Flying with your kids is one thing, but surviving a long-haul flight with them is another challenge entirely.
That’s over seven hours of entertainment that frazzled parents have to offer.
But one mum has an incredible trick to help give mums and dads that much-needed respite.
Blogger Adele Barbaro revealed how she managed to provide her kids with a proper bed to sleep on for a relatively low fee.
On a recent trip from Melbourne to Los Angeles, Adele paid £104 – which is less than upgrading to business – for a Skycouch, which completely transformed an entire row of seats.
For any parents travelling with Air New Zealand, its Skycouch seats come with an additional footrest which opens up into a bed.
Adele explained: “If there is two of you travelling, you can purchase a third seat at half price and you will get the entire row to yourself.
“The leg rests all rise to meet the chair in front and create a completely flat, large play or sleep area. Paul and Harvey had a bed and so did Chloe and I.
“It’s the next best thing to business (but way cheaper) and perfect for long haul flights with young families. And we all slept.”
Other mums who’d used – and swore by the Sky Couch – were quick to comment in agreement.
One wrote: “It was just us and one baby – a MUCH better option than the bassinet seats as I could lie down and feed and both me and baby could sleep (while his dad binge-watched movies! Haha!).”
But those who couldn’t take advantage of the airline hack shared their frustrations.
Another added: “I wish every airline would allow this as it would be very handy when travelling to Ireland which is two flights first one 14hrs and second one 8hrs but unfortunately they won’t let us use them.”
The upgrade is currently only available on Boeing 777 and 787-9 aircrafts with Air New Zealand.
Prices depend on demand, availability, destination and how many people are using the Skycouch.
If one person occupies it, they will pay a higher fee compared to if it were occupied by two people.
Simply ask your flight attendant to help you set up your Skycouch and enjoy the flight.