Finding Cheap Airline Tickets??

Howdy All!!!

Well - its that time of year where we try to plan a family vacation.

This year it is a bit different. We are bringing our - will be at the time 9 month old - son with us. We are also bringing my niece along to help.

Now - we want to fly Continental (mostly because my husband won’t fly anything else.)

We’ll be flying from Newark, NJ to Maui, HI (OGG in particular.)

Any suggestions on ways to find cheap tickets?

Any ideas for amusing a baby on a plane for that many hours?

We’ll definitely have to buy him his own seat because I’m not keeping him on my lap the entire time!

Last time we went to HI we flew first class (it was our honeymoon) and we’d love to do that again. Unfortunately we had a miles ticket, and can’t get one this time around. :frowning:

ANY suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!

I got nothing with the cheap tickets, but please allow me to make a suggestion for easy flying with infants.

Children’s Benadryl.

We are a military family, and have flown to very far destinations with small children many, many times, including one with just myself, two of the three still in diapersm and a flight to Japan. If your child isn’t one of the few unfortunates that have a paradoxical reaction, where the medication makes them hyper (and I do reccomend a trial beforehand to determine this), Bendadry makes everyone much, much happier, including the baby.

If the idea of giving medication for the sedative effects makes you uneasy, then you should know that it will also ensure a clear nose and ears, helping to prevent any pressure related pain.

Benadryl. Really.

Lucretia thanks for the suggestion!!!

I was wondering if there was something that I could give medically to help. And I do know that infants don’t know how to pressurize their ears and such. That is a GREAT suggestion!!!

I’ll have to be sure to include that on my shopping list!

Baby Fevers is also our friend. When he is just not feeling up to par…it really seems to help calm him and make him feel better. (Now I just don’t hope other parents come in here and flame me for using that stuff. :slight_smile: )

Anything I should know in particular about flying with an infant? Will his car seat get attached to the airline seat - or will he be expected to just sit in the regular seat? Anything to help the other passengers near by if he acts up? Besides earplugs that is.

Try, where fares are concerned. sSnce you are departing EWR, CO is very lilely to figure in any listing.

I’m not sure about the carseat thing. When my kids were small enough for car seats, they made you check them, but that was 15 years ago. I think airlines may differ on carseat regulations, your best bet is to call the airline and ask.

Besides the pharmaceutical assistance for keeping the bambino calm, the second suggestion I would have is to allow him to suck from whatever he wants, whenever he wants. Don’t worry about mealtimes or schedules, if sticking a nipple of whatever variety in his mouth makes him happy, do it. If he likes juice better than formula, give him that, even if you normally limit juice. If he like to chew on Cheerios, have plenty on hand. If sweeter cereal makes him happier, give him that, again, even if you normally don’t. Your focus right now should be keeping him as happy as possible.

I’ve had good experiences calling the airline directly and stating that I am very flexible about times/dates/airports, etc. I’ve found going right to the airline to be better than anything I’ve got online.

Thanks for the more advice!

I was thinking of calling the airline directly. Also in hopes of getting that first set of seats that has the little bit extra room. I forget what they are called. They are not the ones in the exit rows, but up front in Coach.

I’ll also ask them about the carseat thing.

Good idea about the eating/sucking thing. I understand that helps regulate their ear pressure as well.

Keep the ideas coming! Every bit helps!


I usually seem to find about the same prices across, travelocity, etc., so calling Continental may be your best bet. Plus, you don’t choose seats on the websites until later in the process (if at all) so you might as well call with a bulkhead preference.

Cheap tickets. Cheap tickets. Where to find cheap tickets? Hmm. Howzabout

I got a really good deal ($200 RT from DC to Denver purchased 3 weeks ahead) from

Also check out which is sorta the eBay of the travel industry.

Oh, and as an aside, you can sometimes get great deals from airline consolidators – they buy tickets in bulk from the airlines, then sell them for reduced prices. On such company is, oddly enough, There’s also a good FAQ on consolidators and bucket shops.

I don’t know your specific schedule, but do realize that some bulkhead seats are better than other bulkhead seats.

I see that you could be flying on a 737(800), or a 757, or…? on this CO flight.

You do need to look at your specific schedule and coordinate that with a CO agent.

Continental EWR to OGG with only 1 stop involves 737 or 757 over the ConUS, and 757 or 767 between West coast & OGG. Some of those legs, be warned, are code-shares with other carriers. features seating maps for reference in all these planes. However I must agree that with all these potential special needs, the best avenue is to contact the airline itself directly.

Whoa Nellie, there! Baaaaaaaaaaaaaad advice.


You want a really bad trip? Try dealing with a drug-stimulated 9 month old on an airplane. It’s also been shown to cause seizures, fever, and irregular heart rate in infants and is definitely not recommended for anyone under the age of two without close medical supervision.

Benadryl is really not a good idea in little ones. Read the labels, people!!

However, I’ve found that most airlines won’t put you in the bulkhead if you have a child with you, because the people in the bulkhead row are expected to be able to assist other passengers in the event of an emergency. Having an infant with you would make it more difficult. You usually won’t see the elderly or infirm there, either.

