Traveling with a pet on any mode of transportation is always dicey, but perhaps the most harrowing experience is trying to get Snuffles on an airplane – and that’s just getting through all the bureaucracy. For one thing, if you’ve got anything larger than a toy poodle, then you can pretty much cross off most airlines from the list. Only small dogs and cats are accepted on most flights, and reservation must be booked well in advance. A pet fee is de rigueur, and in many cases, so are health documents. But as no two airlines are the same, no two pet programs are either – they’re all just mostly the same. For the details on traveling with pets on certain airlines, check this list below.
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AirTran Airways has a pet capacity of 6 animals per flight, so those who wish to fly with their small, domesticated dog or cat should reserve as early as possible, especially because the airline does not allow for an animal to be checked. The carrier must be no larger than 8.5" high x 18.5" long x 13.5" wide – the Pet Fare is always changing, so it’s recommended to call ahead.
Find more information at http://www.airtran.com/policies/pets.aspx
For a fee of $100 each way, guests traveling with Alaska Airlines are permitted to bring domesticated dogs, cats, rabbits and household birds in the cabin. Two pets of similar size and same species are allowed in each carrier, as long as they are both comfortable, and no body parts protrude from the carrier. Alaska Airlines, for the same fee, also allows most small domesticated pets under 20 pounds (cats, dogs, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, household birds, pot bellied pigs and others) to be stowed away in cargo, with some regulations and breed restrictions.
Find more information at http://www.alaskaair.com/content/travel-info/policies/pets-traveling-with-pets.aspx
There are a few little details to keep in mind for visitors planning on taking their pet on a flight with American Airlines. Owners traveling with pets need to present a valid health certification when checking their pet into baggage,and will also need to be prepared to answer a few simple questions at check-in. The fee for checking in a pet is $175 USD per kennel within the Americas, and a cabin pet is $125. Animals must also be able to stand up, turn around, and lie down in a natural position in a kennel that fit the dimensions of 19" long x 13" wide x 9" high.
Delta’s one-way fee are pretty simple: to keep your pet on your lap to any destination in the US, Canada, Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico, it’s a $125 one-way fee, and for anywhere outside the US, it costs $200. Interestingly, the carry on fee to Brazil is only $75. The fee for checking your pet is $200 one way across all flights.
At Frontier Airlines, only domesticated dogs and cats can be carried in the cabin, counting as a personal carry-on item. The fee for such a service is $75 each way and the spot must be reserved in advance over the phone. As well, owners should have health documents when traveling with their pets. Frontier does not accept checked pets.
Find more information at http://www.flyfrontier.com/customer-service/travel-support/family-pets/traveling-with-pets
Hawaiian Airlines permits pets to travel on their aircrafts in both the passenger cabin and as check-in. Within the State of Hawaii, the fee for bringing a pet aboard the cabin is $35 each way, and beyond that, the fee is $175 each way; while the fee to check a pet in cargo is $60 within Hawaii and $225 for points beyond. To check in a pet, the weight of the carrier and pet must not exceed 70 pounds, with specific dimensions, and the cabin allows for a pet that can fit under the seat.
Find more information at http://www.hawaiianairlines.com/Programs/Pages/PetTravelInformation.aspx?ID=1
To travel with a domesticated cat or dog on JetBlue on their JetPaws program, owners must register their pet in advance over the Internet or on the phone before the flight to stake a place in line – only four pets are allowed on each flight. From there, it’s a $100 pet fee each way, and owners must show proper pet vaccination and documentation for each destination for international flights. The combined weight of each pet and carrier may not exceed 20 pounds, and there is no option to check a pet in cargo.
Find more information at http://help.jetblue.com/SRVS/CGI-BIN/webisapi.dll?New,Kb=askBlue,case=obj(2032)
Passengers traveling with household birds have a home with Spirit Airlines – unless they’re headed to Puerto Rico or St. Thomas, USVI. Also, unlike most other airlines, Spirit allows two pets in one container as long as they are both comfortable, but only one container per customer. Though the airline does not require a health certificate for the pets, the pet must be at least eight weeks old and fully weaned, as well as relatively healthy and inoffensive. The pet fee is $100 per way, and there is no option to transport pets in cargo.
United allows domesticated cats, small dogs, rabbits and birds on their domestic flights, while certain larger or unattended animals – check the pet restrictions of international travel and animal breeds before leaving – can be checked in cargo, on a rate scale that depends on the size of the animal. To carry on a pet in the cabin, passengers must pay a $125 service charge each way, which is subject to even higher fees for stopovers and international travel.
Find more information at http://www.united.com/web/en-US/content/travel/animals/default.aspx
Domesticated dogs, cats and birds are allowed in the passenger cabin for a $125 fee each way, with the exception of flights to and from Europe, South America, the Middle East, Antigua, areas of Barbados and Jamaica and St. Lucia. While they leave no option to check a pet into cargo, US Airlines do permit six animals per flight – however, if a passenger is traveling with a second pet, they must pay for an extra seat.
Find more information at http://www.usairways.com/en-US/traveltools/specialneeds/pets.html?re=1
Passengers on Virgin America can bring one pet on board the cabin, as long as the total weight of the animal and the carrier does not exceed 20 pounds. A reservation must be ensured and paid for in advance over the phone, and the fee is $125 per way. As always, pet carriers count towards a passenger’s carry-on baggage allowance, and all destination government requirements should be known beforehand. Virgin America do not allow for a pet to be checked into cargo.
Find more information at http://virginamerica.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/p/0/kw/traveling+with+pets/search/1