Which Airline is the Most Kid-friendly?

As you start booking your flights for your next family trip, you might consider booking with a more kid-friendly airline.

Most Popular Airline to Travel with Kids – Southwest Airlines

Southwest most kid friendly airlines

Parents were full of praise for Southwest Airlines’ family-friendliness. Here’s what parents loved about Southwest.

  1. No baggage fees! – Let’s face it. Families have lots of gear to tote around when traveling, and flying with an airline that does not charge extra for check-in luggage can save a family a chunk of change.
  2. Easy check-in tips to make your Southwest check-in easier– Check out these simple .
  3. Priority boarding for families in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ seating groups – As more and more airlines do away with pre-boarding for families with young children, Southwest has a great compromise that helps ensure that families have a high chance of being seated together and have enough time to settle in before take off.
  4. Reasonable prices – When you’re booking 4 or 5 tickets, every penny counts. Make sure to check out how you can earn a Southwest Companion Pass.
  5. Helpful and humorous flight attendants – To parents, a helpful hand and relaxed atmosphere makes for a pleasant flying experience.
  6. Special welcome for first time flyers – If it’s your child’s first flight, Southwest will celebrate the special occasion with a certificate and wings. Just let a flight attendant know.

Least Popular Airline when Traveling with Kids – Delta/Northwest Airlines

Delta Airlines

Are you surprised that Delta/Northwest Airlines fell to the bottom? Parents were the most dissatisfied with the service they received on the Delta/Northwest airlines. A few were kind enough to say that it might have been a result of the uncertainties around the merger, but when you’re in the service business, managing transition is critical. The main criticism was that the staff really didn’t seem to “give a crap about kids at all.” Do you agree?

You Tell Us: Rate airlines you’ve flown on with kids

We’d love to hear your thoughts on your favorite (or least favorite) family friendly airline. Fill in the survey below & we’ll be updating this page with survey results as they come in.

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About the author

LiLing Pang is Co-founder and CEO of Trekaroo . She is a mom to two boys and a girl and recently traveled through Central America. Together with her husband, Brennan Pang, they hatched the idea of Trekaroo one summer day along the California coast while searching for the best kid-friendly tide pool near La Jolla with their curious 2 and a half year old.
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