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Jarby
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 Posted March 19th, 2012 03:43 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I will be flying the end of this week with my "baby" and it looks like I'll need to take her car seat along. If I understand Delta's website correctly, I can check it for free, but I was wondering if any of y'all have experience with this - and did you wrap it up in something or just leave it like it was, and did it get all banged/scuffed up?
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eldmon2008
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 Posted March 19th, 2012 03:54 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
They always put ours in a big bag and check it for free.
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janedi
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 Posted March 19th, 2012 04:31 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Do all airlines allow you to check carseats for free? We might be flying in September...with two babies. I was thinking of just seeing if I could borrow carseats in PA, but if we could take our own, that'd be great!
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peace_4u_2
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 Posted March 19th, 2012 04:40 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
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janedi wrote:
Do all airlines allow you to check carseats for free? We might be flying in September...with two babies. I was thinking of just seeing if I could borrow carseats in PA, but if we could take our own, that'd be great!


So far every airline that we have flown with we were able to check our car seats for free. We flew with two lap children and both car seats went for free.

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mrs kev
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 Posted March 19th, 2012 05:05 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
If your renting a car they supply carseats.....
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 Posted March 19th, 2012 05:11 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
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mrs kev wrote:
If your renting a car they supply carseats.....


In my experience the car seat was extremely dribbled on and crusty. That could vary I'm sure. But we headed straight for Walmart!

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eldmon2008
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 Posted March 19th, 2012 05:26 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
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If your renting a car they supply carseats.....


Check into that carefully..........some places charge. Like $15 a day! Mom found out the hard way!

~Monica, wife to Eldon and mama to Makayla and Michael and Emily
   
jetshar
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 Posted March 19th, 2012 09:18 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
we also flew with 2 lap children several times and they always checked our carseats for free. They also put them in nice big bags.
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 Posted March 19th, 2012 09:23 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
If I remember correctly my sister had no problems with getting their carseat checked in.

I liked to use an umbrella stroller for my daughter when she was younger. It was much easier than having to carry her when she got tired of walking. When boarding the airplane, it was so nice to be able to take it down the ramp and up to the door of the plane. They will tag it for you and put it in storage and when you get off the plane they will have it ready for you. Just be sure that they give you the stub/ticket # so that you can match it to your item if you need too.

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Jarby
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 Posted March 19th, 2012 09:42 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
No rental car this time (altho we have done that in the past and rented a seat) - so....those of you who have done this haven't ended up with a damaged car seat? I keep imagining them heaving the thing around like they do suitcases. My other worry about it is that it (and my luggage) won't make it to the end when I do - I have a couple pretty short connections....
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joyasmom
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 Posted March 19th, 2012 11:21 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Another thing that the airlines suggested was to take the car seats to the airplane with us and if there were empty seats we could use them with the children even tho they were ticketed as lap children. If there were no empty seats (pretty unusual in our cases), they were gate checked. So basically they were tagged up front as gate-checked items in case we couldn't use them. If I remember correctly, the explanation is that they prefer you use car seats for safety, so if there's room you may even tho you didn't pay! That worked out so well for us most of the time, giving mom and dad more freedom and help. Of course, for the most help, take more than one child and go alone. They did a super-duper job that time, giving me a seat up front with the most leg room, priority boarding and disembarking, and just lots of help all around.
Lauretta—Happy wife of Andrew, blessed mom of Anson (11/30/06), Arwen (7/21/08), Sean & Cedric (3/19/10), Cherie (1/2/13)
   
qualitybarns
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 Posted March 20th, 2012 12:36 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Where are you going, jenn? =)
Kim
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Jarby
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 Posted March 20th, 2012 10:22 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Wow Lauretta, that would be wonderful if it would work out like that for me! I am really wondering how these long flights are gonna go with just me and my 20 month old wiggle worm! I hope the Benadryl I am planning on giving her will ease her ears and her antics!
Kim, I'm going out to Bonners Ferry ID. !! And you asking, reminds me of our long ago western trip...oh the memories!!!

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qualitybarns
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 Posted March 21st, 2012 08:53 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
oh, Jenn!! Such good memories =)
Kim
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Jenn
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 Posted March 21st, 2012 10:15 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
When we flew internationally, we were allowed a car seat, a stroller, and a pack-n-play for our lap infant (we didn't take a pack-n-play, but it's nice to have the option).

The car seat wasn't wrapped or anything, and it came through just fine. Those things are supposed to be able to protect a baby through a wreck, after all!

Jenn
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Morgan, in heaven May 2, 2009
Bronwyn May 18, 2010
Gregory October 21, 2011
Nicholas July 2, 2014
   



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