Taking Your Car Seat on an Airline

Looking to save on car hire seat rental charges, we show you which airlines are happy for you to bring your car seat with you.

Taking Your Car Seat on an Airline

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I always think taking a car seat from the UK, whether it's your own or one you have bought at a car boot sale specifically for the trip, can be a real moneysaver. Here I show which airlines are happy to have car seats and pushchairs in the hold or in the cabin and at what price. If you've got one or more children then it can be important to ensure that your airline caters to all your needs and makes your journey as stress-free as possible.

The majority of airlines are fairly flexible and have policies in place to allow you to complete your journey with ease, including both car seats and pushchairs being able to be put into the hold for no additional cost.

In my experience, by taking your own car seat you can save money when you get to the car hire desk at your destination as you avoid having to pay excess charges to hire a seat. I have gathered a variety of different airlines' policies to help you make your decision.

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Do be aware that, although we were very careful in making sure this information was right when we did our research, things can change in a flash so double check with your airline before relying on it.

Aer Lingus

  • One collapsible buggy and one other item such as a car seat or a travel cot.
  • No additional cost.
  • Put into the hold.
  • More information here

Alitalia

  • Children, 2 to 11 years are permitted to carry normal luggage allowance plus a pushchair.
  • Infants are allowed to carry their baggage allowance plus a pushchair.
  • No extra cost.
  • Pushchair held in hold.
  • More information here

American Airlines

  • One car seat and one collapsible stroller. Car seats are allowed in the cabin if they meet the conditions of the airline, if not they can be placed in the hold. Pushchairs are also allowed in the cabin, however if they are not collapsible and are over 20lbs they will be placed in the hold.
  • No additional charges.
  • More information here

British Airways

  • One car seat and collapsible buggy per child.
  • One hand luggage bag for an infant.
  • Free, even in hand luggage only fares.
  • Both car seat and collapsible pushchair go in the hold.
  • More information here

Easyjet

  • You are able to have two out of a car seat, collapsible buggy, booster seat or travel cot.
  • It is possible to have your car seat in the cabin if it fits within the seat.
  • No additional cost.
  • More information here

Etihad

  • You may take either a pushchair or a car seat onto the flight free of charge. The other item will be included as part of your luggage allowance.
  • You may use a car seat on the airline as long as it conforms to the airlines standard.
  • Your pushchair will need to be handed in at the gate but Etihad will provide a courtesy pushchair for use in the terminal before you board.
  • More information here

Flybe

  • Customers are able to carry one car seat and one pushchair per child.
  • Both items are stored in the hold.
  • No additional charges.
  • More information here

Iberia

  • Infants are allowed one piece of baggage up to 23kg in addition to a pushchair.
  • Infants occupying a seat must bring a suitable car seat on board.
  • Free, excess baggage prices from €3.50 per kg.
  • Pushchair is placed in the hold throughout the flight.
  • More information here

Jet2

  • Collapsible pushchair and/or car seats are allowed on Jet2 up to total maximum weight of 10kg between them.
  • Free, unless the weight of the car seat and/or pushchair exceeds 10kg, then excess charges apply.
  • All items will be stored in the hold.
  • More information here

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

  • Customers are always able to bring a car seat and one small collapsible pushchair per child is also permitted on board.
  • If the pushchair fits in the overhead lockers you are able to bring that in the cabin, however if it doesn't it will need to be put into the hold. As long as the car seat fits in with the regulations of Royal Dutch Airlines then it can be used in the cabin, if it doesn't it will be placed in the hold.
  • No additional charges.
  • More information here

Lufthansa

  • Children up to 7 years old are able to take their car seat on board if it meets Lufthansa's requirements. Customers are allowed to take their pushchair up to aircraft then it has to go in the hold.
  • No extra cost.
  • More information here

Monarch Airlines

  • For infants, car seats can be used on board if they fit the airline's requirements. The airline must be notified in advance.
  • Car seats and pushchairs are permitted on Monarch Airlines, however they both have the be checked into the hold as they are not able to be carried into the cabin.
  • Free of charge
  • More information here

Qantas

  • Qantas allows children to have one car seat and one collapsible buggy and for infants to have a car seat, collapsible buggy and collapsible cot on their flights.
  • All items have to be checked into the hold.
  • Every item is free up to the weight of 32kg.
  • More information here

Ryanair

  • One collapsible pushchair per child is permitted, plus either a car seat, booster seat or travel cot.
  • All items are checked into the hold.
  • More information here

TAP Portugal

  • One pushchair per child is allowed in the hold, in addition each child is permitted a car seat is allowed on the flight if it fits in with requirements.
  • No additional cost.
  • More information here

Thomas Cook

  • Customers are allowed any three out of pushchair, car seat, travel cot or 10kg baggage allowance.
  • All checked into hold
  • No extra charges.
  • More information here

Thomson Air

  • Infants can take a pushchair for free in addition to their 10kg baggage allowance.
  • A car seat will end up being part of your luggage allowance.
  • More information here

US Airways

  • Car seats are permitted within the cabin if they meet the requirements of US Airways (available in the link below).
  • Free of charge.
  • More information here

Virgin Atlantic

  • Virgin Atlantic allow both a car seat and pushchair per child. The pushchair has to be in hold, whilst the car seat can be in the cabin if it meets airlines requirements, however car seats are permitted in economy class only.
  • No additional charges.
  • More information here

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This content was last reviewed on 20/04/2016