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do airlines charge you to bring car seat & or prams/pushchairs for going in the hold? we will prob travel with easyjet mostly & just wondered what costs are involved if we bring them.it will be a maxi cosi pebble & a silver cross wayfayer while they are littleI
I think you can bring a carseat and a buggy free for an infant, but they get no baggage allowance unless you pay. If the wayfarer has a carrycot, you will have to pay extra I think, but if it's just the pushchair and seat you won't. You may need to check if they only allow pushchairs that fold in one piece to be taken to the gate, although at Luton I've seen 2 part pushchairs go through, but every airport is different. Think the carseat will need to go in the hold at check in. Once you know you can organise suitable wrapping/bags to protect them.
When I have flown with easy jet they have allowed 2 baby items free (buggy and car seat, could check in a travel cot instead i think) but no luggage and no hand baggage for the baby. So essentially your change bag is your carry on bag. A one piece fold buggy can go up to the gate, but you won't usually get it back until baggage reclaim so take a sling too.
I wouldn't be taking a decent pushchair onto a plane. I think buying something less vulnerable is a sensible decision. I have watched too many pushchairs being dropped off planes several feet down to the tarmac, and then suitcases piled on top. There aren't many cheap parent facing pushchairs though. I suspect I would take a Zapp Xtra 2 or the Bubble if parent facing is that important to you. Given you were considering a carrycot, I would maybe consider a cheap second hand Baby Jogger City Mini 4 or B-Agile with a carrycot on. If you sell it on your return you shouldnt lose too much on it.