33 Popular Airlines And Their Pet Air Travel Policies

Air travel becomes smoother when extensively planned. While most humans can fly with any airline as long as tickets are purchased and airline regulations are met, it is a different story altogether for pets. Specific restrictions vary from one airline to another.

And so if you have a pet and are planning to travelwith it anytime soon, here are 33 airlines from all over the world with their policies on pets traveling by air.

American Airlines

AA allows 7 kennels on its flights while American Eagle flights can only accommodate 5.

33 Popular Airlines And Their Pet Air Travel Policies

The fee for traveling with your petswithin the US, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Colombia, and the Caribbean Islands is $125 per carrier.

Flying within or to Canada, Mexico, Central, and South America, the Caribbean Islands for cargo is for $200. If the pet is flying cargo to Brazil, the price is $150.

United Airlines

Pets are allowed to travel inside the cabin. Reservations should be made at least 5 – 30 days in advance. The fee is $125 one way. For stopovers within the US for more than 4 hours, there is a service charge of $125.

For dogs that may be too large for the cabin, United Airlines has partnered with PetSafe for an exceptional travel experience. Rates range from $201 to $2,410 depending on the weight.

Weight equates to pet and crate weights combined. For an estimate, please check this calculator.

Delta Airlines

Pets are not allowed to fly to Hawaii. Pets flying within or to the USA, Canada, and Puerto Rico comes with a fee of $125. If flying to the Virgin Islands or other countries, the fee is $200. For pets flying to Brazil, it costs $75.

Pets that are too big for cabin travel can fly cargo. Contact the Delta Airlines customer service for details.

JetBlue Airlines

Only 4 pets are allowed to travel on every JetBlue flight. The combined weight of the pet and carrier should not be more than 9kg.

Flights to/from Barbados, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Trinidad/Tobago, and St. Lucia do not allow pets.

Pet fee is $100 one way.

JetBlue does not allow pets to travel cargo.

Carriers that do not meet JetBlue guidelines can get one for $50.

Spirit Airlines

The airline allows only 4 pets per flight within the US, Puerto Rico, and St. Thomas. Owners are required to prepare the needed pet documents.

The combined weight of the pet and the carrier should not exceed 18kgs. Each passenger is allowed 1 carrier with a maximum of 2 pets per carrier.

Pet owners need to pay $110/carrier each way. There is no option for pets to travel cargo.

Alaska Airlines

Pets are allowed to fly provided the combined pet/carrier weight does not exceed 9kg. Passengers can fly with 2 pets max as long as two seats are purchased. In addition, a fee of $100 per pet each way needs to be paid.

Pets can also travel as checked baggage as long as pet/carrier weight is not more than 68kg. Owners have to pay $100 per pet each way.

For pets/carrier combined weight of more than the limit, flying cargo is allowed. Contact the Cargo Department for details.

Frontier Airlines

Please contact Frontier Airlines first to make sure your pet is allowed to fly. Some Frontier partners – Great Lakes Aviation, for example – may not accept pets in-flight.

Most pets are allowed to travel within the US but only dogs and cats are allowed to do so internationally. Pet owners are responsible for the preparation of the needed documents. Per travel, pet owners need to pay $75.

Unfortunately, the airline no longer allows pets flying as checked baggage or as cargo.

Virgin America

When traveling within the US, pets can fly with Virgin America as long as the combined pet and carrier weight is not more than 9kg. Owners also need to pay $100 per segment.

Carriers should be able to fit underneath the seat in front of you when traveling in the cabin. Unfortunately, the airline no longer allows pets to travel as checked baggage or as cargo.

Southwest Airlines

The airline can only travel with 6 pets per flight. This is limited to cats and dogs only.

Pets can fly with Southwest only domestically. International flights do not welcome pets aboard.

Owners can travel with a maximum of one carrier (and up to 2 pets) per flight. Carriers should fit under the seat in front of the customer.

Unfortunately, traveling through cargo or as checked baggage is no longer an option.

British Airways

British Airways is the flag carrier and the biggest airline in the UK. Pets can fly through the airline on some flights through cargo. They are not allowed inside the cabin or as checked baggage.

Contact the British Air customer service or directly call its sister company, the IAG Cargo. The costs depend on the country of origin and destination.

Jet2 Airlines

Jet2 Airlines does not allow pets to travel on any of its flights.

EasyJet

British-owned, low-cost airline EasyJet does not fly pets on any of its flights.

Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook is a travel company in the UK that only allows pet travel on some flights through cargo with the help of its sister company, AIA Cargo.

Virgin Atlantic

Pets can travel through cargo in Virgin Atlantic. When traveling with the airline, ensure that the pet is locked inside a secure, heated/air-conditioned container.

Pets are not allowed inside the cabin.

Virgin Atlantic also does not allow pets to fly on certain days. During Saturdays and Sundays, the airline does not welcome pets aboard.

Virgin Australia

Pets can travel cargo only when you use an international pet and animal transportation agency. You can either travel at the same time with your pet or  it can travel alone.

For details, contact 800-016-742 when taking off from Australia, or 800-828-6822 when from the US.

Air Canada

Canada’s flag carrier allows pet travel inside the cabin as long as the combined pet/carrier weight is not more than 10kg. Domestic flights amount to about $50-59 while fees for international flights are set at $100-118 per way.

Pets can also fly as checked baggage as long as the combined pet/carrier weight is under 45kg. Domestic flights cost $105-120 while international flights are at $270-318. When beyond the cabin and checked baggage size limits, you can have your pet fly cargo.

