Passenger Services with Alternative Airlines
Special Services with Alternative Airlines
Alternative Airlines can arrange a wide range of special services for you when you fly so that you can have the best flight possible.
If you would like any information on services available contact Alternative Airlines. We will inform the airline you are flying on that you or a member of your party requires a special service and provide you with any additional information you may need. You can also contact us should you need help with the booking process, or additional information on any of the 25 payment methods you can choose from.
We can help assist you when you book on any of our 600 airlines that Alternative Airlines offer.
You may need to purchase an additional seat if:
- You need to transport a piece of baggage in the cabin, such as a musical instrument.
- You have two or more pieces of baggage on your person and wish to guarantee they will be transported on the same flight as you.
- If a passenger’s physical build exceeds the dimensions of a standard-size seat.
The rules of this service may vary from airline to airline and may not exist on certain flights, so make sure you contact Alternative Airlines with your specific requests and let us know that you wish to purchase two seats next to each other. Some general regulations are as follows.
- In the case of date change penalties, charges will apply for each ticket purchased in accordance with the conditions of each ticket.
- To apply for the service there must be two seats available that are side by side. Please contact Alternative Airlines if you require two seats next to each other.
- If you have an extra piece of baggage, the contents of the piece of baggage must not compromise flight safety under any circumstances. The piece will be subject to a thorough revision by the airline before being boarded. The piece of baggage must be properly packaged and should not exceed 75 kg and be no larger than 80 linear inches (height+width+length).
- If the customer goes to the ticket counter without a ticket for the extra seat, the available commercial fare will apply in accordance with normal procedures.
- To find out how to book an additional seat on your Alternative Airlines flight, please visit our "How to Book Seats" page.
Additional Seat by Airline
Alaska Airlines requires a second seat to be bought for any passenger who can’t “comfortably fit within one seat with the armrests in the down position.” If you buy a second seat in advance, and your flights all take off with at least one seat available, you can get a refund for the cost of the second seat. For those who haven’t purchased a second seat in advance, you may do so the day of your flight; if two seats aren’t available together, you might need to take a later flight.
American Airlines requires passengers to buy another seat if they need a seatbelt extension and their body “extends more than 1 inch beyond the outermost edge of the armrest.” The airline recommends that you buy both seats during your original booking (at the same rate). If you don’t book two seats in advance, you will be responsible for any fare difference on a second seat purchased the day of your flight. If the airline can’t accommodate you on your scheduled flight, the airline will let you purchase two seats on a later flight for the same price as your original seats.
Delta recommends but does not require that obese passengers book an additional seat. “If you are unable to sit in your seat without encroaching into the seat next to you while the armrest is down, please ask the agent if they can reseat you next to an empty seat,” the airline says on its website. You can also pay to upgrade to first or business class. If no empty seats are available, you may need to wait for a later flight.
Oxygen on Board
If you have your own POC and you need to use it on your journey please keep in mind that, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Safety Regulations, there are only certain models which are approved for use on board planes.
FAA approved brands
Here is a list of brands approved by the FAA:
- AirSep Freestyle 5
- AirSep FreeStyle
- DeVilbiss Healthcare iGo
- Inogen One G3
- Invacare XPO2 / XPO100
- Precision Medical EasyPulse
- Sequal Eclipse
- AirSep LifeStyle
- (Caire) SeQual eQuinox / Oxywell (model 4000)
- Inogen One
- Inova Labs LifeChoice Activox
- Invacare Solo 2
- Respironics EverGo
- SeQual SAROS
- AirSep Focus
- Delphi RS-00400 / Oxus RS-00400
- Inogen One G2
- International Biophysics LifeChoice / lnova Labs LifeChoice
- Oxylife Independence Oxygen Concentrator
- Respironics SimplyGo
- VBox Trooper
Not all airlines allow you to take oxygen on board. For more detailed information about oxygen on board, click here to see our flying with a lung condition guide, you will find a list of FAQ's, tips to prepare and prevent problems when flying with a lung condition.
Medical Conditions and Allergies
For more detailed information about specific or personal requests, please contact Alternative Airlines and we will be happy to assist you.
Airlines usually prefer you to carry medicine in your carry-on baggage and take with you the medical prescription certifying its use (you may be asked for it at the airport). For more information, please check out our guide on flying with medication.
