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Making a booking for your infant, child or young adult

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How old is an infant, child or young adult?

Infants: 0 - 23 months

You must always have a ticket for your infant's journey.

Children: 2 - 11 years

Young adults: 12 – 15 years

Infants who become children while travelling

If you're travelling with an infant who reaches the age of two during their journey, your child will need their own seat for any flights on and after their 2nd birthday. However, there is no charge for this; you'll only pay the infant fare for the entire journey.

As your infant will only be required to have a seat for part of your trip, this can't be booked online, so contact us and we'll be pleased to help you.

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Infant and child tickets

We offer some discounts for infants and children on our flights. However they do vary, so check your price quote on for full details.

The fare you pay for your infant will differ, depending on where your infant sits.

Sitting on an adult's lap - Infant fare

An infant fare is charged at 10% of the adult fare when the infant does not have his/her own seat, but sits on an adult’s lap.

A separate seat for your infant - Child fare

If you would like your infant to sit in his/her own seat (as long as they are between 6 and 23 months), you'll pay a child fare. This can't be booked online, so contact us and we'll be pleased to help you.

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Travelling with more than one infant

If you are travelling with more than one infant, and you'd like the infants to sit on the adults' lap, you'll need to have an adult to accompany each infant in the booking.

However, if you're travelling with two infants and at least one is aged between 6 and 23 months, you can buy one infant ticket and one child fare, as long as the second infant is sitting in an approved car seat. This booking can't be made online, so contact us and we'll be pleased to help you.

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Making a booking for an infant who isn't yet born

If you'd like to make a booking for a child that has not yet been born, you only need to make your own booking, which you can do on

After your baby is born, contact us and we'll arrange for your baby's ticket to be issued.

If you will be flying soon after your baby's birth, please check with your treating doctor that they agreed to your baby travelling. Newborn infants must be at least 48 hours old before they can travel with us.

You must always have a ticket for your infant's journey.

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Booking a child into a different cabin to yourself

There are times when you might need to travel in a different cabin to your child.

If your child is between 5 and 12 years of age:

  • Your child can be booked into any cabin once you are booked to travel on the same flight.
  • You should stay with your child until they are taken into the care of British Airways’ staff at the boarding gate.
  • If you are a Gold or Silver Executive Club Member, you will be able to take your child as your eligible guest into the lounge. However Club World, Club Europe and First class customers may only use the lounge for themselves.
  • Please contact us to make a booking for all children between 5 and 15 years of age if they are travelling in a different cabin from you.
  • Children under 5 years must travel with someone over the age of 16 years.
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Please Note:

Whilst we retain overall Duty of Care after your child has checked in for the flight, you will still be responsible for their health, wellbeing and behaviour, both on the ground and on board.