Flying with a Furry Buddy: Airlines’ Pet Policy

Pic1In the previous article, we have tackled some important considerations when traveling with pets. Now, we will show you the pet travel policy of major airlines. Again, airlines’ policies differ. Hence, it would be a great help to know these policies before booking a flight to avoid regrets in the end. Always remember, cancelling a ‘booked and confirmed’ flight itinerary is not as easy as it seems.

Air Canada (AC)

Type of Travel Max. Weight Allowed Charge
● Pets in the Cabin

–         The pet travels with you at your seat.

–         Your pet counts as one standard item toward your carry-on baggage allowance.


10 kilograms (22 lbs.)

–         combined weight of pet and carrier

$50 or $100 per direction, depending upon the itinerary
● Pets as Checked-In Baggage

–  Your pet travels on         the same flight as you.


32 kilograms (70 lbs.)

–         combined weight of pet and carrier

from $105 per direction
● Pets shipped via Air Canada Cargo





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AirTran Airways (FL) / Southwest Airlines (WN)

Type of Travel


In-cabin Pet Transport only


√ AirTran Airways / Southwest Airlines only carry pets in the cabin; pets are not permitted as checked baggage.

√ The airlines does not accept pets (cats or dogs) traveling without a customer.



1.       Only six pets are allowed per flight. There is a limit of one pet carrier per paying customer and he/ she should travel on the same flight.

2.      Acceptable pet carriers are limited to maximum dimensions of 8.5” high x 18.5” long x 13.5” wide.

3.      Pets must be checked in at the airport ticket counter. The passenger, on the other hand, can still check in online or at curbside.

4.      Each pet traveling is subject to a non-refundable $95 pet fare each way.

5.      Pets are not allowed to travel with unaccompanied minors.



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American Airlines (AA)

Service Itinerary Charge
● Checked Pet Within and between USA, Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.


$200 per kennel

$150 per kennel to/from Brazil.

Cabin Pet Within and between USA, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Colombia and the Caribbean (provided the country of arrival allows).


$125 per kennel


Assistance Animal traveling with a Disabled Passenger All destinations Free of Charge





1.       Maximum size for cabin pet carriers: 19″ long x 13″ wide x 9″ high

2.      One ticketed passenger is to one pet kennel only.

3.      Your pet must stay inside its kennel under the seat in front of you all the time.

4.      Pets cannot be removed from their kennels while onboard.

5.      The airline does not require a travel health certificate for in-cabin pets.



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Delta Airlines (DL)

Service Destination Charge
● In-cabin Pet Transport US and Canada

Outside the USA

$125 USD/CAD


as Checked Baggage $200 USD/CAD/EUR

–         one-way fee for all flight  


1.       For both domestic and international flight, all pets must be at least 10 weeks old.

2.      Pets onboard are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.


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United Airlines (UA)

In-cabin Pets
–         $125 service charge each way

–         Maximum dimensions for hard-sided kennel: 17.5 inches long x 12 inches wide x 7.5 inches high (44 cm x 30 cm x 19 cm)

–         Maximum dimensions for soft-sided kennel: 18 inches long x 11 inches wide x 11 inches high (46 cm x 28 cm x 28 cm)

–         Pets are not allowed to travel with unaccompanied minors.

–         Pets younger than eight weeks are not permitted onboard a UA commercial flight.



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US Airways (US)

Pets in Passenger Cabin

(US Airways or US Airways Shuttle flights do not accept any kind of animal in cargo compartments)

–         Each carry on domestic pet in the passenger cabin: $125 per way

–         One ticketed passenger = One pet carrier only (the carrier, however, may contain up to two pets of the same size, weight, and type

–         Maximum size for a pet carrier: 19″ long x 13″ wide x 9″ high

–         Only 7 pets on each US Airways flight are allowed.


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Regardless of what airline you choose to fly with, the video below will surely help you in preparing for travel.





-Happy Globetrotting!