Traveling non-rev with kids can be an exciting adventure, but it also comes with its own set of challenges. Being prepared can make all the difference in ensuring a smooth and enjoyable trip. That’s why Jetsettingbees created a guide on how to fly Non-Rev with your little ones. In this guide, you will find some essential tips to keep in mind when flying non-rev with your kids. 

Seating Arrangements

Remember that you and your kids may not always be seated together. My kids and I have often had to sit separately. While they usually end up together, there have been instances where my youngest had to sit alone, even on international flights. If you are not okay with this, then don’t fly standby. 

While some passengers may be willing to switch seats, remember that they’ve paid for their seats, so it’s not possible to ask for reseating. My kids have had to sit separately from me for years. Usually, they have two seats together, so I’d pair my two older ones and my youngest with me, but I have had situations where I’ve had my 3-year-old sitting alone. Usually, I would tell the passengers around them- ‘Hey, this is my daughter. She’s an expert traveler, but she has to sit alone. I’m sitting in row 5 if she needs me.’ Another tip is to put your kids in front of you to see if something happens.

Etiquette and Safety

Inform the flight attendants if your kids are seated separately. Tell them your kids understand basic airplane etiquette and safety procedures. Discuss this with your kids before leaving for the Airport. 

Make sure your kids know:

  • Seat kicking is a no-no.
  • Teach them when it’s okay to move around and recline seats.
  • Explain what drinks and snacks they’re allowed to order. My kids can have Sprite on flights, but usually only one cup.
  • Remind them of any allergies. Also make sure the flight attendants know if your kid has an allergy. 
  • Tell your kids their ears will probably pop. Have water, suckers, or gum ready to help alleviate ear popping. Plastic cups over ears can also provide relief.
  • Stress the importance of using earphones for devices. No one around them wants to listen to Cocomelon for 8 hours on repeat. You will be the most hated person on the flight.
  • Explain that they must remove the earphones when speaking to the crew. 
  • Familiarize them with emergency procedures and where to find help. 
  • Explain to your kids when they can access their belongings.

First-Class Limitations

There can be age restrictions in first class. Kids under 6 may not be allowed to sit in first class. Even if it’s empty and Economy is full, they won’t upgrade someone.


Pack toys and activities that won’t disturb other passengers, such as books, coloring books, or tablets loaded with movies. No one wants to listen to a fire truck for 12 hours. 

Traveling non-rev with kids can be an enriching experience, offering opportunities for bonding and creating lasting memories. By following these tips and being prepared for the unexpected, you can navigate the challenges of non-rev travel with ease, ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey for you and your little ones. Do you want to read more about non-revving with kids? Read this blog. Safe travels! 

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