Sorry for not clarifying - it's for real. Call the Cathay booking hotline and they will confirm +1-800-233-2742.
As for the price differential - the original price I was quoted was $560 something (in the USA - but I also got a similar $560USD rate when calling the TPE office to try to book it on the TPE side when I was there - but no savings there), and I called the US office back to buy it and it was $2500. That's clearly not 10% to 25%- but they could not explain it to me. I spent a long time speaking with them to understand and all they could say was that the fees had gone up.
I guess I'm pretty lucky, I have a 1 yr old and he rarely if ever cries during 17hr longhaul flights. I've done it 3 times this year.
But I know how some people can get upset with little children when the parents let them go wild or if the kids are very loud and cry a lot. Clearly NO ONE likes to be disturbed on short or longhaul flights. Not the parents, not the surrounding passengers, not the staff.
This post was merely to let parents and people who fly with their kids know about the price hike.
Originally Posted by christep
I concerned about the accuracy of the original post - it looks like a drive-by posting - post #1 from an unknown person. It seems to be contradicted by others who claim that nothing has changed and that the infant fee is still 10% of full fare. Can someone based in the US actually attempt to validate the initial assertion please?
And if it proves false then the initial post needs to be edited by the mods to reflect this fact.
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Originally Posted by kkjay77
I have no problem with babies crying in their own seat.
If I have to store my 5 lb laptop computer while taking off because of safety, what makes holding 15 lb baby any different from holding 5 lb laptop?
It's a safety issue, not crying baby issue.
I just hope all airlines charge 100% of applicable fare for lap child so that people will start to purchase a seat for their babies, but 25% charge is a good start.
I don't have kids. I prefer not to have screaming babies on board long haul. But I totally understand why parents want to travel in J/F with babies. It's tough job already and being up front will ease the pain. Charging 25% of full fare is simply unfair. And many times they don't have a choice. It's not like they're taking the babies for MR.
Why not designate certain flights and encourge babies there (say, only 10% of fare)? Everyone will be happier.