Maybe you remember United Airlines dropping its pre-boarding policy for families four years ago. Families weren’t happy. It took a while but United ultimately got the message.
Early Boarding for Families Returns
As the Associated Press reports, the return of early boarding for families doesn’t mean for every family.
- New policy won’t go into effect until Feb. 15
- Only families with children aged two and under can board early
- These families are allowed to board ahead of first class, elite members
Other Airline Early Boarding Policies
Most U.S. airlines allow some form of pre-boarding for families but many don’t let them board until after first and business class. Plus, the cut-off ages of kids varies; Southwest seems to have the most generous policy, allowing early boarding for families with children aged six and under – but those families can’t board after Southwest’s “A” group boards.
When in doubt, ask the gate agent.