Domestic (Australia & New Zealand) In Australia and New Zealand infants (0-23mths inclusive) who do not occupy a separate seat are carried free of charge. There must be one adult for every infant booked or a fare must be paid. Once a child turns 2 years they must occupy a seat and pay the applicable fare.
International. For QF fares, an infant not occupying a seat travels for 10% of the applicable QF adult fare (plus taxes and surcharges). If occupying a seat, a child fare applies.
Lap infant fares on international flights
Most international flights allow children under 2 to fly as lap children, but with one big difference — it's usually not 100% free. Typically, if you're flying on a revenue ticket, you must pay the taxes and fees for your lap infant plus, in some cases, 10% of the fare.
We're here to take you and your family wherever you need to go. Infants or children under 2 years of age can travel on the lap of an adult for free (within the United States) or at a reduced fare (for international travel).
It's probably sooner than you think. If your baby is at least two days old, most airlines should be happy for him to fly. However, some airlines will insist that your baby is at least two weeks old. There are no standard regulations, so it's best to check with your airline before you book.
On most airlines, a baby has to be more than one week old to fly. In general, you should get approval from your pediatrician before traveling internationally with a child less than six months old. Also remember that your baby needs their own passport.
This often means that a newborn should not fly until they're three to six months old. However, these dates can vary greatly from child to child. Some pediatricians will allow some babies as young as one month old to fly internationally. Always check with your pediatrician.
Some airlines require you to buy a full adult fare for children aged 2 and older, while others offer child fares that are drastically discounted. However, once children reach the age of 2, they will need to sit in their own reserved seat with a purchased ticket.
Baby Ticket Price
Babies or infants fly free with almost every airline. Airlines allow passengers who are flying with a baby to sit on their lap during the flight, with some also giving the option to purchase a seat with a special seat restraint.
To prove your child's age to an airline, one of the following documents will suffice: Child's passport (how to get a U.S. passport for an infant and things to know about children's passports) Child's birth certificate. Child's immunization form or other medical records may also work domestically.
Unlike in the US, where babies under 2 fly for free and don't need a passport, in Europe you have to pay for their flights and have their passport. What is this? Without a valid ID, your infant will not be able to fly and you'll be stranded at the airport. A birth certificate does NOT count as an ID.
More often than not, you'll need to pay 10% of the regular fare. This price will be valid until your baby reaches his/her second birthday. This rate does not give you the right to have a separate seat for your child; he or she will fly as a LAP INFANT.
Under the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, for the purposes of determining the obligations under the convention, a birth on a ship or aircraft in international waters or airspace shall be treated as a birth in the country of the ship or aircraft's registration.
Qantas baggage allowance for little ones includes a collapsible stroller and collapsible cot, bassinet or baby capsule. The easiest thing to do once you arrive at the airport is check your stroller in and use one that's available free of charge from the airline.
FLYING WITH BABY POLICY (INFANTS UNDER 2 YEARS OLD)
Tickets for infants travelling on the parent's lap or in a bassinet are discounted from the full adult fare. When booking online, a request for a bassinet can be made in the Passenger Details section.
Infants under 2 years old can travel at no charge in the lap of their parent (any age), or an accompanying adult 16 years or older traveling in the same cabin. We welcome infants as young as 2 days old, but infants less than 7 days old require a 'Passenger Medical' form to be completed before your flight.
Lap infant: infants aged between 8 days and 23 months are allowed to travel as a lap infant and sit on an adult's lap for the duration of the flight. An infant seat belt is provided upon boarding the aircraft. Lap infants are charged a fixed fare of €25 / £25 per flight.
You'll pay an infant fare, which is a percentage of the adult fare, when your infant sits on an adult's lap for the journey. If you'd like your infant to have their own seat, you'll pay a child fare. We recommend they travel in an approved car seat or AmSafe System which fits into the aircraft seat securely.
Ticket fares for babies and children
On domestic flights, infants under the age of two often fly for free if seated on their parent's lap, and some airlines charge a (discounted) fare. On international flights, airlines often charge 10% of the adult ticket price.
United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and many others have similar policies for domestic flights, with a cutoff age of 2 years old. On international flights, there is no fare for lap infants, but fees may apply. In most cases, you'll need to add the infant to the adult's ticket.
Can my 3 year old fly for free? No. After the age of 2, your child will need to purchase their own seat. Some airlines offer discounts for younger passengers, however, in many cases (especially when booking with miles or points) you will be responsible for paying the full fare for your child's seat.
But infants aren't as fragile as parents sometimes fear. And by age 3 months or so, babies are pretty good candidates for travel, as long as the trip is low-key.
Your baby's age and health.
Your baby's health care provider likely will discourage unnecessary air travel shortly after birth. Newborns have developing immune systems and air travel increases their risk of catching an infectious disease, including coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).