SG Budget Babe
Asked by Anonymous
Asked on 05 Dec 2019
Is it worth redeeming krisflyer miles for a first-class seat for my son? if yes, should I try to book a flight that has suites instead?
Top Contributor (Dec)
I personally would not. You would just need a bassinet seat and there's far more of those in J than F. Also, F and J are indistinguishable to an infant. So if you fly in J, the 10% of the revenue fare you'd need to come out with will be lower compared to F.
I'd try to keep F redemption for something really special, unless I'm flooded with miles that need to be burned.
For me, I think first-class seat is "overkill" haha. For an infant, I feel that the space in business class would be more than sufficient. The excess miles (between first and business) can then be used to future redemption, thus definitely more worth your while!
If he's still an infant, then I won't suggest doing so since he can't really enjoy the benefits and comfort of it. But again, if you and your other half are going on first class or business class, then why not? It's about about how you're perceiving the value and importance of a comfortable flight for you and family.
Usually a baby below 2yo fly for free, or have to pay 10% of the adult fare.
Above 2 year old, the child fare is slightly cheaper than adult fare.
So if you are using the same miles for a child as it is for an adult, its super not worth it, especially when the child cannot enjoy the luxury accorded.
Perhaps you guys can grab Business class instead and check with the airline whats the arrangement? In fact, maybe check if first class will get you a child at a discounted miles?
Frankly, your infant child would not be able to discern the difference between first class and economy class, and he probably would not even remember it.
I would say no.
If you have lots of miles that are expiring you could.. But if not I really don't see a point.
If he is < 2 years old (since you said "infant"; I can hardly call any baby that is more than 18 months old an infant), go ahead and book yourself a first class seat and pay 10% of the price for your son to share the space with you and/or your wife, although personally I would think Business class would suffice. Being an infant, he has 0.01% of remembering the experience, can't consume most if not all the food provided. Choosing Business class or First Class is mainly for the adult's comfort and I think the space in Business class would be sufficient already.
The heart of a parent indeed.
But to be honest, I do not think it's worth it. How many months is your baby? I doubt he/she can feel the difference. I believe space wise your baby will feel more than comfortable. You probably just gotta worry about him/her equalising well.
No. Your kid will not be able to appreciate or even remember the experience if he is too young.
Personally I don't think so as your child wouldn't even be able to remember his/her experience.
But if you have miles to spare (and are going to expire) then I don't see why not. But a suite will be better so other passengers will be able to rest well.
If he's still an infant, it might not be worthwhile to go for 1st class. He may not be old enough to appreciate its benefits and comforts.
As mentioned by Kai Wai: "Is your infant child less than 2 years old? For SQ, if he is under 2 years old, he does not need to have a seat of his own and need only pay 10% of the revenue fare. You just need to redeem the miles for your own ticket."
Best answer, you said Infant
However for young children in Kindergaten age, I would say business class is good enough, this is because he is unable to enjoy the top range alcohol offered by suites nor understand the savoriniess of cavier
Is your infant child less than 2 years old? For SQ, if he is under 2 years old, he does not need to have a seat of his own and need only pay 10% of the revenue fare. You just need to redeem the miles for your own ticket. Call the reservation hotline after you redeem your seat to book the infant ticket and make sure they assign you the bassinet seat.
in my opinion, redeeming miles for travel in premium cabin (business, first class or suites) is the best decision you can make when traveling with infants. You will be thankful for the extra space, the dedicated attention from the air crew and most importantly the fact that you can sleep on a flat bed with your infant. These extras matter a big deal when you are travelling with infants.
Hey there, everyone's perception of value may differ so definitely there is no definite answer to this.
So say if you gain satisfaction from seeing how relaxed and comfy your child is through the flight, then yes it would be worth it in that case.
However, should there be a better alternative of spending these miles, for example first-class for your parent(s) instead, that could be a worthy food for thought.
By comparing the value that this seat brings to the individual, who will enjoy it more, how much satisfaction you gain out of seeing the enjoy, etc.
Are you going first-class with your wife and child? If it's a family trip, then definitely book one that has a suite will be more comfortable for both wife and infant child.
If it's just your infant child and you alone, I doubt that he would be able to differentiate anything when he's an infant. It would be better when he's 4-5 years old, and then he will be able to enjoy the comfort and benefits of first-class.
Everybody's value is different. If you want a comfortable flight with your child, then it is worth it.
If you prefer to enjoy it alone, then maybe use it another time.
And yes, try and book a flight with a suite instead - much better overall.
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