Check the regulations below to make sure the airline you would like to fly on will allow your pet to come with you, and how they will or won’t let you. Two quick questions and then dig in!
The importance of making a reservation to bring your dog, cat or other pet on any airline:
It is important to make a reservation for your pet as soon as you know the dates you want to travel. There are a number of reasons for this.
1- Each flight has a limited number of pets they will be allowed to carry. You don’t want the plane to have already filled their pet slots and not allow your dog to fly with you.
2- Also, it can be cheaper to reserve a pet online than it is at the ticket counter.
3- You want to make sure your pet falls within the airline’s regulations of pet that they will allow you to fly with.
How do I make a reservation to fly with my pet?
Making reservations with the airline for your pet to fly with you is easy. All you have to do is find your airline below and go to their website and double-check their policies and then call them and make your reservation.
Make sure to review how much it will cost, when exactly you can fly, what regulations are currently in effect for carriers and other miscellaneous items.
Some of the most popular airlines in the US and North America
Here is Southwest’s pet page.
Small pets are welcome to travel with Southwest Airlines. Pets are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until their capacity is reached. There are a maximum of six pet carriers allowed on any given flight, so make your reservations as soon as you know when and where you are traveling.
If you want to reserve a spot for your dog, you can contact their customer service at 1-800-435-9792.
Unaccompanied minors may not travel alone with a pet(s).
Delta Air Lines
Visit the pet page of Delta’s site here.
In addition to pets traveling in the cabin, Delta Airlines welcomes them in the cargo area as well. Reservations for your pet are made on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Generally, on each flight, Delta allows no more than two pets in first class, two in business class, and four in the main cabin.
If you wish to reserve your puppy a seat on a Delta flight, call them here 800-221-1212.
You can see American’s pet page here.
Dogs or other pets can be taken as cabin pets on American Airlines or shipped in their cargo area. American Airlines allows 7 kennels on flights.
If you plan on traveling with your pet, you should contact the Customer Service Team at 800-433-7300 as soon as you confirm your travel plans to guarantee your pup a spot. American Airlines can restrict pets flying if the weather conditions are above 85 degrees Fahrenheit and below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
Here is United’s pet page.
One of the largest American airlines is United Airlines. Guests are welcome to bring their pets on board as well as check them in as luggage. The United Airlines Customer Service Team advises you to contact them as soon as you confirm your travel plans since they only accept two dogs in the cabin on some flights.
For travelers with pets or pets traveling alone, they accept reservations between 30 days and 5 days before your flight. Additional acceptance conditions must be met before a reservation is confirmed. Ask them about those and make reservations over the phone at 1-800-864-8331.
Check out SkyWest’s pet page here.
Based in St. George, Utah, SkyWest Airlines is a North American airline. Depending on the requirements of their partner airlines, you can carry pets in the cabin or as checked luggage. SkyWest also asks that you follow certain requirements in addition to those set forth by the SkyWest airline partner you are flying with.
During the entire boarding process and the duration of your flight, your pet must remain in its carrier underneath the seat in front of you. Seats may not be purchased for your pet.
Visit the JetBlue pet page here.
JetBlue is one of the cheaper airlines in the United States. There are some flights on which small pets are welcomed in the cabin. Booking your pet’s ticket as early as possible is imperative because JetBlue only allows four pets per flight. If you desire to travel with your pet, you can call 1-800-JETBLUE and find out how to make a reservation.
You can book your ticket over the phone after confirming that pet transportation is available on the flights you are considering. Customers are only allowed to bring one pet, with exceptions being made on a case-by-case basis.
Here is Air Canada’s pet page on their website.
The largest airline in Canada is Air Canada. Most of their flights allow pet travel in the cabin and cargo area. The Customer Service Team at 888-247-2262 advises customers to book their pet’s reservation as soon as possible after confirming their travel plans. They allow up to four companion animals in the cabin.
You should tell them how big and how heavy your pet carrier is, as well as the breed and weight of your pet. Additionally, they advise you to check in to your flight 30 minutes earlier than you normally would to make sure you have ample time to get your pet all squared away in time for your flight.
Alaska Airlines’ pet page is right here.
