If you’re planning to take your pet on your next journey, there’s a few things you might want to have in mind. Flying with pets can be a little bit tricky, but no problems will arise as long as you get yourself well informed.
Different airlines have different policies. You undoubtedly want to make sure you pick the one that has the best policy and in which your pets’ health will be in no danger. Some airlines allow having your pet in the cabin, some only as cargo while others don’t allow having any pets on board at all. However, if your pet is not in good health, you might want to reconsider taking it on your next flight.
Useful Tips When Flying with Pets
Before going on your trip with your furry buddy, explore the possibilities. Check if your pet is small enough to travel in the cabin with you. If it is bigger it will have to travel as cargo and will go in the hold with the rest of the luggage. This is where you need to be more careful when choosing your flight.
In order to give your pet a less stressful journey, try to get a direct flight. If it is absolutely necessary to get a layover flight try to at least not change the airline. Changing it means that the pet will be transferred from plane to plane which will increase the stress. Try to get the best compliant crate possible. If the flight is longer, get a large pet crate bowl filled with ice so your pet can stay hydrated on the flight. It should be the perfect size for your pet so it has enough space to move around since it is about to spend hours in it.
Make sure that on its ID tag and the crate include all your contact details, in case anything happens. Another thing to also have in mind is making sure you have a veterinarian certificate that has been issued close to the departure time. Your pet needs to be in a good health and taken all the shots.
Fees & Policies
Each airline has its own policies on whether it allows pets on board or not and the prices might vary as well. One thing that is common for all of them is that they allow guide and assistance dogs. The prices of course depend on the size of the animal and the destination.
● Lufthansa: $40 to $110 for a small pet, $80 to $220 for a medium pet. For a large pet the price range is $170 to $450.
● Air France: $22 for flights within France, $80 for flights within Europe, $220 all other flights. Thomas Cook charges around $17 for a cabin pet.
● Turkish Airline‘s fees start at $40 and is charged per kilo and zones that it will travel through.
● Virgin America‘s fees are around $100 and checked pets are not allowed. United Airlines are slightly more expensive with a price of $125.
● American Airlines & Delta Air Lines have cabin fees of around $125, while the checked fee for one-way is $200.
For other air-companies the prices for flying with pets are not publicly stated. However, you can still ask for the rates on their websites!
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