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UNACCOMPANIED MINOR AIRLINE SERVICESFees, minimum age & how to book

Airline policies for minimum age of children flying alone and escort services for unaccompanied minors vary greatly. Apart from the major low cost airlines, nearly all other airlines offer a special service to take care of children flying alone. This will include help throughout boarding, supervision during the flight and airline personal staying with your child at the destination airport until pickup.

Airline comparison of unaccompanied minor services, fees, and minimum age

Below we have compiled all airline information you need if your child plans to travel alone: Minimum ages, whether unaccompanied minor service is offered, fees and how to book.

Unaccompanied Minors ServiceTravelling alone without
Unaccompanied Minors Service
AirlineAge rangeFees - one way
(direct flights)
Fees - one way
(connecting flights)
RestrictionsincludedHow to bookMinimum age
Aegan Airlines5-11 yearsDomestic flights: EUR 10
International to/from Greece flights: EUR 40
International flights: EUR 40
Domestic flights: EUR 20
International to/from Greece flights: EUR 60
International flights: EUR 80
--Phone
, Required form to fill, Detailed information from Aegan Airlines
12 years
Aer Lingus----Detailed information from Aer Lingus12 years
Air Canada8-17 yearsUSD 100 per childNot PermittedAvailable on non-stop flights onlyMeals: YesPhone
, Detailed information from Air Canada
12 years
Air France4-17 years40 EUR per childEUR 50 per child-Transfer lasting 1 hour at Paris-Orly / 2.5 hours at Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Special Lounge with toys, books, comfortable seats and entertainement screens.

Meals: Yes (flights less than 2.5 hours)
4-8: children's meal
9-17: adult meal
Phone
, Online, Required form to fill, Detailed information from Air France
15 years
Air Malta7-15 years70 EUR per childSame Price
Charged by segment
-Meals: YesOnline
, Required form to fill, Detailed information from Air Malta
12 years
(except from Italy where it's 14)
Air New Zealand5-16 yearsDomestic Flights: AUD 15 per child
International flights: AUD 40 per child
Not PermittedAvailable on non-stop flights onlyMeals: International flights: Yes
Trans-Tasman/Pacific Island flights: No
Online, Detailed information from Air New Zealand12 years
Alaska Airlines5-17 yearsUSD 50 per childUSD 75 per child
Not Available for children less than 8 years old
Children may not travel alone to or from Sun Valley, Idaho (SUN) between 12 DEC to 1 APR
Travel may not begin between 9:OO and 17:00.
Entertainement tablets.

Meals: Yes (longer than 2 hour flights)
Phone
, Required form to fill, Detailed information from Alaska Airlines
13 years
Alitalia5-14 yearsFlights within Italy: EUR 60 per child
Medium-haul international flights: EUR 75 per child
Long-haul international flights: EUR 125 per child
Flights from the United States : EUR 125 per child
Same Price-Special Lounge with toys, books, comfortable seats and entertainment screens.Phone
, Required form to fill, Detailed information from Alitalia
15 years
American Airlines5-17 yearsUSD 150 per child
USD 150 for all the children in the same family doing the same travel
Not PermittedAvailable on non-stop flights only-Phone
, Detailed information from American Airlines
15 years
Austrian Airlines5-17 yearsDomestic (within Austria): EUR 60
Europe: EUR 60
Intercontinental: EUR 100
Same Price--Phone
Required form to fill, Detailed information from Austrian Airlines
12 years
British Airways----Detailed information from British Airways14 years
Cathay Pacific6-17 yearsBetween Hong Kong and Africa, Europe, the Middle East, North America, the South Asia Subcontinent and Southwest Pacific: USD 100 per child
Other routes: USD 50 per child
Same Price--Phone
, Detailed information from Cathay Pacific
12 years
Delta Air Lines5-17 yearsUSD 150 for less than 4 childrenSame Price
Not Available for children less than 8 years old
Not Available on Red Eye flights (between 21:00 and 5:00), except for departure from Alaska or Hawaii and connections to/from international flights.Trackable wristband
Special Lounge with toys, books, comfortable seats and entertainment screens.
Phone
, Detailed information from Delta Air Lines
15 years
easyJet----Detailed information from easyJet14 years
Emirates5-15 yearsFree but Adult Fare appliesSame PriceMaximum transit time: 4 hours.
If the Transfer is in Dubai, Maximum transit time: 8 hours.
Special Lounge with toys, books, comfortable seats and entertainment screens.

