Flying With Furry Friends
Traveling your pet via airplane is worrisome and sometimes nervewracking. In response, some airlines have changed their policies to make flying easier on you and your beloved pet. Here are our picks for the top five.
Continental works very hard to ensure the safety of your pet during a flight. They offer a PetSafe program, which has a 24-hour live animal help desk (1-800-575-3335) watching over your furry friend to ensure his health and well-being. What's more, pets are stored in roomy carriers in climate-controlled cargo holds -- and if they're small enough, you can carry them onto the plane with you. For more information, visit: www.continental.com
This is one airline where your pet can travel in style. Launched last summer, the airline's JetPaws program ensures the safety and well-being of your pet no matter where you're traveling. The airline also provides pet carriers, luggage tags and a free pet-friendly travel guide (specific to your destination) once you land. On top of all that, if you fly JetBlue with your pet often enough, you'll rack up points toward free airfare. For more information, visit: www.jetblue.com
This recently launched pet-friendly airline is so busy with bookings, it almost can't keep up with demand. We bet that's because they promise to treat your pet like a VIP (Very Important Pet). From a pet lounge to on-site veterinarians, your pooch will never feel unattended. They also make sure your pet has enough fresh air on the flight and will take her for potty breaks if the need arises. For more information, visit: www.petairways.com
The most recent airline to change its animal flying policy (as of July 1, 2009), Air Canada is now allowing small dogs or cats in their planes' cabins. What's more, the airline has certified, professionally trained animal care staff on-hand to help you with any of your pet care needs. For more information, visit: www.aircanada.com
This animal-friendly airline allows almost every type of animal to board their planes. As long as the animal is small enough, you also can bring him in-cabin with you, storing him in an appropriate holder under the seat in front of you. The only caveat? Certain times of the year carry flight restrictions for certain breeds. Be sure to check their website for more info. For more information, visit: www.united.com