Infant Ticket Information

Infant eTickets

Delta can receive, accept, and process Infant eTickets issued via other airlines, GDSs, and all system providers that have an Interline Ticket Agreement with Delta that allows Infant eTicketing on Delta-operated flights.

In addition to the Interline Ticket Agreement, each GDS, airline, and system provider will need their technology department to enable their systems to issue Infant eTickets.

Additional Information

  • Airport check-in processes have been enhanced and will no longer require paper infant tickets for those agencies and other airlines authorized to issue Infant eTickets.
  • Delta will use industry standard messaging to change the status of the Infant eTickets issued by an agency or other airline to show FLWN within 24 hours of departure.
  • Delta will refuse acceptance of an eTicket from an agency or other airline if the date of birth (DOB) of the infant indicates that their age will change during the trip, making the infant ineligible for an infant fare. GDSs will receive an error message when this condition is met.
  • Delta will not accept fully OPEN segment Infant eTickets. All coupons must have a booked flight segment.
  • Should it become necessary for Delta to reissue a travel agency or other airline Infant eTicket, the new ticket will default to a paper ticket issued on 006 ticket stock and will be processed using normal Infant paper ticket processes for airport handling, billing and settlement.

Please contact your GDS or system provider with questions about whether or not an Interline Ticket Agreement exists with Delta that allows Infant eTicketing on Delta-operated flights.  

Domestic Travel

Infants traveling on domestic flights within the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, San Juan, and St. Thomas, V.I., and St. Croix, V.I. are not required to purchase a ticket for an infant not occupying a seat. The PNR still needs to note that an infant is traveling, but they do not need to have a ticket issued.

  • Due to FAA safety requirements, one (1) adult passenger may only carry one infant.
  • Infants under two years of age for the entire trip may still travel as a lap held infant at no charge.
  • If an adult passenger is traveling with two infants, a seat must be purchased for the additional infant.
  • Infants occupying a seat on domestic flights require a ticket; and pay the applicable fare.

International Travel - Not Occupying a Seat

Infants traveling internationally not occupying a seat will pay 10% of the applicable adult fare.

  • Regardless of infant fare type, all applicable taxes and surcharges must be collected.
  • Infants traveling with adults on an upgraded ticket will have the infant fare based on the cabin in which they travel. If the accompanying adult is flying in Business class, the infant fare is 10% of the Business class fare. If the adult is flying in First class, the infant discount fare will be based on the First class rate.

Does a Ticket need to be Issued?

The following chart identifies if a ticket is required for an infant not occupying a seat:

Area

Infant Ticket and Fare Required?

Child's Ticket and Fare Required?

Between US and SJU, STT, STX

NO
SJU, STT, STX are US / domestic

Yes. 100%, ages 2-11
Taxes apply

Between Continental US and
Alaska or Hawaii

NO
AK and HI are US / domestic

Yes. 100%, ages 2-11
Taxes apply

Between US and CANADA

YES.  FREE
XY, XA  apply from Canada

Note: YC tax will apply from YQR and YXE

Yes. 100%, ages 2-11
Taxes apply

Between US/CAN and CARIBBEAN

Yes. 10%
Origin to destination
Taxes may apply

Yes. 100%, ages 2-11
Taxes apply 

Between US/CAN and MEXICO

   

US/CAN  origination

Yes. 10%
Origin to destination.
Taxes may apply

Yes. 100%, ages 2-11
Taxes apply

Mexico  origination

Yes. no charge
Taxes may apply

Yes. 100%, ages 2-11
Taxes apply

Between US/CAN and CENTRAL / SOUTH AMERICA

YES. 10%
Origin to Destination
Taxes may apply

Yes. % off and age varies,
check fare rule
Taxes apply

TRANS-ATLANTIC/PACIFIC

YES. 10%
Origin to Destination
Taxes may apply

Yes. % off and age varies,
check fare rule
Taxes apply

INTRA-EUROPE/ASIA

YES. 10%
Origin to Destination
Taxes may apply

Yes. % off and age varies,
check fare rule
Taxes apply

NOTE: Infant ticket details – If a passenger has purchased a fare and is traveling with an infant, the infant must pay 10 percent of the same fare the paying passenger purchased even if the infant did not have the same advance purchase time as the adult. When an infant is traveling with a non-fare paying passenger, e.g. earned tickets/promotions, or the adult is on a bulk, consolidator, or contract type ticket, then the infant pays 10 percent of the applicable thru fare. This means you must check the fare that applies for ticketing (not the availability of this fare) for infant ticket at the time of purchase, on the day they decide to purchase the infant ticket. Do not go back to the date that the adult ticket was issued.

International Travel - Occupying a Seat

Infants occupying a seat on international flights require a ticket and pay the applicable fare and surcharges.

Infant Reaches Second Birthday Mid-Trip

Effective for tickets purchased on/after May 27, 2012, if an infant turns two (2) during the course of his/her journey, a seat must be purchased for the entire journey. This change in policy is applicable for travel worldwide (both domestic and international destinations). If a child’s fare is available for the specified itinerary, customers are eligible to purchase the child’s fare for the entire journey.  However, in the absence of a child’s fare, customers must purchase the regular applicable adult fare.

Surcharges 

Delta removed all Q and YQ surcharges from International tickets for infants without a seat. This charge applies to all travel; exit U.S. and International.

 
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