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Happy Holidays – It’s Family Travel Time!

With the help of Air Canada, we’ve compiled a list for smoother family travel this holiday season. Find out what’s available before you start your trip, at the airport and when you fly.

Before Your Trip

Our travel experts will book your entire family. We’ll make sure to book infant and children fares where applicable. We’ll also book your seats together as a family and request specials meals for your kids. In planning your trip, you can bring one stroller per child. If it’s a small stroller (collapsible, umbrella type) it can be checked-in at the baggage counter or at the boarding gate. Large heavy strollers can only be checked at the baggage counter. There is no extra baggage fee for strollers. Travel documents are of course required for travel.

Fortravel to countries where a passport is required, all Canadians, including children, must carry their own passport. Canada does not allow children to travel on their parent’s passport. Any legal documents pertaining to custody are required. A parental consent letter or affidavit authorizing travel (if the child is travelling with one parent, the letter must be signed and dated by the other parent; if the child is travelling without either parent, the letter mustbe signed and dated by both parents).

At the Airport

When you arrive at the airport, take advantage of dedicated family check-in at Toronto Pearson, Montreal Trudeau and Vancouver International Airports. Families with small children and kids under 6 can pre-board before the rest of the passengers.

UnaccompaniedMinor service is mandatory for children aged 8 to 11 who are travelling alone. The Unaccompanied Minor service can be purchased but is considered optional for youth ages 12 to 17 who are travelling alone. When you arrive at the airport, you’ll be asked to provide identification for your child and to complete a”Request for Carriage” form. Even after an Air Canada agent has takenyour child into their care, you’ll be required to remain at the airport untilthe flight has departed.

On Board

Get settled in your seats and talk about the fun of flying and where you are going. Ensure your child has a carry-on bag containing a snack and some favorite toys. Look through the “Kids” section in the In-Flight Entertainment. Coloring books are available on Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge flights within Canada. If you’reflying Air Canada to Europe, Asia, Australia or South America, your kids will get a backpack with an activity book and special earphones.

YoungAeroplan members between the ages of 2 and 12 can join Air Canada’s “Skyriders”. The Skyriders starter-kit consists of items emblazoned with Pax cheerfully flying across them. Yourkids will get a friendly introduction letter, a sturdy luggage tag and alogbook to keep a record of each one of their flights.

Enjoy your family time and Happy Holidays!

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