Seattle is the home base of Alaska Airlines, an American airline. There are a number of flights that welcome pets in their cabins and in the cargo hold. For First Class cabins and main cabins on any given flight, Alaska Air can accommodate 1 pet each, and 5 each in the main cabin, so please contact them to make arrangements as soon as you know your flight plans.
The Customer Service Team’s number is 800-252-7522. Reservation agents need to be told if you intend to fly with a pet, so they can confirm they have availability and make sure you don’t have any surprises when you get there the day of your flight.
Their website’s pet page is right here.
There is no other airline in Hawaii bigger than Hawaiian Airlines. Many of their flights allow pets to travel in the cabin and cargo hold. They may restrict the transportation of your pet in cargo during extreme temperatures.
Animals are limited to a few per flight on Hawaiian Airlines. As soon as possible after confirming your travel plans, you should reserve a ticket for yourself and your pet. To book a flight with your pet, you should call 1-800-367-5320 and inform the agent. The airline inspects and approves every animal kennel on each flight.
Their pet page is right here.
The Florida-based airline Spirit Airlines offers low-cost flights. Most of their flights allow small pets to travel in the cabin with you.
The cabin capacity for pets on Spirit Airlines’ domestic flights is limited to four, including routes to St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, and San Juan. Therefore, book your pet carrier as soon as your plans are confirmed.
It is the passenger’s responsibility to ensure proper documentation is available throughout the trip, regardless of whether Spirit Airlines requires a health certificate for carry-on pets. If you would like to reserve a spot on board, you can contact Spirit Airlines Customer Service at 801-401-2222.
Here is their website’s pet page.
Low-cost airline WestJet is based in Canada. They have several flights that allow you to take pets along. Reservations for pets cannot be made on WestJet’s website.
WestJet Customer Service will assist you by adding your pet to your travel plans. Give them a call at 1-888-937-8538.
Pets are allowed in various limits on WestJet aircraft depending on which aircraft they are on.
For pets traveling in the cabin
Up to 4 pets are allowed per flight if they are on the following aircrafts
WestJet Encore Bombardier Q400
Up to 2 pets are allowed per flight if they are on the following aircrafts
For pets traveling in the cargo hold
Up to 3 pets are allowed on the WestJet 737
Up to 2 pets are allowed on the WestJet 767
1 pet is allowed per flight on the WestJet Encore
To reserve a spot for your pup make sure to contact WestJet at 1-888-937-8538 and tell the agent that you need to make a reservation for you and you need space for your furry friend as well.
Verify the entry requirements for animals for each country you plan on visiting before making the call to make the best use of your time and the agent you have on the line.
Visit Frontier’s pet page here.
Denver-based Frontier Airlines operates low-cost flights across the U.S. Pet owners are welcome to bring their small pets on board. You can ensure your animal’s reservation by calling Frontier Airlines once your plans are confirmed. (801) 401-9000 will get you in touch with their Customer Service Team.
Please note that flight operators like Great Lakes Aviation may not accept pets on certain flights operated by Frontier and its partners.
Here is Allegiant’s pet page on their site for you to check out.
The airline’s headquarters are in Nevada. Some of their routes allow small pets to travel inside their carriers in the cabin. In order to ensure pets and carriers comply with airport regulations, all pet carriers are inspected before being accepted on board.
If you buy your own seats online you can buy your puppy’s spot at the same time. It’s pretty handy. You can get a hold of them at the following number and speak with them about any restrictions or questions you may have. (702) 505-8888
Some of the most popular international airlines
Qatar’s pet page on their site is here.
The airline is owned by Qatar Airways, which is Qatar’s national carrier. In the economy section of one of their aircraft, there is room for up to six falcons, with a limit of one per passenger. Qatar Airways flights do not have a limit on how many animals can be transported in the cargo hold, but the restrictions vary from aircraft to aircraft.
They recommend contacting Qatar Airways as soon as you finalize your travel plans to guarantee your dog a spot on board. You can contact Qatar Airways at 877-777-2827 to inform the agent know that you are traveling with a pet.
ANA Wings – All Nippon Airways
Here is their pet policies page.
Japanese airline ANA Wings flies regionally. Select flights allow pets to be checked in as baggage. There are only three spots available on each flight, so be sure to book your furry friend’s spot as soon as you’re able to. Call 813-6741-6683 for assistance from ANA Customer Service.
Visit their pet regulations page here.
