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Hi, do you happen to know if we fly just before 2nd birthday but return after 2nd birthday do we still need to pay for a seat? Thanks

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Nancy 
It also occurs to me that if you decide to "wing it" and you're taking baby equipment (stroller, car seat) you might also be charged for those depending on the baggage allowance for children.
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Dadah to one 
I suspect this may vary from airline to airline but unfortunately if you stick to the letter of the law/airline rules you'll need to pay for an extra ticket on the way back as your child will be 2 and dems de rules. Probably not what you wanted to hear ☹️
HomerJ 
If you contact the airline they will probably tell you. However, it's highly likely their response will be "umm... yes we'd like to charge you!". If they don't bring this up when you book your ticket then you MAY(?) get away with it? After all they know the ages when you enter you enter your passport details so you could argue that they already agreed to it. However you should still be prepared for them to charge you even up to the time you board your returning flight. Which country/countries are you flying in by the way? If you're in the US it seems this rule is governed by law (see link below) which implies it's the age on boarding that matters (not good for you!). https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2011-title14-vol3/pdf/CFR-2011-title14-vol3-sec121-311.pdf
Dad in constant need of help 
Hi Minibeasts. I actually had the exact same situation so I checked with the airline. I was flying BA and thankfully they make this very clear on their website. They will require that your kid has their own seat for the return journey for safety reasons, but they will NOT charge you extra for this. It's a rare situation so it's something you have to call them about instead of doing online, but it's good that they have planned for this and that their policy is in your favour. So fly with them if you can! (I do not work for BA by the way. As you can see from my profile pic I usually fly with another carrier. 😉) https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/family-travel/tickets-and-travel-documents?clickpage=information-en--family-travel--index&kmtag=c&ban=||HC|1x1|LNK1|||||||||L2|||||||
Nancy 
When I looked into it the answer seemed to be that they need to be under 2 on the return trip. We flew home a handful of days before our son's second birthday and the girl who checked us in commented on how much money we'd saved!
Nancy 
It also occurs to me that if you decide to "wing it" and you're taking baby equipment (stroller, car seat) you might also be charged for those depending on the baggage allowance for children.
Ben Tantrum 
Thanks Nancy (and welcome to the Brain! You can update your profile by clicking your name). @Minibeasts there does seem to be a consensus forming. Do let us know what you did in the end and have a great trip!
MadamMatthews 
We're flying with Easyjet in January and return home on my sons 2nd birthday. I tried the online chat function with them to ask about seating arrangements and got no where! They basically said you can book a seat or not, since it was £40 cheaper to book a seat both ways that's what we've done. I guess on the flight out for take off and landing he'll have to sit in my lap and then can sit in his seat during the flight but I've no idea about the return flight! It's not like he'll be any bigger or more capable of sitting in the seat by himself since the flights are only 5 days apart, we'll see what the crew say. With regards to the winging it re baggage allowances, Easyjet say under 5's get the 2 pieces of equipment free not just infants under 2.

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