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To make nanny and DC travel economy?

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BooAvenue Sun 17-Jan-16 19:10:06

We are planning a trip to NY in the autumn and plan to take nanny, DD who will be 6 and DS who will be 16 months.

DH and I will be flying business, partially because I am a crap flyer despite flying frequently and partly because we have quite a lot of air miles that we want to make the most of.

The plan is to bring nanny on the 5 day trip so she can help out with the travelling and babysit for us on three of the nights. I've discussed it with her and she's very eager to come, and the plan is she will have 2 days and 2 evenings completely free to do as she pleases, plus TOIL of 6 days. We will of course pay for all hotels/flights/meals out and she's welcome to join in with us on her days off if she wishes. She also gets her own room whilst we have a 2 bed family room.

The difference between economy and club is about 2.5k per ticket, which whilst we are not poor is still a fair chunk of money.

So AIBU to fly business whilst she flies economy? And will DS need his own seat or will he need to go on one of our laps?

SmallGreenBouncyBall Sun 17-Jan-16 19:11:44

she will have fun

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 17-Jan-16 19:11:59


rookiemere Sun 17-Jan-16 19:12:39

Can you hang on while I get some popcorn <settles in>. This should be good.

wickedwaterwitch Sun 17-Jan-16 19:13:51

YANBU - it's completely reasonable

Won't your dd want to be with you though?

Bluecheese22 Sun 17-Jan-16 19:14:10

Are you actually serious?! Talk about Upstairs Downstairs.

witsender Sun 17-Jan-16 19:14:31

Is there a reason the kids would fly with her not you? Otherwise, yanbu. Maybe premium economy if there is such a thing long haul, just for the leg room if nothing else.

wickedwaterwitch Sun 17-Jan-16 19:15:02

Mind you at £2.5k I'd be telling the 6yo that kids aren't allowed in business and letting her fly with the nanny.

CaffeineBomb Sun 17-Jan-16 19:15:12

rookie budge up I have bought wine

OpheliasWeepingWillow Sun 17-Jan-16 19:15:27

Do it. I've done this before and am guilt free.

WineOrSleep Sun 17-Jan-16 19:15:31

Ds as under 2 can be classed as an infant, though that will mean she will need to hold him on her lap / he won't be provided a meal for the whole flight unless you can book a seat with a bassinet for him.

I see absolutely no problem with your original post, she's an employee not a friend, and I think you're being very generous with her time off there, have a lovely trip and enjoy nyc! smile

BooAvenue Sun 17-Jan-16 19:15:42

rookie I think I need to don my tin hat blush

If IABU then I will pay for her but 5k is a lot of money (assuming DS doesn't need his own seat).

witsender Sun 17-Jan-16 19:16:02

Taking a nanny on a family holiday doesn't float my boat either but to each their own.

rosewithoutthorns Sun 17-Jan-16 19:16:18

are you for real? smile

Sparkletastic Sun 17-Jan-16 19:16:28

YANBU - sounds like she's still getting a good deal. But will DCs not track you down on plane like heat seeking missiles? Mine would.

Catphrase Sun 17-Jan-16 19:16:29

theres probably an official standard for this, but my concerns would be;
1) if there's an emergency (unlikely I know) your leaving that to someone else to deal with and I'd sooner want to be with my kids.
2) one six year old to entertain would keep me busy on a flight let alone a baby.
3) the baby would be on her lap for the flight?
4) would those flight days count as her days on duty?

BooAvenue Sun 17-Jan-16 19:16:47

Yes sorry I wasn't quite clear, the kids would be flying economy. I'd probably share Looking after DS between the three of us as I'd feel mean making her have a baby on her lap for 7 hours.

NeedACleverNN Sun 17-Jan-16 19:16:56

Oh how the other half live.....

We don't even have a nanny and if we did we certainly wouldn't take one on our holiday with us as I feel a family holiday should be that. Family

AwfulBeryl Sun 17-Jan-16 19:17:24

This will go pear shaped, but I don't think yabu.
If I had the money and a Nanny I would do the same, tbh I would probably leave my dc behind with the Nanny and go for longer grin

LaurieFairyCake Sun 17-Jan-16 19:17:28

I think it's a terrible idea. Your children will be running up and down the plane wanting to find you.

Your nanny will find it really hard to cope with both at once.

If you really can't fly economy then your dh absolutely should.

And it's the same damn plane, so I've no idea why you think flying business is easier if you have anxiety ? - surely you'll have less anxiety if you have sight of your children?

wickedwaterwitch Sun 17-Jan-16 19:17:42

I'd assume flight time will be paid work for the nanny, she'll be working

RNBrie Sun 17-Jan-16 19:17:51

Ds won't need his own seat until he is 2.

I don't think you are being that unreasonable buying your nanny an economy ticket but I think it's wildly unreasonable to expect her to have your dc for the flight. Maybe buy dd an economy ticket but expect her to be on your lap for the flight... They are your children after all...

GabiSolis Sun 17-Jan-16 19:17:51

I can see why you would do this and in theory I think YANBU. It just doesn't sit right with me though.

WaitrosePigeon Sun 17-Jan-16 19:17:57

This will be good!

Backingvocals Sun 17-Jan-16 19:18:35

Gawd I would, if I had the money.

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