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Summer Family Travel with Air Canada

Our family LOVES to travel. Whenever there is an opportunity to go somewhere, we do it. That being said, travelling with young kids has its challenges! Air Canada makes it easier for families and alleviates some of the stress for parents. Here’s how Air Canada can make your family travel more enjoyable this summer.

Summer Family Travel with Air Canada

It starts with check-in. This process alone can stress me out!! I can’t count how many times one (or both) of my kids have tried to wander off while we check in one at a time. Thankfully Air Canada (including Air Canada Rouge, Air Canada Express and codeshare flights operated out of Montreal Trudeau, Toronto Pearson and Vancouver International) makes it easier by offering family check-in. This makes your airport experience go faster, and more smoothly. Kids don’t have as much patience and are eager to board the flight! Air Canada will also pre-board groups of six or smaller. Which means extra time to store your items and settle in before the flight.

Summer Family Travel with Air Canada

If you are worried about seating, Air Canada has you covered. If you are travelling with children between the ages of 2-11, you are eligible for proximity seating in standard or preferred seats. I much prefer having this option, as you want to ensure that your family can be together on the flight. We have been in a situation before where we were separated, and I could hear Rex yelling for me down the isle! It was stressful and getting up wasn’t an option at the time.

We always like to have enough entertainment and snacks for our kids to try and have a stress-free flight! We will even buy them a small toy and surprise them on the flight. You do what you need to do, right? 😉 If you want to surprise your child, parents with kids under 12 can register ahead of time to receive a complimentary Altitude Skyriders gift for their child.

Summer Family Travel with Air Canada

When your kids are entertained and you can actually relax and read a magazine!!

Here are a few other ways Air Canada makes it easier to travel with your kids:

Summer Family Travel with Air Canada

  • Be sure to indicate that you are travelling with children when booking your flight. Air Canada will assign proximity seating for the entire party within 48 hours of booking confirmation. If they are unable to seat at least one child together with one adult, you will have the option to rebook travel on another flight free of charge.
  • Air Canada makes families a priority. If there is a change to your flight, you will always be offered food and hotel vouchers when needed.
  • Didn’t get the seats you had requested? In the event of schedule change or rebooking, families are eligible for a free change of ticket or full refund!

Summer Family Travel with Air Canada

Did you ever have to fly on your own somewhere growing up? My first flight alone wasn’t until I was 19. That is not the case for everyone, and sometimes it is unavoidable. Do you have kids travelling alone this summer? Air Canada can put your mind at ease. Minors are accompanied by an Air Canada agent at ALL TIMES. From check-in until they are escorted to arrivals to meet the person who is picking them up. They also receive the royal treatment while on board and will receive a complimentary food item, headset, pillow, blanket, Rouge ipad and Skyriders gift. I better not tell Kingston this or else he may try and leave me at home next time! ;-).

Air Canada also offers special assistance check-in and private boarding for a fee of $100. If there are schedule changes or rebooking, unaccompanied minors are always rebooked first. They will be offered food and hotel vouchers when needed, and parents (or guardians) will be contacted directly. Change of ticket or full refund is an available option too.

Have travel plans for the rest of summer? Be sure to utilize all of the services that Air Canada has to offer you and your family. I was so impressed to learn about all of these perks, and the airline’s commitment to customer service. I think all parents will agree that having a positive flight experience as a family really makes the trip that much better.

All of this talk about travel has me itching to book a trip! Any suggestions?? Share your favourite places to visit with your families in the comments!!

Summer Family Travel with Air Canada

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