Once kids start getting older, it seems like the milestones just keep coming faster and faster. I just booked my son on his first solo flight, and I just added him as an authorized user on one of my credit cards.
First Solo Flight
In December, my son has the opportunity to attend a winter tennis camp. The camp is not too far from where we will be spending Christmas with relatives, so it works out for us to drop him off before we head back home with the rest of our kids.
However, picking him up at the end of camp isn’t quite as convenient. Round-trip, it’s about a 10-hour drive. We have to get him in the morning. So, we’d either have to leave at o’dark thirty in the morning to get there by 9 a.m. or drive the night before and get a hotel.
Or, a much easier option is to have him simply fly by himself from San Antonio to Dallas for about $100. The camp offers transportation to the airport, and this way seems easier on everyone.
My son is 15 years old, and he can fly on Southwest Airlines as a “normal” adult without having to go through any unaccompanied minor hoops. He has flown dozens of times with us, too many to count. I’m mostly comfortable that he will find his way to the right gate and the right plane. However, if there is a gate change, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s too caught up in his phone to notice!
First Credit Card
I’ve been meaning to add my son as an authorized user to one of my credit cards for awhile. He’s got his driver’s permit now and will hopefully have his license next summer. But, this upcoming solo flight prompted me to get him his card right now. If his flight is delayed and he is stuck at the airport for any length of time, I want him to have a credit card handy.
In addition to building up his credit, giving him a credit card is an opportunity to teach him about how to use credit cards responsibly. I’m not going to let him go hog wild on using the card to buy candy and fast food wherever he goes. We’re going to go over the bills together and discuss how we pay them off each month. And of course, I’ll show him the points we earn and what we can do with them.
I have a feeling that these next four years with my son are going to fly by. Don’t even get me started about college tour trips. But for now, we’ll see how he does with his first solo flight and his first credit card.
Parents of teenagers and older kids, have your kids flown solo yet? Do they have a credit card for their solo adventures?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.