We recently took a trip to Cuba— it was an amazing experience and a country like none we’ve ever been to! While we would have enjoyed a few more mojitos on our journey if hadn’t been for our tiny tot, the opportunity to bring him along allowed us to appreciate the simpler days while at the same time teaching us valuable travel with kids lessons that will now be forever etched in our memories (and our tool box).
The next few posts will be highlights of our top 5 lessons from our travels to Havana, Cuba, starting with lesson #1— the most important.
“We’ll now pre-board anyone needing extra help and parents traveling with small children.”
Before my son came along, these words didn’t really mean much to me - I knew and assumed there were other passengers who should hop on the plane and get to their seats before the rest of us crowded the plane and boarded. Pretty simple.
Fast forward to becoming a parent traveling with our infant son for the first time and waiting for the pre-boarding announcement and… crickets. The American Airlines plane boarded first class, elite flyers and then proceeded to go group-by-group with the rest of the plane. The ‘Group 5’ on our boarding pass meant we would be waiting a while and head to our seat, infant in tow, with the rest of the crowd. Turns out it’s inconsistent
According to its website, American Airlines says that “Families with children under 2 years old can ask to board early at the gate.”
JetBlue, on the other hand (which, by the way, shows traveling parents some love on their website) does, indeed pre-board, which helped quite a bit on our recent trip to Mexico with a 15-month old in tow.
As it turns out, each airline has a different policy for boarding with kids, I’ve added the latest info we have below (as of March 2019 per the airline site and our experience) - but let us know if you have an update or experienced something different than what I’ve outlined below:
The start of a new year brings a lot of firsts. A year ago this week, we took our first vacation with our (then) 3-month old baby. It was the first vacation together and my last before I returned from mat leave. There are a lot of stories and lessons learned from that trip, many of which I will get into in future posts, but reflecting back it was the best vacation we have taken as a family to date. Despite the challenges and stress, why do we look back so fondly on this time? It just worked. I’ll explain.