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The Most Pet Friendly Airlines of 2011

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:

Most Pet Friendly Overall: Pet Airways

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.

Best Amenities For Pets (and Pet Parents): JetBlue

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.

Best For Transporting Pet Variety: Frontier Airlines

Dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and small household birds are all welcome on Frontier!

Best For Budget-Conscious Consumers: WestJet

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.

Best For Flying Multiple Pets In-Cabin: Frontier Airlines

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!

Best For Big Furry Friends: Pet Airways

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.

 

Find the entire article and the results of the 2010 survey on PetFinder.com. Or, start planning your trip now by reviewing the airline’s pet policies. We wish you safe and happy travels!

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  • Pamela says:

    I’ve never liked the idea of transporting a dog in the cargo area of a plane. I was so relieved when Pet Airways appeared a few years ago. I hope they’re having great success as a business.

  • Hi Y’all,

    What wonderful information for those of us planning to fly with our furiends.  Even if we aren’t planning to do so now, it’s great  to know where the information can be found should plans change.

    BrownDog’s Human

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