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Airline Pet Policy Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines Dog

Can my pet fly with me in the cabin? Yes
Can my pet fly with me as checked baggage? Yes
Can my pet fly without me as manifest cargo? Yes
Does Air Canada Cargo transport other types of pets? Yes

If your dog or cat meets the requirements listed in Alaska Airlines pet policy to travel in-cabin, you will need an approved airline pet carrier. The carrier must have a waterproof bottom, have room for your pet to stand up and turn around, must fasten securly and have adequate ventilation.

Pets Allowed: dogs, cats, rabbits, and household birds.

Route Restrictions: Alaska Airlines is now carrying small dogs and cats in the cabin into Mexico and Hawaii.

Age: Your pet must be at least 8 weeks old to travel.

Reservations: You must notify Air Alaska that you are traveling with a pet within 24 hours of flight time. Reservations cannot be made online. First class allows only one pet in the cabin. Up to 5 pets can travel in the main cabin. Up to 2 pets are allowed per passenger and the second pet must travel under the adjacent seat purchased by the passenger.

Cost: $100USD each way

Forms Required: A health certificate issued within 10 days of travel is required.

Carrier Requirements:  Your pet carrier will be considered a carry-on item. You will be allowed only one other item on board. Soft sided carriers should be no larger than 12"D x 17" W x 9.5"H. Two puppies or kittens can travel in the same carrier if they are under 6 months and 20 pounds together with the weight of the carrier.

If your pet is too large to fit under the seat, it is an animal other than a dog or cat, or if it is a very long flight, Alaska Airlines will transport your pet in the cargo section of the aircraft according to its regulations. This section of the cargo department has the same temperature and pressure as the passenger cabin.

Pets Allowed: domesticated cats, dogs, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, household birds, non-poisonous reptiles, pot bellied pigs, rabbits, and tropical fish. Only dogs and cats can be transported to Hawaii, Canada and Mexico.

Pets are not permitted in the cargo area on Alaska Airlines flights 2000-2999 or flights 3450-3499 during November 25 through December 3 and December 13 through January 3.

Service and Emotional Support Animals: Alaskan Airlines will carry service animals at the feet of the disabled passenger without charge as long as the pet can fit in the traveler's space without creating obstructions or hampering other passengers. Emotional support animals are also accepted with additional documentation.

Reservations: If you flight connects to a partner of Alaska Airlines (Horizon Air, SkyWest Flight Series 3450-3499, PenAir, or Era Alaska), the airline will hold your pet a maximum of 4 hours. The airline will not interline your pet with another airline. Maximum weight for checked baggage service is 150 lbs.

Cost: $100USD each way

Forms Required: see In-Cabin policy above

Check-In: between 1-2 hours of flight time.

Breed Restrictions: The following breeds are accepted, but only at the customer's risk:

Dogs: American Pit Bull, American Staffordshire, Boston Terrier, Brussels Griffin, Mastiff, Bull Terrier, Chow Chow, Dutch Pug, English Bulldog, English Toy Spaniel, French Bulldog, Japanese Boxer, Japanese Spaniel, Pekinese Pug, Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Terrier, Bulldog, Pug, Boxer.

Cats: Burmese, Exotic, Himalayan, Persian.

Temperature Restrictions: Alaska Airlines recognizes the risk to pets when transporting them during periods of heat or cold. If temperatures are above 85° or below 40° your pet's flight may have to be rescheduled.

Carrier Requirements: Click here for crate requirements. Note that crate hardware is required on all pet crates being transported. Alaska Airlines cannot accommodate Series 700 (Giant) pet crate on their airplanes.
Need an IATA compliant pet crate? Have a crate already? Need accessories for your crate?

Only one dog may travel in the same crate over 6 months of age. Only one puppy who is 8 weeks to 6 months old and weighing more than 20 pounds may travel in the same crate. No more than 2 puppies or kittens from 8 weeks to 6 months of age weighing less than 20 pounds each may travel in the same crate.

Alaska Airlines Pet Policy

Alaska Airlines ships pets via Alaska Air Cargo under their PetStreak program.

Pets Allowed: Domesticated animals. Combined weight must be limited to 149 pounds on Horizon-operated flights and 100 pounds on SkyWest-operated flights.

Age: 8 weeks and fully weaned

Route Restrictions: Pets are not allowed to travel as manifest cargo on flights to or from Mexico.

Reservations: between 24 hours and 20 days prior to departure (1-800-225-2752)

Check-In: between 2 and 4 hours of departure

Forms Required: health certificate issued within 30 days of travel and all permits and forms required by your destination country. Proof of current rabies vaccination also required for many domestic flights as well.

Breed Restrictions: same as checked baggage above.

Weather Restrictions: same as checked baggage above.

Pick-Up: between 1 and 4 hours of arrival

Crate Restrictions: Maximum Crate Dimensions: 
Alaska Airlines: 53"L x 48"W x 34"H
Horizon Air: 40"L x 27"W x 30"H.
SkyWest Airlines: 36"L x 24"W x 34"H

Animals over 6 months and 20 pounds must travel in separate crates, however dogs and cats can travel in the same crate under the following conditions:

Click here for additional crate requirements.
Need an IATA compliant pet crate? Have a crate already? Need accessories for your crate?

