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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on reflect the current American Airlines pet policies. We cannot predict how American 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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Can my pet fly with me in the cabin? Yes (Certain Flights)
Can my pet fly with me as checked baggage? Yes (Certain Flights)
Can my pet fly without me as manifest cargo? Yes
Does American transport other types of pets? Yes

No pets are allowed on any flights to the United Kingdom, whether in-cabin, checked baggage or cargo. No pets are accepted on nonstop flights to Maui, the Big Island or Kauai.

If your dog or cat meets the requirements listed in American 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: Small dogs or cats

Route Restrictions: Pets are permitted to fly in the cabin to destinations in the United States (excluding Hawaii) and Canada, Mexico, Central America, Alaska, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Croix, and South America  provided the country of arrival permits entry of live animals. Pets traveling in the cabin are  not allowed to or from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Hawaii, EU countries and the United Kingdom.

Carrier Requirements: If your pet meets the requirements listed in American Airlines pet policy to travel in-cabin, you will need an approved airline pet carrier. Carriers can be rigid or flexible and must have a waterproof bottom, adequate ventilation and secure fasteners. (Zippers are preferable.) The maximum size for rigid cabin pet carriers is 19" long x 13" wide x 9" high. Soft sided pet carriers may exceed these measurements slightly. Your carrier must fit comfortably under the seat in front of you.

Two pets of the same size and species (generally puppies, kittens or toy dogs) may be allowed in one pet carrier, provided there is adequate room in the carrier for them to stand up and turn around. The total weight of the pets and carrier must not exceed 20 pounds. Birds are not permitted.

Cost:  $125USD Your pet airline carrier will count as a piece of carry-on luggage. You must check in at the passenger counter as animals are not checked in at curbside. If your pet is a service animal, there will be no charge for the flight.

Age: Pets must be at least 8 weeks old. 

Forms Required: No Health Certificate is required for pets traveling in the cabin.

American Airlines Pet Policy

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, American may 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: Larger dogs and cats. Birds are not permitted. Flight must be less than 12 hours.

Route Restrictions: Pets traveling to Hawaii may travel as checked baggage through Honolulu.

Age: Pets must be at least 8 weeks old .

Cost: $175USD

Check-In:  When flying as checked baggage, you will check in your dog, cat not more than 4 hours ahead of flight time at the passenger ticket counter at which time you will pay the fee for transport. . Pet owners are encouraged to check in early as the number of pets per flight is limited and on a first come-first served basis. There is a maximum of 2 pets per passenger permitted to travel as checked baggage.

Forms required: Health Certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of travel.

Temperature Restrictions: Pets will not be accepted when actual or forecasted temperatures are above 85°F (29.4°C) or below 45°F (7.2°C) at any city on the itinerary. Pets may be accepted at temperatures below 45°F with an acclimation certificate, however, no pet will be transported at temperatures lower than 20°F (-6.6°C).

Breed Restrictions: American Airlines will not accept brachycephalic or snub-nosed dogs and cats as checked luggage. The following is a list of brachycephalic dog breeds and any "mix" of will not be accepted: Affenpinscher, Bulldog (All breeds), Lhasa Apso, Pug (All breeds), Cane Corso, Mastiff (All breeds), Shar Pei, Boston Terrier, Dogue De Bordeaux, Pekingese, Shih Tzu, Boxer (All breeds), English Toy Spaniel, Pit Bull, Tibetan Spaniel, Brussels Griffon, Japanese Chin and Presa Canario.

Additionally, the following cats will not be accepted: Burmese, Persian, Himalayan and Exotic Shorthair.

Crate Requirements: Maximum size crate: 40" long x 27" wide x 30" high, except on Boeing 737 and MD 80 aircraft. No series 700 crates will be allowed on any American Airlines aircraft. Click here for crate requirements.
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American Airlines Pet Policy

American Airlines Cargo serves the continental United States, Honolulu, Puerto Rico, Canada and international locations where flight time is less than 12 hours. Pet owners have 2 transport services to choose from: Priority Parcel Service (domestic up to 100 lbs.) and ExpediteFS (international).

Pets Allowed: American Airlines will ship warm blooded animals such as dogs, cats, birds, primates and some other animals. Cold-blooded animals must be packaged in accordance with the IATA Live Animal Regulations and must include heat or cold packs, as needed. American Cargo will not ship dangerous or offensive dogs or other animals, unhealthy animals or pets that will be banned by the country of destination. No venemous snakes or lizards will be transported.

