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No Change Fees: Which Airline Has the Most Generous Policy?

Late yesterday, United Airlines made some serious waves in the brave new world of 2020 air travel. The airline announced that it was eliminating change fees. United previously charged non-elite passengers who wanted to change their flights to another date or time a whopping $200 per ticket over and above any difference in fare. Just …

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3 Little-Known Airline Rules All Traveling Parents Need to Know

Flying with kids can be a challenge. But sometimes airlines can make it harder by throwing a curveball your way with a unique rule or requirement that you weren’t expecting on your travel day. My family has flown on pretty much every US airline and quite a few international carriers over the years. While the basics …

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Unaccompanied Minors: Complete Guide to Each Airline’s Policies, Fees, & Rules

I have fond childhood memories of flying as an unaccompanied minor. My parents regularly sent my sister and me to see grandparents a few states away. I remember well being doted on by flight attendants. I especially loved being driven in the beeping carts through the tunnels of ATL as we were rushed off to …

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7 Things to Know about Flying United with Kids

As a San Francisco-based flyer, United is one of my hometown airlines. The airline has had a rocky past few years since the merger with Continental. Service has been criticized and my family even mostly stopped flying United, opting instead for more family-friendly Southwest Airlines whenever possible. We’ve flown United a few times within the …

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Kicked Off a Plane for a Crying Baby? Keep it from Happening to You

Every few weeks there seems to be another news story of someone kicked off a plane for questionable behavior.  Often these stories involve young children.  The airline’s story and the aggrieved passenger’s story are never the same.  It is hard to know which version of the truth to accept. The viral story from a few …

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Best Airlines to Fly with Kids: Ranking the Best and Worst in the USA

I’m often asked by fellow parents: “What is the best airline to fly with kids?”  The accurate answer is that it depends! A lot depends on where you are based.  If you are at a hub for a particular airline, that airlines may well have nicer planes on more of its routes, better flight time …

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