Meals: Yes
Phone
, Detailed information from Emirates
12 years
Etihad5-17 years5-11: Free but Adult Fare applies
12-17: USD 100 per child
5-11: Free but Adult Fare applies 12-17: USD 150 per childMaximum transit time: 8 hours
Not Available on partners' flights.
Activity packs offered.
Special Lounge with toys, books, comfortable seats and entertainment screens.
Phone
, Required form to fill, Detailed information from Etihad
12 years
Eurowings5-11 yearsDomestic flights: EUR 50 / child
Flights from Germany to Zurich or Vienna: EUR 50 per child
Not Permitted-Meals: YesPhone
, Required form to fill, Detailed information from Eurowings
12 years
Finnair5-17 yearsFlights within Finland, Scandinavia and the Baltics: EUR 40 per child
Flights within Europe and Middle East: EUR 60 per child
Intercontinental Flights: EUR 120 per child
Same Price
Charged by segment
-Meals: YesPhone
, Required form to fill, Detailed information from Finnair
12 years
(except from/to USA where it's 15)
Flybe----Detailed information from Flybe12 years
Frontier Airlines----Detailed information from Frontier15 years
Gulf Air5-11 yearsFree but Adult Fare appliesSame Price--Phone
, Required form to fill, Detailed information from Gulf Air
12 years
Hawaiian Airlines5-11 yearsWithin the State of Hawaii: USD 35.00 for < 2 children
Between North America and Hawaii: USD 100.00 for < 2 children
Not PermittedAvailable on non-stop flights only.
No international flights.
Any flight departing between 21:00 and 5:00 a.m. unless the flight: operates out of Honolulu, Hawaii AND is the only flight of the day.
5-11 years old children are only accepted on domestic flights.
-Phone
, Required form to fill, Detailed information from Hawaiian Airlines
12 years
Iberia5-17 yearsDomestic flights (except Canary Islands): EUR 45
Europe, the Canary Islands, the Middle East and North Africa: EUR 70
America, Asia and South Africa: EUR 120
Domestic flights (except Canary Islands): EUR 70
Europe, the Canary Islands, the Middle East and North Africa: EUR 100
America, Asia and South Africa: EUR 150
--Phone
, Required form to fill, Detailed information from Iberia
12 years
Icelandair5-15 yearsEurope to Iceland: USD 85 for less than 4 children
US to Iceland: USD 150 for less than 4 children
Europe to US or CA: USD 250 for less than 4 children
Same PriceOnly on Icelandair flights, not possible if connections with other airlines.
May not be booked for some stopovers.
Private waiting rooms

Meals: 2-11: child meal + beverage
12-15: Economy Class menu
Phone
, Required form to fill, Detailed information from Icelandair
12 years
Jet2.com----Detailed information from Jet2.com16 years
JetBlue5-13 yearsUSD 100 per childSame PriceAvailable on non-stop flights only-Phone
, Required form to fill, Detailed information from JetBlue
14 years
KLM5-17 yearsWithin Europe: EUR 100 per child
Intercontinental Flight: EUR 150 per child
Flight from a European airport, via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, to another European airport: EUR 200
Flight from a European airport, via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, to an intercontinental airport (or vice versa): EUR 250
Flight from an intercontinental airport, via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, to another intercontinental airport: EUR 300
KLM flight between 2 airports other than Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Flight from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, via a destination within the United States, to another intercontinental airport: EUR 250
Transfers only on KLM, Air France, and Delta Air Lines flights.Special Lounge with toys, books, comfortable seats and entertainment screens.Phone
, Required form to fill, Detailed information from KLM
15 years
Lufthansa5-17 yearsFlight segment within Germany or Europe: EUR 60 per child
Intercontinental flight segment: EUR 100 per child
Same Price
Charged by segment
-Dedicated check-in counters.
Special Lounge with toys, books, comfortable seats and entertainment screens.
Phone
, Required form to fill, Detailed information from Lufthansa
12 years
Norwegian Air5-15 years65 USD per childSame PriceService not available to/from Argentina, Brazil, Bosnia, Bulgaria, the Caribbean (Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Croix), Canada, French Guiana, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Morocco, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the U.S.-Phone
, Required form to fill, Detailed information from Norwegian Air
12 years
Porter Airlines8-17 yearsUSD 100 per childNot PermittedAvailable on non-stop flights onlyMeals: YesPhone
, Detailed information from Porter Airlines
12 years
Qantas5-15 yearsDomestic Flights: AUD 50 per child
International Flights: AUD 90 per child
Same PriceMaximum transit time: 4 hours-Phone
, Required form to fill, Detailed information from Qantas
12 years
Qatar Airways5-15 yearsFree but Adult Fare appliesSame PriceNot Available on partners' flights.-Phone
, Detailed information from Qatar Airways
16 years
Royal Brunei Airlines5-15 years--Maximum transit time: 24 hours-Phone
, Detailed information from Royal Brunei Airlines
12 years
Ryanair----Detailed information from Ryanair16 years
Singapore Airlines5-17 years----Phone
, Required form to fill, Detailed information from Singapore Airlines
12 years
Southwest Airlines5-17 yearsUSD 50 per childNot PermittedAvailable on non-stop flights only
No international flights
-Phone
, Detailed information from Southwest Airlines
12 years
Spirit Airlines5-17 yearsUSD 100 per childNot PermittedAvailable on non-stop flights only
No international flights
Meals: YesPhone
, Online, Detailed information from Spirit Airlines
15 years
Swiss5-17 yearsDomestic Flights: EUR 60 per child
European Flights:EUR 60 per child
Intercontinental Flights: EUR 100 per child
Same Price
Charged by segment
--Phone
, Required form to fill, Detailed information from Swiss
12 years
TAP5-17 yearsDomestic Flights: EUR 55 per child
Flights within Europe and Morocco: EUR 70 per child
Intercontinental Flights: EUR 120 per child
Same Price--Phone
, Detailed information from TAP
12 years
Thai Airways5-17 yearsInternational Flights: Adult Fare applies + service fee USD 60 per flight
Domestic Flights: Child Fare + 75% (5-11 years old)
Same PriceMaximum transit time: 6 hours
Not Available if it involves a transfer between Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang Airport.
-Phone
, Detailed information from Thai Airways
18 years
Thomas Cook----Detailed information from Thomas Cook14 years (in UK)
16 years (out of the UK)
Thomson----Detailed information from Thomson14 years
Turkish Airlines----Detailed information from Turkish Airlines12 years
United Airlines5-14 yearsUSD 150 per childSame PriceAvailable on non-stop flights only
Service charges for ticketing with a United representative in the United States and Canada by phone are USD 25.
-Phone
, Online Detailed information from United Airlines
15 years
Virgin America5-17 yearsUSD 50 per childUSD 75 per child
Not Available for children less than 8 years old
Children may not travel alone to/from Sun Valley, Idaho (SUN) between 1 DEC to 1 APR annually.
Travel may not begin between 21:00 and 5:00.
Meals: Yes (longer than 2 hour flights)Phone
, Required form to fill, Detailed information from Virgin America
13 years
Virgin Atlantic5-15 yearsFree but Adult Fare appliesSame PriceMaximum transit time: 4 hours
Not Available on partners' flights.
-Phone
, Detailed information from Virgin Atlantic
16 years
Vueling----Detailed information fromVueling12 years
WestJet8-17 yearsUSD 100 per childNot PermittedAvailable on non-stop flights only
Travel between two Canadian cities.
Travel may not begin before 5:30 or end after 22:00 p.m
Children need to speak English or French.
-Phone
, Online Detailed information from WestJet
12 years
Wizz Air----Detailed information from Wizz Air14 years