Reservations can be made up to 3 days in advance.

Age: Pets must be at least 8 weeks old and weaned for domestic travel.

Forms Required: 2 original copies of a Health Certificate issued within 10 days of travel. Also required are proof of vaccinations and pet passport documents for the country your pet is traveling to (international travel only).

Check in: Household pets such as dogs, cats, ferrets, birds, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, pot-belly pigs, rabbits, rodents and cold-blooded animals can be checked in at passenger ticket counters, baggage service offices and dedicated Global Priority Shipping Centers. You will pay for your pet's transport when your pet is dropped off.

Same as those listed above under Pets Flying as Checked Baggage

Same as those listed above under Pets Flying as Checked Baggage.

Crate Requirements: Two animals less than 6 months and 20 pounds each may travel in the same crate as long as they are of the same species. Click here for additinoal crate requirements.
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I have a 4 pound Maltese that I would like to fly from Johannesburg to Chicago. Can you please let me know what I need to do to accomplish this. Thank you.
Posted on 2013-04-21 02:56:36.0
I have a Silky Terrier 4 pounds male, my carrier is soft with mesh sides pad included, my flight have 1 stop in Dalls then on to SAT, all shots are recent, can get paper work from Doctor to state that.
Posted on 2013-04-23 00:36:06.0
AA pet policy on birds is confusing. i am trying to travel internationally with my parrot as checked baggage. I fly with American on Thursday the 13th, and have been refused a reservation because the air temp will be above 85. Pty is tropical and ALWAYS above 85! the bird is originally from there! How can I get my bird to fly with me?
Posted on 2013-06-11 07:38:03.0
Carry on. You should be allowed one bag and one 'personal item' such as a purse.. lose one and carry the parrot.
Posted on 2013-06-11 13:29:39.0
no can do. i got them on delta same day
Posted on 2013-06-12 04:03:47.0
Is there any way to get approval for a pet to travel in cabin if I have already made my reservation and it was done on-line.
Posted on 2013-06-26 17:01:36.0
Give the airlines a call as soon as you can. They have limited number of pets that they can accept.
Posted on 2013-07-31 04:56:32.0
I am moving to France for a year and have a Shichon (Shih Tzu/Bishon hybrid). I've been reading the requirements, and it unfortunately sounds like I can't carry her onto a flight if going to Europe, and I can't check her because she is part Shih Tzu. Is this info correct? She is very attached to me and will have trouble if she is not carried on I think. What do you suggest?
Posted on 2013-10-09 22:26:39.0
If your puppy meets the size requirements for flying in the cabin, then try Air France, American or Lufthansa to the EU from the US (if that is where you are starting from). If your pup is too large to fly in the cabin, then it will fly either as checked baggage or manifest cargo. Both methods of transport are in the cargo hold. I would contact United and ask them whether your Shichon can travel as checked baggage in a crate one size larger than she would normally need. If not, try Air France or Lufthansa. If you are headed to the UK, all bets are off because they require pets to arrive as manifest cargo. Sorry I could not give you happier news.
Posted on 2013-10-10 03:43:27.0
i want bring a small dog from Miami to Paris on American Airlines. Is possible ?
Posted on 2013-11-11 10:45:32.0
Yes it is possible to do that. Your dog will need to be microchipped with a 15 digit chip, then vaccinated for rabies at least 21 days prior to entry to Paris. (if your pet is currently vaccinated, the 21 day rule does not apply.) Your vet will need to fill out an Annex II form for France and you will have it endorsed by the USDA within 10 days of travel. You can find details here:
Posted on 2013-11-29 19:16:55.0
I have a cat and will be traveling from Beijing to San Diego. The shortest flight is on Japan Airlines, first flying transit to Tokyo, then on to San Diego, a total of 17 hours. Can the cat travel in cargo on such a long flight?
Posted on 2013-12-02 08:18:47.0
Jeanne - Lots of animals fly long haul, although it is a stressful. You may want to look at Air China as well. They fly straight from Beijing to San Francisco, then a short jump to San Diego. This will keep you out of Narita Airport which can be tricky to transit. Just a suggestion.
Posted on 2013-12-03 03:23:25.0
I have a shih tzu and will be moving to the us from ireland early next year. Will any airlines allow me to bring her in the cabin and if there are none that do what other options are there to get her to the us.
Posted on 2013-12-08 15:24:31.0
I'm moving to Ecuador next year from MN can I bring my dog with, she is a mutt,
Posted on 2013-12-08 20:25:27.0
