Check Unaccompanied Minor Policy
Booking a flight for minors with American Airlines provides a truly exceptional experience. American Airlines Unaccompanied Minor services are secure, affordable and pocket-friendly. Parents get conscious while sending their minor alone on the flight, but American Airlines provides complete safety and comfort for your minor.
American Airlines has a policy specifically designed for minors aged 5-14 traveling on an American Airlines flight without adult supervision. The airlines provide a dedicated escort to help the minor through the airport and onto the plane, and a meet-and-greet service at the destination airport.
The American Airlines Unaccompanied Minor policy applies to passengers who:
*Note: American Airlines flight attendants have many onboard responsibilities and cannot constantly supervise flying minors throughout the flight. We suggest teaching the minors about the call button when they need assistance.
American Airlines Unaccompanied Minor policy guarantees the safety and well-being of minors traveling alone on American Airlines flights. As part of this service, American Airlines Unaccompanied Minor fee is applicable. This fee varies depending on the type of flight — domestic or international.
|Unaccompanied Minor Fee (per Minor)||Domestic Flight||International Flight|
|One-Way||$150||$150 + additional charges + taxes|
|Roundtrip||$300||$300 + additional charges + taxes|
To make a booking in an American Airlines flight for your unaccompanied minor, go to American Airlines Reservations.
The American Airlines Unaccompanied Minor services are allowed to be used by minors aged 5-14. American Airlines charges $150 for Unaccompanied Minor services each way, in addition to the ticket price. This fee covers additional siblings on the same flight.
Here is a table of American Airlines' unaccompanied minor age and restrictions in 2023:
|5-14||Must use the unaccompanied minor service.|
|15-17||Can use the unaccompanied minor service, but it is not required.|
|All ages||Must be checked in at least 2 hours before departure.|
|All ages||Must have a valid passport or birth certificate.|
|All ages||Must be accompanied by an adult to the gate.|
|All ages||Must be met by an adult at the gate at their destination.|
|All ages||Cannot change flights.|
|All ages||Cannot check bags.|
|All ages||Cannot sit in an exit row.|
|All ages||Cannot travel on flights that depart or arrive between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM.|
|All ages||You cannot travel on flights with a layover of more than 2 hours.|
|All ages||Cannot travel on flights that are connecting to another airline.|
*Note: A minor within the age group 2-14 can travel as an accompanied minor with someone 16 and older.
For baggage allowances on your American Airlines flight ticket, check the American Airlines Baggage policy.
American Airlines offer free Kids' Kits presented by Quaker to minors aged 5-10 years old, which are designed to keep them entertained during their travel. The kits include puzzles, activities, and two snacks that can be enjoyed either at the airport or on the flight. These kits are available for minors who are departing from:
Regardless of whether your minor has prior experience traveling alone or if this is their first time, we highly recommend conversing with them about the upcoming trip and setting their expectations. It's important to reassure them that a dedicated team is going to be present to ensure their safety throughout their journey.
|Unaccompanied Minor Travel Tips|
|Talk to them about the trip and tell them what to expect|
|Assure them that the airline's team is going to help them stay safe|
|Point out the uniforms worn by the airline's team members at the airport, and instruct your minor to seek assistance only from uniformed personnel|
|Write down important phone numbers for your minor|
|Pack games, books, and money in a small carry-on bag|
|As food and drink service may be limited, it is advisable to pack snacks for your minor to enjoy during the flight|
|Attach an ID card and contact information to your minor's carry-on bag or jacket|
|Ensure that electronic devices are fully charged and remember to pack chargers and headphones|
|Instruct your minor to wait for a team member to accompany them off the plane upon arrival, even for an older minor using the unaccompanied minor service|
*Note: American Airlines don’t hold or give personal medication to an unaccompanied minor.
When you arrive at the airport, you must check in with an American Airlines agent at the ticket counter. The agent will take care of the required paperwork, give you a boarding pass for the minor, escort the minor to the gate, and meet them at their destination.
Check the American Airlines Check-in policy.
The following documents are required for unaccompanied minors flying by American Airlines -
On the day of the flight, your minor will need to board the plane at least 30 minutes before departure. They will be escorted to their seats by a flight attendant. It is important to inform them that they may feel some turbulence and that they should stay seated with their seatbelt fastened, during take-off.
During the flight, your minor will enjoy the same amenities as other passengers. They can watch movies, listen to music, and use the lavatory. If they need anything, they can ask a flight attendant for help.
When the minor arrives at their destination, they will be met by a flight attendant. The flight attendant will escort them to the baggage claim and help them find their luggage. They will also be met by the adult who has been allocated to receive them.
American Airlines will contact minors' guardians, listed on the unaccompanied minor form, and arrange an alternative flight if the minor cannot connect in the event of delays or cancellations.
If your minor needs to stay overnight because of a missed connection, American Airlines will arrange for overnight accommodations, meals, and supervision.
Get complete information and find out about the applicable rules in the American Airlines Cancellation policy.
If your young adult is not utilizing the unaccompanied minor service and their flight experiences a delay or cancellation, they will be treated as an adult customer and provided with appropriate accommodations. However, it's important to note that several hotels may have policies that require young individuals to be accompanied by an adult for check-in.
Therefore, please advise your young adult not to leave the airport premises unless one of the following conditions is met:
Furthermore, kindly remind them to contact a team member if they have any inquiries or require assistance during their journey.
At certain airports, there may be times when you can't go with your minor through security, and they are taken to the gate by a member of the American Airlines team, accompanied until the flight departs if this is the case.
Traveling internationally without both parents may require a Letter of Consent for minors under 18.
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