West Jet

West Jet allows pets to fly and stay inside the cabin for a fee of $50-59 per way. Pets can also travel as checked baggage as long as combined pet/carrier weights do not exceed 45 kg.

The airline, however, does not allow pets to fly from December 15 to January 6. When traveling in checked baggage, the fee is pegged at $75-$88.

If the weight of your pet exceeds the limit set for checked baggage, it can travel cargo. Contact the West Jet Cargo Team for details.

Emirates

For Emirates, the only pets that are allowed inside the cabin are falcons for flights from Dubai to other parts of Pakistan. All others can travel as checked baggage (flights that are 17 hours and below) or cargo through Emirates SkyCargo.

For pets traveling cargo, prepare to pay anywhere from $500-800 depending on the weight of the pet and the size of the carrier.

Fly Dubai

Pets are not allowed to fly in this airline except for falcons as hand baggage going to certain destinations. Prior to flying, secure an approval.

Eurowings

Eurowings allow small cats and dogs inside the cabin as long as the combined pet/carrier weight is below 8kg.

Due to certain regulations, attack dogs are not allowed to travel with Eurowings. In addition, all pets are not allowed to fly to the UK via the airline.

The pet fee is €55.

Brussels Airlines

Cats and dogs with pet/carrier combined weight of 8 kg and below are the only pets allowed inside the cabin. Travel costs €50 within Europe or €70 for non-European destinations.

When pets travel as checked baggage, small animals cost €100 within Europe or €150 for other flights. Bigger pets would cost you €200 for European flights or €300 for flights outside Europe. Maximum combined weight is 20kg.

Pets that weigh more than 20kg need to fly cargo. Contact the airline’s Cargo Department for details.

Air France

Pets traveling on Air France should be below 8kg. Air France does not accept pets to travel in the business cabin during intercontinental flights. Rates would range from €30 to €125 depending on the destination.

Pets 8-75kg in weight can travel as checked baggage with rates ranging from €60 to €200. These rates will depend on the destination.

Any pet that is more than 75kg can travel cargo. Contact the airline’s Cargo Department for details.

Vueling

Vueling only allows pets that are not more than 8kg in weight. A passenger can bring one pet per flight.

For the rates, expect to pay €30 for domestic flights and €45 for international ones. Unfortunately, the airline does not allow pets to travel as checked baggage or cargo.

Royal Air

The airline does not allow any pet travel at all.

Norwegian Air Shuttle

Pet travel is allowed by the airline. A maximum of 2 pets is allowed to travel per way.

For cabin travels, combined pet/carrier weight should not exceed 8kg. Prepare to pay £38-£55 if the booking was done online or £47-£66 when booked at the airport.

For pets/carrier combined weight of more than 8kg but less than 14kg, they can travel as checked baggage. Fees to travel would be around £55-£70 if booked online or £65-£80 if booked at the airport.

For pets that go beyond these weight limits, cargo travel is advised. Contact the airline’s Cargo Department for details.

TAP Air Portugal

Portugal’s flag carrier allows pets to fly in select flights only. Pets can travel inside the cabin as long as the combined pet/carrier weight is less than 8kg.

Rates would range from €35 for domestic travel to€150 for intercontinental flights.

Pets can also travel as checked baggage and depending on the weight of the pet and the carrier as well as the destination, fees can be from €70 to €200 per way.

Traveling cargo is also possible and depending on the weight and destination, rates range from 160 to €480 per way.

Swiss International

The airline can allow only 2 animals per flight. Pets staying inside the cabin should have a weight of less than 8kg.

The rates vary depending on the destination, from 60CHF to 100CHF per way.

Pets larger than 8kg can travel as checked baggage. Fees depend on the destination – from 120CHF to 400CHF one way.

For pets that weigh beyond the limits set, cargo travel is for them. Contact the Swiss World Cargo for details.

El Al Israel

El Al Israel allows pets to fly in its cabins for a fee of $100 one way if combined weight is less than 8kg. For pets that weigh 9-50kg, they can travel as checked baggage for $200 per way while those that are 51-100kg cost $400 one way.

More than these weights and your pet should travel cargo. Contact the airline’s Cargo Department.

Qatar Airways

The airline allows only up to 6 falcons in the cabin – the number of which depends on country regulations and the type of aircraft. No cats and dogs are allowed inside the cabin and should travel as checked baggage.

Pets that travel as checked baggage can cost you $200 to about $450 depending on the destination and the weight.

Pets that are more than 75kg in weight can travel cargo.

IndiGo

Pets are not allowed by IndiGo to fly on any of its airlines.

Singapore Airlines

When traveling with Singapore Airlines, pet owners need to call at least 2 weeks in advance to secure a spot. Pets are not allowed inside the cabin but can travel as checked baggage worth $50-$225 depending on pet weight and the destination.

Pets that have a weight exceeding 32kg should travel cargo. Contact the airline’s Cargo Department.

Malaysia Airlines

Pets traveling with Malaysia Airlines should do so as checked baggage. The combined weight of the pet and carrier should not exceed 25kg.

Pet fees are charged depending on the weight and the destination. Also, pets are charged as excess baggage and costs $8-40 per kg with 5kg as the minimum requirement.

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  • Etihad Airways has a policy allowing you to carry on falcons as checked baggage. There’s a Saudi Prince that wanted to take advantage of this policy to the fullest extent and brought 80.

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