Being a minor myself, and having family on the other side of the country, I’ve travelled a fair bit on my own, interstate. So I thought that I’d share a couple of tips for those of you who might be about to take your first flight on your own or if you’re a parent who’s considering flying your child alone. Let us know what you think!
Firstly, I want to start off by saying if you’re over 12 yrs old (in Australia at least) most airlines will fly you as an “adult” and no extra fees/charges will occur. However, don’t expect to be given special treatment as you are essentially flying like anyone else on the plane and are being fully self-sufficient in-flight. Although, whenever I’ve flown on my own, I have never paid for the extra service and I’ve always been treated that little bit better than the other passengers.
If you’re under 12 years old, you’ll typically have to pay a surcharge for the extra care given to you. For flying domestically in Australia, the cost is roughly $50AUD extra per flight. The service (on Virgin Australia) includes:
- Meet + Greet At Gate
- Escort To Plane
- Personal Safety Briefing
- Service before others
- Escort Off Of Plane
- Grouping with other UMs
If you’re a minor, you’re going to have so much fun! I remember the first time I flew on my own, about 2 years ago, I was so nervous. But, I had the time of my life. I got to take selfies with the crew, I was offered to visit the cockpit after landing and one seeing as though it was Easter weekend, one of the cabin crew members gave me her easter bunny. The flight will pass so quickly and you’ll soon be on the ground to see your loved ones. Being nice goes a long way! Saying please and thank-you is almost sure to get you a freebie of some sort. I’ve been offered free entertainment and food + drink. The crew are always happy to talk to you if you have any questions, just maybe wait until they’ve finished their duties.
If you’re a parent, don’t stress. Your child is in safe hands 100% of the way. They’re going to have fun and the staff are typically friendly. You can always contact the airline in advance and get a full run-down of what’s going to happen. If your child has a phone, get them to call you when they land. I’m sure they’ll have much to tell you!
All in All, flying on your own is a wonderful experience and I highly recommend it! If possible, avoid having a layover (for domestic flights anyway) as this will add to the complication. Enjoy having your first flight and let us know how it went! We’d be more than happy to hear your experiences. Either email us or leave a comment below!
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