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Best Pet Shipping - California to London?

Best Pet Shipping - California to London?

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Old Jan 4, 19, 1:41 pm
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Best Pet Shipping - California to London?

We are relocating from California (San Francisco) to London and need to transport 1 (small) dog and 1 cat.

To my knowledge, only three airlines have direct flights from Bay Area to London - United, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.

Anybody have any comments on their experiences?

One question - according to the US State Dept website:

There are three ways you can ship your pet via the airlines:
  1. Your pet can travel on the plane with you (either in-cabin or in the cargo). In either case, your pet will be considered excess/accompanied baggage and charged accordingly. Some airlines no longer offer this option.
  2. You can book your pet on a separate flight. In this case, you will be charged the cargo rate, which is considerably more than excess baggage. Some airlines no longer offer this option.
  3. You can have your pet shipped through a licensed commercial shipper. You will be charged the cargo rate plus the shipper's fee. Several airlines require this method unless your pet is small enough to fit in the cabin.


Anybody know which airlines permit pets to be shipped as excess baggage?

Thanks.
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Old Jan 4, 19, 3:42 pm
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Old Jan 4, 19, 5:32 pm
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OP will doubtless find more definitive info here
Agree that the OP will find much useful information in the Travel With Pets Forum
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Old Jan 4, 19, 5:35 pm
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The excess baggage usually refers to carrying the pet in the cabin. That means paying whatever fee. Friends recently did this but not to the continent took Delta.

Another friend has a cat that is too large for the cabin carrier and had to be shipped as cargo and had to go a different route ( heat concerns in connecting city). This is a very large cat. They used a professional transport company from Italy to US and it went well, had all sorts of tracking and updates.
pets in cargo hold are in a different area from general luggage and they are not transported on the luggage cart which is why it is more costly.

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Old Jan 7, 19, 9:11 pm
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You will not be able to travel with your cat and dog in the cabin to London. You may want to review this, especially approved routes.

https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad
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