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Child / parent boarding in different groups.

ErikTheRed
New Arrival

Greetings, what’s the policy for a child boarding in a different group than parent?  Let’s say parent has an A boarding pass but the child has B or C boarding pass.  Child is under 10.  Thank you.  

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Re: Child / parent boarding in different groups.

FlyWithLUV
Active Member
Solution

You can either board in the A group without the child (and save a seat for them, assuming that you are comfortable with them boarding by themself) and then the child can board in their C boarding position.

 

Technically, if you are boarding together, you would all have to board in the C boarding position, but if it’s a child, the chance of you encountering any difficulty is rare. That being said, the child may be able to board with the parent in the A’s. You might get questioned about it but as long as you tell them that they are your child, they’ll likely let you on without having you board with the C’s.

Re: Child / parent boarding in different groups.

ErikTheRed
New Arrival

Thank you for clarifying.  I had purchased a separate reservation for my 8 year old because I had used travel credits and I wanted to use miles for his flight.  It was a complex purchase but we ended up with different reservations.  Now I know, either hang back with him or make sure we're on the same reservation.  I appreciate your help.  Thank you.

Re: Child / parent boarding in different groups.

TheMiddleSeat
Top Contributor
Solution

No one can move up to a better boarding position. If you want to all board together you need to all board at the worst of the boarding positions. You may find a gate agent that will let it slide, but don't be upset when you are told no.

 

If you are all on the same reservation I don't see why you would encounter this situation. A person flying with a A-List traveler is provided a sequential boarding position. Two people on the same reservation are also given sequential boarding positions or at least very close to each other. Can you specify if this actually happened or you are just speaking hypothetically? 

 

--TheMiddleSeat

 

 

Re: Child / parent boarding in different groups.

ZevSupport
Active Member

You can also do family boarding, between A and B!


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Re: Child / parent boarding in different groups.

TheMiddleSeat
Top Contributor

@ZevSupport wrote:

You can also do family boarding, between A and B!


Child would need to be 6 or younger.

 

--TheMiddleSeat

Re: Child / parent boarding in different groups.

ErikTheRed
New Arrival

I did not know a child cannot move up in a boarding group.  I had purchased a separate reservation for my 8 year old.  Next time I'll hang back or make sure he's on my reservation.  Thank you for clarifying.  I appreciate your expertise.