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US Airline Pet Policies

A pet-friendly vacation is the best kind of vacation! If that includes taking a flight, you’ll need to do some research on airline pet policies. Many U.S. airlines allow pets aboard their flights, but some are more pet friendly than others.

Comparing airline pet policies, requirements, and additional fees will allow you to make informed decisions about flying with your pet. To make that easy, we’ve gathered the policies for the major US carriers along with their contact information.

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U.S. Airline Pet Policies
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Air Canada Pet Policy (888-247-2262)

Air Canada allows one cat or small dogs to fly with you in the passenger cabin. The fee is $50-59 for flights within Canada, or between the US and Canada.

Passengers may travel with one cat or dog (up to 100 pounds pet and carrier combined) in the baggage compartment. The fee for pets traveling in the baggage compartment is $105-121 each way within Canada, or between the US and Canada. The fees for other international flights are $270-319. Arrangements for transportation of other types of pets can be made through Air Canada Cargo.

Air Canada allows a limited number of pets on each flight. Pets cannot fly without reservations. Please see Air Canada’s website for a full explanation of their pet policy with detailed information about carrier requirements, black out days, and required documentation.

Review Air Canada’s policy for flying with service and emotional support animals.

Air Canada does not charge a fee to book your ticket by telephone. If you choose to make your reservation online, call the airline first to confirm there is space for your pet on the flight. Call Air Canada Reservations within 24 hours to add pets to reservations.

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Alaska Airlines Pet Policy (800-252-7522)

Alaska Air allows dogs, cats, rabbits, and household birds to travel in the passenger cabin. A fee of $100 each way applies.

Other pets, (up to 150 pounds pet and carrier combined) including cats, dogs, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, household birds, non-poisonous reptiles, pot bellied pigs, rabbits, and tropical fish can fly in the climate-controlled baggage and cargo compartments. The fee for pets traveling in the baggage compartment is $100 each way.

The airline pet policies provide limited space per flight, so pets need reservations. Please see Alaska Airline’s website for a full explanation of their pet policy, including  required documentation, detailed information about carrier requirements, and black out days.

Review Alaska Airlines policy for flying with service or emotional support animals.

Alaska Airlines charges a $15 fee to book your ticket by telephone. To avoid the fee, call the airline to confirm there is space for your pet on the flight, purchase your ticket on-line, and then quickly call back to add your pet to your reservation.

 

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Cat and dog resting on bed Allegiant Air logo

Allegiant Air Pet Policy (702-505-8888)

Allegiant allows cats and dogs in the passenger cabin for a fee of $100 per segment. There is no limit on the number of pets per flight, though each paid traveler may have only one pet carrier.

Allegiant does not transport pets in the cargo area of the airplane. Please see the Allegiant Air website for a full explanation of their pet policy, including carrier requirements.

Review Allegiant Air’s policy for flying with service or emotional support animals.

Allegiant Air charges a $15 per-segment fee to book your ticket by telephone. However, because they require you to call and book your flight when traveling with a pet, request that the fee be waived.

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American Airlines Pet Policy (800-433-7300)

American Airlines allow small dogs and cats to fly in the passenger cabin. An additional fee of $125 each way applies. Limited space is available per flight, so pets need reservations.

Animals are allowed on most flights not longer than 12 hours to/from the contiguous U.S., Canada, Central America, Mexico, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, and St. Thomas. Additional restrictions may apply.

Larger cats and dogs can fly in the baggage compartment, on a first-come, first served basis. The charge for pets flying in the baggage compartment is $200 ($150 to/from Brazil). Two checked pets per person is the maximum allowed.

Arrangements for transportation of larger pets, other types of pets, or pets traveling alone can be made through AA Cargo. Fees range from $275 to $450 depending on your pet’s weight, departure airport, and destination.

Please see American Airline’s website for a full explanation of their pet policy, including required documentation, aircraft and destination specific restrictions, detailed information about carrier requirements, temperature restrictions, and age and health requirements.

Review American Airline’s policy for flying with service and emotional support animals.

American Airlines charges a $25-35 fee to book your ticket by telephone. To avoid the fee, call the airline to confirm there is space for your pet on the flight, purchase your ticket on-line, and then quickly call back to add your pet to your reservation.