ADDITIONAL AIRLINE PET TRAVEL INFORMATION

AIRLINE PET TRAVEL TIPS
TIPS FOR AIRLINE PET CARGO TRAVEL
PREPARING A PET CARGO CRATE FOR AIR TRAVEL

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dyanne.pina
Does Alaska air have direct flights from California to providence, rhode island
Posted on 2013-09-12 16:19:17.0
lindy.clinelane
My experience has been horrible started over a week ago western unioned so much money several times just ridiculous. I asked them just ship the puppies back and send me my money back I have had no response to my emails.
Posted on 2013-09-16 14:59:05.0
PetTravel
I could not find one from LAX. I think you will have to go through a hub city.
Posted on 2013-10-14 18:09:05.0
Sarie91
isTop Paw® Soft Sided Comfort Pet Carrier airline approved? Where can I find out?
Posted on 2014-05-05 20:00:01.0
PetTravel
He Sarah - we are not familiar with that carrier so I cannot comment. We do have an assortment of airline compliant carriers here: http://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Carriers-%26-Accessories/Pet-Carriers/
Posted on 2014-05-07 03:55:51.0
kclohessy
If you are traveling with the animal in the cabin it should be OK but for checked baggage I know it must be a hard-sided crate. Look online for "airline approved crates" and do not buy one unless it is approved or you will NOT be able to check your pet. The airlines secure the crates in the hold using special hardware that attaches the the crate. They don't want your little buddy sliding all over the cargo hold and neither do you.
Posted on 2014-05-26 15:55:24.0
kclohessy
I flew on Alaska with my dog and cat a few years back and they were amazing. Although it sounds like Lindy flew them as cargo by themselves--couldn't comment on that. Personally I would never travel on a different plane than my animals. I'd be scared to death I'd never see them again.
Posted on 2014-05-26 15:57:33.0
lindy.clinelane
Cathleen Clohessy first off I don't fly none Nooneof business secondly I purchased the puppies before they were born while traveling by vehicle from a friend. She found the airline and I paid for it all but its all been horrible l. Just sharing my experience. Thank you on ur unwanted input
Posted on 2014-05-26 19:48:13.0
valhall.akitas
Is there a quarantine period for dogs shipped from the Continental US to Alaska?
Posted on 2014-08-07 01:47:36.0
PetTravel
Vailhalla - no quarantine for pets entering Canada from the continental US.
Posted on 2014-08-12 03:16:53.0
rose.tingle.1
If there is a section of the cargo where pets travel which is supposedly the same temperature as the passenger cabin, why are airlines experiencing pet deaths?
Posted on 2014-09-02 17:58:59.0
PetTravel
Hi Rose - there are several reasons for airline pet incidents. One big problem is bracycephalic (snub-nosed) dogs and cats whose breathing is shallow to begin with and they don't do well at high altitudes. Some owners transport pets who are not in the best of health. Handling problems, heat or cold on the tarmac are other problems. The cargo hold can heat up or cool down quickly, and if the aircraft does not get airborne within a reasonable amount of time, tPets can escape from carriers that get damaged if they are dropped when being loaded or unloaded. (that is why we recommend crate hardware and twist ties on the doors of the crate.) There is a risk to traveling, but traveling in the Spring or Fall and using good equipment is a very smart thing to do. Hope this helps....
Posted on 2014-09-04 19:02:19.0
rose.tingle.1
Thank you for responding. So are you saying the cargo hold is NOT the same temperature as the passenger cabins and if it is not, what is the temperature range?
Posted on 2014-09-05 00:38:29.0
Phil7Lockhart
Would my 130lb presa be accepted on a short flight from anchorage to Seattle? I have him and a golden needing to travel with me on a move back to Florida. I plan on flying them with me into Seattle and driving from there. Thanks
Posted on 2014-09-09 08:36:56.0
PetTravel
Hi Phil - Alaska Airlines planes will not accommodate a crate over a series 500 (30" x 27" x 40") and your Presa would very likely need a larger crate than that. You can check with Delta and see what types of planes fly that route and whether it will be able to carry a crate that will be suitable for your dog.
Posted on 2014-09-13 17:20:59.0
PetTravel
Rose Tingle Rose - we are not designers of aircraft, but understand that the flow of air throughout the plane is optimized after the plane takes off. While on the ground, the circulation of air is not as efficient. Many incidents with pets resulted from long waits on hot runways or waits or mis-handling on the tarmac while in the process of being loaded as well as un-airconditioned holding areas.
Posted on 2014-09-13 17:27:00.0
candee.cox
If I purchase the adjacent seat to allow two carriers for Alaska airlines and I also paying the carrier fee for the second carrier, or is that included with the purchase of an entire seat
Posted on 2014-09-20 03:01:11.0
debbie.heriard
Can I fly my pet to Alaska in the winter months? I heard there was a restriction due to the extreme cold. I am aware of the holiday block times..
Posted on 2014-09-23 03:24:37.0
PetTravel
Candee - that is a question that you should direct to Alaskan Airlines. Most likely, the second carrier will be charged as excess baggage.
Posted on 2014-09-23 04:38:44.0
PetTravel
Debbie - it will depend on the temperature on the day of departure. Probably not if the temperature falls below 40 degrees F. You can have your vet do an acclimation certificate if your pet is accustomed to colder temperatures. The airline may accept this form should the temperature be a bit below 40.
Posted on 2014-09-23 04:41:22.0
lottie.kelley
Is there a restriction on pets flying fom Boston to San Diego 12/23 returning 1/4
Posted on 2014-09-23 22:10:46.0
PetTravel
Lottie - it will depend on whether your pet is traveling on Alaska Airlines in the cabin or in the cargo hold as accompanied checked baggage or manifest cargo. Pets are not permitted to travel in the cargo hold between December 12, 2014 and January 2, 2015 due to demands for luggage space. Pets can travel in the cabin during this time.
Posted on 2014-09-25 03:50:45.0