Make sure you’re blooming when you arrive on holiday
Thinking about heading abroad for well-earned break before the big day arrives? Here’s our guide to adding a little VIP sparkle for mums-to-be as they head for the airport and take to the skies. It’s pampering for pregnant flyers…
Use our pick-and-mix guide to get the very best pampering and stress-busting potential from your trip
VIP airport parking
The check-in desks are just minutes away with meet and greet airport parking
Adding pamper power to airport parking is easy and comes at down-to-earth prices. Simply swerve the transfer bus and head straight to the airport terminal check-in desks – while a fully insured chauffeur parks your car. Pamper rating: Negotiating airports has been cited more stressful than moving home, so attempting this with an additional passenger on board is unlikely to ease the tension. However, add meet and greet parking to your plan and you’ll pay just a few pounds more while slashing around 45minutes getting from car to check-in. Airport parking the easy way. Where:Choose your airport and get an instant quote here
Start your holiday early with a hotel
Book a pre-flight stop-over for extra pampering and a relaxed departure day
Take your trip to new heights of luxury by twinning your airport parking with a pre-flight stop-over at a nearby hotel. With many venues offering fine dining and health spas, you’ll not only be dodging the early morning slog to the terminal – but starting your journey with a mini pamper break. Pamper rating: Reinvent the traditional holiday by swapping an early morning alarm call and stress-filled slog along congestion-clogged motorways for a night of luxury and a relaxing lie-in. Combining parking with a night in a four-star hotel at Gatwick could be secured for just £40 more than parking its own – bagging you a bargain as well as a stress-free pampered start to your adventure. Where:Find an airport hotel and meet and greet parking package here
Let your airline app take the strain
Pregnancy combined with queuing seldom results in smiley faces, so ensure sure you’re not left standing in line by employing your airline’s mobile app to check-in and issue a boarding pass… It’s quick, simple and offered by most airlines. While the crowds are queuing, you’ll be free for serious relaxing. Pamper rating: What could be better? Your own personal check-in assistant that fits in your bag. Where: Just click below to get details on apps for the following airlines…
Pregnancy and queues don’t match… now they don’t have to
Standing in a seemingly never-ending queue doing a slowmotion conga around the airport departure lounge is unlikely to be what the doctor ordered for anyone with a baby on board. Beat the queue-inflicted misery – and backache – by sidestepping the hordes and taking your place in the airport’s security lane fast track. Pamper rating: security queues are tedious for anyone, but add a tummy-based passenger and your back, knees and feet will be screaming for mercy long before you even grab a glimpse of the metal detector. Most airports offer a fast-track lane for just a few pounds extra – making a great return on investment with some airports aiming to get priority lane users through within five minutes. This is a must-have pamper for anyone that’s pregnant. Where: We’ve collected a list of fast-track services available across all major airports. Book online before you leave home and you’ll get great savings in most cases.
Click below to book your fast-track security lane access at the following airports…
Security Fast Track How much: £3.50 per person Book here
FastTRACK How much: £5.00 per person Book here
Fast Track How much: £3.95 per person Book it here
Your mum-to-be VIP trip has taken you from home to negotiating airport security without a hitch… so now it’s time to find a calming haven away from the crowds as you wait to board. Meet the airport lounge… You don’t need to be clutching a first class ticket to join the fun in one of the many exclusive airport lounges on offer, either. Set away from the chaos of the public terminal, they offer complimentary food, drink, newspapers, magazines, televisions, comfy sofas and Wi-Fi. Pamper rating: ‘Hunt-the-seat’ and ‘queue-for-the-loo’ might be perfect pastimes for those without a baby on board, they’ll be less enthusiastically received by mums-to-be. Airport lounges offer a cure-all solution at prices to impress. Step from the madness and let tranquillity wash over you. Where:Save cash and book your place in advance here
VIP your seat…
Getting the right seats is even more important when pregnant
Don’t undo all your VIP planning by being allocated a ‘dodgy’ seat on the plane. Choose carefully to grab pregnant-friendly seats with maximum legroom and width. Here’s all you need to know…
Cheap seat cheats… You might be paying economy, but you can still grab the best seats by checking-in online and paying a few pounds more secure bum space on premium seatage. This will be especially useful for those further into their pregnancy. Here are a few tips for choosing the hot seats for mums-to-be…
Window or aisle: Picking a window seat could prove a bad decision if junior decides to use your bladder as a football. Choose an aisle seat for quick access to the loos. Pamper rating: It might not sound overly glamorous, but easy access for frequent trips to the loo will prove to be the height of luxury for many expectant mums.
