Travel Tuesday: I Have to Pay What to Sit with My Own Kids!

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The biggest travel seasons of the year are coming, the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. In addition to having to worry about the rising costs of airfare due to jet fuel, bag fees and the economy, travelers are also going to have to (possibly) deal with a new fee that usually shows up at the ticket counter/gate.

You should already be researching and booking your Thanksgiving airline tickets. It is estimated that airfare will jump $5 per day in November. Normally when you book your flights (within the 21 day advance rule), you can choose seats that allow you to sit with your children/family at no extra charge. Now, if you have to wait a little closer to your travel date (say 7 days in advance), and there are not any seats together for you and your children/family, you may have to pay an additional fee. Yes, you will have to pay a little bit more to sit with your own children! (WTH?!) The additional fee may cost anywhere from $25 up to $60 each way. If you choose not to pay the extra fee, your alternative is to split up the family or (possibly) let your children sit with strangers. Some parents like the idea of their kids sitting on another row with strangers, so they can sleep or watch a movie.

The best way to avoid the additional fees is to definitely book at least 21 days in advance. If you can’t book 21 days in advance, try to book a new seat assignment for free 5 days in advance (if you’ve already purchased tickets that aren’t together). Before you purchase your tickets check with the airline to see if they charge this “˜fee.’

BMWK Family what do you think? Are these additional fees fair? Should you have to pay extra to sit with your own kids if they are no seats together?

By The Travelin Diva (Kirstin N. Fuller)

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  • Kirstin (The Travelin Diva)

    I don’t think its fair that family’s may have to pay to sit together. What’s next? A charge to breathe fresh air? Amtrak is looking better every day…

  • MrsRW

    I see this fee going away very quickly as soon as some kids become extra rowdy/anxious/loud, etc. with no parental supervision. LOL!!!