American Airlines

Passengers of American Airlines can fly with cats or dogs in the cabin or check them in as cargo if they are a minimum of eight weeks old. All service animals can travel to all destinations with no additional charge. There are a variety of pets that are not allowed to travel on American Airlines such as brachycephalic or snub-nosed dogs of any mix and brachycephalic cats of any mix.

Carry-on:

American Airlines passengers can fly with a pet in the cabin on flights that are a maximum of 12 hours long or flights going to and from the following places:

  • Anywhere within the 48 contiguous US.

  • Alaska

  • Central America

  • Canada

  • Puerto Rico

  • St. Thomas

  • St. Croix

  • Mexico

If passengers are flying within the United States or between the United States and Canada, Central America, Mexico, Colombia, or the Caribbean, there is a fee of up to $125 per kennel. The pet must be in a kennel that allows them to stand up, turn around, and lie down. Pets must be kept in their kennel under the seat in front of their owner for the duration of the flight.

Check-in:

Up to two pets can travel with each passenger as checked baggage. They are accepted on a first come, first serve basis since capacity is limited. Passengers are asked to contact the airline two days prior to traveling and to allow extra check-in time. A health certificate for the pet must be provided.

Pets can travel within the United States and between the United States and Canada, Central America, Mexico, Colombia, or the Caribbean in cargo for a fee of up to $200 per kennel. There is a fee of $150 when traveling to and from Brazil.

Delta Air Lines

Passengers of Delta Air Lines can travel with their dogs, cats, and household birds in the cabin, and warm-blooded pets can be checked in as cargo.

Carry-on:

Delta Air Lines passengers can fly with a pet in the cabin if it is small enough to fit in a carrier without touching the sides and with the ability to move comfortably. This carrier must fit under the seat in front of the owner.

The pet must be at least 10 weeks old to travel as carry-on. Two pets of the same species and size between 10 weeks and six months old can travel together in one kennel if they are small enough to fit comfortably.

The following charges apply for carry-on pets:

  • U.S./Canada: $125

  • Puerto Rico: $125

  • Virgin Islands: $125

  • Outside of U.S: $200

  • Brazil: $75

Check-in:

Warm-blooded pets can travel within the United States as freight with Delta Cargo. Sub-nosed and pug-nosed dogs and cats are not accepted in cargo. Pets must be dropped off at a Delta Cargo location, which is separate from passenger check-in, at a minimum of three hours before the passenger’s departure time.

Charges differ depending on the kennel weight:

  • 6 lbs: $75

  • 12 lbs: $90

  • 18 lbs: $125

  • 24 lbs: $145

  • 31 lbs: $160

  • 51 lbs: $250

Southwest Airlines

Passengers of Southwest Airlines can travel with one small dog or cat in the cabin on domestic flights. In some circumstances, two pets of the same species can travel in one carrier. The carrier must fit under the seat, and the pet must fit completely inside it and be able to stand up and move around comfortably.

Pets must be vaccinated and at least eight weeks old. There is an additional fee of $95 per pet carrier each way. Pets must be well behaved, non disruptive, and odorless. There is a general limit of six pets per flight, and pets are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Assistance or emotional support animals traveling with a disabled passenger do not have to abide by the same restrictions.

United Airline

Passengers of United Airlines can fly with their domesticated pets in the cabin or check them in as cargo.

Carry-on:

United Airlines passengers can fly with a dog, a cat, a rabbit, or a household bird (excluding cockatoos) in the cabin of most domestic flights provided that they are at least eight weeks old. The rules for international flights vary. There is an additional charge of $125 each way, and there is also an additional charge of $125 for each stopover of more than four hours within the U.S. or of more than 24 hours outside of the U.S.

Pets must be kept in an approved carrier that will fit under the seat in front of the passenger. Only one pet can be carried in each carrier except for birds, which can be two per carrier. The pet must be able to stand up in the carrier and move around with ease.

Qualified passengers with disabilities are allowed to be accompanied by trained service animals, and policies in these cases vary from standard pet policies.

