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Best Airline To Take A Pet On?

Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:28 am

Hi guys, So my friend asked me the other day what would be the best airline for her to take a dog with her from PA to CA. I really did not know what to tell her so I was wondering what input you guys could give me... thanks so much! =)
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RE: Best Airline To Take A Pet On?

Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:21 pm

Well, I'm biased and would say DL, but that would probably involve a connection. A nonstop, if possible would always be best. What airports are we talking about, here?

Also, she should understand that there might be summertime heat restrictions imposed and there may be heat restrictions imposed depending on the breed of dog.

DL restricts animals as "checked" baggage during the summer, making shipping via cargo your only choice, UNLESS it is small enough to carry in an approved carrier under your seat.

She needs to check with all of her airline choices and then make her decision.


http://www.delta.com/planning_reserv...s/pet_travel_information/index.jsp
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RE: Best Airline To Take A Pet On?

Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:34 pm

I wouldn't have believed this if it weren't in the USA Today a couple of days ago, but here it is:

http://www.petairways.com/
 
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RE: Best Airline To Take A Pet On?

Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:41 pm

I good friend of mine trains dogs for the blind. When they travel to the conferences in California they always use US, since the trainer finds them pet friendly. You might want to check them out.
 
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RE: Best Airline To Take A Pet On?

Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:16 pm



Quoting Mjzair (Reply 2):
I wouldn't have believed this if it weren't in the USA Today a couple of days ago, but here it is:

http://www.petairways.com/

I wonder about this taken from their website and why they aren't subject to the same animal regulations that the airlines are by the Animal Welfare Act.

"No hot or cold weather restrictions that prevent pets from flying."


http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/index.shtml
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RE: Best Airline To Take A Pet On?

Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:19 pm

In a few weeks, Im going to be flying with my cat on AA from LAX to DFW since Im moving there. People Ive talked to before say AA is pretty good with pets.
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RE: Best Airline To Take A Pet On?

Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:21 pm



Quoting Sf3SCE (Thread starter):
Hi guys, So my friend asked me the other day what would be the best airline for her to take a dog with her from PA to CA. I really did not know what to tell her so I was wondering what input you guys could give me... thanks so much! =)

What ever airline can offer you nonstop service to make it easy on the animal.
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RE: Best Airline To Take A Pet On?

Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:34 pm



Quoting LAXdude1023 (Reply 5):
In a few weeks, Im going to be flying with my cat on AA from LAX to DFW since Im moving there. People Ive talked to before say AA is pretty good with pets.

Well, your cat would qualify as a "cabin" pet on most airlines that allow them to ride under the seat. Check with the airline (probably AA, considering the routing) for any questions. I guess you might also be able to fly that direction from LAX to DAL on WN, now that they allow cabin pets.
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RE: Best Airline To Take A Pet On?

Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:17 pm



Quoting Mayor (Reply 7):
Well, your cat would qualify as a "cabin" pet on most airlines that allow them to ride under the seat. Check with the airline (probably AA, considering the routing) for any questions. I guess you might also be able to fly that direction from LAX to DAL on WN, now that they allow cabin pets.

Yeah, theres no way Id let him in the Cargo hold. Im pretty protective of him.  Smile

I would consider WN, but I would have to make a connection and the sedative only lasts 5 hours.  Wink
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RE: Best Airline To Take A Pet On?

Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:35 pm

IRCC US does not allow pets as checked baggage anymore. Service animals in cabin are still permitted.

DL was great when I took my dog to florida and back. They have "boarding passes" that are attached to the crate and once the dog is loaded they bring the tear off portion to you at your seat in the cabin. I was very pleased with this added step. It allowed me to know he was safely aboard the same aircraft as me.

