Since we have a Baby WeeklyFlyer joining our family this year, I’ve been giving this topic more and more thought. Flying with infants is often a hot topic.
Reading MommyPoints, FlyingWithFish and DeltaPoints has made me re-examine our booking strategy with an added focus on safety. As an added bonus, I’ve found out that you can actually book a ticket for a baby not yet born.
While the rules permit a parent to hold an infant in arms until the age of 2, it just doesn’t feel right making the baby sit on one of our laps for an entire flight. What if there was turbulence, I kept thinking to myself. Not feeling 100% that we had made the right decision, we re-evaluated our flight and booking strategy.
Flying With An Infant – Maximize Safety And Mileage
Our original ticket was for 2 seats in first class on a 3.5 hour flight. The ticket priced out at 80,000 SkyMiles per person plus a $5 booking fee per person. We called the Delta Diamond desk and had the mile re-deposited for free.
We booked our new ticket to maximize safety and miles. We booked 3 coach seats for a shorter flight. The new flight only required 42,500 miles per person plus a $10 booking fee per person. The new flight required a total mileage outlay of 127,500, a 32,500 mile savings over our original booking.
Most importantly we can all now sit in a row together and have our own seats. The baby will be slightly less than a year old during this trip. Our new plan is to place a car seat in the middle seat where the baby can sit comfortably for the flight.
Booking Ticket With Infant
My last update about flying with an infant, I shared how I couldn’t book a ticket without actually having a real life baby. Who would have thought you actually need a baby to book a flight? But it turns out this is not the case.
Fast forward 4 weeks, Mr & Mrs WeeklyFlyer are booked and so is Baby WeeklyFlyer. How did we do it? We simply gave Delta Baby WeekFlyer’s name and a birthday in the past. The birthday will be changed once the baby is born. Delta confirmed this is not an issue and it can be easily changed at a later date.
The best part is Baby WeeklyFlyer is now safely confirmed with the first itinerary.