What To Expect If Your Kid is Flying Solo

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    The decision of when to allow a child to fly alone and the costs involved arise year-round, but can be particularly worrisome during the holidays.

    When Tim Leffel was looking for the best way to get his 12-year-old daughter, Alina, from Tampa to her grandmother's home in Virginia earlier this year, he was astounded by the fees airlines were charging to put an unaccompanied minor on board.

    When he found out that United Airlines was going to charge him $150 each way just to take his daughter, Leffel, author of "Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune," changed his approach.
    For roughly $240, he bought two tickets on the discount carrier, Allegiant Travel Co (which does not permit unaccompanied minors), and flew with her instead - boarding the plane with nothing but a good book.

    Coming home, Alina flew JetBlue Airways on a $98 ticket that doubled with the $100 unaccompanied minor fee. All told her trip cost roughly $300 less than it would have under Plan A.
    "Look at all the options," Leffel says. "Sometimes there's a second right answer." Airline fees and policies vary greatly, so it is important to look at each carrier's rules before booking a flight.

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