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Book a Flight For a Child

Book Flights for a Child

If you've landed on this page then you're probably looking to book a flight ticket for a child. Booking a flight ticket for a child is really easy when you book through Alternative Airlines. Just follow the handy guide that's been created by Alternative Airlines on how to book a flight for a child flying solo.

Struggling to book flights for a child? Please don't hesitate to Contact Us. Our Customer Service Team work extremely hard and are always willing to answer any questions you may have about booking a flight for a child.

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Unaccompanied Minors

In some circumstances, children may have to travel alone without any parent or guardian, but with Alternative Airlines we've made it easy for you to buy flights for unaccompanied minors. When you book through Alternative Airlines you can book a flight ticket for a child flying solo with Spirit Airlines, Southwest Airlines and JetBlue.

Please note that the rules for unaccompanied minors will vary on the airline that you choose to fly with. Many airlines don't allow children to fly alone under the age of 8, however, this will change depending on the airline.

If your child is flying solo then you'll need to provide proof of consent as well as other documentation required by the airline.  

Read more about Children Traveling Alone (Unaccompanied Minors)

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Price of Child Tickets

On most airlines, infants between the ages of 0 to 2 are able to fly for free on domestic flights as they are able to sit on their parent/guardians' lap. However, children over the age of 2 must pay for a flight ticket and have their own seat on the aircraft. Many airlines will only charge between 50% to 80% of an adult ticket, for a child flight ticket. This means that children's tickets are often cheaper than adult tickets, meaning that you'll save money on flights.

The price of a child ticket will all depend on the destination you're travelling to/from and the airline you fly with.

Are you looking for tips on flying with kids? No worries, check out our comprehensive guide on 'Tips for Flying with Kids.'

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Buying a ticket for an infant can be a little confusing, as you may be uncertain about which type of flight ticket to buy for your child. Infants aged between 0 and 2 won't need to pay for a flight ticket on most flights, as they are able to sit on a parent's lap.

If you wish to add an infant to your booking then select the '+' button next to the infant section. Although the price of a flight ticket for an infant might be free, it allows for the airline to track how many people will be onboard and what facilities will be needed. If you're travelling with an infant you can request a cot or a bassinet, depending on the airline you're flying with.

In no circumstances are infants allowed to travel alone.

How to book a flight for a child

Step 1 - Search for flights

Search for flights

Using the search form at the top of the page, enter the arrival and departure destinations along with the dates you plan to travel, the number of passengers in your booking and the cabin class you'd like to fly in.

If your child is aged between 2 and 11 then add a 'Child' to your booking. However, if your child is over the age of 11 then they shall be considered as an 'Adult'.

How to book a flight for a child

Step 2 - Filter your search

Filter your search

If you wish to fly with a particular airline then use the 'Airline' filter to narrow down your search. You can also apply other filters such as the time you wish to depart/arrive. Once you've chosen the flight you wish to take 'Confirm Selection'.

How to book a flight for a child

Step 3 - Fill out passenger details

Fill out passenger details

You'll then be taken to the next page where you'll need to fill in the passenger details information. Once you enter the child's date of birth, Alternative Airlines will automatically recognise that there's an unaccompanied minor in the booking.

How to book a flight for a child

Step 4 - Choose a payment method

Pay your way

As Alternative Airlines has flagged that a child is flying alone, you'll need to enter the parent/guardian's contact information. Please note that each airline has different unaccompanied minor rules and regulations that you must follow.

Once you've filled in all the passenger details information, you can confirm your booking in any of the 40+ payment methods that Alternative Airlines offers including Buy Now Pay Later options, Cryptocurrencies, Virtual Wallets and more.


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Book Flights For a Child FAQs

How to book a flight for your child travelling with friends?

If you want to book a flight for a child travelling alone then simply follow the step-by-step guide from above. If your child is flying with friends, then you must provide proof of consent as well as any other documentation that the airline requires you to show. 

How to book a flight for a child?

If you're looking to book a flight ticket for a child flying solo, then you can do so through Alternative Airlines. When you make a reservation through Alternative Airlines you can buy flights for unaccompanied minors with Spirit Airlines, JetBlue and Southwest Airlines. Follow the handy guide from above in order to book flights for a child.

How to book flights for a child with Southwest?

You can easily book Southwest flight tickets for a child, right here, at Alternative Airlines. When you book through Alternative Airlines you can book Southwest Airlines flights for a child travelling alone. Your child may travel alone with Southwest Airlines, providing that you give the necessary documentation and follow the airline's rules and regulations. Follow our step-by-step guide from earlier so you can book a Southwest Airlines flight ticket for a child, but instead of selecting 'JetBlue' as your preferred airline, select 'Southwest'.

Are children's flight tickets cheaper?

In most cases, airlines will make child tickets 20% - 35% cheaper than adult tickets. This means that adults will usually pay more for their flight ticket than for a child ticket. Many airlines will also allow infants to travel for free as they are able to sit on a parent or guardian's lap.