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What’s it cost to fly with your pet?
Pet ownership isn’t cheap to begin with, but when it comes to flying…HOLY SMOKES – It’s a lot of paper to bring fido along. Some airlines charge you by the segment, others a one-way fee. Some allow you to check your pet ( I couldn’t do that personally) and some don’t. They all have their own policy. So what’s it cost to fly with your pet?
|Airline||Cabin Fee||Checked Fee|
|Alaska Air||$100 per segment||$100|
|Allegiant||$100 per segment||$100|
|American Airlines||$125 each way||$200|
|Delta||$125 one way in U.S.|
$75 one to Brazil
$200 outside U.S.
|Can not check pets, must be flown as cargo|
|Frontier||$75 one way||Can not check pets|
|Jetblue||$100 one way||Can not check pets|
|Southwest||$95 one way||Can not check pets|
|Spirit||$110 each way||Can not check pets|
|United||$125 each way unless stopover is more than 4 hours, then another $125||?|
|Virgin America||$100 Main cabin/not allowed in premium||Can not check pets|
Should Elites get this charge waived?
Right now I carry Executive Platinum status with American and Alaska’s MVP75. Both are top tier and both charge me to bring my dog along. However…I’m turning my back on AA and going after Alaska’s status for next year. If American were to waive all pet fees for top tier elites…I’d reconsider that decision. Yes, the chart is worse. Yes, the points aren’t as valuable. But, I’m getting upgraded every time I fly and if I didn’t have to add on $125 each way every time I brought my dog, or find a someone to look after her…I’d value that enormously.
My bag fees, award redeposit fees, phone booking fees are all waived. Would pet fees be too much to ask?
Pet owners treat their pets like they are part of the family. If airlines kept the current restrictions for the number of pets in cabin, size, etc I’d be fine with it. But if they correlated the cost to fly with your pet with the elite status you carried, it would go a long way with me, and I believe a long way with many people in my situation.