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what airline is great to travel with, with a kids

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what airline is great to travel with, with a kids

we are flying from nz to ireland next year so looking at booking flights soon

we will have a three and a half year old and a one year old, any advice on traveling and what airlines are best

looking at having a stop over for one nite to break up the long flight

so any tips would be great

thanks heaps

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It really does not matter what airline you choose, I hace used several and they are roughly the same. The Asian carriers are a little nicer, but for us it always came down to cost.

As far as breaking up your trip, some people swear by it, I hate it. My experience has been that it adds time and cost to the trip, puts me in a hotel room which is not like sleeping at home, and takes additional time. Some people have a very different opinion of breaking up the trip, but I absolutely prefer getting to my destination and resting once I am there, versus a long flight, time in a hotel, and another long flight.

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shar...................I've travelled with a little one on a plane many times (starting when my daughter was 10 months old), and I agree with the advice given in post #2.....................also bring something to entertain your 3 1/2 year old (some airlines can supply you with crayons/colouring book, one airline even gave our daughter little "wings" like pilots wear(plastic version).........before you book check the website of the airline to see if they have a "package" for children, or a special meal, but as in above, most airlines are similar in this regard.........if your flight is very long, consider booking a seat for your one year old so you won't have them on your lap....more expensive to be sure, but much more comfortable..........we always book direct flights...............

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I agree. For me, breaking up the trip has very few advantages and while there are some airlines that are better than others, really they are all about the same when it comes to the basics. During the flight, the kids will sleep some, be awake some, you just need to plan and be prepared. Remember too, air travel also includes alot of downtime and wait time as you need to allow plenty of time prior to the flight at the airport. Are you flying with two parents?

For me, when traveling with very young children, I would look for the flights that have the best ontime record and the shortest flight time - WITH - decent connection times that will reduce the chance that you could miss a flight.

I would also check the seating options. Some parents like the bulk-head seats because it provides extra floor space for children to play WHEN you are allowed to not have seat belts on. The downside of those seats is that typically the arm-rests are fixed so you won't have extra room for the kids to lay down and sleep. Some parents like to have a middle section so the kids can sleep across seats with the arm rests up during the flights.

If you have two parents, two kids, some families like the side seats with just 2 x 2 seating, so that there is less chance of disturbing those around you.

On some flights know that there is the option of an infant bassinet in a bulk-head seat. That option is nice because it gives the infant a place to sleep during the flight. Typically it is for babies up to about 6 months, 25 pounds, though there is some flexibility. For you, it will depend on the actual age of your child and size when you are flying - more than likely it won't be an option, but I wanted you to know, as only you know the specifics of your child.

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Air New Zealand and Qantas are two of the best anywhere. Found Qantas' attention to my two kids on our recent trip down under was better than I've had with other airlines. Their top notch safety record doesn't hurt either.

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If yuo want to travel with one airline all the way from Auckland to Dublin then Emirates would be a great choice, as they can take you all the way from Auckland to Dublin.

They have 3 flights per day from Auckland and each one has one stop before arriving in Dubai, from where you continue with them non stop from Dubai to Dublin.

Singapore Airlines are my favorite, excellent, but that would mean changing to another airline at some European city. If you can avoid transfer in Europe would be much better so Emirates would be a great choice

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I've flown Qantas, Lufthansa, Singapore, Emirates & Virgin for various holidays & Singapore was by far my favourite with Emirates being a very close second. Qantas was good but expensive for what you got (compared to Singapore & Emirates). I wouldn't do another long haul with Virgin again & I wouldn't travel Lufthansa again if it was free!

I didn't have kids at the time but I was seated behind a family with small children on the Singapore flight & the staff were amazing! Cockpit visits are no longer allowed but the kids were given a model plane & a bag full of crayons/pencils, colouring books, activity books & a jigsaw puzzle. The in flight entertainment includes good children's content too which might be good for the older child.

Meals were also great on Simgapore & I'm pretty certain the kids had different food but I don't remember what it was! Oh, they were also offered milk as a drink option with meals which I thought was a smart choice!

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I've flown Qantas, Lufthansa, Singapore, Emirates & Virgin for various holidays & Singapore was by far my favourite with Emirates being a very close second. Qantas was good but expensive for what you got (compared to Singapore & Emirates). I wouldn't do another long haul with Virgin again & I wouldn't travel Lufthansa again if it was free!

I didn't have kids at the time but I was seated behind a family with small children on the Singapore flight & the staff were amazing! Cockpit visits are no longer allowed but the kids were given a model plane & a bag full of crayons/pencils, colouring books, activity books & a jigsaw puzzle. The in flight entertainment includes good children's content too which might be good for the older child.

Meals were also great on Simgapore & I'm pretty certain the kids had different food but I don't remember what it was! Oh, they were also offered milk as a drink option with meals which I thought was a smart choice!

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