American Airlines: Children Flying Alone

What is American Airlines' Unaccompanied Minor Service?

Young children traveling without a parent or legal guardian are considered to be Unaccompanied Minors. Most airlines provide a service to assist these children from their point of departure to their final destination.

What age does my child have to be to qualify as an Unaccompanied Minor?

The service is mandatory for children ages 5-11 traveling without an adult who is at least 16 years old. Children ages 12-17 years are not required to travel as unaccompanied minors, but the service is optional for this age group as well.

Children under 5 years of age are not allowed to travel unless accompanied by an adult who is at least 16 years old.

What are the fees associated with this service?

Fee for an Unaccompanied Minor: $100 one way

This charge is in addition to the applicable airfare as well as any associated ticketing charge. The charge will be assessed for each individual unaccompanied minor. Two or more unaccompanied children from the same family (immediate or extended), traveling on the same flights, will be assessed a single charge.

Are there any flight restrictions?

  • Unaccompanied Minors ages 5-11, cannot travel on an itinerary that involves a change of aircraft.
  • Unaccompanied Minors cannot travel on the last on-line connection to any American Airlines, American Eagle or AmericanConnection destination.
  • American Airlines, American Eagle, and AmericanConnection do not accept unaccompanied children when their itinerary includes a connection to/from another airline, including codeshare and oneworld partners.
  • Some additional restrictions for AmericanConnection flights also apply; contact American Airlines.

How do I book this service?

Call American Airlines Reservations (1-800-433-7300).

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