4 Pax across 2 Cabins F/J. How feasible?

Old Jun 17, 17, 11:15 am
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4 Pax across 2 Cabins F/J. How feasible?

I've used 2 x Amex Companion vouchers (4 Seats - 2 Adults, 2 Children) to book outbound LHR-JNB in F at T-354 days out. I wanted to book J but availability was really restrictive.

Looking to add on the return leg from either JNB or CPT in the next few days (when seats are released). Availability has been zero for the last week (school holidays) for 4 seats. BA are releasing seats but seemingly only 2 in J and sometimes 2 in F as well.

How feasible would it be for a family of 4 to travel as 2xJ and 2xF on the same flight? I really don't want to do this, but returning using Avios will mean something drastic like this or I cancel the trip.

I know coming in and out of the F cabin will be seen in a dim light by crew and fellow passengers and I totally understand the F etiquette.

Anyone got any experience of this or have any suggestions? Kids will be 8 and 6 years old.

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Old Jun 17, 17, 11:28 am
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How about 1 child + 1 adult in each cabin?
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Old Jun 17, 17, 11:33 am
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One adult with child in J.
One adult with child in F.

Everyone stays put. Zero issues.
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Old Jun 17, 17, 12:11 pm
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Originally Posted by Fleck View Post
One adult with child in J.
One adult with child in F.

Everyone stays put. Zero issues.
Best answer.

The families that continually float between cabins (any cabins) are extremely annoying, particularly when needy children are always up and out of their seats every five minutes. Not saying OP's family would do this, just sayin'.
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It would be pretty negligent (if you are even allowed to) to put two children unaccompanied in a different cabin, so yes, 1 adult plus 1 child in each cabin would seem to be the only sensible option.
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Good common sense answers above.
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Old Jun 17, 17, 12:43 pm
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You have not provided the ages of the children, but bear in mind that children seated in another cabin are considered "unaccompanied" and their travel will be dealt with as though the adults were not physically on the same aircraft.

Because South Africa has special requirements, you should consider how those will affect, if at all, BA's own requirements.

Bottom line here is that in an emergency or even with turbulence which confines passengers to their seats, having your children in another cabin may pose significant issues.
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Old Jun 17, 17, 12:47 pm
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You have not provided the ages of the children.
He did. They are 8 & 6.
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Children are 6 and 8 - stated in OP.
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He did. They are 8 & 6.
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Children are 6 and 8 - stated in OP.
And indeed they would not be allowed to sit on their own in a separate cabin.
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Because South Africa has special requirements, you should consider how those will affect, if at all, BA's own requirements.
MrGatch, the only special requirement that applies here is that you will need to travel with your children's birth certificates showing both parents names as they are in their passports. You will not board at LHR if you don't have these.
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Old Jun 18, 17, 2:23 am
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Thanks for all of the replies!
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Originally Posted by LondonElite View Post
The families that continually float between cabins (any cabins) are extremely annoying, particularly when needy children are always up and out of their seats every five minutes. Not saying OP's family would do this, just sayin'.
100%. Absolutely no need for it. Understand children might not know social etiquette but parents do this all the time as well.
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Old Jun 18, 17, 10:19 am
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And indeed they would not be allowed to sit on their own...
CAA rules mean each young child has to sit with a parent.
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