Question about flying with an infant on Southwest

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  1. helenk

    helenk I wish I was in Disney World

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    My family is going to WDW in May. My neice will be 18 months old and my sister in law plans on having her sit on her lap (no flames or discussions please)
    We will be flying Southwest as I have a credit that has to be used and we are all getting SW gift certificates for Christmas...so how do we make the air reservation? Does she have to call for the reservation or can she make the air reservations for the other members in her family and just request the boarding verification pass when they check in at the airport?
     
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  3. Lewisc

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    SW requires a copy of the child's birth certificate.

    Don't assume you'll be able to use a child seat in an otherwise empty seat. Flights to Orlando may be sold out. Further SW may decide not to allow any free seats for lap babies if there aren't enough free seats to accomodate all of the infants.

    AFAIK you just make a regular reservation.

    No flames, no discussion, just a quote from SW's website:

     
  4. helenk

    helenk I wish I was in Disney World

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    Since my neice is under 2 my sister in law will be able to provide the birth certificate with no problem.
    I understand that the flight will most likely be full. I have flown to Orlando numerous times on different airlines and generally the flight is packed. The flight is about 2 hours and a half, sometimes not even that long. I suppose my sister in law feels comfortable holding her daughter.
    My children are 24 and 20 so its been awhile since I've flown with a child that young.
     
  5. DMRick

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    When you make your reservation there will be a place there where you can put in the credit..right on line. On line fairs are usually cheaper, so you should book on line. You should call ahead of time and see if after you make the paying ressies, can you just call and add the baby, since I was told a baby needed a boarding pass , even if a lap baby, or is there a place to add him on the original reservation.

     
  6. dsneygirl

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    We have flown 3 times with SW with our DS. The baby gets a seperate card attached to the parents boarding pass with their name and age. I was requried to provide his birth certificate each time.
     
  7. goofyforlife

    goofyforlife Sit down if you're not a Grown-Up Princess

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    You do have to call to add to baby to your ressie....

    However, you will have to check the baby in at the airport (not on-line)

    The desk will give you a yellow boarding slip for the plane for baby.

    You can ask the attendant at boarding if the plane is full....If it is not they do not usually have a problem if you want to sit the baby in a seat. (although in this way you could only use the seat belt; not your own infant seat)
     
  8. ducklite

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  9. helenk

    helenk I wish I was in Disney World

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  10. Disney Ron

    Disney Ron It's not a lie, if you believe it.

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    helenk, when you make your ressie on line, if you have a lap child, in the box for the mothers first name you have to type in the mothers name and the words plus infant.

    For example let's say you are the mother, in the first name box it would look like this "Helenplusinfant". Not the infants name but the words "plusinfant". This way at the airport they would know that Helen will be there with her infant. I just did this but then decided to buy the extra seat for the babies seat.

    Hope this helps.
     
  11. alicenwonder99

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    Yep, this is exactly what you do. Or you can just call up SW and they can add the baby's name to your reservation.
     
  12. helenk

    helenk I wish I was in Disney World

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    Thank you for your replies, we are going to WDW in mid May, so we are patiently waiting for those dates to open up.
     
  13. Disney Ron

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    helen, sorry I just checked it would be "helenplusinf" not "helenplusinfant".
     
  14. helenk

    helenk I wish I was in Disney World

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    Thank you for you help. Now we have all the information we need, we just need the dates to open up.
     

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