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Airlines Which Charge For Bassinet Seat Selection

As an ex flight attendant and a parent, I’ve used various different airline bassinets to help my baby sleep on a flight, and helped many other parents with my old airline. However, more and more airlines are now charging for bassinet seat selection, and some are quite sneaky in how they market it. i.e saying there is no charge for using the bassinet, but then state as they are located in ‘preferred seating’ areas, there is a charge for choosing that seat- even when flying with a baby.

It’s an indirect extra charge for parents which is catching some people unawares as often the airline websites are not clear on this information.

I’ve collated information and directly contacted many airlines to find out as much information about which airlines charge for the bulkhead seats where their bassinets are positioned.

This is the first analysis of which airlines charge for bassinets, although I do highlight a quick comparison and information of over 60 airllines bassinet dimensions (age of baby, weight of baby, and if they charge.) which is super useful if you are deciding who to book with or need to know what your airline provides.

Do let me know of your additional experience in the comments so I keep this updated.

Airlines Which Charge for the Bassinet Seat

Aero Mexico

The adult will have to buy an AM Plus seat to use the bassinet on the B787. This is an Economy Plus seat, located behind Premier class. with prices starting from $30USD per sector.


Air New Zealand bassinet
Air New Zealand bassinet

Air New Zealand

Adults will need to pre purchase the seat using Seat Select. Exact prices vary but according to them it is a “small charge.”

  • Size of bassinet: 11.8kg (26lb)
  • Max weight of baby: 11.8kg (26lb)

Air Transat

There is a charge of $140 to sit at the bulkhead seat. A child that can sit up alone cannot be in a bassinet for security reasons.

  • Size of bassinet: Cradle size is 68 X 30 X 15 cm//27 x 12 x 6 in
  • Max Weight of baby: 11kg (24 lbs)

Finn Air

There is a charge for the preferred seat where the bassinet seat is.

  • Size of bassinet:70 x30 x 20 cm
  • Max Weight of baby:9kg (20lbs)

Hawaiian

The accompanying adult should purchase a bassinet-compatible Extra Comfort seat. If available, the accompanying adult must purchase an Extra Comfort seat in Row 14 (14 AB, CD or EG, HJ)

If you’d prefer not to purchase an Extra Comfort seat, you may see an airport customer service agent at check-in (on the day of departure) for bassinet availability. If available, Hawaiian Airlines will accept up to two (2) requests per flight. Confirmed bassinets will be assigned during the boarding process. Priority will be given to the customer with the earliest check-in time. *Bassinets are not guaranteed if requested upon check-in.

  • Size of bassinet: 32” in length, 14.5” in width and 7” in height.
  • Max Weight of baby:9kgs (20lbs)

Iberia

Iberia have an advance seat selection charge which will affect you if you wish to use a bassinet.

  • Size of bassinet: 36x76x14cm
  • Max Weight of baby:11kgs (24lbs)

Latam

Latam Airlines charge for the bassinet ranging from US$ 45 to $140 plus sales tax unless in LATAM+ seat already.

  • Size of bassinet: 71cm length
  • Max Weight of baby:10 kgs (22.5 lbs)

Norse

Max weight of baby permitted: 12kg (26.4lbs)

The Norse Airlines bassinets are located at 1G, 11H and 27D and those seats must be booked through Customer Care. The additional fee is $45 per sector for using the physical bassinet. PLUS a fee ranging between $100-120 for the bassinet seat location as it is an extra legroom seat. (Note: the fare for an infant on the lap is $135)


flying with a baby tips, Essential airline bassinet seat chart
Qantas Bassinet

Qantas

A seat with a Bassinet is available for a charge, subject to availability, for customers travelling in international Economy and is complimentary for customers travelling internationally in First, Business or Premium Economy cabins, on flights operated by B787, A380 and A330 aircraft. This charge includes the seat with bassinet only. A cost may apply for any adjacent seats booked.

  • Size of bassinet: 71cm long, 31cm wide, 26cm deep
  • Max Weight of baby:11kgs (24lbs)

Thai Airways

The Thai bassinet is at a Preferred seat which is chargeable. Charges can range from $15 -$200 depending on where from and where you are flying too. The bassinet for babies is only for infants under 6 months old.

  • Size of bassinet: Under 67cm
  • Max Weight of baby: 10kg (22lbs)

Turkish Airlines bassinet

Turkish Airlines

The Turkish Airlines Bassinet seat is charged $19- $249 per person per leg as it is an extra legroom seat. Passengers must purchase this seat before a bassinet request can be made.

  • Size of bassinet: 75cm x34cm
  • Max Weight of baby:11kgs (24lbs)
Turkish Airways charge for the seats where bassinets are located
Turkish Airways charge for the seats where bassinets are located

Do you know of any more airlines that charge? Please let me know what you had to pay additional to use the bassinet seat in the comments below.

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