Sometime in the middle of last year, seeing a direct flight at an excellent price, I bought two tickets for the family to go visit our friends and relatives in Moscow for three and a half weeks. As I’ve been scouring the internet looking for advice, I’ve decided to create a series contributing my experience and observations to the pool. Some of the advice I’ve found doesn’t apply at all to our situation.
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The first thing you might have realized that’s wrong is that I bought two tickets, when our family has three people. But that’s OK, I thought! We’ll save money because babies under two can be on your lap, oh, and Air France even offers bassinets! No problem! Except it turns out that the bassinets are meant for some kind of freakishly small babies. Baby Dictator had outgrown them by the time he was six months old. And I’m not even going to dignify the “advice” that you should just hold off on all travel the first 3-6 years with a response.
Then I think to myself, well, maybe I can just reserve one of the bassinets and not use it, which will get us bulkhead seats with extra legroom and at least some good floor space for the baby to nap. As I’m asking about this, blatantly lying about Baby M’s size (required info to reserve the bassinets), I’m informed that if it turns out my baby is bigger than the size limits (and he is, by a lot), then they will actually move you to to different seats. I can only assume this is for liability purposes, but it’s hard not to believe there’s some kind of conspiracy against me.
Fine, becoming a bit frantic, maybe I’ll just suck it up and pay the cost of an extra seat for the baby, stupidly thinking there might be a kind of discount offered. Nope! The new ticket is the same price that the Mr. and I paid for TWO seats! Foiled again.
The one piece of good news I managed to glean from my two conversations with airline “representatives” (they actually are operators for THREE airlines) is that there are quite a few open seats on these flights, so if all else fails, we should be able to have some extra space around us. And now that I’ve spent the last two hours reading blogs and forums full of advice and list-making, I am exhausted.
*I assume this varies by carrier, but it’s good to be prepared for this scenario