I am not sure of your route, but Air France, KLM and Lufthansa may carry your pet in the cabin and they serve Glasgow and JFK. Ireland requires that pets enter the country as cargo but does not have that requirement for pets exiting the country. It is the airline's policy.
Posted on 2013-12-12 23:30:35.0
We are looking to fly our dog up to the NE of US for the holidays. The temperature is generally right around 20-25 degrees. Do you have any information on how they determine the temperature for accepting checked in pets (e.g. do they predict the landing temperature at landing? are they slightly flexible (+/- a few degrees), etc)? We need to cancel our boarding 3 days prior to our flight date so we'll need to predict what the temperature will be. We'll be taking a risk of them not accepting him bc of temperature fluctuation for his safety.
Posted on 2013-12-16 14:10:02.0
Normally, the cut off is 40 degrees, but it depends on the airline you are flying. It is the safety of your pet that matters. If your pet is a Husky, then it may be accustomed to cold temperatures. If it is a small dog with short hair, that may not be true. Some airlines will accept an acclimation certificate from your veterinarian attesting to the fact that your pet is accommodated to colder temperatures. Best to ask.
Posted on 2013-12-17 02:58:33.0
There is no reason why you cannot bring your pup with you. Shop around for airlines. A few will require that an agent handle the transport which will add to the cost, but others do not. Sure helps if you speak the language... You can find details on the requirements for bringing a pet into Ecuador here:
Posted on 2013-12-17 03:01:10.0
I am a bit confuse about US Airways international pet travel, for my cat traveling as checked baggage from Italy to NY (USA). Does US Airways except as checked baggage, because my friend said I can fly with a ticket including my cat, called "Freinds & Family" ticket? I am reading also, that American Airlines has parterned with US Airways so, could his be considered a partnered fight from Italy to USA in additon to accepting my cat as "checked baggage"? Please Help. Thank you for your time, consideration and your fabuloius expertise.
Posted on 2013-12-19 14:38:47.0
Which airlines do you suggest would be easiest to get my 50lb Basset/beagle from San Juan, PR to PHX, AZ?
Posted on 2013-12-29 14:49:20.0
US Airways does not transport pets as checked baggage or cargo at this time.
Posted on 2013-12-30 03:25:05.0
Both Delta and United serve the route most efficiently.
Posted on 2013-12-30 03:29:24.0
Hello. I will be traveling from Houston to Cancun. Is my small cat allowed in the cabin? I have heard that pets are not allowed in the cabin on flights to Mexico.
Posted on 2014-01-21 13:08:43.0
It is airline policy whether they will carry pets in the cabin to Mexico, not a requirement of the Mexican government. Alaska Air will and Taca did, however, they have been taken over by Avianca and I am not sure how or whether they are handling that route at the present time.
Posted on 2014-01-23 03:12:39.0
First all, thank you for making this post and answering all questions and concerns. I am seeking to fly my dog in cargo, does american airlines provide any sort of mobile/internet update of the status and condition of my dog prior to take off, layover, plane changes? I also have a layover for an hour, where will my pet be stored during this time, will she be directly transfer to the next plane (n a controlled environment) or inside the airport somewhere?
Posted on 2014-02-01 10:08:56.0
American will hold your pet in a secure area before loading it on the next plane. As for monitoring during transport if your pet is traveling as manifest cargo, it will be given an Air Waybill number and you can track it using this number.
Posted on 2014-02-02 19:14:37.0
I want to take a kitten i saved in Romania back home to US . I ahve never traveled with a pet before and i would really like to get others input on whats best and how it works. I am not sure do i need to get a passport for the kitten or is a health certificate enough? And if i take the kitten with me on the plane as my carry on luggage how much it the fee? $125? as i kept searching for this it gives me different info so thats why i am asking. Thank you hope i can get some help.
Posted on 2014-02-05 20:52:18.0
Please help. It looks as if I can not bring one of my cats with me from US to Germany in the cabin. Is that correct? I am being transferred in the miltary and your airline is the contracted airline. What do you suggest I do? I've asked for an orders modification, so I can fly Delta with my aunt and other cat, but don't know/think if it will be approved. My number is 619-750-2499. Thank you.
Posted on 2014-02-11 01:28:55.0
We are not American Airlines, but they do not publish restrictions on pets in the cabin to Germany. We would mention, however, the USDA recommends flights more than 9 or 10 hours are not suitable for pets to travel in-cabin and American may be accommodating their rules. You should contact the airline directly for additional information.
