Minors Travelling Solo
I decided to send my son on a holiday camp to Poland to improve not only his language skills but also give him a taste of early teenage life and Polish culture.
A family member will accompany him during the outbound journey but the return trip he shall do on his own. I wish he was 16 already as I would have saved 70% on the ticket price if I could send him with one of the economy airlines such as Ryanair or Easyjet, or even 14 to be able to travel solo with Wizzair. The flight duration would also be shorter as he could take a direct flight instead of changing in Warsaw.
Having done the research, I wanted to share with you some of the basics in case you intend to send your child on holidays unaccompanied.
The general rule is that only flag air carriers accept minors and offer Unaccompanied Minor Service (escort) to them. Only Lot PLL will accept children as young as 8 days to travel unaccompanied. Majority of airlines will accept children from age of 5 and until they are 11 they will always need to use escort service which is of course paid for additionally and, depending on the airline, can cost between €30 and €300 euro for each leg of the journey. Between the ages 12-17 the escort service is optional.
The Unaccompanied Minor Service means that a flight attendant will accompany your child from the time of check-in until the moment the child is picked up by the designated adult at the destination airport.
Some airlines offer additional attractions to make the journey more enjoyable for minors such as visits in the cockpit, special children meals, toys and crayons for younger children.
Not every airline is equipped to accept the booking online and will require that you call Customer Centre or use travel agent to purchase a ticket for your child.
Once the tickets are purchases and you bring your child to the airport you will be required to fill in the ‘Air Carrier Care Order’ and your child will receive a neck pouch for passport and travel documents; a special tag will also be attached to his luggage to make the luggage easily recognisable.
I do hope that all goes smoothly for my son and your child if you decide to send him on holidays solo.
Don’t forget to reach out to me if your child’s flight is cancelled or delayed for at least 3 hours and I will assist you claim compensation of up to €600. All work is done on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis and you can claim 6 years back.
You can check value of the claim @www.skylegal.eu
|Airline||Unaccompanied Minor Service||Allowed to travel alone /Unaccompanied Minor Service might be optional||Fee|
|Airfrance||4-11 years old||12-17 years old||Direct flight €40
Connecting flight €50
|Alitalia||5-14 years old||15-17 years old||
Domestic flight €60
|Easyjet||5-11 years old||12-17 years old||Domestic and European flight €60
Intercontinental flight €100
|British Airways||Not available||14 years old – must have a completed parental/guardian consent form prior to travel||no chaperone service available|
|Czech Airlines||5-11 years old||12-17 years old||European flight €59
Intercontinental flight €85
|Easyjet||Not available||16 and over||no chaperone service available|
|Eurowings||5-11 years old
(only domestic flights and some to Switzerland)
|Over 12 years old||€60|
|KLM||5-14 years old||Over 14 years old||European flight €100
Intercontinental flight €150
Connecting flight €200-€300
|LOT PLL||8 weeks -11 years old||12-16 years old||European flight €30
Intercontinental flight €60
Long haul €160
|Lufthansa||5-11 years old||12-17 years old||Domestic and European flight €50
Intercontinental flight €80
|Norwegian||5-11 years old||12-15 years old||Domestic and European flight €50
Intercontinental flight €50
|SAS||5-11 years old||12-15 years old||Domestic and European flight €50
Intercontinental flight €50
|Vueling||Not available||12-16 years old||no chaperone service available|
|Wizzair||Not available||Over 14 years old||no chaperone service available|