap for FREE ages 2 & under.

  • One child over 14 days and under two (2) years of age, not occupying a seat, may be carried free of charge when traveling with an adult (12 years of age or older). Although a boarding pass is not required for the infant, you will need a Boarding Verification Document. 
  • Affordable Infant fares are also available allowing a Customer to reserve a seat for an infant and use his/her FAA-approved car seat. Online checkin is available if the infant is traveling on an Infant fare and is age verified.

2. What is required for child checkin & flights
  • A copy of the child's birth certificate is required to validate the age of all infants under two.
  • A medical release for travel is required for any infant under 14 days old.
  • A copy of the up to date shot records must be resented @ checkin.

3. Can free flying children bring bags?
 You are allowed to bring on a diaper bag for them but you dont get any additional free bags.

4. What about strollers & car seats?
You get to take up to two strollers or car seats or a combination of them to the gate and they will be checked under the plane at the gate for free.

5. When do you board with families?
Family boarding is in between A boarding group and B. So if you are not fortunate enough to get an A boarding pass you can be right in the middle.

Our family had a great relaxing trip after we found all the answers to our questions.  It was great that southwest allowed us to bring our son free with his diaper bag , stroller and carseat, this would have been a huge charge at other airlines.  One tip that we suggest to help make the trip a little more manageable is a hands free infant airline carrier. These carriers allow you to hold your child without getting an extra seat. On our trip it allowed us to have beverages, read magazines, eat snacks and play games.  We were so glad our mom got us the Baby B'Air Toddler Flight Vest - Red .

Hopefully our tips and info were helpful and will allow you to travel stress free with your kids while saving tons of money!!  Join us on our for money saving tips, couponing info and green living ideas.  


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