- UPPAbaby Vista 2018 in Denny, normally $899.99, now $764.99
- UPPAbaby Vista Double 2018 in Denny, normally $1,089.98, now $954.98
- UPPAbaby Vista Double 2018 in Denny with Mesa Carseat, normally $1,199.98, now $959.98
- UPPAbaby Cruz 2018 in Denny, normally $549.99, now $467.49
- UPPAbaby Cruz 2018 in Denny with Bassinet, normally $739.99, now $657.48
- UPPAbaby Cruz 2018 in Denny with Mesa Carseat, normally $849.99, now $679.98
- UPPAbaby Mesa Carseat 2018 in Denny, normally $299.99, now $254.99
It’s not much of a secret that I’m a huge UppaBaby fan.
We started off with a Bugaboo Frog that we got free thanks to AMEX. After all, that’s what all the cool kids seemed to have.
Except it was hard to push, especially in the snow or on bad sidewalks. And it had a tiny, hard to reach basket.
Then we saw someone else with an UppaBaby Vista. It pushed like a dream and had a basket large enough for an entire grocery trip. We were sold.
We’ve flown to Fort Lauderdale twice and to Israel with our kids this year.
We had Maya in the top-rated Chicco Keyfit infant carseat attached to an UppaBaby Vista. We gate checked the stroller and brought the carseat on the plane. It made getting our carry-ons through the airport and getting around our destination a breeze.
Plus, as the frame detaches from the seat or carseat, it falls under the 20 pound weight limit that airlines like American now rigidly enforce. People with double strollers learn that lesson the hard way.
Before Maya was born in December, we would check the stroller in the UppaBaby travel bag, which means that UppaBaby will repair any damage caused by the airlines!
Rafi and Talia currently use convertible carseats, but their main ones are too big and heavy, so they have travel convertible carseats as well. After seeing how checked luggage gets damaged we decided to have them gate check their carseats. We use a Costco Scenra lightweight convertible carseat for Talia, an Evenflo Maestro for Rafi. That means having to lug it through the airport, but having 2 GoGo Babyz Travelmates for them the carseats makes that really simple with the added benefit that if the kids get tired or if there’s a tight connection we can strap the kids into their seats and push them to the next gate. Those carseats and travelmates were lifesavers when we were running around JFK like headless chickens on our London fiasco. I can’t even imagine how it would have worked if the kids had to walk the 10 miles we covered in JFK and LGA during those 24 hours. Plus they were even able to sleep in them while we camped out in JFK overnight…
Of course we could also rent carseats, though that can be expensive and it also means trusting the car rental agency to throw them away if they have been in accident. I wouldn’t trust a car rental agency with a scratch on the car, let alone with my kids lives!
Traveling with kids isn’t easy, but that’s what works for us.
What’s your airport strategy?