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Which airlines are the most pet-friendly?

July 9, 2009

Petfinder.com compared airlines to see which ones are the best choices if you’re traveling with pets. You may remember our post a while back on Pet Airways, about which Petfinder says, “While Pet Airways didn’t make the rankings because they haven’t ‘hit the air’ yet, [we are] excited to see the promising airline take off.”

5. United Airlines – Non-Discriminating
United Airlines accepts small cats, dogs and birds in the cabin; rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs as checked baggage and other animals including parrots, cockatiels and ferrets, in United Cargo.

4. American Airlines – Zoo Trusted
American Airlines’ animal-trained staff is known for transporting animals from popular zoos in cargo.

3. Airtran – Budget-Friendly
Airtran is currently the least expensive airline to fly with your small pet; just $69 each way.

2. JetBlue Airways – Full-Service Pet Love
JetBlue launched its JetPaws program last summer and provides a pet carrier bag tag, two TrueBlue points each way, a welcome e-mail and a free pet travel guide.

1. Continental – Safety-First
Continental is proud of its PetSafe program, which has a 24-hour Live Animal Desk (1-800-575-3335), tracking the pets from origin to destination. It is pricier than other programs, but it’s climate-controlled, allows roomy carriers and has designated cargo staff.

“Petfinder names the top 5 most pet-friendly airlines of 2009” [Petfinder.com]

[Source: Consumerist.com]



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    Thank you so much for the list of pet friendly airlines. I am travelling with my dog next week and I needed this.

  • Great list. We also find Continental to be the most pet-friendly because of their year-round climate controlled conditions. For international travelers with pets, KLM Airlines and Lufthansa Airlines offer great services, including pet hotels in major hubs like Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

    People who are looking for more information on international or domestic travel regulations for pets are welcome to check out our website, PetRelocation.com, which has international pet travel regulations as well as advice and information on flying with pets on our blog.

    Rachel Farris
    Director, PR & New Media
    PetRelocation.com
    rachel[at]petrelocation[dot]com

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