Travel with Pets - Buying ticket for pet on US Airways
Aug 11, 11, 11:31 am
US Airways has a $100 fee, each way, for pets to travel in cabins--they must fit below the seat in a carryon-sized container. Lady goheelswks and I are taking our puppy to MCO from CLT and I thought we might avoid this fee by buying a third ticket for our little one in one of our names, since the price would be about the same and we'd then get the miles (and some extra room). Any experience/luck trying this?
Edited to add:
The Platinum line said they would permit us to buy the ticket (of course), but the puppy's case still count as a carry-on item for one of her humans (reasonable) BUT that we'd still have to pay the pet fee (not reasonable, in my book, if we have bought a ticket for her.)
Hopefully someone will have experience with this?
Aug 12, 11, 5:50 am
My guess is that they won't see the puppy as a ticketed passenger, because she's not human. I'd pay the pet fee, and just be done with it.
Aug 13, 11, 1:16 pm
I recently needed to bring my two cats from CLT to PHX, traveling alone. US told me that I could not bring two cats even if I bought two tickets; that is I could not buy a ticket just for the cat in his carrier to go under the extra seat, while the other cat was under my seat (or more accurately, the seat in front of me).
I almost worked a deal with a colleague who has a brother in Asheville - I would buy him a free weekend trip with his brother if he would bring my cat with him. That would have satisfied US, but it turned out the timing didn't work for my colleague.
So - I traveled in F with one cat, the other went with my husband in the car when he drove from NC to AZ.
Aug 14, 11, 4:02 pm
Airlines have strange rules when it comes to pet travel and they change them to suit their needs.
I was flying alone with 2 cats. The airline told me that I could not take 2 cats in the cabin with me, nor could I put them both in the hold. So they made me make arrangements to put one in the hold and one with me in the cabin. I asked if I could put them both in the same carrier (they are small) and take them in the cabin with me. They said no. Same deal for the hold. Then they called me and asked me if I could take them both in the same carrier in the cabin (because they had a dog in the hold), which is what I wanted to do in the first place. This worked out fine for me and my cats. But I have had to change travel dates because there was a dog in the cabin or hold, so why they booked a dog in the hold when I already had booked one of my cats in the hold is beyond me.