Posted on 2014-02-12 04:23:49.0
The costs to carry a pet in the cabin will vary for each airline but your estimate is not far off. In order to clear customs, your kitten will need a health certificate. If it is over 3 months of age, it should be vaccinated for rabies. Find an airline with the most direct route (avoiding London) and stay on the same airline.
Posted on 2014-02-12 04:26:03.0
well.. i already bought my ticket and its budapest-london-chicago-detroit!! and i am flying with american airlines but operated by british airline and republic airlines! so how is that ? i have to pay twich for travelling with the pet? because of the airlines? so also i called and i cannot travel with the kitten as a carry on because it is an international flight they said and needs to be checked in! is that true?
Posted on 2014-02-13 12:40:37.0
Andreea Maria Your kitty needs to travel in the hold to transit through London. Many airlines will transport a pet on international flights but not through London. You will need to check with American Airlines to see if you will have to pay another fee, but I would suspect that you do as it is usually the case.
Posted on 2014-02-14 03:51:55.0
Thank you for this website, but there is mistaken or outdated info about South American countries on this page: “Pets traveling in the cabin are allowed to or from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela and the United Kingdom.” Actually, according to AA ( “Carry-on pets are NOT ALLOWED to/from Hawaii or transatlantic/transpacific destinations or to/from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela”.
Posted on 2014-02-16 00:39:04.0
i have to pugs,traveling june 4/2014 miami-buenos aires,any airlines??.Thanks!
Posted on 2014-02-21 17:24:51.0
Try TACA Cargo (Avianca).
Posted on 2014-02-22 02:50:43.0
I am flying from Frankfurt, Germany to Houston, Texas on 26 April 2014. I am taking my large breed dog on the flight with me. Do I wait and pay for his ticket the day I fly on 26 April, 2014 and do I take him to the same check ou counter where I check in at the Framkfort airport. Also can I rent a cage for my dog at the airport.
Posted on 2014-02-23 19:16:10.0
James - you should contact American and tell them you will be traveling with a pet as checked baggage. You will pay for your pet's fare at the check-in counter as long as your pet is not over about 75 pounds or so (check with American) Some airlines rent carriers, but you will have to ask American if they do and, if so, how they guarantee it will be there when your pet flies.
Posted on 2014-02-24 20:07:37.0
thank you for your helpful information, can you tell me please about how many dogs can moved on same flight with same passenger.
Posted on 2014-03-01 09:39:17.0
I will be travelling with my 60lbs Australian shepherd in june, with American Airlines, from San Diego to New York (JFK) with a 4h30 of layover at JFK, for our next flight to Paris. Will I be able to pick up my dog at JFK to take her to a pet relief area before our next flight to Paris ?
Posted on 2014-03-02 02:07:22.0
Briana - if your pet is traveling as checked baggage in the cargo hold, then you need to confirm with American Airlines that they will hold your pet for that long. Normally, 2 hours is the maximum time the airliens will hold your pet as checked baggage. Ask them too about visitation rights.
Posted on 2014-03-02 03:36:57.0
Hazim - it depends on the type of transport and the aircraft serving the route. In the cabin, it is normally one pet per passenger. In checked baggage and cargo, it depends on the aircraft and the other cargo travling on the airplane.You will have to contact American for that informaiton.
Posted on 2014-03-02 03:39:02.0
I have a medium-sized dog, about 20 - 22 inches tall, 26 - 28 long, not counting the tail, will be 3 years old in May. I want to fly her on her own as cargo from San Juan, PR (SJU) to Orlando, FL (MCO). What are good airlines to use, that are safe for my dog, but at the same time affordable? I've already checked Delta, and I find it too expensive.
Posted on 2014-03-11 04:25:53.0
Angelica - you can try United or American. Those and Delta offer cargo services on this route.
Posted on 2014-03-13 04:44:10.0
Hi, I'm planning on taking my french poodle (12lbs) to Italy with me on april, but I'm really confused, I've called American Airlines several times but gotten different answers each time, hope someone can help me out. He could fly in cabin with me on the first flight, and on the second flight move him to cargo (pets are not allowed in cabin on transatlantic flights with AA), will they charge me twice for doing this? 125 for the first flight and 175 for the second one? If so, if we decided to make him travel in cargo even on the first flight, would we be able to see him /take him out during our layover? it's an 11 hour layover at Miami, I couldn't possibly leave him there like a piece of luggage for 11hrs, for a total of over 24hrs in a kennel.. :'(
