The Friendliest Airlines for Pets
It's summertime! And for a lot of people that means traveling. If you plan on flying with your pet this year, here’s a list of 5 most pet-friendly airlines. You’re pet will thank you!
The airline’s PetSafe program has a 24-hour Live Animal Help Desk that tracks your pet from origin to destination. It’s more expensive than other airlines, but your pet will travel in climate-controlled vehicles for connections and you’ll earn extra miles. The airline also allows small pets to be carried in the cabin on most domestic flights.
JetBlue launched JetPaws last summer, providing passengers a pet carrier bag tag, two TrueBlue points each way, a welcome e-mail and pet-travel guide, all for no additional cost. But like almost every other airline, they have raised their in-cabin pet charge.
Airtran is currently the least expensive airline to fly with your small pet: just $69 each way. They only allow small pets that can travel the cabin, so if you have a larger breed that needs to be checked-in, this airline isn’t for you.
The airline has assisted transporting animals from popular zoos in cargo. Although they allow a limited number of pets in the cabin, they ask passengers traveling with pets to make special notes for their animals flying in cargo and promise to abide by all requests.
They accept small cats, dogs and birds in the cabin; rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs as checked baggage and other animals including parrots, cockatiels and ferrets in United Cargo. Shipping by cargo is for items, like some pets, that you can't check as baggage.
For more information about these airlines and their pet policies, click on the airline name above.