I will be flying with my wife and daughter to the US and back again from New Zealand. Going there should be no issue, we should be able to use a bassinet but there is no guarantee we will get one on the flight back. We are flying Air New Zealand and they state that babies over 8 months could get a bassinet but if there are babies under 8 months they take priority, even if you request one well in advance.
So we won't know until we get to the airport whether we get a bassinet or not which will cause us an issue. An additional infant ticket is quite a lot and there is no guarantee there will be a free seat in case we get no bassinet.
So, what is the best way to handle this?
Bite the bullet and purchase a seat (we will have a car seat with us anyway) or hope there is a bassinet available?
Is there a third option where we have no additional seat and no bassinet? 13 hours on the lap is probably out of the question.