So many pet owners find it almost imaginable to consider leaving their four-legged best friend at home while they travel to various destinations around the country or around the globe. The good news is that many airlines allow pet travel, and although it will cost you more, there are more options than ever before when it comes to finding a cheap flight that will allow you to bring your pet with you no matter where you go ( well almost). Pet-friendly flights allow you to take the skies with your pet without worrying about boarding the pet at a kennel or hiring a dog sitter.
Finding a pet-friendly airline is not that hard because airlines have come to the realization that many people would simply fly with another carrier than to not fly with their pets. But there are some that have not gotten on board with being pet-friendly, most of them have. Keep in mind that all airlines that allow pets to travel by air will also require that you obtain a certificate from your veterinarian that certifies the animal to be healthy and that the animal has had all of its shots and is up to date with immunizations. The certificate must be less than thirty days old in most instances. American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Horizon Airlines, US Airways, American West, United Airlines, and Continental are all considered to be the most pet-friendly airlines. Many airlines (such as American Airlines) will allow dogs that weigh less than twenty pounds (including the weight of their kennel) to ride in the cabin area of the airliner benefit your seat, and the kennel must be small enough to fit beneath your seat well. Larger animals may ride in the cargo hold benefit the plane, but only in specified containers that are approved for safe travel. For the safety of pets, some airlines will not allow animals to ride in the cargo hold during the cold months of the year. Airlines may also specify that there can only be a particular number of dogs per flight in the cabin, usually three. For this reason, if you plan to travel with your smaller dog, be sure to book your flight well in advance and let the airline know that you're bringing the dog with you. You will be charged more for your seat because of the dog being on board with you - and the amount that you must pay is significantly more if the dog rides in the cargo hold. Some airlines may require that you reserve your flight at least seven days in advance if you're bringing a pet.
And while you can find cheap flights to your location by comparing travel dates and arranging your itinerary to fly on days that are cheaper, you can expect to pay anywhere from $ 75 - $ 370 or more each way for your dog to come along with you.
If you're on a particular long flight, be sure to bring along some trips for your dog to munch on, and consider purchasing a small water bowl that you can stash in his kennel. When you land at your destination, your dog that rides in the cargo hold will be checked at the airport like a piece of luggage, and you may have to pay checking fees for the service.