The thought of travelling with children on a flight is often a daunting one, so many parents would probably shudder at the thought of flying in Business Class with kids in tow. When flying in a business class cabin full of passengers who have paid thousands of dollars for the privilege of an enjoyable flight, the last thing you want to do is worry about your children disturbing them. Let’s face it, little ones have a habit of crying and yelling at the most inopportune times.
However, don’t let this deter you from flying in the premium cabins – it’s certainly nice to be able to stretch out and enjoy the extra space. Instead check out these tips for flying with kids on business class flights:
Make use of the lounge and kids area
One of the perks of flying business class is having access to the lounge, but so you’ll be able to find a quiet space to settle down with your kids. Of course the lounges can often be as quiet as a library so you might want to give them an iPad loaded with a movie to watch. Some business class lounges have special kids play areas filled with toys and other fun things to do.
Always a good tip for travelling with children– bring plenty of things to occupy your child. Pack an iPad, colouring books or games so they’ll be distracted in the lounge or throughout the journey. If they have any homework that needs completing then bring that along too. Fortunately your business class seat is usually equipped with a large entertainment screen and noise cancelling headsets, so have a scroll through the kids programming and put on something they’ll like.
Look at the aircraft seating plan
Take a look at the aircraft seating plan so that you can figure out exactly where you want to be seated. In economy class it’s easy to tend to your child because you’re sitting right next to them, but in business class you’ll often have your own private suite. These single seats are great for solo travellers, but not so easy if you have children. Seats are often in a 1-2-1 configuration, so it’s best to sit next to your child in the middle two seats. This way you can lower the privacy divider and easily talk to them or pass things over.
Business class comes with all sorts of perks like free champagne, gourmet chocolates and menus created by gourmet chefs. While this may be great for adults, your kids may not like the food onboard. It’s usually possible to pre-book kids meals in business class, so make sure you do this before your flight. If this isn’t possible, bring a backup of snacks that you know they’ll like.
Have you flown with kids in business class? Do you have any tips to share? Leave your comments below.