BOOKING A FLIGHT FOR AN UNBORN BABY

March 20, 2017

 

That double line.

You watched as it slowly gained pigment and is now cheekily staring back at you.

The pregnancy test confirms your suspicion… YOU’RE PREGNANT!

 

#travelgoals – OUT THE DOOR?! Not really.

 

When I first found out I was expecting, that cheeky double line was staring at my doctor, not me. When she broke the news, among the million other things running through my head, I thought, “Ah sh*t. No more travel (sad face).”

 

Like the common misconception, I feared having a baby would stop me in my tracks to seeing the World… WRONG! My new situation was an opportunity.

 

At 16 weeks pregnant my partner, Kennedy, and I began formulating our baby’s christening, 14000km, away in Tanzania, Africa. Just before Xayla was born we took advantage of Qatar Airways’ promotion and secured cheap(ish) flights from Sydney to Kilimajaro.

 

Here’s how we booked tickets for our unborn child:

 

Entering a name and birthday for a baby without a name and birthday?

 

Google is amass with ambiguous information regarding this topic.

 

We read somewhere that as long as you know the name and birthdate of your to-be child, you could go ahead and book them a flight.

 

We initially took this approach and while this was good in helping us finally decide upon a name, the complications that came with entering a ‘future’ D.O.B and the mission it would be to change that date, in the event baby decided to come earlier or later than expected, made us second guess this process. So we decided to…

 

Check with the airline

 

Qatar Airways advised us to book our adult tickets first, and once our baby was born, to contact them and add her on to the itinerary. Makes sense!

 

Pay the 10%

           

Unlike what is commonly thought, babies don’t fly free on international flights. They will need to fly on an infant ticket, which is 10% of an adult fare, at the time of booking.

 

When we booked Xayla’s ticket, prices were more expensive than when we purchased ours. We therefore ended up paying a few dollars more than what we would have, had Xayla been booked during the promotion. I suppose that’s the compromise with booking baby tickets, post-birth rather than pre-birth, to avoid birthdate issues.

           

Make note of the ticket number (which we didn’t)

 

When I called up Qatar to book Xayla’s flight, they informed the new ticket wouldn’t show on our itinerary. The difference was that one of the adults would now have ‘baby meal’ set next to their name, under meal preferences. The representative said this should suffice to show as proof of ticket.

 

But on the return flight home, they couldn’t locate Xayla’s details on the system. Boy did I look like a dummy when I persisted that we obviously had a baby ticket because we had a baby meal. As the gentleman said, “this was a service, not a ticket.” Awkward.

 

In the end, turns out, Xayla was booked into Business Class, hence the confusion.

 

Moral of the story, make note of your ticket number! Just in case we have more cases of high-class babies lost in Business.

 

#truth While something so easy, like booking a flight, can resemble a complex math equation, with a baby, it CAN and WILL be done! #keeptravelling

 

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