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Earlier this spring, my family had the opportunity to fly on an airline that was new to us – ultra-low cost carrier Volaris. Volaris is a Mexico-based airline that also flies to about 20 U.S. destinations. A lot of Americans – even frequent flyers – have never even heard of Volaris. So how did it …

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The summer travel season is here, and it looks to be another busy one this year. Summer travel always brings many people to airports for the first time in quite awhile – especially families. New rules and long lines can definitely frustrate infrequent travelers. Here are some important tips that all travelers, especially those with kids, need …

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Traveling with small kids often slows even the speediest of travelers down. Thankfully, most airlines accommodate flying families at some stages of the air travel process, most notably with preboarding or early family boarding policies. Letting families board earlier than other passengers can be quite helpful. When my kids were younger, I regularly used that …

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Checking a bag is something frequent flyers try mightily to avoid. It adds time, extra logistics, and cost to air travel. When little ones come along, however, packing light just isn’t always possible. Flying with a baby or toddler requires gear! The time comes for traveling parents to face the reality of needing to check …

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If you want to earn points towards free flights aboard Southwest Airlines, one of the easiest ways to do that is with a Southwest co-branded credit card. Chase currently offers three Southwest personal credit cards in addition to two business cards. These cards can be an excellent way to load up your Southwest Rapid Rewards …

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A new year is just around the corner, and that usually means change. In the travel world, the airline my family flies most – Southwest Airlines – has already announced a number of changes, differences, and new rules coming in 2024. If you plan to fly Southwest Airlines in the the coming months, what differences …

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There’s no place like home for the holidays. But getting there isn’t always easy, particularly if you are flying the not-so-friendly skies and doing it all with kids. Flight delays, crowded airports, TSA snafus, and holiday stress sometimes seem take the joy out of the holiday travel season. Holiday air travel with kids is not …

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Flying with kids, especially babies and toddlers, is daunting for most parents. But the idea of taking overnight flights – often called red-eyes – can be particularly terrifying for many. Red-eye flights are, however, a necessary evil of air travel. Sometimes there is simply no other way to get where your family needs to go …

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A couple of times a year, I get a panicked message from a friend or reader who is about to take an airplane flight with their kids. Suddenly they’ve realized that they have no idea what kind of identification they need for their children to fly, if any. After a decade and a half of …

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