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I have a plan to fly with my kid to my parents (CDG-FRA) for the sake of example), leave the kid there for a couple of weeks and then let my wife do the same flight and bring the kid back.

If I were to be on both flights, that wouldn't be a problem: I could book a round trip for myself and the kid for the whole duration of the holyday (CDG to FRA on day D and return on day D+14), and then just book a round trip for myself in the opposite direction (FRA to CDG on D+1 and return on D+13). However, I will be busy on D+13, so I wonder if my wife could fly instead, without booking super-expensive one-way tickets for every flight.

What options do I have?

EDIT: the airline in question is Lufthansa, and my kid is 5 y.o. (so he needs a child ticket).

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    Have you actually priced the one-way tickets? Many airlines don't charge extra for one-way tickets anymore, especially on "domestic" flights like intra-Schengen. Two one-ways might be the same price as a round-trip. – Nate Eldredge May 27 '17 at 17:39
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    By the way, if CDG-FRA is the real itinerary, I suppose you've checked rail as another option? It seems to be competitive in both time and price, and avoids the whole one-way issue. – Nate Eldredge May 27 '17 at 18:55
  • @NateEldredge No, CDG-FRA is not the real itinerary. And yes, I have checked one-way tickets and they are about as expensive as round-trip ones. – Dmitry Grigoryev May 29 '17 at 8:30
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    Not an answer, but might be relevant: Are you aware that kids can fly alone? Lufthansa offers this for kids up the age of 5, so you might want to take this service instead. See lufthansa.com/de/de/Alleinreisende-Kinder for details. It most certainly is cheaper (within Europe 60€) than a separate return ticket and if you you are ok with this service and think your kid will be ok it is a great time saver. – dirkk May 29 '17 at 10:18
  • @dirkk Thanks for this! This is indeed relevant to my case. – Dmitry Grigoryev May 29 '17 at 15:19
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This should be possible using only return tickets, buy yourself a return ticket from CDG to FRA, leaving on D and returning on D+1. Then buy a return ticket for your wife, leaving on D+13 and returning on D+14. Your child can then have a ticket leaving on D and returning on D+14. With you/your wife being on a different booking it is unlike you will be seated together, you could try and ask if someone would be willing to swap or pay to choose your seats.

  • So far no online booking site I've seen offers to book a ticket for a kid alone without an adult sharing the exact same itinerary. – Dmitry Grigoryev May 27 '17 at 12:17
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    I think it would depend on how old the child is and the airline in question. I remember doing a similar thing with my parents a few years ago on Aurigny who's website allows you to book a lone child over the age of 15. You could also look at phoning the airline, they may be able to be more flexible and arrange this. – skifans May 27 '17 at 14:10
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    This must be a fairly regular occurance. I am sure airlines know how to deal with it. – Willeke May 27 '17 at 17:05
  • @skifans Sorry for being unclear, my kid is 5. If he was 12 or older there wouldn't be a problem, since he would be considered adult as far as fare classes are concerned. – Dmitry Grigoryev May 29 '17 at 8:28
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    I swear I commented yesterday not to rely on people willing to swap! This is such entitled behaviour that really only parents could think of :( If you want a certain service pay for it and do not presume that just because you have a child suddenly the world will bend for you. – chx May 29 '17 at 9:27

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