Posted on 2014-03-24 17:37:07.0
Claudia - what cities are you flying from and to?
Posted on 2014-03-25 05:06:08.0
PetTravel - I'm flying from San Diego to Miami, and from Miami to Milan..
Posted on 2014-03-25 05:07:17.0
I am from Mexico, and will be moving to Miami next month. I want to take my Cavalier and my pekingese with me, but I t is not very clear to me about the bronco encephalic dogs. My pekingese can't be carried at all? she is in very good health and is very small (9 lbs). The flight is just 2 hours. What can I do to carry both dogs with me?
Posted on 2014-03-25 06:29:21.0
Claudia - have you considered an alternate route? Delta has a flight through JFK with a 2 hour layover (you would have to confirm that they are not flying a 767 aircraft on the route) and another option may be Emirates (through JFK - 14.5 hours total travel time but your pet will be in cargo) or Finnair through JFK (2 hour layover, 16 hour total) Iberia through JFK (2.5 hour stop 16 hour total). These are only possibilities for you and you will need to contact the airlines for details. Hope this helps.
Posted on 2014-03-26 03:41:16.0
Hello Iris - both of your breeds can be a concern for the airlines for different reasons. The Pekinese can have breathing problems and your Cavalier breed is known for heart issues. That said, the airlines will restrict you to one pet per passenger. If your Pekinese is small enough to travel in the cabin, American should take your Cavalier in the hold (they do not publish this breed as banned.) You can also contact Aeromexico and Interjet and inquire. They both have direct flights from MEX to MIA. Sure hope this helps you.
Posted on 2014-03-26 03:48:35.0
PetTravel - Unfortunately we already have our tickets, otherwise we would have probably picked Delta for this trip.. it's actually our return ticket, we fell in love with my mom's dog and now we would like to take him with us..
Posted on 2014-03-26 07:21:42.0
Hello, I am purchasing a Belgian Malinois puppy from some breeders in Tampa Bay, Florida. They were ready to ship the puppy via Delta as standard cargo to DFW (Dallas Fort Worth); however, I stopped them as the flight is not direct (it had a layover in Atlanta) and the service was 'standard' and not the DASH service. Also the puppy was seven and not eight weeks old. I know American Airlines offers direct flights. What should I do?
Posted on 2014-03-27 02:06:36.0
John - As a suggestion, you should wait until your puppy is 8 weeks old or older and fly them on a direct flight. Actually, the longer you wait, the better for the puppy.
Posted on 2014-03-27 04:29:09.0
hello i have a question, i just buy a puppy american pocket bully, but he's now 3 weeks old, he stay now in america san diego and i live in amsterdam, whats the best thing to do? when can i ship my puppy? (,,,weeks?) and witch air lines? and it better to fly with the puppy from california to nether land?
Posted on 2014-03-30 22:56:55.0
Hello - your puppy will need a 15 digit ISO compliant microchip and an Annex II form endorsed by your state USDA office to enter the Netherlands from the US. You will also need a declaration of the owner that the animal stayed in the place in which it was born since birth without contact with wild animals likely to have been exposed to the infection. If you have the vaccination history of the Mother, that would be a help, but it is not required. Ask the airlines whether they need an APHIS 7001 form. You can find details and links to instructions and all the forms you need to take a puppy to the Netherlands here: As for airlines, your choices are Lufthansa, United or KLM. British Airways also serves the route, but they will transit through Heathrow which will complicate matters. United will not permit your pup in the cabin on international flights, but Lufthansa and KLM may. To answer your last question, it is always better to fly with your puppy in the cabin if you can. Flying is stressful for animals and little puppies especially so. That should be your first choice. Age requirements are airline specific so you will need to ask.
Posted on 2014-03-31 03:13:44.0
Can my dog fly cargo from London to Washington, D.C. ?
Posted on 2014-03-31 16:30:54.0
Hello Elizabeth - your dog can fly directly from LHR to IAD with the following airlines: Virgin Atlantic, Finnair, United, Lufthansa, British Airways, American, or Iberia. There may be restrictions if your pet is an agressive breed or snub nosed breed. If you are traveling with your dog, contact the reservations number. If not, then contact the cargo department.
Posted on 2014-04-04 16:22:22.0
Hello, I am wondering if I can travel with my hamster? I will be traveling from North Carolina to San Diego. Thank you.
Posted on 2014-04-05 17:42:45.0
I want to ship a 50 pound dog to the US from Panama City, Panama. He will not be flying with a person. How is this done?
