We flew from Baltimore to Ramestein, Germany with my son when he was 13 months. It was about a 12 hour trip. He did pretty well on the way over, considering it was an overnight flight. The flight back to Baltimore was a whole other story. We had spent the ENTIRE day in the airport waiting for a flight and by the time we actually got on the plane at 6:30 pm that night, we were all exhausted from getting up at 4:30 earlier that morning. Poor little guy was so uncomfortabe and whiny pretty much the whole 12 hours back. And then once we got back to the states, we were so incredibly jet lagged. It took my son 2 1/2 days to get back on East Coast time. But the trip was well worth it.
Plus we've been on several 9-10 hour car rides with him. Now those are getting more and more difficult as he gets older. He just has so much energy now!
As of right now, flying to Texas via Atlanta from Chicago and back again. Why not a direct flight? My sister in law is a flight attendant out of Atlanta. So, if we get stuck there, we at least can have a place to stay for free...which happened on the way back. J did pretty well...except the first flight. He woke up in the decent and screamed/fussed for the next 2 hours...which happened to be 5 minutes before we boarded the next flight.
Coming up we're going to be flying to Phoenix for Thanksgiving and a wedding...again through Atlanta. At least I know what all to expect this time! It's going to be stressful for me to fly down by myself with him...thankfully my husband will be flying back with us! He might get to fly first class on the way down because of not having the baby with! I'm jealous!
We moved back from SC to Texas this summer. My daughter was 5 months then. We did it in two days though... very long days, but she did pretty well. She only got fussy when we were about 20 miles away from our destinations.. not too bad..
We've driven 23 hours each way with our 13 month old son. We've flown across the country and back with him, flew to Denver when he was 3 weeks old and 7 weeks old. Last year I took my 3 yr old and 6 month old from Seattle to Munich via London and a friend went over with me and I came back on my own. Both kids did well. The 6 month old watched cartoons on the long haul and the three year old slept. I sat between them and the flight attendants did everything I needed. BA takes away your stroller at check in unless you can put it ON the plane which I could not and did not know about so I made the connection in Heathrow carrying EVERYTHING including the carseats, my laptop bag, overnight bag, diaper bag, the 6 month old in the carrier, and another carseat. It was awesome!
FLorida to South Carolina, by car. It was like 5 hours or something. I don't remember. But she was....6 months old at the time. She mostly slept. We stopped half way in Georgia to get out and stretch for a few hours.
We were on our way to see my husband graduate boot camp and become a United States Marine