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      How to book a plane ticket for your pet

      Whether you're moving city, going to a dog show, or taking your pet on holiday, airlines all have special rules for booking an animal on a flight. Check out this page to learn about which pets you can travel with, the fees and all you need to know to fly with your animal companion!




      Which airlines fly dogs and other animals?


      Aer Lingus


      Cats, dogs and rabbits can travel between Ireland and Britain (but not to Jersey or Rennes). Pets must be booked through a freight forwarder and will travel in the hold for a $45 fee. The airline also carries cats and dogs to North America (except for certain cities). Assistance dogs can travel in the cabin for free.

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      Air Europa


      Most domestic pets including fish and reptiles can travel either in the cabin or the hold, depending on their size and type (maximum size for cabin carrier is 55x35x25cm and 8kg). Prices range from $30 to $275 depending on the destination.

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      Alaska Airlines


      Pets can travel In the cargo hold or cabin if space is available. Only cats and dogs can travel to Hawaii. At certain times of the year, pets cannot travel in the hold on some flights. The pet fee is $100. Service animals can travel for free in the cabin.

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      American Airlines


      Pets can travel to most destinations in the hold or in the cabin (depending on size). Cabin carriers must be 19x13x9 inches or smaller. Certain aircraft and destinations won't accept pets. Most destinations cost $125 for a carry-on pet and $200 for a checked pet.

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      Blue Panorama


      Dogs, cats and ferrets up to 10kg (including the carrier box) can travel, maximum one pet per passenger and two pets per flight. Cabin carriers must be 46x31x25 cm or smaller. The fee is $12 per kg or $20 per kg depending on the destination.

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      British Airways


      Assistance dogs travel for free in the cabin, and all other pets travel in the hold (except on certain flights where pets up to 6kg can travel in the cabin). Pets traveling on British Airways must be booked through IAG World Cargo.

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      Delta


      Dogs, cats and household birds can travel in the cabin for a fee of $75 to $200, depending on the destination. For some international destinations, pets must travel in the hold (booked through Delta Cargo), and Delta will not accept warm-blooded pets in the hold for flights longer than 12 hours.

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      Easyjet


      Animals are not allowed, except for recognized registered guide and assistance dogs.

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      Eurowings


      Dogs and cats can travel in a watertight, closed, breathable bag (not a hard container) no bigger than 40x40x25.5 cm. Pets cannot travel to the UK or Ireland. The fee is $60. Assistance dogs travel for free.

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      jetBlue


      Pets can travel to most destinations, and jetBlue's service JetPaws sells carriers and pet travel kits. Cabin carriers must not exceed 17x12.5x8.5 inches and 20 pounds including the animal. They charge $125.

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      KLM


      Cats and dogs can travel in the cabin on most flights as long as the cabin carrier is 46x28x24 cm or smaller and does not exceed 8kg including the animal. Larger pets or multiple pets can travel as checked baggage or cargo.

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      Ryanair


      Pets cannot travel, except for guide and assistance dogs on certain routes.

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      Southwest


      Small pets can travel in the cabin on domestic flights only. Cabin carriers must be a maximum of 18.5x8.5x13.5 inches. The pet counts as your carry-on or personal item and the fee is $95. Southwest sells its own pet carriers.

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      Spirit Airlines


      Small cats, dogs, and household birds can travel to most destinations in the cabin. Maximum dimensions of the carrier are 18x14x9 inches and up to 40 pounds including the animal. Maximum of one pet carrier per person (can contain two small animals), and four carriers per flight.

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      Transavia


      Pets can travel to most destinations in the cabin or the hold for $45 or $70, respectively. Cabin carriers must be 47x30x27 cm or smaller, and up to 10kg.

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      United Airlines


      Small dogs, cats, rabbits and birds can travel in the cabin within the US for $125. Dogs and cats can also travel in the hold. Maximum carrier dimensions are 17.5x12x7.5 inches in the cabin and a maximum of 30 inches tall in the hold.

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      Virgin Atlantic


      Cats and dogs can travel in the hold only on most routes (assistance dogs may travel in the cabin). Crates can be a maximum of 53x40x38 cm.

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      Wizz Air


      Pets cannot travel, except for guide and assistance dogs on certain routes.

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      How to prepare for a flight with your animal


      How do I fly with a dog?


      When you book your flight online, there may be an option to add a pet. If not, call your airline.

      What are the main rules of traveling by air with pets?


      Pets must remain in their cages. It is generally required that they are calm, quiet, and don't smell.

      Do emotional support animals fly free?


      Most airlines allow official support animals to travel with you in the cabin for free.

      Where do animals go on a plane?


      You can usually bring a small pet into the cabin in a carrier that fits under the seat in front of you. Larger animals must travel in a cage in the cargo hold.

      What's the temperature in an airliner's cargo hold?


      Cargo holds for pets are temperature controlled. Some may be as cold as 7°C (45°F), or warmer than 18°C (64°F).

      What airlines will fly a large dog in the main cabin?


      Dogs usually have to be in a carrier that fits under the seat in front of you, so large dogs can't travel in the cabin except in special circumstances (such as assistance dogs).

      What airline is the best for traveling with pets?


      American Airlines and jetBlue both have special flying pet programmes on certain routes to make your pet's trip easy and comfortable.

      Can I travel with dogs internationally to Mexico, Canada or Europe?


      Yes, but check with your airline to make sure it supports pets on international flights. You will need a vet to certify your pet's health.

      Are dogs allowed in airports?


      Most airports require that dogs stay in their carriers or cages (except for support dogs). Some airports have dedicated dog relief areas.

      Which cat and dog breeds can't fly?


      Most airlines won't allow snub-nosed/brachycephalic dogs and cats that may have trouble breathing, or strong-jawed and bull breed dogs.



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