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Lessons Learned from Flying with Two Kids for the First Time

My husband and I just returned from our first flight with Baby #2, which was also our first trip with our entire family of four.  We took our 4 1/2 month old son and our almost 5 year old daughter to visit my grandmother in North Carolina to celebrate her 92nd birthday.  The trip turned …

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The End of Delta Preboarding?

A reader recently posted a troubling comment on my post from earlier this year about preboarding with children.  While traveling on Delta yesterday, she was told that families with infants and small children were not allowed to preboard on Delta anymore.  The gate agent told her that, under new Delta policy, preboarding would only be reserved …

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Unexpected Airline Fees: How Families Can Avoid Excessive Charges

If you travel even only occasionally these days, you are probably already aware that most airlines now charge fees for checked bags. Perhaps you’ve already heard about the increase in airline change fees the past few months. Both of these are fees that can really disproportionately affect families, since families have so many more people …

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American’s New Early Boarding: Might This Change Pre-Boarding Strategies for Families?

American Airlines just recently announced that it will allow passengers who do not have any luggage to stow in the overhead bins to board early, after elites but before Group 2.  Presumably, this move is intended to reward those who travel light (or pay to check bags) and speed up the boarding process by getting …

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Pre-Boarding Kids: Which Airlines Still Offer It?

Several of my friends have recently attempted their first trips traveling with babies and small children, and the refrain that I most often hear after these trips is the following: “Did you know that Airline X doesn’t pre-board children any more?”  Unfortunately, I did know that!  But it appears that the message is not filtering …

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