I have compiled a brief summary of the rules/restrictions and fees for some of the major carriers regarding carryon pets. This thread is intended to be used only as a general pet travel tool and you must contact your airline and confirm their rules/restrictions and fees if you intend to travel with your pet in cabin.
Your pet in-cabin counts as your one piece of carry-on baggage on most airlines.
You must make a reservation for your carryon pet with your airline!
It is highly recommended that you always travel with up to date health documents from your vet for your pet.
If you see any mistakes, wish to add an airline (especially international carriers) or have updated program/fee increases information please send me a PM with the details and the appropriate link for that carrier to refer to and I will update this thread.
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Carryon pets are not allowed with the exception of service animals
Seeing eye and guide dogs, as well as working animals, which must be covered by medical justification, will be transported free of charge. All animals must be muzzled and harnessed while in the passenger cabin.
Carryon pet service is available on flights operated by Air Canada and Jazz only.
Cats or small dogs are allowed with a 10 kg (22 lb) (pet and carrier combined) weight limit.
Hard-sided carriers dimensions
Height: 23 cm (9 in)
Width: 40 cm (15.5 in)
Length: 55 cm (21.5 in)
Soft-sided carriers dimensions
Height: 27 cm (10.5 in)
Width: 40 cm (15.5 in)
Length: 55 cm (21.5 in)
Carryon fee is $50 Within Canada and Canada/U.S. (except Hawaii)
$100 international (with restrictions for destinations) per direction, based on itinerary.
Small, domesticated cats, dogs and birds that will fit in an approved carrier under the seat are accepted.
The pet kennel is limited to maximum dimensions of 8.5" high x 17" long x 12" wide.
The carrier must be leak proof and ventilated on at least two sides.
There is no weight restriction on pets.
The pet must remain in the carrier and under the seat for the duration of the flight.
The pet carrier counts as either a passenger's one (1) carry-on bag or personal item.
Airfare for a pet is $69 one-way and is non-refundable. Six (6) pets are allowed per flight with a limit of one (1) pet per paying customer traveling on the same flight.
As limited space is available, advanced reservations must be made. Of course, service animals (e.g., Seeing Eye dogs) are always welcome onboard regardless of the number of pets already booked on the flight.
ALASKA AIRWAYS – HORIZON AIR
Customers must be 18 years or older to travel with pet in the cabin. A customer traveling with a pet must not occupy an emergency exit row seat. The First Class cabin can accomodate a total of one small pet per flight, and the main cabin can accomodate a total of up to five small pets per flight. A customer may travel with a maximum of two carry-on kennels/containers in the main cabin, only when the adjacent seat is purchased by the same customer.
USD 100.00 each way
for both carryon and in baggage.
Due to Hawaii's pet quarantine laws, Alaska Airlines' policy is to not allow pets on flights to/from Hawaii.
Due to an airport remodel project, Horizon Air will not accept pets will not for shipment to or from Reno airport through mid to late 2009. Small pets may still be carried in the cabin.
Pet Carrier Guidelines
The maximum size for cabin pet carriers is 19" long x 13" wide x 9" high. Soft-sided pet carriers such as Sherpa bags may exceed these dimensions slightly because they are collapsible.
Animals must be able to stand up, turn around and lie down in a natural position in the kennel. Soft-sided pet carriers are accepted as long as they are constructed of water-repellent, padded nylon with mesh ventilation on two or more sides.
A pet kennel counts as either a passenger's one carry-on bag or personal item - a cabin pet charge still applies, however.
Number of Pets Allowed
Only one pet kennel per ticketed passenger may be accepted for travel in the cabin. The kennel may contain two (2) dogs or two (2) cats but they must be the same species, at least 8-weeks old, and the pet and container can weigh no more than 20 lbs. combined.
The maximum number of carry-on kennels allowed (on American Airlines flights accepting them) is seven per flight: two (2) in First Class and five (5) in Coach and/or Business Class. Service animals are not counted in the maximum number allowed in the cabin.
Cabin Pet Fee
Within and between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central America, Colombia and the Caribbean provided the country of arrival permits entry.
NOT allowed to Hawaii. $125 USD per kennel
Fees for travel NOT within and between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean may be obtained from Reservations.
Assistance animal traveling with a disabled passenger (such as seeing eye dog) Any destination with the exception of The U.K. No fee.
Checked Pet Fee
Within and between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
For all other locations, contact Reservations.
$175 USD per kennel
Exception: $150 USD per kennel to/from Brazil
Charges for travel NOT within and between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean may be obtained from Reservations.
DELTA AIR LINES
Your pet can travel with you in the cabin
for a one-way fee of $100
(to be collected at check-in) when traveling within the United States (except Hawaii), Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.
