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June 08, 2010 15:30 ET

Cheapflights.com Takes the Stress Out of Family Travel

Just in Time for Summer Holidays, Cheapflights.com Launches How to Travel With Kids, Revises Kids Flying Solo Guide

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - June 8, 2010) -  With the school year wrapping up, the summer holidays are on many people's minds -- particularly parents who are planning a family trip. Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, is here to tell you that vacationing with children doesn't have to be costly or exhausting. To help with this summer's travel plans, Cheapflights has launched the next installment of its How To series with a top 10 tips on How to Travel with Kids. And, for those with older kids who are striking out on their own to visit friends and family, Cheapflights.com has also revised its Kids Flying Solo Guide.

"Summer travel often equals family travel," says Andrea Mooney, content editor of Cheapflights.com. "While kids introduce a whole host of challenges to the travel process, it is possible to make the experience fun, affordable and rewarding. That's where we come in. Cheapflights has done the homework, and pulled together what you need to know to plan a smooth flight for kids... even for those flying solo."

The Cheapflights.com's How to Travel with Kids Guide is divided in three sections with tips on how to relieve stress 'Before You Go,' 'At the Airport' and 'On the Flight.' Each details key activities and insights on how to ensure a smooth journey. Below are examples from each section:

Before you go: Choose midweek flights. That way, planes and airports are likely to be calmer. Night flights are best for international travel, and direct flights are life savers for short distances.

At the airport: Refuel. Refill water bottles and sippy cups right after security. Have more snacks prepared than you think you'll need. Raisins, dried fruits, and cereals are healthy and easy to pack, and choosing sugar-free options help to avoid in-flight mood spikes.

On the flight: Ration. Turn to the bag of tricks only when you've exhausted all the free fun -- cloud spotting, looking at pictures in the in-flight magazine, playing "I Spy" and so on. Then, introduce one new entertaining item per hour, like playing hangman or tic-tac-toe on paper.

To read the complete How to Travel with Kids Guide, visit http://news.cheapflights.com/2010/06/how-to-travel-with-kids-and-without-stress-top-10-tips/. For those who are planning travel for kids on their own, visit the Kids Flying Solo Guide, a complete resource for booking a trip for unaccompanied minors. In addition to the specific details on the rules, restrictions and prices, broken out by airline, the guide includes important advice such as:

  • Invest in a few pre-paid gift cards worth $25 or $50, which will let your child purchase food or any unexpected expenses along the way. This will eliminate the worry of traveling with a tremendous amount of cash.

  • Try to book a morning flight. If it is delayed or canceled, you have the rest of the day to make alternate plans.

  • Register your child's travel plans with the U.S. State Department, which can provide assistance in an emergency. This is a free service.

The complete Kids Flying Solo Guide is available at www.cheapflights.com/travel-tips/kids-flying-solo-guide/

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The trusted partner in flights, Cheapflights Media is a global Internet media network that has been delivering great deals since 1996. Headquartered in London with offices in Boston and Toronto, Cheapflights Media serves advertisers and consumers through its vast portfolio of websites and services. Packed with travel guides, tips and the latest news and information, the Cheapflights sites are online shopping comparison engines that make it easy for consumers in local markets to research, compare and save on domestic and international trips. With brand-name deals on airline tickets from more than 250 partners and 600 airlines and a team of travel experts hand picking the best offerings, Cheapflights offers visitors a mix of deals they can't find anywhere else. There are currently Cheapflights-branded sites for the U.K., U.S., Canada, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, France, Italy and Spain. For more information visit www.cheapflights.com

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