Friday - Dec 14, 2018

Infant Award Travel – Rules And Frequent Flyer Program To Choose When Travelling To India


When you are travelling with in USA, Infants (less than 2 years) would travel for free whether you are on a revenue ticket or award ticket. However, when it comes to international travel with Infants, it will cost you.

Here is a summary of the rules for travelling lap infants on award tickets. Infants have to be ticketed in the same cabin you are travelling and you can only have 1 lap infant per adult.

 

American Airlines – AAdvantage:

You can use AAdvantage miles to book awards with British Airways, Etihad Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Malaysian Airlines and other partners.

When you book an Infant award ticket with AAdvantage, you will be charged 10% of the adult revenue fare + taxes/ fees . So, if you are redeeming miles for Business/First awards using AAdvantage miles. you may be looking at around $1,000 for your child.

 

British Airways Executive Club:

British Airways Avios can be used to book awards with British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Malaysian Airlines and other partners.

British Airways charges 10% of the Avios needed for an adult award plus Taxes/fees. Using BA Avios may be a wise idea if travelling with Infant on an award ticket.

 

British Airways charges 10% of the miles needed for an adult award

 1 Adult & 1 Infant award ticket from LAX – HYD

 

 

BA

LAX – HYD for 1 Adult only

 

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan:

You can use Alaska Airlines Mileage plan miles to book awards with Cathay Pacific, Emirates, British Airways and its Partners.

Alaska Airlines will not be able to issue Infant tickets international travel on partner airlines. You must contact the respective airlines.

 

Cathay Pacific: 25% of the adult revenue fare + taxes/fees

Emirates: 10% of the adult revenue fare + taxes/fees

British Airways: 10% of the adult fare + taxes/fees

 

Etihad AirwaysEtihad Guest:

You can redeem Etihad Guest miles for travelling on Etihad Airways. Etihad Airways will charge you 10% of the miles needed for an adult award plus taxes & fees.

Note that if you redeem American Airlines AAdvantage miles for an award with Etihad Airways and want to add an infant with Etihad Airways you will pay 10% of the adult fare.

 

Etihad Infant

Comparison of Award Ticket using Etihad Guest Miles with and without infant

 

 

Cathay Pacific – Asia Miles:

You can redeem Asia Miles for an award ticket with Cathay Pacific and other one world partners.  However, Cathay Pacific charges you 25% of the adult revenue fare plus taxes & fees on Infant award tickets.

So, If you are travelling with Infant, redeeming Asia Miles for Cathay Pacific awards may not be a good idea.

 

United-Mileage Plus:

You can redeem United-MileagePlus miles for an ward with United, Air India, Lufthansa and other partners. United will charge you 10% of the adult fare + taxes & fees.

Caution: For partner awards (Air India), sometimes, United.com is not listing the cost for infants. We are still required to pay 10% of fee and you may have to contact United.com to issue the e-ticket.

 

Tips:

1. If your travel includes Infants, you may get lower price when you book your award and add infant well ahead of the travel date.

2. To add an infant to an award ticket, always check the price with the ticket  issuing carrier and operating carrier.

3.  If you have to pay 10% of the fare, there are different variations: you may be quoted 10% of the full fare ticket, 10% of the lowest available fare etc.. If you get an outrageous price to add an infant, you should hang up call again (HUCA)

 

Conclusion:

Infant Award travel on domestic routes (Within USA) will not cost you any additional miles or money.  However, you will generally pay 10% of the adult fare in the cabin you are travelling for international travel.

If you are travelling in Business/first class to India, you may expect anywhere from $500 t0 $1,500 to add an infant to an award ticket.

British Airways Executive Club and Etihad Guest are the only 2 programs that charges you 10% of the miles needed for an adult award. If your objective is completely free travel and have enough miles in your bank, British Airways Executive Club and Etihad Guest may best serve your needs when travelling with Infants.

 

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