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Young Traveler and Unaccompanied Minor

tmleach
New Arrival

Hello,

 

My two kids are 10 and 13. We are looking into them traveling on their own this summer. Since my unaccompanied minor will be traveling with a young traveler, what does that mean? Can I send my younger child as an unaccompanied minor and they will still be able to board with my young traveler?

If they just both travel as young travelers without purchasing the unaccompanied minor pass, do they get to preboard?

Can we still get escort passes to help them get to their gate and to be picked up at the gate?

 

Thank you.

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Re: Young Traveler and Unaccompanied Minor

bec102896
Rising Star

@tmleach 

 

I believe since one of the kids are considered a YT then you would not have to pay the UM fee the YT (13 year old sibling)  would be the responsible one. If you are not comfortable with the 13 year old taking care of the sibling and you want to pay for the UM service for the 10 year old you can always book them separately and pay the fee. 

 

You should be able to get a gate pass at the ticket counter just be sure to allow a little extra time since you will all go through security and it may take a few min to get the pass. 

 

Hope this helps!

Blake 

Re: Young Traveler and Unaccompanied Minor

tmleach
New Arrival

Great thank you. That makes sense. However, if I choose to pay for an UM will the YT and UM be able to stay together and board together? 

Then if I do not pay for it and my YT is responsible for my UM will they be able to preboard?

Thank you!

Re: Young Traveler and Unaccompanied Minor

chgoflyer
Top Contributer

Technically, only the UM is allowed to preboard. If you pay the fee for one child, and get a gate pass to escort them to the gate, you could probably discuss having them both pre-board with the agent there. I don't have any experience with this so I'm not sure whether or not that would be allowed, I suspect it would be up to the discretion of the agent.

 

If you don't pay the fee, and they are both traveling essentially as YT, technically neither one pre-boards. Again however you could discuss options with the gate agent. There are reports of agents allowing YTs to board with family boarding (after the A group and before the B one).

 

If your concern is about them boarding together, if you check them in at the same time it's very likely they will receive consecutive or near consecutive boarding positions.

Re: Young Traveler and Unaccompanied Minor

tmleach
New Arrival

Thank you so much!!