Infant Ticket Information   

Infant Electronic Tickets (ETs)

Delta can receive, accept, and process Infant electronic tickets (ETs) issued via other airlines, GDSs, and all system providers that have an Interline Ticket Agreement with Delta that allows infant e-ticketing on Delta-operated flights.

In addition to the Interline Ticket Agreement, each GDS, airline, and system provider will need their technology department to enable their systems to issue Infant ETs.

Travel agents should check with their GDS provider to determine whether or not infant e-ticketing is allowed for Delta operated flights issued on 006 or any other airline ticket stock.

Travel agents can issue electronic infant tickets on Delta (006) ticket stock using one of the GDSs listed below. However, should it become necessary for Delta to reissue an infant eticket issued through a GDS, Delta will reissue as a paper ticket. At this time, Delta is unable to issue an infant e-ticket.

The GDSs listed below have enabled their systems to allow infants e-ticketing on Delta (006) ticket stock. Please note: The list below may not be inclusive of all GDSs able to issue an infant e-ticket using Delta 006 ticket stock.

  • Amadeus (1A)
  • SABRE (1S)
  • Worldspan (1P)
  • Apollo (1V)
  • Galileo (1G)
  • INFINI (1F)
  • Abacus (1B)
  • Topas (K1)

Additional Information

  • Airport check-in processes have been enhanced and will no longer require paper infant tickets.  

  • Delta will use industry standard messaging to change the status of the Infant ETs issued by an agency or other airline to indicate FLWN within 24 hours of departure.

  • Delta will refuse acceptance of an ET from an agency or other airline if the date of birth (DOB) of the infant changed to two years old during the trip. GDSs will receive an error message when this condition is met.

  • Delta will not accept fully OPEN segment infant ETs. All coupons must have a booked flight segment.

  • Delta no longer issues paper tickets. If a ticket needs to be reissued an elctronic ticket will be issued. 

Contact the GDS or system provider with questions about whether or not an Interline Ticket Agreement exists with Delta that allows infant e-ticketing on Delta-operated flights. 

International Travel - Not Occupying A Seat

Infants traveling internationally not occupying a seat will pay 10% of the applicable adult fare.

  • Regardless of infant fare type, all applicable taxes and surcharges must be collected.

  • Infants traveling with adults on an upgraded ticket will pay 10% of the adult fare based on the cabin in which they travel. 

International Travel - Occupying A Seat

Infants traveling internationally not occupying a seat will pay 10% of the applicable adult fare plus applicable taxes.

  • Regardless of infant fare type, all applicable taxes and surcharges must be collected.
  • Infants traveling with adults on an upgraded ticket will pay 10% of the adult fare based on the cabin in which they travel.  

Domestic Travel

Effective for travel on/after December 12, 2017, Infants traveling on domestic flights within the 50 United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are required to issue a zero value ticket for travel on flights operated by Delta and Delta Connection®, for an infant not occupying a seat.  

Travel agents are asked to:

  • Continue to add an infant SSR (INFT) for each lap infant in the PNR to indicate an “infant in arms” is traveling
  • Issue an infant eTicket at zero value, for customers traveling on/after December 12, 2017.
    • The process and information needed should be the same as what your GDS requires for issuing infant eTickets on international itineraries.
    • If needed, please refer to your particular GDS Help Desk, as procedures may vary by GDS.

In addition:

  • Due to FAA safety requirements, one lap-held infant is allowed per one adult passenger.
  • Infants under two years of age for the entire trip may still travel as a lap held infant at no charge.
  • If an adult passenger is traveling with two infants, a seat must be purchased for the additional infant.
  • Infants occupying a seat on domestic flights require a ticket; and pay the applicable fare.

 

Does A Ticket Need To Be Issued?

The following chart identifies if a ticket is required for an infant not occupying a seat:

 

Area

Infant Ticket and Fare Required?

Child's Ticket and Fare Required?

 

Between US and SJU

Yes - A zero value ticket is required. SJU is considered US domestic

Yes - 100%, ages 2-11
Taxes apply

Between US and STT, STX

Yes - XA tax applies.

Yes - 100%, ages 2-11
Taxes apply

Between Continental US and Alaska or Hawaii

Yes - A zero value ticket is required

Yes - 100%, ages 2-11
Taxes apply

Between US and Canada

Yes, No fare is charged. XY and XA taxes apply from Canada.

Note: YC tax will apply from YQR and YXE.

Yes - 100%, ages 2-11
Taxes apply

Between US/Canada and Caribbean

Yes - 10% and taxes may apply.

Yes - 100%, ages 2-11
Taxes apply

Between US/Canada and Mexico

Yes - 10% and taxes may apply.

Yes - 100%, ages 2-11
Taxes apply

Between US/Canada and other international deistinations

Yes - 10% and taxes may apply.

Yes - 100%, ages 2-11
Taxes apply

Mexico  Origination

Yes - No fare is charged. Taxes may apply

Yes - 100%, ages 2-11
Taxes apply

Between US/Canada and Central/South America

Yes - 10% and taxes may apply.

Yes - % off and age varies.
Check fare rule. Taxes apply.

Trans-Atlantic/Pacific

Yes - 10% and taxes may apply.

Yes - % off and age varies.
Check fare rule. Taxes apply.

Intra-Europe/Asia

Yes - 10% and taxes may apply.

Yes - % off and age varies.
Check fare rule. Taxes apply.

NOTE: Infant ticket details – If a passenger has purchased a fare and is traveling with an infant, the infant must pay 10 percent of the applicable adult fare, plus applicable taxes. The price of the lap infant fare is based on the lowest current applicable fare in which the adult is booked. Only 1 infant fare is permitted per fare-paying adult. (Note: This means only one lap infant can travel with one adult.) The External Reissue Charge (ERC) does not apply. When an infant is traveling with a non-fare paying passenger, e.g. earned tickets/promotions, or the adult is on a bulk, consolidator, or contract type ticket, then the infant pays 10 percent of the applicable thru fare. It is required to check the fare that applies for ticketing (not the availability of this fare) for an infant ticket at the time of purchase, on the day it's decided to purchase the infant ticket. Do not go back to the date that the adult ticket was issued.

International Travel – Occupying a Seat

Infants occupying a seat on international flights require a ticket and pay the applicable fare and surcharges.

Infant Turns Two Years Old Mid-Trip

If an infant turns two (2) years old during the course of his/her journey, a seat must be purchased for the entire journey. This change in policy is applicable for travel worldwide. If a child’s fare is available for the specified itinerary, customers are eligible to purchase the child’s fare for the entire journey.  However, in the absence of a child’s fare, customers must purchase the regular applicable adult fare.

Surcharges

Delta removed all Q and YQ surcharges from International tickets for infants without a seat. This charge applies to all travel; exit U.S. and International.

Updated 15 December 2017

 
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