Is there an age restriction for babies traveling on Delta Airlines flights?
There is no age restriction for babies, as long as accompanied by an 18 years old adult, except when you are traveling with a newborn less than 8 days old on a flight operated by SkyWest Dba Delta Connection. For traveling with a baby less than 7 days old, you need to provide a letter of approval from a physician, stating that it’s appropriate for the newborn to fly.
Nevertheless, Delta Airlines has a restriction regarding the number of infants per adult. An 18 years old adult may accompany only 2 babies if they both are less than 2 years old.
When am I required to purchase a ticket for my child?
You are required to purchase a ticket for your child when:
You may want to buy him a ticket if you want your baby to earn miles for a SkyMiles account.
Do I need any special items when traveling with my baby?
Your child must be properly secured in an FAA-approved child restraint system, and in the aircraft seat during takeoff and landing. It is your responsibility to ensure that the child restraint system is approved. On Delta Airlines flights are approved for use the child restraint systems that meet the following qualifications and labeling:
Booster seats, vest and harness-type1 child restraint systems are not permitted.
1Except for the FAA-approved harness-type restraint, AmSafe Aviation CARES.
Does Delta Airlines offer discount infant or child fare?
Delta Airlines does not offer discounted fares for children of any age traveling within the U.S.
When traveling with an infant sitting on your lap on international flights, usually the discounted infant fare is about 10% of the adult fare, plus any international taxes and surcharges, which can be significant.
When purchasing a reserved seat for a child on international flights, Delta may offer discounted child fares, depending on the child’s age.
Infant on lap
Babies less than 2 years old can travel for free on domestic Delta Airlines flights when sitting on the adult’s lap. For international flights, the discounted infant fare mentioned above is charged.
You may view or change the seat assignment, prior to arrival at the airport. Keep in mind that, when traveling with a child, you are not allowed to occupy some seats, due to FAA regulations!
A pointing of Infant in Arms will be included on your boarding pass to alert the flight crew. If upon boarding there is an empty seat in your row, you may take your FAA-approved child restraint seat onboard and use it for takeoff and landing.
There is no baggage allowance for an unticketed child. The child’s baggage counts as part of the adult’s allowance1. Children’s safety seats and stroller can be checked for free, and are not included in the standard baggage allowance.
Children traveling with tickets purchased at 10% of the adult fare have a checked baggage allowance of:
Infants traveling with their own tickets
Delta Airlines recommend that you buy a ticket for your infant, and use an approved child restraint device onboard of the airplane when traveling with a baby less than 2 years old. For infants traveling with their own tickets on international flights, Delta Airlines offers a 25% discount on the full adult fare.
When you buy a ticket for your baby, due to FAA regulations, the child restraint device cannot occupy:
The child restraint system should never obstruct other passengers’ access to aisle. If, on a single-aisle aircraft, the child restraint system is placed in the middle seat, the accompanying adult must take the window seat.
Only one child safety seat is allowed per row. As an exception from this rule, more than one child safety seat is allowed on a row only if the children are from the same family or travel group.
For domestic flights, infants traveling with their own tickets benefit from the same standard baggage allowance as any other adult.
Depending on the discount that Delta may offer for a child traveling on international flights, the baggage allowance may differ. The standard adult baggage allowance applies when Delta Airlines offers a discount of less than 50% of the adult fare.
When you are traveling on a Delta Airlines domestic flight with a 2 year old baby, you have to buy him a ticket at full adult fare.
On international flights, Delta Airlines requires purchasing a ticket for children ages 2 years and older. For transportation via the Pacific or Atlantic, Delta charges 75% of the applicable adult fare for children ages 2 through 12. Children with tickets purchased with less than 50% discount of the full adult fare benefit from the standard baggage allowance.