Nanny in the Clouds: Flying with Kids Just Got Easier
How it Works:
It’s a pretty simple concept, really. Parents visit Nanny in the Clouds, enter their airline and flight number along with the date. You are then matched with nannies who are available on those flights. (These are people who are already flying to the same destination, so you do not have to pay their airfare.) To select which Nanny you want to work with you are given a profile and then given the opportunity to schedule an interview, on the phone or in person. The site does say they do some screening on the Nanny but it doesn’t provide details so as with selecting any caregiver, do your home work. The good news is you’re there the entire flight.
One of the things I found interesting or rather really useful is you can select what services you want the Nanny to help you with. Meaning, do you just want assistance on the flight itself? Or do you want the Nanny to meet you at the curb to help you with check in, get through security, entertain your children while waiting to board the plane, and help you endure a flight? You can pick any or all.
What is Costs:
Parents pay a $10 matching fee to Nanny in the Clouds as well as the cost of the Nanny’s time. The later is paid directly to the Nanny and negotiated with them.
With more than 30,000 flights leaving airports in America each day, I’m not sure the service can scale but it’s still a great concept and one I’ll need to look into this summer…