You’ve planned your vacation; you’ve charged it to your credit card. You’ve taken time off work and taken the kids out of school and you’ve even arranged for someone to come and water your plant.
But let’s be honest – how often do you take your flight into consideration when booking your vacation? Often, the flight is simply seen as a necessary mode of transportation to get you from your home to paradise. And that’s why it’s easy to overlook the small stuff – like who you’re flying with and the flight options you’ve selected.
Trust me, that stuff isn’t so small.
Your vacation begins and ends with your flight. The experience is what sets the tone for your time away and is the last memory you’ll have upon your return. And that’s why I happen to adore Transat Holidays. Year after year, Transat Holidays is named best tour operator by travel agents in Canada – and it’s not just because they offer flawless family vacations at stellar prices. It’s because of the detail and attention they place on every aspect of your holiday – from the moment you book to the moment you return. And of course, that includes your flight.
The Air Transat Kids Club is for children between the ages of 2 and 11 who are residents of Canada, the UK and France. This program is designed to make air travel a fun experience for young travellers (and for their parents, too!).
Children who are members of the Air Transat Kids Club benefit from exclusive privileges:
– Check-in at a specially identified counter, so you don’t have to wait as long (main airports)
– Pre-boarding at the gate, ahead of regular Economy passengers, so you have more time to get settled into your seats!
– Priority baggage retrieval, so you can collect your baggage earlier and start your vacation sooner
– Free regular roundtrip seat selection
– Automatic entry into an annual draw for a one-week vacation for 4 at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, or a vacation package at a South destination served by Air Transat
– A young traveller profile in which members can update their flight history and personal information
The boys – and every child on board our flight – were treated like royalty from the second we boarded to even after we landed (I’ll explain in just a moment). In fact, the flight crew aboard our Air Transat flight to Cancun was undoubtedly the most spectacular I’ve ever encountered, from their attention to our young travellers needs (hello! activity books and card games) to their generosity and flexibility (don’t like chips? how about some fresh cut fruit?).
My husband and I often looked at each other and smiled, confident the next 3.5 hours would not be nearly as torturous as usual. And trust me, we’ve had some torturous flights.
There’s just something to be said for a flight crew who can both relate to and cater to children. After all, when you step off that plane and your vacation begins, the last thing you want is to be mentally sending your kids back home.
Not that I’ve fantasized about that. I swear. (*Fingers crossed behind my back.*)
So, how else did Air Transat go above and beyond to make the flight epic for my boys? A visit with the pilots in their flight deck! And I only had to bark at Ryder “Don’t touch ANYTHING!” three times!
Booking an all-inclusive vacation down south this winter? Don’t underestimate the importance of a great flight. It can change your vacation – by putting you in the right frame of mind to enjoy your time away. To the crew aboard Flight 838, thank you for setting the tone for an amazing family getaway.