You may not carry on more than one pet.
They allow one pet in the BusinessElite/First Class cabin and two in the coach cabin.
Only one pet allowed in the cabin on Delta Connection Carriers.
The one-way fee
for checking your pet
on all flights you are traveling on is $175 for travel within the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico
and $230 for travel outside the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
DL also offers Delta Pet First
which is designed to address the special needs of all warm-blooded animals shipped without their owner
on a flight. The rates do not include federal tax or applicable surcharge, and are based on the chargeable weight of the shipment. Terminal handling charges, customs clearance fees, veterinarian service, and/or kennel storage fees are in addition to shipping rates and will be charged to the shipper or pet owner upon arrival at destination airport.
Frontier does not accept pets for travel in the main cabin of its aircraft. They are happy to carry your pet as checked baggage.
JetBlue gladly accepts small cats and dogs in the aircraft cabin on both domestic and international flights (with the exception of flights to Jamaica, Barbados, and Saint Lucia).
To book your pet, call 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583). Please note: Pets cannot be booked online.
Keep in mind:
There is a pet fee of $100 each way.
The booking fee will be waived for customers traveling with a pet
We only accept cats and dogs as pets onboard our flights.
The combined weight of the pet and carrier may not exceed 20 pounds.
The pet must remain inside a closed carrier while at the airport and in the aircraft.
Only four pets are allowed per flight. The fourth and final pet must be booked at the airport at the ticket counter and is available on a first-come first-serve basis.
Pets cannot travel alone; they must be accompanied by a customer.
Only one pet is allowed per customer, with a few exceptions. Please contact a JetBlue representative at 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583) for more information.
A pet will count as your one personal carry-on item
You will not be assigned an exit row or bulkhead seat, and you will be seated in a window or aisle seat.
Your pet must remain in its carrier underneath the seat in front of you for the duration of your flight.
Please note: These requirements listed above do not apply to certified service animals or emotional support animals; click here for guidelines pertaining to certified service animals and emotional support animals.
Midwest does not accept pets for travel in the main cabin of its aircraft. They are happy to carry your pet as checked baggage.
Midwest Airlines has a “Premier Pet Program”
where your pet receives one free R/T for every three paid R/T’s. There is also a video located on the following link.
Travel within the U.S., and between the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean: A one-way, per-airline fee of $100.00 USD/CAD
will apply to each kennel transported in the passenger cabin.
Two (2) small pets of the same species may share a kennel if they are between 3 months and 6 months, are comparable size not weighing over 15 lbs total including kennel, or if they are adult mother and offspring under 4 months.
The maximum kennel size permitted is 17Lx12Wx8H inches (43Lx32Wx20H cm).
The combined weight of your pet(s) and kennel may not exceed 15 pounds (6.8 kg).
Northwest limits each flight to six (6) carry-on kennels; two (2) in First or WorldBusiness Class and four (4) in Economy. On Northwest Airlink flights operated by Mesaba and Pinnacle Airlines, there is a limit of four (4) carry-on kennels: two (2) in First Class and two (2) in Economy.
The one-way fee for checking
your pet on all flights within the United States, Canada, Mexico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico is $175. For travel to all other international destinations the one-way pet fee is $230.
P.A.W.S. (Pets Are Welcome on Southwest)
Southwest Airlines will only accept small cats and dogs in carriers that can be stowed under the Customer’s seat.
The Pet Fare will be $75 each way per pet carrier.
Initially, Southwest’s pet policy states that they will accept up to five (5) pet carriers per scheduled flight. However, from time to time, circumstances may allow for more (or fewer) than five pet carriers on a flight during the evaluation period.
Customers will be permitted to travel with no more than one (1) pet carrier per person. Each pet carrier can have no more than two (2) of the same species of small cats or dogs per pet carrier.
Animals assisting Customers with disabilities will not count toward the maximum number of pets permitted onboard.
Customers may bring a soft or hard-sided pet carrier that is leak proof and well ventilated. The pet carrier must be small enough to fit under the seat in front of the Customer and be stowed in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations. The dog or cat must be able to stand up and turn around in the carrier with ease.
The pet carrier will count as the Customer’s carryon bag.
Southwest does not require a health certificate or any other documentation from the Customer’s veterinarian for pets to travel.
The Pet Fare will be $75 each way per pet carrier.
Under no circumstances will they accept pets in the cargo bin. Southwest only accepts cats and dogs in-cabin.
United allows domesticated cats, dogs, rabbits and birds to travel accompanied in the aircraft cabin on most flights within the U.S. An in-cabin pet may be carried in addition to a carry-on bag and is subject to a $125 service charge each way. For travel exclusively on United Express by Silver Airways, the service charge for an in-cabin pet is $50 each way.
