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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on reflect the current airline regulations. We cannot predict how a given airline may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to deny boarding for your pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by carefully following the rules of the airline you are using.

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Airline Pet Policy Alaska Airlines

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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 not accepted for travel in the cargo compartment on Alaska Airlines flights (including flights operated by Horizon, SkyWest, or PenAir).

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

Cats: Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, 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: 40L x 27W" x 30H"
Horizon Air: 40"L x 27"W x 30"H.
SkyWest Airlines: 36"L x 24"W x 34"H

Extra large (Size 500) kennels are only accepted on Boeing 737 aircraft, Alaska Airlines flight series 001-999, and some 2000 series flights operated with Bombardier Q400 aircraft. Pets are not permitted to travel in the baggage compartment on flights operated by Virgin America.

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.
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Does Alaska air have direct flights from California to providence, rhode island
Posted on 2013-09-12 16:19:17.0
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
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
isTop Paw® Soft Sided Comfort Pet Carrier airline approved? Where can I find out?
Posted on 2014-05-05 20:00:01.0
He Sarah - we are not familiar with that carrier so I cannot comment. We do have an assortment of airline compliant carriers here:
Posted on 2014-05-07 03:55:51.0
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
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
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
Is there a quarantine period for dogs shipped from the Continental US to Alaska?
Posted on 2014-08-07 01:47:36.0
Vailhalla - no quarantine for pets entering Canada from the continental US.
Posted on 2014-08-12 03:16:53.0
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I have a 4 1/2 lb. Cockapoo Service Animal for PTSD. If she sits in her carrier at my feet, do I have to pay for a ticket for her?
Posted on 2015-01-17 16:43:51.0
Camille - if your pet is a medical service animal, it will fly without charge. You must inform Alaska Air that you will be flying with a service animal ahead of time.
Posted on 2015-01-19 21:13:31.0
I am from Toronto, Ontario. How do I get Alaskan Airlines? Would we have to fly to Alaska first and then to Hawaii? We want to bring our cats on board with us in cabin? Any thoughts? Appreciate it.
Posted on 2015-01-21 18:34:17.0
Dianne - Alaska Air flies to Detroit, Chicago and Minneapolis among other cities. All are on your way to Hawaii. Clearing customs in the US is not a problem if you have met the requirements for Hawaii. Find an airline that flies from Toronto to any one of these cities that will take your pet in the cabin. (Air Canada?)
Posted on 2015-01-24 22:05:21.0
Can my dog, pure bread rottweiler fly cargo from Fairbanks to Minneapolis in May of 2015? If so and we have a lay over in Seattle can we get her and take her outside for a walk?
Posted on 2015-01-26 07:04:47.0
Hi Darla - Rotties are not on the list of breeds that Alaska Airlines does not carry, however, aggressive behavior will not be tolerated. Alaska Airlines can tell you cargo availability shortly prior to travel. As for taking her outside for a walk, it would depend on how long your layover is and whether you want to claim and re-check her. Could mean another pet fee. Check with the airline.
Posted on 2015-01-27 04:09:05.0
I am planning on flying with my cat to Seattle for treatment at the University Veterinary teaching hospital. Treatment will leave a little radioactive iodine in his system, (for hyperthyroidism) Has anyone been denied flight because of this? It is pretty common therapy for this disease
Posted on 2015-01-27 23:24:22.0
l have a 10 pound mini dashaund ,what is the best carrier, to fit under the seat. Alice l
Posted on 2015-03-27 15:53:45.0

I am traveling with week old baby chicks, is there an approved heat pack I can let them travel with?
Posted on 2015-03-27 23:59:02.0
Hi Alice - it really depends on how long your Dachshund is. You should measure it from tip of nose to base (not tip) of tail. We like the SturdiBag because it is super light (but sturdy) and allows for extra height, but length may be more important to you. All of the bags on this page are airline compliant:
Posted on 2015-04-03 04:14:22.0

I have 4 chi's... Any way to get us all on a flight if I'm flying alone?
Posted on 2015-06-14 18:49:38.0

They all should be able to travel as checked baggage (or you can take one in the cabin with you). Not sure if they have a limit as to the number of checked pets. Ask them also whether more than one Chi can travel in a crate.
Posted on 2015-06-19 04:19:48.0

What are the pet policies for a momma dog and puppies that aren't weaned? And for a pregnant dog?
Posted on 2015-07-22 22:45:19.0

Are we provided with any stickers or anything that to go on the kennels? Or do we have to buy everything?
Posted on 2015-07-27 08:41:45.0

I will be picking up a French bull dog puppy 8weeks of age, can I fly her as a carry on from Florida? We will be having three change over on flights, however lay over is long.
Posted on 2015-09-27 20:10:06.0