Some aircraft cannot take pets as checked baggage. I believe it is the CRJs with unpressurized cargo areas - I ran into this problem with US once (despite phone reservations telling me I was wrong and the dog could go on the aircraft). The ground agent said "we'll put him on the plane with you, but he'll be dead when you get there." I was not a happy camper to say the least. I can accept the unpressurized explaination, the added comment was un-necessary. And yes I contacted US customer service after that ordeal - didn't even get an apology. He ended up making an additional connection (without me) at MCI to get routed onto aircraft safe for him - and he's doing well still today (he's 13 now).

Be sure to have a vet certification that the animal is healthy enough to travel and be sure the certificate is recent. All the majors (that accept pets) state this is required - though I have only been asked to produce it twice.

As you check out options don't forget to compare the pet fees (and they vary), check to see if they accept pets at all (some carriers don't), the aircraft being used, limits on the number of pets in cabin (if you are going that route), and the summer restrictions as noted in an earlier post.

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RE: Best Airline To Take A Pet On?

Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:51 pm



Quoting Planeguy727 (Reply 9):
I believe it is the CRJs with unpressurized cargo areas

IIRC the CRJ's do have a pressurized hold, but they are not heated which is why they have seasonal restrictions on carrying live cargo. Maybe some airlines just put blanket restrictions on them to avoid any confusion?
 
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RE: Best Airline To Take A Pet On?

Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:55 pm

CO has a pet division that includes air conditioned kennels at their hubs and air conditioned vans to transport animals to the aircraft. That's for non-cabin suitable animals.

But the problem with any situation like that is you have not said where in CA and where in PA. And if it's too hot (it's summer time) they may deny your dog boarding for it's (and their) protection.

If it's a toy dog, best to take it onboard.
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RE: Best Airline To Take A Pet On?

Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:42 pm



Quoting Mjzair (Reply 2):
I wouldn't have believed this if it weren't in the USA Today a couple of days ago, but here it is:

http://www.petairways.com/

Talk about taking Southwest's website and repainting it!
 
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RE: Best Airline To Take A Pet On?

Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:35 am



Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 11):

Well I think she is flying from AOO (Altoona, PA) to LAX....

Also thanks guys to all who responded this helps so much!
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RE: Best Airline To Take A Pet On?

Wed Jun 24, 2009 2:20 am

It probably would have helped if you stated the size of the dog.
But, US allows cabin pets and it costs $200 each way, I think.

My family takes our toy poodle on every trip we go on. He does well, lays down in his carrier and sleeps the whole flight no matter the length:
CLT-BUF
CLT-LEX
CLT-SAN

we have even made connections with him CLT-BWI-LGA, SAN-PHL-RIC-CLT

Most small dogs behave well.
 
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RE: Best Airline To Take A Pet On?

Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:30 pm



Quoting Mayor (Reply 4):
Quoting Mjzair (Reply 2):
I wouldn't have believed this if it weren't in the USA Today a couple of days ago, but here it is:

http://www.petairways.com/

I wonder about this taken from their website and why they aren't subject to the same animal regulations that the airlines are by the Animal Welfare Act.

"No hot or cold weather restrictions that prevent pets from flying."

Anyone else have any background info on this airline? Cargo operator? Do they have a good record? Operating long?

-Rampart
 
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RE: Best Airline To Take A Pet On?

Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:52 pm



Quoting Rampart (Reply 15):
Anyone else have any background info on this airline? Cargo operator? Do they have a good record? Operating long?

-Rampart

Not operating long at all, in fact they may not have even commenced ops yet.
 
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RE: Best Airline To Take A Pet On?

Thu Jul 02, 2009 11:49 am



Quoting TheGMan (Reply 16):
Not operating long at all, in fact they may not have even commenced ops yet.

The actual operator, Suburban Air Freight, has been in operation since 1984 or so. Anyone have any info or experience with the air freighter?

-Rampart
 
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RE: Best Airline To Take A Pet On?

Thu Jul 02, 2009 5:04 pm

I think KL used to allow animals in the cabin, my dad has been on 3 flights with dogs in the cabin, I'd imagine the flights were before 2000.
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