It’s no secret to any parent who has ever stepped on a plane with a kid THAT air travel is the toughest part of vacationing as a family. It’s a lot to ask adults to sit still for long stretches, put in the wiley spunk and emerging manners of a young person and you have the potential for some restless hours in the air. Good thing airlines are catching up and supporting parents by offering programs that give the littlest flyers a little extra to please them. Programs for kids offer delightful freebies and support that make air travel easier. Here’s a list of a few airlines offering special programs and incentives just for kids.

Airline Programs to Make Kids Happy In-Flight


Skyriders – Air Canada

This program asks you to register kids before their flight. It then offers each small flyer a log book to keep track of their flights, a unique luggage tag, special stickers and the opportunity to earn Air Canada Altitude™ Skyriders goodies.
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Sky Surfers – Emirates

This is a frequent flyer program for children between the ages of two and 16. Skysurfer kids get extra benefits when they fly plus the chance to earn Skywards Miles, which they can spend in-flight like free flights, books, toys, and even amazing trips to Wild Wadi Water Park in Dubai.  
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Kids Club – Air Transat

This program is for children 2- 11 who are residents of Canada, United Kingdom and France. Once registered (online) kids can grab some exclusive goodies, including a welcome package (contains a member card, a lanyard, coupons for in-flight snacks, a postcard and luggage tags). Kids Club members also get priority registration and boarding on many flights and more.
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Jet Friends – Lufthansa

For kids two to 17, the Jet Friends program gives kids a behind-the-scenes look at aviation on their cool website, and also offers members ongoing contest opportunities. Kids can also collect points for air travel, to be redeemed on future flights.
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Kids clubs and extras might not make air travel completely fun, friendly and incident free, but it’s a nice way to entertain and include kids and that can go a long way.