When you go on vacation, you do not necessarily need to leave your pets at home. More and more, pet parents are taking their pets with them on vacation. If you are taking a road trip, bringing your pet along might be easy. If you are flying, however, it gets a little more complicated.
Finding a Pet-Friendly Airline
Not all airlines accept pets as cargo, so you will need to do a little research before you take your trip to find an airline that will take your pet. Some of the pet-friendly airlines are:
- JetBlue – This airline has a JetPaws™ program through which you get a special tag for your pet carrier and extra points for flying with a pet.
- Alaska Air – In addition to its Fur-st Class™ program for pets, this airline also has experts that are trained to take care of your pet during the flight.
- Frontier Airlines – This carrier allows up to ten small dogs to fly in their cabins.
- Southwest – This airline supplies its own branded carry-on kennels that you can purchase before your flight to keep your dog on board with you.
- Delta – This carrier offers a Pet First™ service that allows you to ship your pet in the cabin, in the cargo area, or as baggage.
- KLM – This airline allows small dogs and cats to fly in the economy cabin on international flights as well as on business class flights in Europe.
Questions To Ask Before You Fly
In addition to researching pet-friendly airlines before you travel, you should also take the time to speak to an airline representative. Ask the following questions in order to determine which airline is best for your pet:
- Do you allow cats and dogs on the plane? If not, move on to one that does.
- Can I keep my pet in the cabin with me? Many airlines allows pets under 20 lbs. if they can fit in a carrier under your seat.
- What documents does my pet need to fly? Make sure you have your pet’s medical history, vaccination records, and any other info the airline requires.
- What kind of carrier or crate do I need? Some airlines allow you to bring your own carrier while others require you to purchase a certain brand.
- Am I allowed to bring my pet’s food and medications onboard? There may be restrictions against liquid medications, but solid food and meds should be allowed.
- Do you charge any extra fees for pets? Fees for flying with pets range from $50 to $250 or more – some airlines offset these fees by offering extra points for flying with pets.
- If flying internationally, does my pet need to be quarantined upon arrival? Some countries require imported animals to go through a quarantine process. If that process is longer than your trip, you might want to make other arrangements.
Traveling with your pet can be a great experience but keep in mind that some pets do not travel well. Flying on an airplane, especially if you have a large pet that must be kept in the cargo hold, can be stressful for some pets, so think carefully before you choose this transportation method or drag your pets along on a vacation trip that they may not enjoy.