Thinking about bringing your canine friend on a commercial airline anytime down the road? We’ve searched the airline’s service fees and safety records as they related to pets to give you the additional facts you need before you book that next trip. With a little preparation, taking dogs on planes can be less expensive and much less of a hassle!
Carry-on or Checked?
The first question you should ask yourself is whether or not you’ll be carrying your canine friend on the flight with you or checking him and putting him in the hands of the airline to be carried in the plane’s cargo area. This decision typically will come down to size, with there currently being simply no choice but to check larger dogs on aircraft.
Carrying your Doggie on with You
Traveling dog owners with dogs small enough (each airline has varying rules regarding this) have the option to bring their dog on the flight with them in the cabin. The main factor we considered was simply cost. In that regard, Southwest Airlines was the major carried with the lowest charge ($75 each way) to carry-on your dog. The airline also offers the P.A.W.S. (Pets are Welcome on Southwest) guide. This is really a pleasant move for an airline that didn’t even allow dogs (or any other pets) only a short while ago.
Also worthy mention is definitely JetBlue. While they now charge more than Southwest ($100 each way), their Jetpaws program is specifically designed for flyers traveling with dogs on planes. The program includes a pet bag tag, a welcome e-mail with important details and their “Pettiquette” guidebook describing etiquette with regard to dog travel. As an additional bonus, members of JetBlue’s frequent flier plan, TrueBlue, collect 300 points each way whenever flying with their …Read more