Exit seats: These look like a great solution to pregnant flyers – with no-one sitting in front, you’ll have first-class legroom and easy access if you need to get up and go for a stroll to the loo. However, make sure your airline will let pregnant passengers occupy them as many state that because they’re by an emergency exit, occupants must be able to help people out in the event of an evacuation – easyJet, for example, will not under any circumstances let a pregnant passenger book these seats. Pamper rating: Enjoy first-class legroom… but just confirm the airline will let you sit there.
Bulkhead seats: These are seats by physical partitions that divide planes into sections or classes – and can make a great choice for those looking to add a dash of VIP to their trip… but are they right for pregnant flyers? With no seat in front, you won’t be bothered by anyone reclining into your lap – or bump – but on the downside, not all bulkhead seats have extra legroom. Make sure you check the seat guide for your particular flight. It’s also likely you’ll be sitting by a bank of loos – which isn’t a bad thing for regular trips to wee. Pamper rating: Check SeatGuru maps to check the bulkhead seat on your flight offers extra legroom. If so, book up and enjoy the luxury.
Check your seat: Head to SeatGuru.com to search out the best seats on your flight. The website lets you enter your flight number, before bringing up a map of the plane you’re travelling in – and guide to the best and worst seats. A smart way for VIP-seeking expectant mums to grab the best seats for less. Where:Find the best seats on your flight here
What about an upgrade: It’s a nice idea, but the days of free upgrades are gone – with many airlines simply making it another way to grab extra cash. It’s worth asking at the check-in desk for any good deals though… and don’t forget to make sure they see your bump!
With a growing baby in your tum, it’s likely you’ll need a little extra space when taking your place on the plane. Choose your airline well when booking your break and you’ll touch down feeling considerably more pampered and less squished. Check out these top airlines to see which are giving away a few extra inches of VIP comfort…
Is your airline giving enough space
Return home to a full fridge…
Let the supermarket come to you
Returning from holiday is rarely a joyous affair and combining this with a trip to the local supermarket is likely to irrevocably downgrade your VIP experience. Don’t worry though; booking a home delivery for the day you arrive will ensure the pampering experience just keeps giving for our mums-to-be. Choose a few treats – such as chocolate and ice cream – along with the essentials to ensure that coming home is made that little bit less painful. Pamper rating: The ultimate way to ensure your VIP treatment lasts that little bit longer… Where: Here’s our guide to online shopping and home deliveries.
Asda has a minimum order limit of £25.00 and charges range between £3.00 and £5.50. The cheapest time slots are Monday to Thursday – and you can place your order up to three weeks in advance of delivery. See if Asda deliver to your home address here
Delivery slots will cost £1.00, £3.00, or £5.00 depending on whether your one-hour slot is during peak, off-peak, or standard hours. Morrisons has a limited coverage at present and you have to register before finding out if your area is covered. Head to Morrison’s here
The online supermarket has a minimum order value of £40. Charges vary depending on delivery address, the day and time of your chosen slot and the value of your order. If your order is less than £75, it may be subject to slightly higher delivery charges. Equally, if your order is over £75 you may be offered free delivery at certain times. The cheapest slots are generally in the evening from 9pm and in the morning from 6am-7am. Ocado says delivery cost depends on the time and your location, but can range from £0-£6.99. You’ll need to get yourself an account to see if Ocado delivers in your area. Head to Ocado here.
There is a £25 minimum order value on all orders. Those over £40 will be charged a delivery fee of between £1.00 and £6.00. Orders under £40 will be charged a maximum delivery fee of £6.95. There is no delivery charge for orders over £100 booked for delivery on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after 2pm. Check if Sainsbury’s deliver to your area here
This supermarket charges £1.00-£6.00 with its cheapest delivery slots Tuesday to Friday. The £1.00 delivery slots are available at selected times only and subject to availability when you spend £25.00. A £4.00 minimum basket charge applies to all orders under £25.00. Check Tesco.com to see if the supermarket delivers to your area.
Join the jet set with a cut-price seat on a private jet for you and bump
How about side-stepping the queues and taking a bump-friendly a seat on a private jet? Okay, a one-way ticket approaching £3k is a little steep, but search around for an ‘empty leg’ ticket and you could be taking your extremely wide and comfortable seat for the price of a regular airline ticket. You’ll find there are hundreds of these flights criss-crossing Europe on a daily basis. What are ‘empty leg’ flights: Private jets typically take passengers on a one-way trip, leaving the plane empty when it returns home. You can save up to 65% on full fares by hitching a ride on one these ‘empty leg’ flights. Here’s one from Paris to Stansted. Luton – Paris: Fly in a 12-seat Citation Cessna XLS+ private jet. Empty leg cost: From £298.00 per passenger Empty leg details here:Search for your private jet here