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These Are the Airlines That Allow Pets to Travel In-Cabin With You

Don't leave your pet behind when you go on vacay — just bring them with you on one of these airlines

The cold, hard reality of adopting a pet is that you'll never view a long vacation quite the same. It's difficult enough to leave our fur babies alone all day while we're at work, how the heck are we expected to relax and have an amazing time on a luxurious trip if we know our pets are sitting at home alone feeling sad, abandoned and totally miserable?

Sure, we can get one of those fancy pet surveillance cameras to calm some anxiety, but it's not going to stop the worry. Instead, we're opting to pack up all those chew toys and take our pets with us. Yup, there are some major airlines that actually allow pets in the cabin.

More: Your Summer Travel Checklist for Taking a Road Trip With Your Dog

*Please note that many of the airlines listed have an additional carry-on pet charge that you must pay upon check-in at the airport.

1. Air Canada

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  • Type of pets allowed: Cats and dogs small enough to fit and stay comfortably in their carrier under the seat in front of you
  • Max. weight: 22 pounds including carrier
  • Cost: $50 or $100 plus taxes each way, depending on destination
  • International?: Yes
For more info, visit www.aircanada.com.

2. Air France

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  • Type of pet allowed: Small dogs and cats
  • Max. weight: 17 pounds including transport bag or container (guide dogs are authorized regardless of their weight)
  • Cost: $200 for flights departing from the U.S.
  • International?: Yes

For more info, visit www.airfrance.com.

3. American Airlines

  • Type of pets allowed: Cats and dogs over 8 weeks of age who are able to sit in kennel under the seat in front of you for the entire flight
  • Max. weight: 20 pounds including carrier
  • Cost: $125 each way
  • International?: Yes, but no in-cabin pets on transatlantic flights or flights longer than 12 hours

For more info, such as additional destination restrictions, visit www.aa.com.

4. Delta

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  • Type of pets allowed: Dogs, cats (domestic and international) and household birds (domestic U.S. only); must be 10 weeks old for domestic travel and 16 weeks for international
  • 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

For more info on additional restrictions, visit www.delta.com.

5. Jet Blue

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

For more info, head to www.jetblue.com.

6. Southwest

  • Type of pets allowed: Cats and dogs
  • Max. weight: No limit, but must fit comfortably in carrier under seat
  • Cost: $95 each way
  • International?: No (with the exception of trained assistance and emotional support animals, though no animals allowed to/from Jamaica) 
For more info, visit www.southwest.com.


7. United

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  • Type of pets allowed: Domesticated cats, dogs, rabbits and birds (excluding cockatoos)
  • Max. weight: No limit, but must fit comfortably in carrier under seat (meaning they must be able to stand up and turn around)
  • Cost: $125 each way with an additional $125 service charge for each stopover of more than four hours within the U.S. or more than 24 hours outside of the U.S.
  • International?: Rules for international in-cabin pets vary — contact the United Customer Contact Center for info on specific flights; pets are not permitted on flights to, from or through Australia, Hawaii or Micronesia

Visit www.united.com for more info.

8. Virgin America

  • Type of pets allowed: Cats and dogs at least 8 weeks old
  • Max. weight: 20 pounds including carrier
  • Cost: $100 per segment
  • International?: Yes, to and from Mexico with proper veterinary documentation

Visit www.virginamerica.com for more information.

Travel tips

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. 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.

Originally published October 2012. Updated June 2017.

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