You will need a medical certificate if:
- You have a newborn baby in your party between 7 and 28 days old that is premature or needs special medical assistance
- You are 30 or more weeks pregnant and there are no risks for your pregnancy
- You need to carry certain medical devices onto the plane, such as dialysis equipment
- There are risks to your pregnancy and you are 30 weeks pregnant or less
- You have cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological or psychiatric health problems
You may take on carry-on baggage at no additional cost, however, you may not use it during the flight. Complementary elements such as the machine’s support and peritoneal dialysis solution must be transported as checked baggage. Please inform Alternative Airlines as soon as possible if you will need this service.
The legality of travelling with medical marijuana will depend on the destination you are travelling to and from. For more information on the rules and regulations surrounding air travel and medical marijuana, please see our flying with cannabis guide.
If you have an allergy, make sure you contact us before you buy your flights and we can help you choose the best airline to suit your needs. If you have already bought your flights with Alternative Airlines, inform us of your allergy so we can help you have the best flight possible.
It’s always advisable to get a letter from your doctor confirming your allergy. Airlines’ approaches to allergies vary hugely and having such a letter can be useful when flying with airlines which aren’t known for their willingness to help passengers with allergies. For some airlines, you will need to produce the letter to use an EpiPen. You should also pack your own EpiPen.
If you have a strong nut-allergy, it is important to note that many airlines, such as Garuda Indonesia, will not declare themselves nut-free. However, if you have an allergy, the good news is that most airlines now offer a wide range of meal choices, along with gluten-free options. Most airlines will make announcements asking passengers not to consume nut-based products, but again, this isn't something any airline can guarantee. Qantas is considered one of the best at removing nuts from all areas (on the plane and off). They also offer a surprisingly wide range of meals, and cabin crew are trained in anaphylaxis recognition and treatment. Epipens are also available onboard. Read more about flying with a nut allergy here.
You can call Alternative Airlines to purchase your ticket. Some airlines need to know at least 24 hours before making Alternative Airlines aware of your unaccompanied minor needs. Most airlines will require a fee for this service. This service generally includes:
- Counter service: document verification and check in
- Boarding: Airline crew will locate them in their seat and provide special treatment.
- Boarding Gate: The minor will be accompanied
- Baggage pick-up: If the minor is travelling with checked baggage they will be taken to the carousel.
- Delivery to the person in charge: The minor will be accompanied to the airport’s exit and delivered to an authorised adult.
In the airline industry, an adult is any passenger aged 16 and older. Any passenger under the age of 16 planning to fly alone must be clear about the rules as they change depending on the airline. To know exactly how old do you have to be to fly alone with your chosen airline contact Alternative Airlines.
Unaccompanied Minor policy by Airline
The minimum age for flying alone: children of 12 years of age may travel unaccompanied.
Escort Service: The airline offers an escort service for children between 5-16 of age at £ 20-49.
The minimum age for flying alone: British Airways permits children of 12 years of age to fly without being accompanied by an adult.
Escort Service: The airline requires minors of age 5-12 to book their Skyflyer solo service. The British Airways Skyflyer Solo escort service prices are:
- UK domestic flights: USD 50
- Short-haul flights: USD 50
- Long-haul flights: USD 75
The minimum age for flying alone: children under the age of 16 may not fly alone.
The minimum age for flying alone: children under the age of 14 may not fly alone. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a person 16 years or older to fly with the airline.
Minimum age to fly unaccompanied: Children aged 15 and over can fly alone with KLM. For children between the ages of 5 and 17, an escort service can be booked.
Escort Service: 50 € short and medium distance, 75 € long distance
Flying with Children
For all information on flying with children, visit our flying with children page.
Travelling with Infants
Airline policies for people travelling with infants vary; some airlines charge a set fee (from £19 per sector with Aer Lingus), while others charge a percentage of the full fare, which can be up to 20%. Families travelling on an airline which charges a set fee may find it is not that much more expensive to actually pay for an additional seat for their infant.
Although your baby will not have a seat, often a ticket should be issued under their name and associated with your ticket. Usually, an infant will not require a seat until they are between 1-2 years old. Please contact Alternative Airlines for the most up-to-date information on travelling with infants.
