While some adult fares cost as little as £5, the price for a child under two to join a parent on a flight is £20
Most travellers assume that they would only have to pay a small fee, if anything at all, to carry an infant (under 2) on their lap during a flight.
But new research shows that some parents are paying up to four times the price of their plane ticket to bring a little one along.
Research conducted by travel search engine Kayak has found that in some cases, the cost can be up to four times that of the adult fare.
Ryanair is currently advertising flights from just £4.99 on its website from Stansted to European destinations, but the fee for travellers to take an infant on their lap is £20 each way.
This means it would be far cheaper for travellers to book an extra adult seat for their baby instead of carrying them on their lap.
It is a similar story with EasyJet, which currently offers prices from £20.49 to fly from Gatwick to Belfast, while an infant fare costs £22.
The research found that Jet2 also charges a flat fee of £20 to carry a child, regardless of the cost of the adult fare.
However, other airlines take a fairer approach to infant fares, meaning parents can avoid being stung in the pocket if they consider their airline options carefully before travelling.
Flybe, for example, charges 12 percent of the adult fare for an infant on any route, and British Airways charges 10 percent.
Airlines also offer big differences in luggage prices.
For example, British Airways allows parents an extra bag on board and in the hold and on Ryanair, infants receive a cabin luggage allowance of 5kg – half the normal cabin luggage allowance for an adult fare.
However, Flybe and Jet2 do not offer any additional baggage allowance according to their websites.
Suzanne Perry – travel expert at Kayak, said: “While a flat fee to carry infants offers better value when the ticket prices are higher, that doesn’t translate so well for cheap flight deals.
“Our advice would be to check the policies of each airline before travelling with children – and if an adult fare is less, check if you can purchase an adult ticket for your baby instead.
“Not only could it be cheaper, you may get far more space as you will also get an extra seat, and you will get a higher luggage allowance too.”
Sun Online has contacted Ryanair and EasyJet for a comment.
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