Check-in:

If pets are not eligible to travel in the cabin, they may be transported on internal and external flights as cargo via United Airline’s PetSafe program. Fees vary according to location, as well as the size and weight of the pet. There is a 24-hour desk where owners can track their pet’s journey, and MileagePlus miles can be earned for these journeys.

Extra care is required for certain breeds with hereditary respiratory problems to limit stress and heat exposure. Dogs of certain breeds that are a minimum of six months old or weigh a minimum of 20 pounds require reinforced kennels.

JetBlue

Passengers of JetBlue can travel with one dog that is 20 pounds or less in weight on domestic and international flights. There is an additional charge of $100 each way. Passengers must bring their dog’s identification tags and license, and there are varying vaccination and documentation requirements for each flight. Pets cannot travel in cargo with JetBlue.

Passengers can enroll in the free JetPaws program, which entitles them to a tag for their pet’s carrier, a list of pet travel tips, and additional TrueBlue points.

Lufthansa

Passengers of Lufthansa can fly with small dogs or cats in the cabin, or they can check larger animals in cargo. Dogs classified as being a “fighting breed” have special requirements in regards to their carrier. All pets must be kept in a carrier that is large enough for them to stand, turn around, and lie down in.

Carry-on:

Lufthansa passengers can fly with a dog or a cat if it is in a water- and bite-proof carrier. The combined weight of the pet and the carrier can be no more than 17 pounds. Service dogs can travel in the cabin free of charge.

The following charges apply for carry-on pets:

  • Germany: $50

  • Europe: $70

  • Intercontinental: $100

Check-in:

If pets are not eligible to travel in the cabin, they can be transported in the air conditioned cargo hold. Pets must be kept in a leak- and escape-proof kennel. Passengers must allow plenty of time at the airport before departure if they choose this option. Unaccompanied pets are accepted.

The following charges apply for check-in pets:

  • Germany: $100

  • Europe: $150

  • Intercontinental: $400

Air France

Passengers of Air France can fly with their pets in the cabin or check them in as cargo. However, they should contact the airline prior to their trip since policies vary according to flight. Dogs classified as “attack dogs” may not travel with this airline.

Carry-on:

Air France passengers can fly with one dog or cat if it weighs 17 pounds or less including the weight of the carrier. Guide dogs are allowed in the cabin regardless of their weight. Pets must be approved for travel in the cabin prior to the flight.

Pets must be at least 10 weeks old and have all the required vaccines to fly as carry-on. They must be kept in a closed carrier that is ventilated and has room for the pet to stand up and move around comfortably. If passengers are flying in the economy cabin, the carrier must fit under the seat in front of them.

The following charges apply for carry-on pets:

  • Within metropolitan France: $22.46

  • Between metropolitan France and Cayenne, Fort-de-France, Saint-Denis, or Pointe-a-Pitre: $61.76

  • Within the Caribbean: $22.46

  • Within Europe: $61.76

  • Between Europe and North Africa or Israel: $61.76

  • All other flights: up to $224.60

Check-in:

Dogs and cats that weigh between 17 and 165 pounds must be transported in the hold of the passenger’s flight. Each passenger can transport up to three pets, depending on flight. Snub-nosed pets, as well as pedigree Staffordshire Terriors, pedigree American Staffordshire Terriors, pedigree Tosas, and dogs similar to the Rottweiler breed cannot travel on this airline.

The following charges apply for check-in pets:

  • Within metropolitan France: $44.90

  • Between metropolitan France and Cayenne, Fort-de-France, Saint-Denis, or Pointe-a-Pitre: $61.76

  • Within the Caribbean: $22.46

  • Within Europe: $84.19

  • Between Europe and North Africa or Israel: $84.19

  • All other flights: up to $224.60

EasyJet

Dogs are not permitted to fly on any EasyJet flight. The only exception is service dogs—they are allowed on all U.K. domestic flights and all flights starting and finishing within mainland Europe.

Norwegian Air Shuttle

Norwegian Air Shuttle passengers can fly with a dog or cat or check them in as cargo on certain flights.

Carry-on:

Norwegian Air Shuttle passengers can fly with a small dog or cat on domestic flights in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland, excluding Svalbard. Only two pets are allowed in the cabin per flight, except when three very small puppies or kittens are booked as one pet and travel in the same carrier.