Please also refer to the following thread on the UA board
titled, "Travel with pets on UA: tips and "hidden info"
has taken the time and was kind enough to compile for more specific UA pet travel information.
Travel with pets on UA: tips and "hidden" info
The number of pets that may be carried in each cabin is limited. In order for your pet to travel with you, you must make your reservations on flights with cabin pet space available.
1 small domestic dog, cat or bird per passenger is accepted in the passenger cabin for a $125 fee each way
Carry-on pets are not allowed on transatlantic flights.
US Airways accepts hard-sided carriers up to 17 inches long x 16 inches wide x 8 inches tall and soft-sided carriers up to 17 inches long X 16 inches wide X 10 inches tall. On US Airways Express flights, pet carriers must not be more than 15 inches long x 17 inches wide x 8 inches tall on CRJ aircraft, more than 16 inches long x 17 inches wide x 8 inches tall on DH3 aircraft or more than 15 inches long x 14 inches wide x 8 inches tall on BH1 aircraft.
Virgin America is a pet-friendly airline that accepts cats and dogs in the Main Cabin of the aircraft. Guests with pets cannot
be seated in the exit row
, first row of Main Cabin
or the First Class cabin
. Pets checked as baggage are not accepted.
Each animal should be carried in its own kennel (provided by the guest). We allow one pet carrier for each purchased seat. Puppies and kittens must be at least 8 weeks old and weaned. The total weight of the animals and kennel cannot be above 20 pounds.
Kennel dimensions cannot be more than 18 inches long x 15 inches wide x 8 inches high and must fit directly under the seat in front of the guest.
We add a $100.00 fee
to the price of your reservation for the transportation of each pet
All animals will be transported in the Cargo Hold.
Service Animals (seeing eye dogs) may be carried in the cabin on all short-haul and long-haul flights. Service animals such as seeing eye dogs are carried free of charge. An overall maximum of three Seeing Eye Dogs may be carried in the cabin.
Prior approval is required from the department of Agriculture in Ireland. Preparing your service animal correctly and meeting all of the conditions for travel is the responsibility of the passenger.
Only cats and dogs under 6 kg (container included)
on flights operated by Air France
Guide dogs, regardless of their weight.
For any further information, or rate request, please contact their booking department.
Pets must be booked to travel with British Airways World Cargo
, and they will be carried in the aircraft hold
Your pet will have to fit into a kennel no larger than 43 x 31 x 20 cm (length x width x height).
The combined weight of the kennel and your pet cannot exceed 4 kg
The pet you bring on board may weigh up to 8 kg/18 lbs including the container/pet carrier. The container must not exceed the measurements (40x25x23 cm / 16x10x9 in).
The pet and container are considered as your hand baggage, no other hand baggage is allowed. The fee for bringing you pet and container is calculated as excess baggage.
1 Domestic DK (except Greenland), NO, SE, FI, within Scandinavia, between Scandinavia and Finland € 20
2 Within Europe (including Greenland) € 50
3 Between Europe and the Middle East € 70
4 Between Europe and Asia € 100
To/from US (piece concept)
When you are flying to/from US with your pet in the cabin or in the cargo hold, you will be charged one normal excess baggage charge per crate if the dimensions do not exceed 158 cm / 62 in.
All pets traveling on Virgin Atlantic flights must travel in the cargo hold.
Bringing pets to the UK
To avoid quarantine in the UK, the animal must travel under the Pets Travel Scheme (PETS)
ASIA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Pets in Cabin
With the exclusion of service dogs, no pet or animal of any description will be permitted in our passenger cabin. Pets such as dogs, cats and birds will be crated and transported in the cargo compartment. Please check with the local government office for all documentation required (ie health certificates and travel permits) if you plan to fly with your pet.
Dogs, cats and birds are allowed if the total weight of the pet in the kennel weighs 5kg
Pets more than 5kg travel in the cargo compartment.
As the number of pets that may be carried is designated per aircraft type, please inquire with the reservation center for detailed information.
Only one pet is allowed per passenger whether it travels in the passenger cabin or in the cargo compartment
(2 puppies of 6 months old or younger, 2 kittens or a pair of birds may travel in one cage.)
Domestic flights in Korea: Call the reservation center (+82-2-2656-2001) and make the booking.
International flights: After having documentation required for the quarantine inspection at destination ready, contact the reservation center and make the booking for pet travel. For regulations and requirements in Korea contact Incheon Animal Quarantine Office
Click on "Customer Support"
on top of the home page. Then click on the "Pets"
link in the "Special Needs"
The carriage of pets in the aircraft cabin is not permitted, with the exception of Guide Dogs.