Changi Airport is home to Singapore Airlines, the nation’s flag carrier airline. On a number of different flights, pets are allowed as checked baggage or cargo.
Make sure your pet has a spot at least two weeks before your departure by getting in touch with your local Singapore Airlines office.
More information is available by calling (800) 742-3333. Customer Service Agents will require you to provide the type, breed, species, gender, name, age, color, weight, and dimensions of the animal when you contact them.
Click here to visit their pet page.
Dubai-based Emirates Airline is the largest airline in the Middle East. Falcons are accepted on flights between Dubai and some Pakistani destinations, and additional animals are accepted in the cargo hold, as checked luggage, or for flights to some countries via their base in Dubai, UAE.
Other pets are allowed as well.
There are no restrictions on the number of pets that can be placed in the cargo hold of Emirates flights, but some countries have restrictions on the number of pets that can be carried in and out.
Make sure Emirates knows you are traveling with animals before you book your tickets by calling (800)-777-3999. You should also check the pet policies of other airlines if your flight itinerary includes them.
Cathay Pacific Airways
Visit their pet page here.
The flag carrier of Hong Kong is Cathay Pacific. The airline offers pets the opportunity to travel as checked baggage on several of their flights. During the reservation process, please make sure you have the weight and dimension of your pet and pet carrier as well as the material and brand.
The country to which you are flying will also require you to provide a valid health and vaccination certificate, entry permits, and any other documentation required. Reservations can be made by calling (800) 233-2742 or if you have any questions you can contact them at that number.
Eva Air has a pet page here.
The Eva Air airline is based near the Taiwanese capital Taipei. On several of their flights, pets are allowed as checked baggage. Before animals can fly with Eva Air, the airline requires you to fill out and submit a few specific forms that can be found on their website.
It is recommended that you call (800) 695-1188 as soon as possible after you have confirmed your travel plans since there are only a limited number of animal seats available.
Here is Qantas’ pet page on their site.
Known for its large fleet, international flights, and thousands of destinations worldwide, Qantas Airways is the flag carrier for Australia. All pets traveling with Qantas are now handled through Qantas Freight.
There are a limited number of pet cargo seats available on Qantas flights, so the airline recommends that you reserve yourself a pet seat as soon as you get your travel arrangements in place.
Here is Hainan’s pet page on their site.
China’s Hainan Airlines operates as an airline from its home base there. There are a number of flights that let pets travel as checked baggage. Check their pet policies page on their website for more information.
To do so, you can contact them at (800) 227-4500. I recommend contacting the Cargo Department in Australia at (+61) 13-12-13 if you need further information regarding more than 1 animal crate.
Here is the pet page on their site.
With all of its subsidiaries, Lufthansa is the largest airline in Germany and Europe. There are a number of flights where pets are allowed in the cabin and the cargo hold.
There is a limit of two pets per passenger. If you are traveling with your pet, you should phone Lufthansa Reservations at (800) 645-3880 as soon as your plans are confirmed.
Here is their pet page on their website.
Land of Smiles, Thailand, is home to Thai Airways, the flag carrier airline. On several of their flights, pets are allowed as checked baggage.
On many Thai Airways flights, pets can be checked in as checked baggage if the pet and the carrier weigh less than 70 pounds (32 kilograms).
Thai Airways Customer Service can tell you the fare on your flight and help you reserve a spot for your dog by calling (800) 767-3598.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Here is the pet page on their site.
The flag carrier airline of the Netherlands is KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. On most of their flights, pets are allowed in the cabin and the cargo hold. Bookings for pets must be made by phone.
They recommend making the reservation at least 48 hours before departure, as there can only be a limited number of pet spots on most flights. You can however call them as early as 24 hours after you book your flight. I certainly recommend doing that to make sure there is room for your dog on your flight.
When you are ready to make your travel arrangements, call the KLM Customer Service Team at 866-434-0320. The charge for pet care during a transfer from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Airport is 150 EUR if your pet is checked in as baggage and the transfer lasts over two hours.
Here is their pet page.
The flag-carrying airline of France is Air France. Many of their flights allow pets to travel in the cabin and hold. Make sure that Air France knows you will be traveling with your pet when you book your ticket. Animals may travel in varying numbers depending on the aircraft.
Any further questions or concerns can be directed to their Telephone Sales Team at 800-237-2747.
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