Best Seats With a Baby in British Airways First Class
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Flying first class is something few people do in their lifetime, let alone before they turn 2 years old. However, collecting Avios changed how my family travels. Should you also wish to maximise your Avios before your child turns 2 (and therefore requires his or her own seat), first class may be the right choice for you particularly with a Companion Voucher. Don’t be put off by the lack of wall mount for a bassinet that you see in other cabins — you can also have a bassinet in first class. You’ll just want to be sure to select the right seat in order to make the most of your first class journey with your lap infant.
The definitive guide to see all the seat options across planes is the TPG UK guide to the best British Airways first class seat. I recommend a window seat when you have a tiny baby that will just eat, sleep and lounge with you. However, once they start to move, it’s time for the usually dreaded middle back row in first. The last row in first class is usually an aviation enthusiast’s last choice but tends to be the location of the bassinet seat and easier reach of the restrooms and galley. We believe that children should be allowed in premium cabins as long as the parents are conscious travellers and take active responsibility for their children.
Cost for a Lap Infant in British Airways First Class
On my first trip to Boston with my oldest son, the only Avios redemption available was in first class. While other carriers charge 10%-25% of the cash price of an adult ticket for your infant when you redeem an award in first class, British Airways only charges 10% of the Avios plus taxes and fees. This difference means that I’ve had my sons join me in BA first. For example, to add my nearly (but not yet) 2-year-old son to a first class flight from London (LHR) to New York (JFK) next week would only cost 6,800 Avios and £81.
After you complete your booking, you will be asked to select your seat as usual. You will now be able to see where the bassinet seats are available. You are not required to sit in a bassinet seat (designated with a baby when you select), but families often choose them.
British Airways First Class Bassinets on a Boeing 747
Bassinet Location: 5F
My first long-haul flight with my son was when he was 8 weeks old, and it was also my first time in first class on British Airways. I had him in a wrap cuddled up with me in 1A in the nose of a 747 in the old wood-like brown first cabin. I didn’t need a bassinet, instead preferring to have him in a sling the whole time. Before your child is mobile, I think it’s nice to sit in a window seat cuddled up.
However, if you’re looking to have a bassinet, you can do so from 5F on the 747:
British Airways First Class Bassinets on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
Bassinet Location: 2F
On the Boeing 787-9 seating chart, having the infant in your booking unlocks 2F, which is the only seat that can hold the bassinet.
British Airways First Class Bassinets on a Boeing 777
Bassinet Location: 4F
On the Boeing 777, the seat capable of having a bassinet is in the middle back row — seat 4F.
A full review of British Airways first class on the 777 (without kids) can be found here.
Best British Airways First Class Bassinets on an Airbus A380
Bassinet Location: 4F
Since the first class seat on the A380 is the most spacious on offer with BA, we chose not to have a bassinet and I slept alongside my son instead. I did find that being in the back of the cabin was a bit brighter and noisier than if we’d been in the front, so I would consider sitting farther in the front next time on an overnight flight. Mostly, I like to be close to the galley so I can rush through to reach my son on the other side (jumping through the middle barrier seems uncouth) or to make a quick trip to the loo.
We had the right seat to install the bassinet — 4F — but we didn’t end up needing it, as there was plenty of space in the seat for my active baby and me.
Once your baby has his or her first passport, put your BA Companion Voucher to good use and head off as a family. Don’t be scared to fly first class and start out with knowing what your seat choices are and whether you want to get a window seat or to look in the middle for a bassinet seat.
Featured photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy.