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The Best International Airlines for Pets

The Best International Airlines for Pets
Jennifer Billock

If you’re planning on flying anywhere with your pet, check out these lists of the best and worst airlines for traveling with animals, taken from data compiled by, an insurance intermediary that handles car and home insurance.

Airlines have been having some issues with pet-friendliness lately, everything from dead dogs to poisonous spiders to animals being sent to the wrong country. Thanks to these issues, United has introduced an updated pet program, and Delta has straight out stopped refusing to allow pit bulls on planes, service dog or not. But most people traveling across the country or internationally that need to bring their pets need to fly with them.

In response to a growing need to know which airlines are the best for pet-toting travelers, compiled data from international airlines on their pet policies—including whether they’re allowed on board at all, if they can ride in the cabin, and how much it costs to add a furry friend’s ticket.

According to People, which detailed Comparethemarket’s report, the top ten airlines to bring your furry friends along for the ride with are:

  • Air France
  • British Airways
  • Lufthansa
  • TUI
  • Thomas Cook
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Aegean Airlines
  • Aeroflot
  • Air Europa
  • Vueling

And the worst five are:

  • EasyJet
  • Emirates
  • Flybe
  • Ryanair
  • Balkan Holidays

Always remember to check the rules specific to the place you’re taking your pets. Every country has different guidelines and expectations, and you don’t want to arrive intact only to have your pet quarantined or worse, sent home. And always triple-check with the airline before bringing a fuzzy passenger on board.

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View Comments (4)


  1. KLBGO

    July 11, 2018 at 9:07 am

    I am glad to see that KLM is not among the top ten flurry flyers.

  2. Lakeviewsteve

    July 11, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    KLBG: Air France / KLM are one company. KLM is great with pets and has been for years. Now why on earth would you be glad and who cares what makes you glad or sad?

  3. neflyer13

    July 12, 2018 at 8:11 am

    I was very surprised to see British Airways there, as they don’t allow pets (other than service animals) in the cabin. Sure enough, the underlying research is wrong and says they do allow. I wouldn’t put very much credence in this ranking given this fairly obvious error.

  4. fotographer

    July 16, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Good now I can make sure I fly with airlines that don’t allow pets

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