Best business class for two adults and an infant?

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docsimonm

Member since 29 Mar 2017

Total posts 17

Hello everyone

My partner and I will be travelling with a 6 month old to Europe and we were wondering if anyone had some advice about which business class (or first) to fly. Ideally something where two seats become a bigger bed and our little one can sleep between us.

We will be using FF points (we have plenty).


Thanks in advance!

NiallG

Member since 11 Dec 2018

Total posts 14

I'm not sure if that's 'officially' allowed - when seat belt sign is on (even during turbulance) you'd probably need to have them in the additional harness. We did a few overnight flights when our daughter was a baby + best option is get a business class seat with bassinet option - then you can let them crawl around/sleep on your lie flat seat when seat belt sign is off. Would recommend you check the bassinet height + weight restrictions with each airline/aircraft (as they all differ and some allow much larger babies others too small once your baby is 3+ months) + then of course ensure you select a bassinet enabled seat when you book.

djtech

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 02 Sep 2018

Total posts 322

Despite their terrible reputation, the old British Airways Club World seats (the 2-4-2 ones) are great for two adults and child if you could share a center pair. You would have 2 seats blocking your exit/entry but it is a relatively good solution to get to Europe.

ZQN Fan

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Member since 27 Nov 2017

Total posts 26

Originally Posted by djtech

Despite their terrible reputation, the old British Airways Club World seats (the 2-4-2 ones) are great for two adults and child if you could share a center pair. You would have 2 seats blocking your exit/entry but it is a relatively good solution to get to Europe.

I have used these seats and agree they are excellent for a couple with an infant. Easy to share “duties” and it's towards the back of CW cabin next to toilets (but the toilet door is around the corner so no odour or noise issues). The neighbouring seats either side have been empty on all occasions we've used, I'm assuming they are last filled given proximity to the bassinet.

We had a 7 month old on our flights, fit into the bassinet no issue.

TBH, it's the one plus with CW. With privacy such a drawcard on Business layout now, travelling with infants and toddlers can at times be quite difficult.

Ourmanin

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 08 Jun 2018

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A rare show of support for the much maligned "old" Club World seat. I would concur with djtech and ZQNfan here. The heiress to the debt had her first long haul flight (SYD-SIN-LHR) at the age of 5 months in the very seats that ZQN Fan describes and it was actually pretty good. Better than other options we have used in terms of ease and being able to share duties.

Ourmanin

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 08 Jun 2018

Total posts 110

As a slight aside, it would be useful if posters included where they were travelling from and their destination. BA would be good SYD - LHR but less useful as a suggestion if you were flying, say MEL- FRA (assuming here you are originating in Australia).

Ross

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 May 2014

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Without doubt, Qatar particularly if you can get the QSuites. Even if not, their Business class is very good and their service about 1000 times better than BA.

ZQN Fan

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Member since 27 Nov 2017

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Originally Posted by Ross

Without doubt, Qatar particularly if you can get the QSuites. Even if not, their Business class is very good and their service about 1000 times better than BA.

QSuites bassinet is positioned at single seats (11B and 11J). Great if you want to have the baby to yourself, less so if travelling as a couple since you'll be separated. The couples EF seats don't have a bassinet anywhere.

OP is looking for advice on couples being together in business with an infant.

NiallG

Member since 11 Dec 2018

Total posts 14

Singapore airlines seats (the super wide biz class ones from previous generation) are pretty good too. Provides a huge play area for the baby to crawl around in.

Joe

Member since 03 May 2013

Total posts 79

Great, another potential screaming infant to look forward to on a 20 hour flight I've paid 7K or hard earned points for. Please put a thimble full hospital grade brandy in your babies milk and be considerate to other pax who have paid lots of money for the space, peace and quiet of business class. I'm becoming very impatient with parents who book F and J cabins with their entitled children who give them little, if any, rest and enjoyment of the premium cabin through the flight and annoy other pax the whole trip-what was the point? There should be designated areas where all pax with children under 10 should sit and 'enjoy' each others company. That said yes I have been on flights with exemplary parents and children in premium cabins, they however have been the minority.

Last editedby Joe at Sep 11, 2019, 03:10 PM.

ZQN Fan

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Member since 27 Nov 2017

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I did wonder how long it would take for this discussion to go off topic with a complaint about kids in premium cabins. OP is looking for advice on where to sit, rather than where not to sit.

brettepi

Member since 10 Jul 2017

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Originally Posted by Joe

Great, another potential screaming infant to look forward to on a 20 hour flight I've paid 7K or hard earned points for. Please put a thimble full hospital grade brandy in your babies milk and be considerate to other pax who have paid lots of money for the space, peace and quiet of business class. I'm becoming very impatient with parents who book F and J cabins with their entitled children who give them little, if any, rest and enjoyment of the premium cabin through the flight and annoy other pax the whole trip-what was the point? There should be designated areas where all pax with children under 10 should sit and 'enjoy' each others company. That said yes I have been on flights with exemplary parents and children in premium cabins, they however have been the minority.

Last editedby Joe at Sep 11, 2019, 03:10 PM.
thats what noise cancelling headphones are for. get over it

Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

Total posts 249

Originally Posted by ZQN Fan

I did wonder how long it would take for this discussion to go off topic with a complaint about kids in premium cabins. OP is looking for advice on where to sit, rather than where not to sit.
Lol - I was predicting 3 posts when I first opened the thread, amazed it took 10!

greg959

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Member since 15 May 2019

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Originally Posted by Joe

Great, another potential screaming infant to look forward to on a 20 hour flight I've paid 7K or hard earned points for. Please put a thimble full hospital grade brandy in your babies milk and be considerate to other pax who have paid lots of money for the space, peace and quiet of business class. I'm becoming very impatient with parents who book F and J cabins with their entitled children who give them little, if any, rest and enjoyment of the premium cabin through the flight and annoy other pax the whole trip-what was the point? There should be designated areas where all pax with children under 10 should sit and 'enjoy' each others company. That said yes I have been on flights with exemplary parents and children in premium cabins, they however have been the minority.

Last editedby Joe at Sep 11, 2019, 03:10 PM.
Couldn't agree more. The best seat for these people is an economy seat or a seat on something like JetStar. I had crying infants next to me on both legs of a recent F trip to Europe after forking out $15K. I could hear the unruly children through the headphones and my silicone ear plugs when I tried to sleep.

I don't see why parents who bring children into premium cabins are worthy of anything other than contempt - they make a choice to prioritise their own interests over those of a large number of others.

I've never understood why airlines offer concessional or free tickets for infants in premium cabins. They should be charging infants a fully flexible ticket rate to use the bassinet and not allowing award redemptions. It's ridiculous that they'd incentivise behaviour that alienates business travellers who need sleep and generally pay for the pricey tickets.

adv

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Member since 12 Apr 2017

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Ignoring the predictable diversion in the thread, the current QF A380 business class is pretty good. I would forget about the shared space to sleep, a 6 month old should be sleeping in the bassinet with the straps attached over the top of the frame. Turbulence is rare but do you really want to take the chance with your own child?

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