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Charged for car seat on Easyjet

(36 Posts)
Uptheduffy Sat 11-Nov-17 09:46:10

Hi, just having a moan really but I’d always heard how Easyjet make it easy for families by taking car seats in the hold for free. BUT have phoned to check and since ds is now 5 I will have to pay for an extra hold item - over £70 return in this case. I can see why they have an age limit for some things but there is no way a car seat becomes optional once a child turns 5! Will look into alternative airlines to see if any better sad

Uptheduffy Sat 11-Nov-17 09:55:34

....Flybe, no problem at all, can still have two items for free (eg buggy and car seat) at five. confused

MissConductUS Sat 11-Nov-17 09:57:14

For the airlines it's all about fees at the moment. That lets them advertise lower prices on the flight booking sites. Eventually they'll be charging for use of the toilet.

AnneOfCleavage Sat 11-Nov-17 10:00:45

Can you not then just bring it into the seating area of the plane and let your son sit on his car seat in the plane seat. Wouldn't take up any extra room however you may need to adjust the seatbelt with cabin crews' help. Is that an idea you've not considered?

Uptheduffy Sat 11-Nov-17 10:02:14

They won’t allow that.

Uptheduffy Sat 11-Nov-17 10:04:37

I don’t want one from the car hire people as I’ve heard bad reports. Just seems mad to pay as much as a reasonable seat would cost tonhet new! Will check Flybe’s prices now - it’s a booking for a family of four at Christmas so not exactly cheap anyway.

MaryWortleyMontagu Sat 11-Nov-17 10:06:59

WHAT? where did you see that? I thought it was free until 12! (Flying easy jet next month just after dd's 5th birthday and I assumed I could still check the car seat got free as I always have done until now!)

MaryWortleyMontagu Sat 11-Nov-17 10:09:15

Flip! It is under 5:

www.easyjet.com/en/help/boarding-and-flying/flying-with-children

I'm sure it used to be under 12. I may have to rethink our plans!

Uptheduffy Sat 11-Nov-17 10:09:55

I was looking it up and noticed it came under a general “under 5” heading so I phoned customer services. Perhaps if you phoned you would get a different reply! Or tweet them maybe? It would be quite an excess to pay at the airport!

MaryWortleyMontagu Sat 11-Nov-17 10:16:57

Thank you for alerting me to this! I would have probably just turned up at the airport with it and ended up paying more for it than I would have done for the flight! It's a stupid age limit though when the law is minimum 12 years or 135cm (and is stricter in other countries). There will be very few 5 year olds who are 135cm!

loopsdefruit Sat 11-Nov-17 10:21:08

Can you rent a car seat on arrival at your destination? Not sure if that would be cheaper, I assume you're hiring a car?

loopsdefruit Sat 11-Nov-17 10:21:32

cross post sorry!

Uptheduffy Sat 11-Nov-17 10:23:53

You’re welcome - glad my moaning was of some use! The other airline I mentioned define child as 2-11, which seems more sensible in terms of actually meeting the needs of a child. Most five year olds have grown out of buggies and travel cots: they haven’t grown out of needing a car seat.

Neolara Sat 11-Nov-17 10:24:16

Has that just changed then? Because we fly EasyJet loads and we've never been charged for car seats for kids over, 5. Flew last in August.

Uptheduffy Sat 11-Nov-17 10:25:23

Neolara what actually happens when you check in? Do they check the child’s boarding pass?

MaryWortleyMontagu Sat 11-Nov-17 10:28:14

I think they must have recently changed as I've never seen the 5 year old restriction before and I've flown with them loads. But dd isn't 5 until next month so I might not have been looking for it. I've just checked ryanair and BA whom we are flying with next year and will definitely need to take the seat with us - both seem fine up until 12 years old.

Neolara Sat 11-Nov-17 10:29:21

We check in our bags and say we have a car seat as well.. They label it up just like the other bags and off it goes. We usually fly from Luton, but have flown to numerous European destinations. It's exactly the same when we come back to the UK. No one has ever suggested we need to pay more.

BrieAndChilli Sat 11-Nov-17 10:30:30

We flew with easyjet in June and took booster seats for our 6,8 and 10 year olds and they put them all in the hold for free!! They just printed us off stickers when we checked in our bags and we put them in the outsize bag check in place.

MaryWortleyMontagu Sat 11-Nov-17 10:34:43

It must be a pretty recent change. It definitely says under 5 on the website now and I am sure it didn't use to say so. Really hope the other airlines do not follow suit!

PurplePillowCase Sat 11-Nov-17 10:37:40

how about a bagpack booster seat?

it comes in very handy for playdates, stays with grandparents etc.

MaryWortleyMontagu Sat 11-Nov-17 11:07:38

Although I'm not wild about the trunki boostapak i think I might buy one just in case one of our transfers turns up without a car seat and we're stuck (it's got to be better than nothing). But does anyone know if it is subject to the new backless booster seat regulations?

TittyGolightly Sat 11-Nov-17 11:10:43

We love our boostapak! DD rode 2000 miles around America in hers over the summer. What’s not to like?

Uptheduffy Sat 11-Nov-17 11:15:48

I can see the convenience factor (which is massive) but the answer to “what’s not to like” is the complete absence of any side impact protection which makes it more likely your child will be seriously injured if there is an accident. Hence why the law is changing. (We have been in an accident and were very grateful for dc1’s strong car seat)

MaryWortleyMontagu Sat 11-Nov-17 11:16:28

My personal preference would be for a full high back booster seat with full side protection. The boostapak as I understand it lifts them up so that the seat belt is in the right position but it doesn't offer very much in terms of side protection.

TittyGolightly Sat 11-Nov-17 11:18:37

Do you know how much car seats get thrown about in the hold? I wouldn’t want to use one that had been in there.

Odds of being in an accident are small (I haven’t had one in 23 years of driving all over the world). Yes, a full car seat is safer in an accident, but not if it’s been compromised by being dropped or banged about whilst in the hold!

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