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Need to Know: Flying China Airlines with a Baby or Toddler

by Shelly Rivoli

The “Need to Know” airlines series for family travelers continues with these important tips for families flying China Airlines with a baby, toddler, or young children (and even if your kids are no longer babies or toddlers, don’t miss the new Family Couch seating tip and photo below!).

flying China Airlines with a baby or toddler

China Airlines’ Discounts for Infants and Children

China Airlines generally offers a 25% discount for children from 2 to 11 years and infants flying in their own seats, which can make a big difference in your family’s bottom line. If you have a choice between China Airlines and a U.S.-based carrier, definitely compare the total ticketing price for your whole family–not just the advertised fare.

To ensure the child discount is applied, make your reservation directly on www.china-airlines.com or use one of these sites that factors in the child’s age and available discount by airline (remember, not all do!) and may also have special offers or promo codes for extra discounts:

CheapOair.com          OneTravel.com

Click “More Advanced Options” in the search box to enter the ages of your children and your preferred airline (eg. China Airlines).

Flying China Airlines with an Infant or Baby (AKA Lap Child)

Buying Tickets for Your Infant/Lap Child (less than 24 months, no seat): Good news! You can now purchase international tickets for a lap child on China Airlines’ website, as well as international tickets for a lap child flying China Airlines on both CheapOair.com and OneTravel.com. In most cases, the lap child’s fees for international flights will be 10% of the applicable adult fare plus taxes and surcharges. 

If you need to book your family’s tickets through the China Airlines’ site, be sure to call their reservation number soon afterward to let them know you will have an infant traveling with you, and make any additional requests for the lap child, such as an airplane bassinet or baby meals / kit.

China Airlines Bassinets on Long-haul Flights: Baby bassinets (AKA skycots) are also available, but do be sure to call reservations well in advance to make your request and ensure you have the necessary seating positions to take advantage of these. Recommended reading: Five Things You Should Know Before Flying with an Airplane Bassinet (AKA Skycot).

The North American reservations phone number for China Airlines is 1-800-227-5118, and worldwide reservations numbers can be found here (use the drop-down menu for the region you need).


China Airlines Baggage and Stroller Allowance for Infants

Lap Child / Infant Baggage Allowance: China Airlines allows one complimentary small checked suitcase weighing up to 22 lbs. (10 kg.) for each lap child, plus a fully collapsible stroller for no extra cost. See recommended Lightweight Travel Strollers here.

Using Car Seats on China Airlines Flights

China Airlines has no unusual conditions for using car seats on its aircraft other than they don’t want children over 40 lbs. using them. They may check to see that your child’s car seat is tested and certified in the country of its manufacture, so be sure you are ready to point to the label if needed.

best travel strollers and gear for air travel with babies and toddlers

Other Perks for Families Flying China Airlines with a Baby, Toddler or Young Children

Families can also take advantage of China Airlines’ children’s meals, baby food, toys, and baby care kits with diapers. Call reservations well in advance to request child or baby meals and care packages: 1-800-227-5118.

flying China Airlines with a baby or toddler

A Sad Farewell to the China Airlines “Family Couch”

Sadly, China Airlines discontinued the “family couch” option in economy classes on June 1, 2018. To ease sleeping (and prevent dangling / antsy legs in flight, I suggest you take a look at the Kailefu inflatable travel footrest for children.


 More tips for your family’s travels:

travels with baby guidebooksHave your choice of airlines? Use the Airlines Comparison Chart in Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide… to compare the family-friendly perks, amenities, and available infant/child discounts between more than 40 airlines.

For more help planning air travel with young children, see chapters 15 – 18 in Travels with Baby, and see more online Flying with Babies and Toddlers tips here.

Flying solo with your child? Don’t forget you’ll need a letter of consent for international air travel with only one parent or guardian (follow link for sample letter). You might also want to read Fifteen Tips for Flying Solo with a Baby.

Traveling with school-age children? Be sure to check out the latest posts for travel advice and inspiration over at our sister site Family Travel 411.

You might also like:

How to Plan Your Best Vacation with Baby

Best Baby Travel Beds and Portable Cribs

Need to Know: Flying American Airlines with a Baby or Toddler

Best Lightweight Travel Strollers and Pushchairs

Checklist for Travel with Babies and Toddlers: Ten Things to Do Before You Leave Home

Five Things You Might Not Think to Pack for Travel with Babies and Toddlers

Worldwide Directory of Baby Gear Rental Agencies

Safe journeys,

Shelly Rivoli, author of the award-winning Travels with Baby guidebooks

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Abi October 23, 2019 - 8:20 am

With fully collapsible stroller,can we gate check them or check in as well? Thank you

wanderingeducators February 5, 2015 - 5:42 pm

Excellent tips./ LOVE that couch option!

Angelina February 5, 2015 - 1:15 am

This is very informative post. People planning to travel for first time in China Air will find this helpful. Especially if they need to travel alone with a baby they must prepare themselves in advance.

Valerie January 29, 2015 - 1:44 pm

I’m actually getting ready to fly with China Air, and these tips are so useful to me. I’m definitely going to look in to these family couch seats.

Shelly Rivoli February 3, 2015 - 4:11 pm

Great, Valerie! Let us know how it goes if you try them! Safe journey!

Luke Mitchell January 26, 2015 - 12:01 am

I’ve never flown with China Air and I never would have guessed at any of these things. You’ve certainly saved me a lot of time and trouble for a trip we’re planning to take to Shanghai and beyond later this year. I love family friendly airlines, they really make such a difference as flying for kids tends to be much more difficult than on us older folks 😉

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