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Airlines that allow pets in-cabin

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For some pet owners, in-cabin air travel with your pet is the only way to go when you're looking to brave the friendly skies. But figuring out what airlines allow pets can be a daunting task.
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If putting your pet in the plane's hold is not an option, read on for all you need to know when it comes to airlines that allow in-cabin pets.

Here are the details on in-cabin pet travel on some of the most popular airlines:

Air Canada

www.aircanada.com

  • Type of pets allowed:
    Small cats and dogs
  • Max. weight:
    22 pounds including carrier
  • Cost:
    $50 or $100 each way depending on destination
  • International?:
    Yes

Air France

www.airfrance.com

  • Type of pet allowed:
    Dogs and cats
  • Max. weight:
    13.2 pounds including carrier
  • Cost:
    $200 for flights departing from the U.S.
  • International?
    Yes

American Airlines

www.aa.com

  • Type of pets allowed:
    Cats and dogs
  • Max. weight:
    20 pounds including carrier
  • Cost:
    $125 each way
  • International?
    Yes but no in-cabin pets on transatlantic flights

Delta

www.delta.com

  • Type of pets allowed:
    Dogs, cats (domestic and international) and household birds (domestic U.S. only)
  • Max. weight:
    No limit, but pet must fit comfortably in carrier under seat.
  • Cost:
    $125 in North America and $200 international, one way
  • International?
    Yes

Jet Blue

www.jetblue.com

  • Type of pets allowed:
    Cats and dogs
  • Max. weight:
    20 pounds with carrier
  • Cost:
    $100 each way
  • International?
    Yes.

Southwest

www.southwest.com

  • Type of pets allowed:
    Cats and dogs
  • Max. weight: No limit but must fit comfortably in carrier under seat.
  • Cost:
    $75 each way
  • International?
    No.

United

www.united.com

  • Type of pets allowed:
    Domesticated cats, dogs, rabbits and birds
  • Max. weight:
    No limit but must fit comfortably in carrier under seat.
  • Cost:
    $125 each way
  • International?: Yes, but contact United Reservations for more information. United does not permit in-cabin pets for transatlantic travel.

US Airways

www.usairways.com

  • Type of pets allowed:
    Dogs, cats and birds
  • Max. weight:
    No limit but must fit comfortably in carrier under seat.
  • Cost:
    $125 each way
  • International?
    Yes, but no in-cabin pets for transatlantic routes.

Virgin America

www.virginamerica.com

  • Type of pet allowed:
    Cats and dogs
  • Max. weight:
    20 pounds with carrier
  • Cost:
    $100 each way
  • International?
    Yes

Travel tips

Curious about what airlines do not allow in-cabin pets on any flight? Aer Lingus is one that will not allow you to bring your furry family member with you on board.

Once you've decided on the perfect pet carrier, be sure to book your flight reservation early, as many airlines allow only a certain number of in-cabin pets per flight, advises Cristen Underwood, Quaker Pet Group's director of marketing. Before booking any trip, always check with the airline for the most up-to-date information about how to fly in-cabin with your pet.

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