Best Airlines for International Newborns
When it comes to your newborns first flight, we understand that you’re bound to be a little anxious! Especially for parents whose journey home includes an overseas flight, it is important to consider which airlines are able to make your trip home as comfortable as possible. We’ve done a bit of web crawling for you, and here’s what we’ve learned about international vs US domestic carriers.
According to travel expert blogs and articles published on The Huffington Post and Travelsort.com, your best bet is always to book with an international carrier as opposed to an American based carrier. American based carriers have had to focus on cutting their costs to guard their profits over recent years, and don’t have the capital to offer as many amenities as their international counterparts.
While most airlines will still allow passengers with small children to pre-board, often times ahead of even first class passengers, many airlines also offer additional considerations to help make your flight more enjoyable. Many International airlines are still able to offer perks and convenience features to parents of newborns including bassinets for sleeping, free on board diapers, wipes, and formula, as well as complimentary formula warming. Only a handful of American based carriers can brag these features, and most can’t guarantee these features will be available ahead of time.
Many of the same carriers were applauded time and time again for their attention to your smallest passenger. These airlines include: Singapore Airlines, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Etihad, Virgin Atlantic, Emirate, Lufthansa and British Airways.
When pricing and booking your tickets to the USA for the birth of your child, keep in mind that you’ll be traveling home with a newborn and look into what each airline offers. When in doubt if certain features or amenities will be available on your flight or in your cabin (will you be flying coach or first class), it’s always best to call ahead and ask.