Many parents prefer the re-assurance of taking their child’s own car seat or booster seat with them when they travel.
Your car rental company will have the facility to book child car seats and booster seats at the time of booking. However, the rental company may not have the right size seat available when you arrive, especially if you are travelling with a young baby.
For peace of mind we would always recommend taking your child’s own car seat if possible. You may also be able to use your child’s booster seat on the airplane but it is best to check with your airline whether this is possible.
In the main, airlines do not charge for your infant’s car seat, booster seat, buggy or pushchair and they do not form part of your checked luggage allowance.
Airlines differ in their allowances and some allow you to carry 2 items free of charge. These items can be dropped off at the Bag Drop Center or alternatively your child’s pushchair can be taken to the boarding gate or aircraft door.
Please check your airline’s allowance for children’s equipment and pre-book if necessary, for it to be placed in the hold, together with your luggage.
Any child car seat, booster seat or pushchair which is put in the airplane hold can be collected from your flight’s luggage carousel in the arrivals hall.
If you are putting your child’s pushchair or buggy in the hold with your checked baggage it is recommended that you put it in a travel bag or case to avoid damage.
Remember to have the pushchair tagged at the check in desk or at the boarding gate to make sure it doesn’t get lost!
If you don’t wish to check your pushchair/buggy in at the check in desk, generally your airline will allow you to use it up to the aircraft steps. Then when you land the pushchair will be waiting for you at the aircraft steps (circumstances permitting).
We would always advise you to confirm at the check in desk that it is possible to take the pushchair to the airplane and where you collect it when you arrive at the airport.
Airlines differ in their policies for the additional items which you can carry for free when travelling with children under 2 years.
As a general rule you can usually take 2 items of baby equipment free of charge per child. This is 1 pushchair plus either a;
Check out your airlines Terms & Conditions for travelling with a child car seat, booster seat, buggy or pushchair.