Costs of travelling with children

The annual summer holiday brings with it the financial and emotional stress of travelling with the family. Whether travelling abroad with children or flying domestically, there’s much to consider, from excess charges and supplements to ease and convenience, pushchairs and car seats to kids meals and onboard entertainment.

We’ve created a comprehensive list below outlining the costs of travelling with infants and young children. Importantly, the list shows how to avoid unnecessary costs and aggravation that might be associated with air travel with the kids.


Transporting a Pushchair One fully collapsible pushchair is allowed free of charge.


Transporting a Car Seat It is free to transport a car seat for free when travelling with an infant (under two).


Child’s Meal Child meals are available at no extra cost and must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance. There is also onboard bottle and baby food warming facilities


Luggage Allowance for Infants (under two) Infants are entitled to one bag weighting up to 23kg.


Age Children fly Free Infants under the age of two are charged 10% of an adult fare, as long as they sit on the parents lap and will not have their own seat. Child tickets (under 12) will cost between 60% -80% of the adult fare on long haul flights.


Kids Entertainment on Board Skyflyers activity packs are available for children up to the age of 12 on all flights 170 minutes. There is also dedicated Disney and Cartoon Network entertainment on long haul flights.


Extra costs to Check- in? There is no extra costs at check-in. British Airways has introduced the new online ‘Family Check-in’ at no extra charge.



Transporting a Pushchair One fully collapsible pushchair is allowed free of charge.


Transporting a Car Seat It is free to transport a car seat for free when travelling with an infant (under two).


Child’s Meal Child’s meals are available at no extra cost, but must be ordered at least 72 hours before you travel.


Luggage Allowance for Infants (under two) Infants not entitled to a seat are entitled to check in one piece of luggage weighing up to 10 kg as well as one piece of hand luggage up to 6kg


Age Children fly Free All infants and children have to pay a percentage of the fare; this depends on which destination they are travelling too.


Kids Entertainment on Board All children leaving the UK will receive the Virgin K-iD pack, full of things to do on the journey.


Extra costs to Check- in? There is no extra cost to check in at either the airport or online.



Transporting a Pushchair One fully collapsible pushchair is allowed free of charge.


Transporting a Car Seat It is free to transport a car seat for free when travelling with an infant (under two).


Child’s Meal Children’s meals and snacks are available at no extra cost.


Luggage Allowance for Infants (under two) There is no luggage allowance for an infant under two.


Age Children fly Free The cost to travel with children depends upon the destination.


Kids Entertainment on Board Children’s entertainment including, films and games designed for children.


Extra costs to Check- in? There is no extra cost to check in, however there is no online check in available.



Transporting a Pushchair One fully collapsible pushchair is allowed free of charge.


Transporting a Car Seat It is free to transport a car seat on the plane.


Child’s Meal Children’s meals are available at no extra costs but must be ordered at least 3 days in advance.


Luggage Allowance for Infants (under two) There is a 10kg luggage allowance for an infant.


Age Children fly Free There is no charge for an infant to fly, however they are not entitled to a seat.


Kids Entertainment on Board Yes


Extra costs to Check- in? This is no extra cost to check in, however there is no online check in available.



Transporting a Pushchair One fully collapsible pushchair is allowed free of charge.


Transporting a Car Seat Car seats are not allowed in the cabin of the aircraft. It can be checked-in however there will be an additional charge of £8.00.


Child’s Meal There are a range of snacks available to buy on the aircraft.


Luggage Allowance for Infants (under two) No luggage allowance for Infants.


Age Children fly Free Infants are not entitled to their own seat and an extra cost of £10 for them is applicable. Children over two must pay the full price.


Kids Entertainment on Board N/A


Extra costs to Check- in? There is a £4 per person charge to check-in at the Airport. There is no charge to check in online.



Transporting a Pushchair One fully collapsible pushchair is allowed free of charge


Transporting a Car Seat Travel cots can be taken right up to the aircraft steps and/or door, where they will be taken by cabin crew and stored in the hold. Can be checked in free of charge.


Child’s Meal There is a range of snacks available to buy on the aircraft.


Luggage Allowance for Infants (under two) This is no baggage allowance for infants under the age of two.


Age Children fly Free Infants (under two) pay £20 for a ticket, children have to pay the full fare.


Kids Entertainment on Board N/A


Extra costs to Check- in? There is no cost to check in on-line or at the airport, however you will have to pay extra if you have excess baggage.



Transporting a Pushchair One fully collapsible pushchair is allowed free of charge.


Transporting a Car Seat Car seats can be used for infants between six months and three years, free of charge.


Child’s Meal Child’s meals are available at no extra cost, but it must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance.


Luggage Allowance for Infants (under two) Infants are entitled to one piece of luggage up to 10kg when travelling to Europe, Africa & Asia. The luggage allowance is up to 23kg when travelling to the US


Age Children fly Free Infants under the age of two are charged at 10%of the adult fare and must sit on an adults lap. Children under 12 are charged between 67%-80% of an adult fare.


Kids Entertainment on Board Children’s entertainment packages are available, free of charge.


Extra costs to Check- in? There is no cost to check in online or at the airport. Although there are a few routes that do not offer online check-in.



Transporting a Pushchair One fully collapsible pushchair is allowed free of charge.


Transporting a Car Seat It is free to transport a car seat; it will have to go into the hold.


Child’s Meal Children’s meals are available upon request. The airline must be notified at least 24 hours.


Luggage Allowance for Infants (under two) There is no luggage allowance for infants under the age of two.


Age Children fly Free Children over two years old have to pay full fare and will get their own seat.


Kids Entertainment on Board Yes, there is entertainment available onboard.


Extra costs to Check- in? There is no extra cost to check in; however there is no online check in available. However you can purchase a family executive check in (2 adults and 2 children) for £50.



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1 comment for “Costs of travelling with children

  1. Anne
    March 26, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Does a child of 12yrs old have to pay adult fare from Newcastle to Belfast thank you

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