Airline breastfeeding policies
As with all air travel regulations, many airlines differentiate in their breastfeeding policies. Most airlines will accept additional baggage for breastfeeding apparatus as well as liquids in small containers. Also, many airline's crews will assist you with whatever you need. Although it is possible they cannot store milk in a fridge, they will cool it in ice for you, as well as heat milk if you need. Some airlines will require you to be more discrete than others. For full information on this topic, have a look at our breastfeeding on a plane tips and advice page, or contact Alternative Airlines and we will be happy to assist you with any inquiry.
Travellers with hearing impairments or speech disabilities may be able to receive personalised assistance. Contact Alternative Airlines to learn about the services you are entitled to and organise assistance for you at the airport and on board the plane.
Travellers with visual impairments may be able to receive personalised assistance. Contact Alternative Airlines to learn about the services you are entitled to and organise assistance for you at the airport and on board the plane. Many airlines offer the use of an assistance dog on board flights. Please check our advice on flying with pets, emotional support animals and service animals for further information or contact Alternative Airlines.
Please see our page providing detailed information on airport mobility assistance here.
If you have a healthy pregnancy, in most cases, the safest time to fly is between three and six months into your pregnancy. However, this will depend on the pregnancy, so it's best to check with your doctor before flying.
You don't have to inform the airline that you're flying while pregnant unless you're over 28 weeks pregnant, and in some cases, later than that. If you need any special assistance, please contact us and we'll be happy to inform the airline that you'll be flying pregnant for you.
Flying Pregnant Policy by Airline
British airways require that you carry a certificate from your doctor stating your pregnancy record and that you're safe to fly.
If you're over 36 weeks pregnant, United ask that you bring a note from your doctor with details of your due date and stating that you're safe to fly.
When flying within North America and Puerto Rico, you're not allowed to fly on American Airlines if you're within seven days of your due date. When flying internationally, passengers flying within 30 days of their due date must bring a doctors note with details of their due date and stating that they're safe to fly.
Flying with Crutches
If you're flying with crutches, you should let the airline know beforehand. This way you can make sure you in getting the relevant assistance. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll happily contact the airline for you!
All airlines will allow you to take your crutches with you on the plane but they might be stored in the hold. If you do travel with crutches on the plane, it will not count as carry-on baggage. If you're flying with crutches, it means you won't be able to sit at an exit row. If you'd like to board the plane early as to avoid crowded around other passengers, please put in a request for us to ask the airline beforehand.
If you have crutches, you will be able to get wheelchair assistance for your flight. Please contact us to arrange this with the airline if you'd like wheelchair assistance.
Flying with a Criminal Record
A lot of countries don't allow people with a criminal history into their country. However, whether you can fly with a criminal record will depend entirely on where you're travelling to and how much time has passed since your conviction. The best way to find out whether you can fly with a criminal record is to visit the nearest consulate or embassy of the country you're visiting or to go on the website of their immigration office.
Here is a general overview of how strict each country is:
The USA has a strict policy for criminal records. They require you to answer truthfully on to all questions on your criminal history, even if you've completed the time on your conviction or your conviction has been pardoned. If you're from a country that distributes the Visa Waiver Program and have a criminal record or are in the middle of a case determining your criminal record, you will be ineligible for the Visa Waiver Program. Similarly, if you're from a country that usually doesn't require a visa to visit the USA, you might be refused entry based on your criminal history.
Canada has one of the most strict policies on criminal records in the world. However, you make an application for 'rehabilitation', which might make getting into the country easier. You can be eligible for rehabilitation if your the time passed since your conviction was cleared is more than 10 years and the crime you committed has a prison sentence less than 10 years in Canada.
China's criminal record policy is varied. Contact your nearest consulate or embassy with details of your criminal record to find out if you're eligible to visit.
Countries within the European Union
As a general rule, countries within the European Union will allow you access into their if the crime you convicted resulted in less than a three-year sentence.
Those with a criminal record that have been imprisoned for more than 30 months will not be allowed in the country. If your conviction resulted in between 6—30 months of imprisonment, then 10 years must have passed since your imprisonment before you can apply to enter the country. If your conviction resulted in less than 6 months of imprisonment, then the time passed before you can apply to enter the United Kingdom.
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