Lap children must be under the age of two. Whether they require a ticket and how much it will cost depends on where you’re traveling.
Travel details Ticket requirements U.S. domestic flights1 Free, no ticket needed. Flights between the U.S., Canada & Mexico Ticket needed, but you only pay for the taxes on it. International flights2 Ticket needed, and charged a partial fare based on the destination.
1 Includes flights to and from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
2 Includes flights to and from Guam.
When flying with a lap child, you do still need to let us know you’ll have one with you whether you’re flying domestically or internationally. You can do this by selecting “Infant on lap” as a traveler during booking or at check-in. There can only be one infant on lap per adult on your reservation. You may also need to show a birth certificate to prove your child is under two.
If you’re traveling with a child of any age, you can bring the following on your flight for free in addition to your carry-on and personal items:
- Diaper bag
- Breast pump, milk or formula
- FAA-approved car seat
- Compact folding stroller that meets carry-on bag size guidelines when collapsed, like the gb Pockit
Car seats aren’t allowed in United Polaris® business class on most Boeing 767, 777, or 787 planes. Pack ‘n Play®, collapsible cribs and other similar items must be checked at the ticket counter and will be charged at the baggage rate for your ticket.
You can check one car seat and one stroller or folding wagon per child you’re traveling with, for free. This can be done at the gate or ticket counter. Large or non-collapsible strollers, and non-folding wagons must be checked at the ticket counter. However, they’re also free.
We cannot fly infants younger than seven days old. Children of any other age are welcome to fly with us.
There are changing tables in the lavatories on the following aircraft:
- Boeing 757-300
- Boeing 767
- Boeing 777
- Boeing 787
- Select Boeing 757-200
Just ask your flight attendant and they can show you the right lavatory to use.
You can use a Child Aviation Restraint System, or CARES, on your flight instead of a car seat.
Unfortunately, you cannot use these or any similar items on our flights.
Please check our Contract of Carriage for information about liability for damaged strollers and wagons.