The weight of the pet and container must be no more than 17 pounds. Passengers with a pet are asked to check in at least an hour before their flight’s departure. There is a charge of $49.60 to $77.90 per pet each way when passengers book online, and there is a charge of $66.60 to $93.50 per pet each way when passengers book at the airport.

Check-in:

Dogs and cats can travel as checked baggage in the cargo hold of Norwegian Air Shuttle flights between Schengen countries or connecting flights in Norway. However, only dogs can travel in the cargo hold of flights to and from Svalbard. Up to two pets can share a kennel if they are well acquainted, at least eight weeks old, and a similar size no larger than 31 pounds per pet. Otherwise, pets must travel in separate kennels.

The kennel that a pet is kept in must be clearly marked with the passenger’s name and cell phone number. It cannot have wheels, and the door must be secure. It must also be clean, in good condition, waterproof, and made of a solid material. Pets must have room to stand, turn around, and lay in a natural position. There is a charge of $53.85 to $77.90 per pet each way when passengers book online, and there is a charge of $66.60 to $93.50 per pet each way when passengers book at the airport.

Alitalia

Alitalia passengers can fly with a dog, a cat, or a bird or check them in as cargo on certain flights, excluding flights to the United Kingdom and Ireland. Dogs and cats must have a vet-issued passport certifying their vaccinations and health, as well as a tattoo or electronic identification system to travel within the European Union. Pets cannot travel within Europe if they are younger than three months old or have not received the anti-rabies vaccine. There are no weight limits or additional charges for the transportation of service dogs.

Passengers cannot travel with birds if they are flying from Asia, Turkey, Russia, South Africa, Romania, Croatia, or the Balkan States. Parrots and Parakeets cannot travel using this airline.

Carry-on:

All pets must be in a carrier that allows them to turn around comfortably and lie down. Carriers must also be waterproof, robust, and ventilated. Each carrier can contain up to five pets of the same species if their combined weight with the carrier is no more than 17 pounds.

The following charges apply for carry-on pets:

  • Italy: $22.40

  • Europe and North Africa: $44.80

  • Middle East: $78.35

  • Asia, Caracas, and Buenos Aires: $111.90

  • North America, Sao Paulo, Lagos, and Accra: $145.50

Check-in:

The following charges apply for check-in pets:

  • Italy up to 70 pounds: $56

  • Italy up to 163 pounds: $56 plus $2.80 per pound

  • Europe and North Africa up to 70 pounds: $78.35

  • Europe and North Africa up to 163 pounds: $78.35 plus $8.40 per pound

  • Middle East up to 70 pounds: $134.30

  • Middle East up to 163 pounds: $134.30 plus $11.20 per pound

  • Asia, Caracas, and Buenos Aires up to 70 pounds: $167.90

  • Asia, Caracas, and Buenos Aires up to 163 pounds: $167.90 plus $16.80 per pound

  • North America, Sao Paulo, Lagos, and Accra up to 70 pounds: $167.90

  • North America, Sao Paulo, Lagos, and Accra up to 163 pounds: $167.90 plus $167.90 per 50 pounds

British Airways

British Airways allows service animals to fly in the cabin free of charge. However, all other pets, including emotional support animals, must fly in cargo with IAG World Cargo. This includes domestic dogs, cats, and ferrets.

Virgin Atlantic

Dogs and cats can travel as checked baggage in the cargo hold of Virgin Atlantic flights, which is heated and air conditioned similarly to the cabin. Snub- and pug-nosed breeds are not allowed to fly with Virgin Atlantic. Water is provided for pets prior to take-off and upon arrival. Charges vary according to the size of the pet, destination, and time of year, so passengers should call the airline to get a quote prior to booking.

Passengers can join the Flying Paws scheme to allow them to earn Flying Club miles when they fly with a pet. Passengers do not have to be on the same flight as their pet. Flights going to and from Antigua, Barbados, Boston, Chicago, Cape Town, Dubai, Hong Kong, JFK, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, St Lucia, and Washington cannot accommodate pets.