I have flown with BabyPoysyn a few times (from four months to now at three). I can tell you they won’t seat you on the bulkhead, or at the wing, because they are near emergency exits and you can’t help.

Try to book the flight during a time when the baby will be sleeping, and if they are a nursing child, let them nurse. They usually do not seat anyone right on top of you if you are a nursing mom and it keeps them calm. Up to year you hold the baby on your lap. Keeps them calmer and you don’t have to buy another seat (unless you want to). The airline actually left the seat beside me empty (free of charge) so she was in a car seat as she got older.

If they are not a nurser bring lots of stuff to suck on, bottles, soothers, sippy cups whatever. You can also bring a sugar-free sucker if that would help.

Good luck!

My parents insisted on flying us all to Las Vegas when my son was 6 months ( not that I’m complaining, mind you! :slight_smile: But I was wary of travelling by air with such a young child) After the flight, it was mentioned to me by a passenger that he had “been really concerned when he saw there was an infant on the flight, but was pleasantly surprised to have had an enjoyable trip”. He thanked me for having a “well behaved infant”.

I remember smiling politely and thanking him, while inside totally seething that anyone would say such a thing. As if any parent can completely control what pain or suffering an infant might have during flight! My goal was to eliminate as much inconvenience to other passengers, but aside from that, I knew I could only do the best I could. Perhaps I was lucky, and my son seems to be a “natural” at flying. :stuck_out_tongue:

At any rate, here are some of the things we did to try and alleviate other passengers’ discomfort:

  1. I got lucky, and the flight wasn’t full. I spent a good deal of time in the BACK of the plane in empty seats there. The Stewardess was kind enough after takeoff to direct me to some empty seats to care for him when he needed extra attention. While this did seperate me from the rest of my family during flight, I was welcome to move between the two seats when we needed a little more privacy for changing, feeding, etc. I would say to contact the airline to try and find seats in the BACK, rather than the front. The back puts you closer to the restrooms, as well. Nowadays, it’s tough to find a flight that isn’t booked to the gills, but less booked flight may also turn out to be your cheapest! perhaps a double bonus.

  2. We flew close to sleeping time for the baby. My son was one of the lucky ones who had a pretty regular schedule. He slept at fairly regular intervals. official “nap time” was about 2pm, official “sleep time” for him seemed to be between 9pm and 6am. our flight was at about 4pm. We deliberately kept him awake during his normal nap time, and he slept through takeoff. He did whine a little (I’m assuming from the ear popping), but happily sucked on my pinkie during takeoff with nary a peep. He woke up mid-flight, ready to party. :slight_smile:

  3. A diaper bag with as many of his/her favorite toys as you can get away with, preferably travel sized. :slight_smile: Does he have a book he enjoys when you read to him? bring it. Something he’s used to playing with in the afternoon? Bring it.

In short, anything we normally did during the day while NOT on a plane, we did on the plane, more or less on schedule. It seemed to alleviate problems. If the atmosphere was new and different, he didn’t seem to notice or mind. I did try to show him what the view looked like out the window, but at 6 months, I don’t think he cared much. :slight_smile: it was -MY- first plane trip too, though. :slight_smile:

Various teething cookies, regular feedings, and basically not breaking much from the normal routine seemed to help. If you’re in the air at 4, and 4 is when you usually give a treat, do it. If you’re in the air at 6, and 6 is usually nap time, vacate to as quiet a spot as you can, and try and get them to nap. DEFINATELY have something available to suck on during takeoff and landing. My son was not nursing then, so I made sure to have a bottle prepped, a nuk and any available body parts ready at hand. :slight_smile: (IE: my pinkie, during takeoff)

Those things seemed to work for us without medications. The flght from where we took off was about 2.5 hours. Yours may be longer. If you think medicating might help, I suggest you speak with your child’s doctor about the best route. He/She already has a history of your child’s medical background, and may be able to suggest an over the counter medication to help him sleep through the trip.

The Benadryl idea is not a bad one. Apparently, that’s how my younger brother made it through a plane trip that my parents needed to take him on, but it was suggested by the family doctor, who had a medical history in front of him when he suggested it. I would caution against using medication to make a child sleepy in flight without double checking with your child’s doctor first. And in this day and age of technology, perhaps the doctor will have a better solution.

Um, I think that you’re thinking of emergency exit rows.

Right – not all bulkhead seats are next to doors, though the majority are. Mostly, e-rows and bulkheads, even if reserved, are assigned at the airport, when fitness and/or need can be verified.

As I said, we’re a military family, and Children’s Benadryl has been recommended to us many, many times by many, many military health care providers to ease looooong trans-oceanic flights. In fact, the very first time we used it, when my son was all of 6 months of age, it was recommended by a military physician, and is well known in the military community as a flight easing pharmaceutical aide.

You’ll notice I did recommend a test dose to see if the OP’s child was one of the few who experienced a paradoxical reaction, and of course, if she’s concerned, she should see her family physician, but I’ve never heard of a child having a bad reaction other than that, and like I said, it gets used a lot in the population in my circle.