- I have been asked a few times whether you can fly business class with your baby and the simple answer is, hell yes! Whilst there are some mistakes you can make when travelling with kids, flying business class is not one of them. You might receive some disapproving looks from your fellow passengers however, the reality is that you are just as entitled as everyone else to fly at the pointy end of the plane with babe in arms should you wish to.
Flying or travelling in business class with a baby is the best excuse to splash out and upgrade your seats if you can afford it, or if you have air miles to use. Even more so if you are flying solo with a baby. Whilst you might not be sipping champagne and relaxing in your ‘perfect plane outfit‘, there are many reasons why you should fly business class with a baby. And lets face it, there are so many amazing places to travel with a baby.
If you need some help justifying flying business class with your baby, here are the reasons why I think you should.
#1: TLC FOR MUM
In the business class cabin there are more hostesses per person compared to the economy cabin. This means you will be given more attention and provided a higher level service. And whilst airline staff have generally been fantastic with us when we have traveled with the baby (regardless of which class) the extra special treatment you receive is much appreciated. More champagne? Yes please! Extra food ‘for the baby‘? Yes Please!
And someone to hold the baby whilst you go to the loo – that’s worth the price of the business class ticket alone. Its not until you find yourself traveling alone with a child that you realize how hard some of the basic tasks can be.
#2: DON’T PAY FOR A SEAT UNTIL 2
Children are required to sit on an adult’s lap until the age of 2 when flying on a plane. Therefore you do not need to pay for a seat for your baby. There will generally be an admin fee or taxes which you are required to pay but they are much less than paying for another whole seat. So whilst you have the luxury of paying less, take that opportunity to fly business class with your baby!
#3: TREAT YO’SELF
Never a truer word that every mama deserves to be treated like a queen after giving birth and caring for a newborn. New mums deserve a medal after what they have been though or in this instance, a seat upgrade would be truly deserved.
#4: PRIORITY CHECK-IN / SECURITY / BOARDING
A seamless transition from arrival at the airport to taking your seat on the plane makes your travelling with a baby so much easier. With a business class ticket you will have priority access at check-in, security and boarding. Not having to deal with the hoards of people trying to make their way through the airport will take the stress out of the travel. Therefore hopefully making it a painless and perhaps even enjoyable experience.
#5: MORE SPACE
One of the things I enjoy most about flying business class is the extra room for ALL THE THINGS. Whilst I always recommend that you travel as light as possible, it doesn’t take much stuff before your seat suddenly feel like utter chaos. Then add all the things you need when travelling with a baby and you won’t know what to do with yourself.
When it comes to travelling, it can be hard to know what to pack for a baby for the first family holiday. But my general rule is less is best – most of the time you can purchase whatever you might need.
#6: LOUNGE ACCESS
Lounge access is one of my fave things about traveling in luxury and generally where your holiday truly starts. You have done all of the hard work and now you can sit back and relax and enjoy the complimentary food and drinks. Again, you will have more space and it will be quieter than being out in the main terminals. You will be able to feed and change your child in peace and comfort and hopefully sneak in a cheeky champagne for yourself before boarding.
So if you have some air miles that you need to use or want to treat yourself, I highly recommend travelling business class with your baby. All the extra little comforts provided with business class travel make travelling with a baby so much easier. And I find that as long as you are courteous to other guests and kind to the airline staff, everyone is really accommodating to your needs. Travelling with your kids is truly the best! Shell x