Unaccompanied minor service explained - Step by Step

Airline agents, the flight crew and special airport staff will work together to ensure that your child’s adventure goes smoothly. The unaccompanied minor service gives you peace of mind, knowing that your child will be well cared for en route to and from their destination.

At the airport - checking in:

When you arrive at the airport, you should head to the check-in counter with your child. You’ll have to present your child’s passport, as well as the name, address and phone number of the person meeting your child at the destination, the airline’s unaccompanied minor form completed and signed, and your photo ID. Your child will be given an identification tag, please impress on your child the importance of wearing it for the duration of the trip.

Clearing security and getting to the gate:

After checking in, one of two possible scenarios will play out, depending on airport policy. In some cases you will be able to escort your child to the gate and you will receive a security pass at the check-in counter. Alternatively, an airport agent will escort your child through security and to the gate, wait there for boarding, and then assist your child to board the aircraft.

On board:

Unaccompanied minors are eligible for pre-boarding and will be presented to the cabin crew before being escorted to their seat. During the flight, the crew will pay special attention to your child, and help in any way necessary.

Arriving at the destination:

After the flight, the crew will help your child disembark and escort him or her to an airport agent. The agent will guide your child through the airport, customs, and baggage pick-up, all the way to the established pick-up point where they will wait until the person meeting your child arrives and shows valid identification.

Tips to make your child’s trip a pleasant one

  • Put everything for the flight in a backpack. It’s easier to carry and to keep track of.
  • Pack a few surprises along with favourite books/toys to help keep your child entertained during the flight or transfer times.
  • If there is no food provided on the flight, prepare a snack and/or lunch for your child. In-flight purchases must be paid by credit card so you might want to buy a voucher prior to the trip so that he or she will be able to purchase food in the aircraft.
  • Remember that most airports will confiscate all liquids at security. Instead of a bottle of water, pack an empty bottle that can be filled at a water fountain after clearing security.
  • Attach an ID tag containing your contact details to your child’s carry-on and inside the jacket.

Required documents checklist

  • Official ID of the child (i.e. passport)
  • Valid travel visa for your child (when required)
  • The Unaccompanied Minor Form - completed and signed (wherever required)
  • The name, address and phone number of the person picking up the child at the destination
  • Photo ID (license, passport, etc.) to prove identities for pick-up AND drop-off

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