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U.S. airline pet policies for in-cabin travel

The following information (including whether dogs are allowed to fly in-cabin, maximum carrier sizes, and fees charged) has been collected from the airlines’ published pet policies, supplemented (in some cases) by telephone inquiries. It was last updated on February 18, 2016.

For each airline, I have provided a link to the airline’s pet policy. It is a good idea to print out a copy of your airline’s policy, so that if a dispute arises with a ticketing or gate agent, you will have the actual policy to refer to (not the agent’s potentially faulty memory of the policy).

AirlinePets in cabinPets per passengerWeight limitMinimum ageCarrier sizeFee (each way)
Alaska1 in First
5 in Coach
1 (note A)none8 weeks7.5Hx17Lx12W hardsided
9.5Hx17Lx12W softsided
$100
Allegiantnot stated1 carrier, maximum of 2 petsnonenone9Hx19Lx16W$100
American71 carriernone8 weeks9Hx19Lx13W (slightly larger if soft-sided)$125
American Eagle5 (inc. max of 1 in First)1 carriernone8 weeks9Hx19Lx13W (slightly larger if soft-sided)$125
Delta2 in First & Biz
(except int'l biz)
4 in Coach
1 carrier (note B)none10 weeksvaries, call Reservations
(800-221-1212)
$125 (North America); $200 (international except $75 to/from Brazil)
Frontiernot stated1 carrier (note C)none8-10 weeks8Hx18Lx14W$75
Hawaiiannot stated1 (note D)25 lbs. totalnone9.5Hx16Lx10W$35 inter-island;
$175 leaving HI;
not allowed to arrive HI with in-cabin pet
JetBlue"limited number"120 lbs. totalnone8.5Hx17Lx12.5W$100
Southwest6 carriers1 carrier (note E)none8 weeks8.5Hx18.5Lx13.5W$95
Spirit4 carriers1 carrier (note F)40 lbs. total8 weeks9Hx18Lx14W$110
Sun Country4 (no more than 2 in First)116 lb. pet none8Hx16Lx11W$125 (advance "conditional" reservation); $199 (walk-up)
United4 in Economy;
other sections? varies by plane
1 (note G)none8 weeks7.5Hx17.5Lx12W hardsided
11Hx18Lx11H softsided
$125 (North America; prices vary abroad)
Virgin Americanot stated120 lbs. total8 weeks8Hx18Lx15W$100

Notes:

  1. “A customer may travel with a maximum of two (2) pet carriers in the main cabin, only when the adjacent seat is purchased by the same customer.” (Alaska)
  2. “Two pets of the same species and size between the age of 10 weeks and 6 months may be allowed to travel in one kennel, provide they are small enough to fit into one kennel and are compatible. They will be charged as one pet.” (Delta)
  3. “Up to two (2) small animals may be transported in one travel container as follows: puppies or kittens (8-10 weeks old), hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, and small household birds.” (Frontier)
  4. “You can have up to two (2) puppies, or two (2) kittens who are at least 8 weeks but no more than 6 months old, in one (1) kennel, as long as their total weight is no more than 25 lbs” (Hawaiian)
  5. “Southwest Airlines allows only one pet carrier per ticketed Customer. The carrier may contain two (2) cats or dogs and must be of the same species per carrier.”
  6. “A maximum of 2 pets per container is permitted, but only one container per customer is allowed.” (Spirit)
  7. “With the exception of birds, there may only be one pet per kennel, and the animal must be able to stand up and turn around comfortably. Two birds may travel in the same kennel.” (United)