Many parents have long distances to bear between their children and themselves.  On Fridays and Sundays at the ariport, one can see many parents escorting kids to and from flights.  Airlines have regulations addressing flights for minor children flying without an adult — called Unaccompanied Minors.  The regulations and fees charged vary between the airlines.  Here’s a summary of the various airlines policies:

Airline

Kids Flying Solo Age 5-7

Kids Flying Solo Age 8-11

Kids Flying Solo Age 12-14

Kids Flying Solo Age 15-17

Kids Flying Internationally

AirTran

$39 (nonstop or direct only)

$39 (nonstop or direct only)

$39-$59 (optional)

Call airline for options

N/A

Air Canada

Not Allowed

$100

$100

$100 (optional)

$100

Alaska

$75 (nonstop only)

$75 (no codeshare flights)

$75 (optional)

$75 (optional)

$100

American

$100 (nonstop only)

$100 (no codeshare flights)

$100 (no codeshare flights)

$100 (optional)

$100

Continental

$75 (nonstop only)

$75 (nonstop) or $100 (connecting)

 $75 (nonstop) or $100 (connecting)

Not Offered

$75 (nonstop) or $100 (connecting)

Delta

$100 (nonstop or direct only)

$100 (nonstop or connecting, no codeshares)

$100 (nonstop or connecting, no codeshares)

$100 (optional)

$100

Frontier

$50

$50

$50

Not Offered

N/A

Hawaiian Air

$35 inter island Hawaii and $100 mainland nonstop only

$35 inter island Hawaii and $100 mainland nonstop and connecting

$35 inter island Hawaii and $100 mainland nonstop and connecting

Optional $35 inter island Hawaii and $100 mainland nonstop and connecting

$100

JetBlue

$75 (nonstop or direct only)

$75 (nonstop or direct only)

$75 (nonstop or direct only)

Optional $75 (nonstop or direct only)

$100

Northwest

$100 (nonstop or direct only)

$100 (nonstop or connecting)

$100 (nonstop or connecting)

$100 (optional)

$120 (nonstop or connecting no codeshare)

Southwest

$25 (nonstop or direct only)

$25 (nonstop or direct only)

Not Offered

Not Offered

N/A

Spirit

$100 (nonstop or direct only)

$100 (nonstop or direct only)

Not Offered

Not Offered

13-17 yrs. only with notarized letter

United

$99 (nonstop only)

$99 (nonstop or connecting)

$99 (optional)

$99 (optional)

$99

US Airways

$100 (nonstop only)

$100 (nonstop only)

$100 (nonstop only)

$100 (optional)

$100

Virgin America

$75 (nonstop only)

$75 (nonstop only)

$75 (nonstop only)

$75 (optional)

N/A

British Airways

$50  (nonstop only)

$50  (nonstop only)

$50  (nonstop only)

$50 (optional)

$50  (nonstop only)

Lufthansa

$60-$120 (within Europe) $150 (outside Europe)

$60-$120 (within Europe) $150 (outside Europe)

$60-$120 (within Europe) $150 (outside Europe) (optional)

$60-$120 (within Europe) $150 (outside Europe) (optional)

 $60-$120 (within Europe) $150 (outside Europe)

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