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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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I talk a lot about flying with kids on this site, but what if you are ready for your child to fly without you? Each year, millions of parents trust their kids to the airlines, allowing them to fly solo to a destination as an unaccompanied minor. Whether your child is traveling to visit extended …

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I’m often asked by fellow traveling parents: “What is the best airline to fly with kids?” Air travel with kids can be stressful even in the best of circumstances, so it’s only natural that families want to fly an airline that makes things easier. If only the answer were so simple. For United States based …

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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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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 …

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

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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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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