Pets are family. It’s only natural then, that you want to bring them along on family vacations. Not to mention that they’ll make your vacation photos more complete and 1000% cuter! This can also be a good idea from a financial standpoint as it often costs less to bring your pets along than it does to leave them with a pet sitter or boarding service. Here are some pet travel hacks that will help you be the savviest pet-toting traveler.
The first step when planning a pet friendly trip is to decide your mode of transportation. In addition to cost, it’s also important to consider flexibility, availability, and feasibility given your needs.
Traveling by car, if viable, is often the most economical option when traveling with your pet. Your pet might also find it less stressful than being cooped in a pet carrier for hours. The drawback, of course, is that it can be tiring to drive for an extended amount of time.
Traveling by train/rail is also a cost-effective option. While the pet fee will vary depending on the service, it’s usually reasonable, just $26 on Amtrak for example. However, some services have limitations on the size/weight of the pet, and that pets are not allowed on all lines. For a comprehensive list of all trains in the US and their policies, check out this guide from Upgraded Points.
Most airlines charge approximately $100 each way for pets that are brought on board in a carrier. Do note that this would count towards your carry-on allowance. Larger pets that don’t fit in a carrier would have to be checked in as cargo and restrictions apply. Please visit each carrier’s detailed pet policy on their respective web pages before making your reservations.
Of the above, JetBlue has the most interesting pet program, named JetPaws, which offers its TrueBlue members 300 points on each flight when traveling with a cat or dog.
Do note that service animals are exempt from these fees. Airlines can’t charge a fee for service animals due to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
To save money on hotel stays, look for hotels that charge either no fee or a low fee for pets. Higher nightly rates plus cleaning fees can quickly rack up a big bill. Here are some hotels to consider:
Red Roof Inn
If you can’t find any of the above options where you’re going, consider a hotel that charge a flat service fee for longer stays. For stays that are a week or longer, these chains can be cost-effective:
Something to note is that many hotels, including some of the ones above, might require a deposit in case of damages. This deposit will be returned upon checkout if there are no such incidents.
One of our favorite money-saving pet travel hacks is to be sure you’ve packed well for your furry travel companion! That way you won’t be buying all the things you forgot along the way at stores in tourist where markups are higher.
A small list of must-haves for your trip:
Read more >> Pack for Your Dog
Read more >> Pack for Your Cat
Traveling with your pet can be a great idea. You’ll make some amazing memories…and could potentially save a significant amount of money on pet sitting or boarding services! And, as more and more places have become pet friendly over the years, there’s never been a better time to bring Fido or Fluffy along. We hope these pet travel hacks make your trip more cost effective!
About the Author: Lily Dee is a writer at The Pawsome World, a site dedicated to sharing valuable and reliable pet care content to help pets and their owners live their best lives. Being a pet parent isn’t always easy, and The Pawsome World provides tips/hacks as well as heartwarming content that pet lovers can rely on.
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