Vacationing with your pet is great fun, but getting from here to there can be a challenge. If you’re flying, how will you know which airline is the safest? The most economical? Has the best pet amenities? The research alone is daunting – which is why Ty and Buster still do not have their wings. Fortunately, PetFinder.com conducts an annual survey answering all of these questions and more.
To be eligible to participate in PetFinder’s survey, the airlines must have zero pet deaths reported in the previous year, according to official government reports, and be based in the US or Canada.
Here are the most pet friendly airlines in each of the six categories:
This pets-only airline offers a first class experience, and most any pet is welcome! If you’re lucky enough to live in one of the nine destinations Pet Airways currently serves, or one of the five expected to be added this summer, it’s great news for your pet.
JetBlue’s JetPaws program has won them this category for the second straight year – and with this swag we understand why! Pet travelers can join the program for free and receive a pet carrier bag tag, tips on the etiquette of flying with your pet, points toward future air travel, and a pet travel guide with information on pet friendly hotels, restaurants, parks, and animal hospitals in some of JetBlue’s major cities.
Dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and small household birds are all welcome on Frontier!
For just $50 each way your small dog, cat, rabbit, or bird is welcome to join you in-cabin on WestJet. A close second in this category was AirTran Airways, which allows dogs, cats, and birds to fly in cabin for $69 each way.
While each person is only permitted one pet container, Frontier Airlines allows up to ten pet containers in-cabin on each flight. With a little planning, a two-person, two-dog family will have no problem flying together!
Traveling in cargo can be dangerous for dogs too large to fit in a carry on. Catering only to their “pawsengers,” Pet Airways has the ability to accommodate big dogs in the cabin. With a maximum height allowance of 34 inches from the floor to the top of the shoulders, pet parents now have a safe and comfortable option for flying a dog too big to fit under the seat.
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