I have been asked a few times whether you can fly business class with your baby and the simple answer is, hell yes! Whilst you might get some disapproving looks from your fellow passengers, 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. Mackenzie had only flown business and first class (check out ‘Travel Memoirs | Flying Solo with a Baby‘) until we took her to Dublin for St Paddy’s day on a Ryanair flight. Poor child – what a fall from grace!
In my previous post (How to Fly Solo with a Baby) I have recommended that flying or travelling in business class with a young infant is the best time to splash out and upgrade your seats if you can afford it or if you have air miles to use. 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. If you need some help justifying the luxe travel, here are my reasons why I think you should:
TLC for Mum
In the business class cabin there are more hostesses compared to the economy cabin, so 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 – its not until you find yourself traveling alone with a child that you realize how hard some of the basic tasks can be.
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 and 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!
Never a truer word that every Mumma 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.
Priority Check-in / Security / Boarding
A seamless transition from arrival at the airport to taking your seat on the plane makes your journey so much easier. With a business class ticket you will have priority 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 and hopefully make it a painless and perhaps even enjoyable experience.
One of the things I love about flying business class is that all your things don’t have to be jammed into the teeny tiny seat pocket. Whilst I recommend you travel as light as possible, all you need is some headphones, a book and a bottle of water and suddenly you feel like there is sh!t everywhere. Now add on the bits and pieces you need for the baby and it feels like utter chaos.
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 booking that business class seat. All these little comforts make travelling with a baby so much easier. And I find that as long as you are courteous to other guests and kind and appreciative to the airline staff, everyone is really accommodating to your needs.
Do you need some further inspiration for traveling with your baby? Check out my blog posts:
- Why Santorini is always a good idea … even with a baby; and
- Monaco Grand Prix with a Baby – Would I do it again?
I have also prepared an eBook which is free to download and will help take the stress out of packing for your travels with a baby – ‘An Essential Packing Guide for Traveling with your Baby 0-12 Months‘. Safe travels, Shell x