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Kids Flying Solo Guide

Helpful Hints for Children Traveling Alone

AirlineAgeFee per child (each way)Notes
AirTran AirwaysFive to 11 years old – nonstop or direct flights only $49Unaccompanied children cannot fly on the last flight of the day.
American Airlines

Five to 11 years old – nonstop or direct flights only

$100

(only one fee applies for two+ siblings flying same itinerary)

Flights for unaccompanied minors cannot be booked online.
British Airways

Five years old – single sector, direct, nonstop flights only

Six to 14 years old – can travel alone on on British Airways flight

$50 for flights within UK

$75 for long-haul

Flights for unaccompanied minors cannot be booked online, and your child must be registered with the Skyflyer Solo service 48 hours before departure.
Delta Air Lines

Five to seven years old – nonstop or direct flights only

Eight to 14 years old – nonstop and connecting flights

$100Unaccompanied minors are not permitted on Red Eye flights (between 9 pm and 5 am), with the exception of flights departing from Alaska or Hawaii and connections to / from international flights.
Frontier AirlinesFive to 14 years old – nonstop or direct flights only$50 per non-stop or direct flights Unaccompanied minors pay a full adult fare.
JetBlue AirwaysFive to 14 years old – nonstop or direct flights only$100 (must be paid when booking)Five to 16 years old – notarized parental letter of consent for flights between the U.S. and the Bahamas required
Southwest AirlinesFive to 11 years old – nonstop or direct flights only$50The child must wear an "Unaccompanied Minor" lanyard through the airport and for the duration of the flight.
Spirit Airlines

Five to 14 years old – nonstop or direct domestic flights only

15 years old – not considered a minor, but may pay a fee for the service

$100
United Airlines

Five to 7 years old – nonstop flights only

Eight to 11 years old – all United flights permitted, but not the last connecting flight of the day

$99 (only one fee applies for up to three siblings flying same itinerary)
US Airways

Five to 14 years old – nonstop only

15 to 17 years old – nonstop flights only when assistance is required, otherwise connecting flights are permitted if no assistance is needed

$100Five to 14 years old – first and second checked bag fees waived when “unaccompanied minors” service is purchased

What to pack:

    • Cell phone: If your child doesn’t have a cell phone, get him or her a pay-as-you-go phone – an easy form of communication for emergencies. Pay-as-you-go phones can be purchased from any cell phone retailer. Make sure your child knows how to place a collect call and provide a calling card which can be used at public telephones.
    • Gift cards: Invest in a few pre-paid gift cards worth $25 or $50, which will let your child purchase food or any unexpected expenses along the way. This will eliminate the worry of traveling with a tremendous amount of cash.
    • Family/friends contact information: Give your child a complete list of names, numbers and addresses of the people who are picking your child up at the airport.
    • Photographs: Provide a picture of the person(s) your child will be meeting at the airport, and write out the person’s complete contact information on the back.
    • Medication: Make sure your child has all medications he or she needs and is comfortable taking medications on their own.
    • Details of the day’s schedule: Make sure your child knows what to do in an emergency. For example, provide instructions on how to handle flight delays or cancellations. Let him know how to handle overnight accommodations if necessary. Provide at least two copies of this information and store it in two different places.
    • Snacks: Pack some popular munchies such as chips, sandwiches, trail mix, grapes, berries, gum, etc. Also consider buying a bottle of juice or water for your child after passing through the security checkpoint.
    • Entertainment: Make or buy a travel pack to keep them entertained during the flight. Include such items as coloring books, crayons, books, Play-Doh or handheld video games – wonderful distractions for little ones.

Before the flight:

    • Contact your preferred carrier in advance of making a reservation for specific information and guidelines regarding children traveling alone.
    • Try to book a morning flight. If it is delayed or canceled, you have the rest of the day to make alternate plans.
    • Anyone under 17 flying alone on an international flight must have a signed note from a parent or responsible adult giving permission, destination and length of stay.
    • Parents must provide information regarding who will be dropping off and picking up their child from each airport. Children are escorted off the aircraft by a flight attendant and released to the designee or another designated employee.
    • Familiarize your child with his or her itinerary and make sure all travel documents are kept in a safe place - especially if they’ll be needed for a return flight.
    • Make sure your child doesn’t wear any clothing that has his/her name on it, which would make it easier for an impersonator to convince a child that they can be trusted.
    • Make sure your child’s luggage is easy for them to carry and recognize.
    • Register your child’s travel plans with the U.S. State Department, which can provide assistance in an emergency. This is a free service.

At the airport:

    • Early arrival is important. Unaccompanied minors are usually pre-boarded, so airlines recommend allowing plenty of time to check in and get through security. A relaxed pace will also be less stressful for your child.
    • Make sure the flight attendants know that your child is traveling alone. Confirm that he or she will be seated in an area of the aircraft that’s convenient for attendants to keep an eye out – the very front or very back of the aircraft is ideal.
    • If a connection has to be made, pay any extra fees necessary to have a flight attendant assist your child to that connecting flight. Siblings flying together usually pay only one escort fee.
 
 
Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.