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Blue Star Jets Pet Policy (866-538-8463)

Blue Star is a private jet brokerage company that can quickly arrange pet-friendly flights anywhere in the world. The airline pet policies welcome pets in the cabin, and flight attendants have pet first aid and CPR training.

 

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Cape Air Pet Policy (800-227-3247)

Cape Air gladly welcomes cats, dogs, rabbits, and household birds on their flights for an additional fee of $10. Only one pet (unless in the same family) can fly on each flight, so reservations must be made in advance.

Carriers are required for cats, rabbits, and birds on all flight and for dogs on all flights except New Bedford/Nantucket and Hyannis/Nantucket, as long as certain conditions are met. Please see Cape Air’s website for a full explanation of their pet policy and more information regarding carrier specifications.

Review Cape Air’s policy for flying with service and emotional support animals.

You must call Cape Air Reservations to book a flight with a pet. Cape Air does not charge a fee for telephone reservations.

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Delta Airlines Pet Policy (800-221-1212)

Delta allows passengers to carry on small dogs, cats, and household birds for additional fee of $125 each way within the US and Canada. Pet fees are $200 outside the US, except to/from Brazil, where the fee is $75. Limited space is available, so pets need reservations.

Transportation for other types of pets can be arranged via Delta Cargo. Please see Delta’s website for a full explanation of their pet policy with detailed information regarding carrier specifications, documentation requirements, destination restrictions, and international and connection pet travel.

Review Delta’s policy for flying with service and emotional support animals.

You must call Delta Reservations to book a flight with a pet. Delta does not charge a fee for telephone reservations.

 

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Small kitty sleeping on a pillow Frontier Airlines logo

Frontier Airlines Pet Policy (801-401-9000)

Frontier allows cats, dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, and household birds to travel in the passenger cabin. A pet fee of $75 applies. Only dogs and cats can fly on international flights. The airline pet policies provide limited space per flight, so pets need reservations.

Frontier does not transport pets in the cargo area of the airplane. Please see Frontier’s website for a full explanation of their pet policy, including detailed pet carrier specifications, documentation requirements, and weather restrictions.

Review Frontier’s policies for flying with service animals and emotional support animals.

You must call Frontier Reservations to book a flight with a pet. Frontier does not charge a fee for telephone reservations.

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Hawaiian Airlines Pet Policy (800-367-5320)

Hawaiian Airlines permits small cats, dogs, and household birds to fly in the passenger cabin on inter-island flights and on flights leaving Hawaii. The combined weight of the pet and carrier must not exceed 25 pounds.

There is a $35 pet fee for inter-island flights, and a $175 fee for pets on flights leaving Hawaii. The airline pet policies provide limited space per flight, so pets need reservations.

Cats and dogs can fly in the cargo compartment on domestic flights from Oct. 16 through April 14th, as long as the combined weight of the pet and carrier does not exceed 70 pounds. There is a $60 pet fee for flights within the state of Hawaii and a $225 fee for flights to/from North America. Limited space is available per flight, so pets need reservations.

Please see Hawaiian Airlines’ website for a complete pet policy, including further details pet carrier specifications, restricted destinations, quarantine requirements, and options for transporting pets exceeding the 70 lb. weight restriction.

Review Hawaiian Airlines’ policy for flying with service animals and emotional support animals.

Hawaiian Airlines charges a $25  fee to book your ticket by telephone. To avoid the fee, call the airline to confirm there is space for your pet on the flight, purchase your ticket on-line, and then quickly call back to add your pet to your reservation.

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JetBlue Pet Policy (800-538-2583)

Through their JetPaws program, JetBlue welcomes small cats and dogs in the passenger cabin on both domestic and international flights for an additional fee of $125 each way. The combined weight of the pet and carrier must be 20 pounds or less, and reservations are required.

JetBlue does not fly animals in baggage or cargo. Please refer to JetBlue’s website for their complete pet policy, including carrier specifications, documentation requirements, and certain destination restrictions.

Review JetBlue’s policy for flying with service and emotional support animals.

JetBlue allows you to make book reservations online for your in-cabin pet. A $25 fee applies to reservations made by telephone.

 

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Southwest Airlines Pet Policy (800-435-9792)

Southwest allows small cats and dogs to fly in-cabin on domestic flights for an additional fee of $95 each way. The airline pet policies state that pets cannot fly on international flights.

