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Moms Want More From Airlines

NEW YORK, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With spring in full bloom many families are starting to plan for their big summer vacation.  For air carriers, this means more child passengers during the summer months.  However, a new survey from Fly.com™ has revealed that 72% of moms believe airlines do not always adequately cater to families traveling with children. 

Recent policy changes by some airlines have not been perceived by moms as family friendly.  According to the survey, 51% believe it is unacceptable for airlines to ban parents with elite status or tickets from bringing young children into first-class airport lounges; 30% did not like airline decisions to prevent children from sitting in certain seat rows, and an overwhelming 69% were unhappy about the elimination of pre-boarding for families traveling with little ones.

The survey also showed a clear consensus that flying with children is stressful – 68% of moms rate their level of stress as moderate to extreme.  The leading cause of anxiety is fear that their child will disturb other passengers.  In fact, moms were more concerned about their child disturbing others than they were about their child's physical and mental comfort during the flight. 

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130416/NY95025 )

So, with Mother's Day just around the corner, what is the best gift that airlines and airports can give their mommy passengers?  According to survey respondents it is more child-friendly amenities.  The top four requests were to have child play areas at airports, dedicated family security lanes, complimentary in-flight activity packs and appropriate in-flight entertainment programming.

"The airline industry has a lot to gain if it can better understand the needs of moms flying with young children," said Warren Chang, vice president and general manager, Fly.com.  "With more tickets purchased per itinerary, it's a great opportunity for airlines to develop a loyal and lucrative passenger base.  Just as business travelers appreciate targeted services to improve their flight experience, so does the traveling parent."

Other Survey Findings:

  • The majority of moms (65%) believe there is a negative stigma attached to flying with children
  • Many moms with young children have already flown more than 10 times with their child: 24% of moms with children age 5 and under, and 35% with children in elementary school
  • 64% of moms will likely be flying with their child/children in 2013

The Fly.com survey questioned 884 mothers within the United States; each of whom had flown more than once with their child.  All respondents were Travelzoo Inc. and Fly.com users. 

To find the best fares for summer travel, visit Fly.com's Fare Calendars.  

About Fly.comFly.com™ ( www.fly.com) is the world's easiest-to-use airfare search engine available in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Germany.  Fly.com scours major U.S. airlines, international carriers and online travel sites, and then helps people easily sort and refine results by criteria such as number of stops and departure times.  Unlike online travel agencies, Fly.com is not a booking engine.  Instead, users are referred to their preferred website for direct booking.  Fly.com is owned by Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ: TZOO).  

About TravelzooTravelzoo Inc. is a global Internet media company.  With more than 26 million subscribers in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific and 25 offices worldwide, Travelzoo® publishes deals from more than 2,000 travel and entertainment companies.  Travelzoo's deal experts review offers to find the best deals and confirm their true value.  In Asia Pacific, Travelzoo is independently owned and operated by Travelzoo ( Asia) Ltd. and Travelzoo Japan K.K. under a license agreement with Travelzoo Inc. 

Certain statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934.  These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives, expectations, prospects and intentions, markets in which we participate and other statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts.  When used in this press release, the words "expect", "predict", "project", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "intend", "plan", "seek" and similar expressions are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, including changes in our plans, objectives, expectations, prospects and intentions and other factors discussed in our filings with the SEC.  We cannot guarantee any future levels of activity, performance or achievements.  Travelzoo undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release.  Travelzoo and Top 20 are registered trademarks of Travelzoo.  All other names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners. 

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