As I pack our bags for our annual winter trip to Florida I remember the excitement I would feel as a child when it was time for our holidays. My brother and I would start counting sleeps weeks before our trip, eagerly awaiting to board the plane and see our grandparents and cousins. Since my Dad’s side of the family is in London (while my mom’s is in India) we often flew British Airways when traveling abroad, especially to India as their flights route through London. We would get a break from the long journey, see family and feel recharged for the flight ahead. Flying as kids we couldn’t wait to get on the flight and get our Sky-flyer backpacks. The flight attendants would quickly come over, check on us and give us little backpacks filled with books, crayons and puzzles. I’m sure my mom was just as excited that British Airways was helping her keep us entertained and occupied. In fact, she has such a positive memory of flying internationally with two kids in tow that when I started planning a trip to Mumbai (one of the five major cities in India BA flies to) with my toddler, she quickly reminded me of all the ways they helped her when she traveled with them. Whether it was small knapsacks, pilot badges or meals served early to children – she appreciated any and all help while traveling. Those thoughtful efforts left a lasting grateful memory for my mom.
Now that I’m a mom, I too find myself basing our travels around our daughter and the airline that will make efforts to make traveling as easy as possible for us.
- Child Fare: If your child is between 6-23 months and you want them to have their own seat you pay a child fare vs a full adult fare! For my taller than average exploring toddler this is a huge hit as she’s over sitting in Mumma and Papa’s lap.
- Baggage: When you have a child, you realize how much stuff they need. BA gives your traveling child an extra carry on AND check in allowance – so helpful!
- Entertainment: Dedicated TV channels, activity packs and friendly cabin crew help keep the little ones busy.
- Movies for Mumma: Once she’s passed out I can put a blanket over her, put my feet up and enjoy a Bollywood flick – a rare novelty at home these days!
To help me pack for my travels British Airways offered to send me and one of my readers a special carry-on filled with reminders of India, flight essentials and an item of my choice that reminds me of home! The item I chose for my readers: the traditional masala dabba, a place to store all my spices I bring back from India. It’s an essential in my kitchen and a reminder of my roots every time I cook.
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The contest will close December 11, 2014 at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be contacted within 24 hours. This giveaway is now closed.
**CONGRATULATIONS to Winner Tina Mathur**
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