Southwest allows six pets per flight with a limit of one pet carrier per customer. However, from time to time, circumstances may allow for more (or fewer) than six pet carriers per scheduled flight.

Southwest does not allow you to make a reservation for your pet in advance. In-cabin slots are assigned to pets at the ticket counter on the day of your flight on a first-come, first-served basis.

Southwest does not transport pets as baggage or cargo. Please refer to Southwest’s website for their complete pet policy, including carrier specifications and documentation requirements.

Review Southwest’s policy for flying with service animals and emotional support animals.

Southwest does not charge a fee to book your flight by phone. 

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Spirit Airlines Pet Policy (801-401-2222)

Spirit welcomes small cats, dogs, and household birds to travel in the passenger cabin on domestic flights for an additional fee of $110 each way. The combined weight of the pet and carrier may not exceed 40 pounds, and reservations are required.

Spirit Airlines does not allow animals to be transported in the baggage or cargo areas of the airplane.  Please see Spirit Airlines’ website for their complete pet policy, including pet carrier specifications, restrictions on international travel, and required documentation.

Spirit charges a $35 fee to book your ticket by telephone. To avoid the fee, call the airline to confirm there is space for your pet on the flight, purchase your ticket on-line, and then quickly call back to add your pet to your reservation.

 

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Sun Country Airlines Pet Policy (651-905-2737)

Sun Country allows small cats and dogs to travel in the passenger cabin on flights within the contiguous United States. A pet fee of $125 each way applies. Pets without reservations are  accepted on a walk-up basis for an additional $199 each way. However, there is a limit of four pets per flight.

Sun Country suggests pets should weigh 16 pounds or less to meet the requirement of “fitting comfortably in a carrier without touching or protruding from the sides of the carrier, and with space for the pet to easily stand up and move around.”

Please see Sun Country Airlines’ website for their complete pet policy, including pet carried specifications, required documentation, certain destination restrictions, and weather restrictions.

Review Sun Country’s policy on flying with service and emotional support animals.

Sun Country does not charge a fee to book your flight by phone. 

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United Airlines Pet Policy (800-864-8331)

United allows cats, dogs, rabbits and household birds (excluding cockatoos) to travel in the passenger cabin on most flights within the US. A pet fee of $125 each way applies. There is an additional $125 service charge for each stopover of more than four hours within the U.S. or more than 24 hours outside of the U.S.

The airline pet policies require that pets have reservations. And all customers traveling with in-cabin pets must also check in with a customer service representative at the United ticket counter to receive a yellow bag tag to attach to their pet’s kennel.

United also provides their PetSafe program, which ships cats and dogs via cargo with dedicated 24-hour Live Animal assistance at 1-800-575-3335 or 1-832-235-1541. Rates vary based on the total weight of the animal and crate combined.

Please visit United’s website for a full explanation of their pet policy, including documentation requirements, detailed information regarding carrier requirements, and for more information on the PetSafe program, as well as information on international travel.

Review United Airlines’s policy for flying with service and emotional support animals.

United allows you to book reservations online for your in-cabin pet (see the “Travelers” section of the reservation form). A $25 fee applies to reservations made by telephone.

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WestJet Pet Policy (888-937-8538)

WestJet allows small cats, dogs, rabbits and household birds to travel in the passenger cabin. Pet fees of $50-$59 each way are applicable. Limited space is available per flight, so pets need reservations.

WestJet allows birds, cats, dogs, chinchillas, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, and rabbits to fly in the baggage compartment. Fees of $75-$89 each way are applicable. The combined weight of your pet and carrier may not exceed 100 pounds. Limited space is available, so pets need reservations.

Please see WestJet’s website for the full policies, including restrictions on traveling with pets to certain destinations, specifications for pet carriers, and destination restrictions.

Review WestJet’s policy for flying with service and emotional support animals.

WestJet does not charge a fee for telephone reservations.

As you can see, airline pet policies very from carrier to carrier. Hopefully having all the information in one place will allow you to book your flights with confidence.

 

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  • Ian says:

    What’s a “small” dog?

    • Amy at GoPetFriendly.com says:

      Hi Ian! Great question – each airline sets their own limits on the size of dog they allow. You can check their websites to see if it will work for your pet. Good luck and safe travels!

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