Posted on 2014-04-05 19:09:13.0
Simple, don't do it. They'll kill it.
Posted on 2014-04-05 19:13:46.0
PetTravel Adopt from a local animal shelter and stop helping these irresponsible breeders; obviously irresponsible since they lied about his age and didn't care how he was shipped. Shame on you. You can do better.
Posted on 2014-04-05 19:21:57.0
consult with Kris B... she knows how to do it.
Posted on 2014-04-05 19:49:24.0
Hello, I have the opportunity to move back to the USA after living in France for almost 30 years. I live in the south of France, nearest airport is Marseille & I'd be flying eventually to Orlando area. I have one dog ( a mutt who is despite his age, in excellent health conditions at 13 yrs.) and 3 cats. We'll be three people travelling. I believe the easiest route would be a direct flight from Paris to Miami (I don't Orlando has direct flights from France) What company would be the best for us to travel with our animals ? Who would have the best care of them ? Would any of my cats be able to travel on board with us ? Up until now, I've stayed in Europe all these years for my animals but now my Mother is alone in the USA & has health issues that push me to go. I could never give up my beloved animals to move but I'm so very worried about them during this trip. Please advise. Plus my adult son has a chinchilla & would be travelling a few months later to live with us in the USA. Would there be restrictions for him ? Thank you in advance for your answers.
Posted on 2014-04-06 09:14:18.0
Are you moving back to the USA?
Posted on 2014-04-06 10:07:05.0
It's a possibility if I'm able to work it all out with my pets. :) Did this flash on newsfeeds ?
Posted on 2014-04-06 11:31:14.0
Alice yes, it came up on the Facebook news feed.
Posted on 2014-04-06 13:57:47.0
Hello, I have the opportunity to move back to the USA after living in France for almost 30 years. I live in the south of France, nearest airport is Marseille & I'd be flying eventually to Orlando area. I have one dog ( a mutt who is despite his age, in excellent health conditions at 13 yrs.) and 3 cats. We'll be three people travelling. I believe the easiest route would be a direct flight from Paris to Miami (I don't think Orlando has direct flights from France) What company would be the best for us to travel with our animals ? Who would have the best care of them ? Would any of my cats be able to travel on board with us ? Up until now, I've stayed in Europe all these years for my animals but now I wish to finally go home. I could never give up my beloved animals to move but I'm so very worried about them during this trip. Please advise. Plus my adult son has a chinchilla & would be travelling a few months later to live with us in the USA. Would there be restrictions for him ? Thank you in advance for your answers.
Posted on 2014-04-06 19:48:58.0
o.m.g. vikkie, that would we be so great!!!<3. would u be living maybe w your mom .ja says we could go to city walk and go dancing lol...if u fly to Miami, u could get a connecting flight to Orlando. let me know when,and if you do . xoxox love you sweety <3
Posted on 2014-04-07 01:43:22.0
Just saw this on newsfeed this morning. So sorry about your mom's health! Scary to travel with the pets - I don't have any experience in that but curious to read posts and sending hugs and the best for all! <3
Posted on 2014-04-07 11:42:25.0
please text or email zwanet DUTCH SHILOHSHEPHERDS (on my friends list) she ships to the US from Netherlands ok .....tell her I told you to write but I believe here in states I think the CLUB is using DELTA CARGO for pets...
Posted on 2014-04-08 02:59:01.0
Hi Alice - try Air France. They have direct flights and would allow one pet per passenger. Delta also flies the route, but you would have to verify they are not flying a 767 on the route as that plane does not accommodate pets in the hold. Your son's chinchilla should have a recently issued health certificate.
Posted on 2014-04-08 03:27:30.0
We agree with you, Rae, but people in foreign countries cannot find pure bred animals and there is demand. We can't enforce rules; we can only encourage them to ship responsibly.
Posted on 2014-04-08 03:31:09.0
Annette Boyd-Valle , I've been seriously thinking about it but haven't decided definatly or not. Of course if I do move to Fl, I was thinking how great it'd be to meet up with YOU ! <3 Nothing too serious with Mom, some health issues but she's over 70 & I hope to be there if something does happen or even if she goes to the hospital. I feel really bad that when my Dad passed, I didn't see him for over a year. What's holding me back is my son who doesn't feel ready to leave now. :( and travelling with my pets.
Posted on 2014-04-10 07:39:10.0
Lisa Joie G thanks for your message & I will definatly check into that. I heard Delta isn't too great for pets though. :( They had the highest mortality rate I read. I'll definatly be in touch with your friend. Thanks & bunch & if I do go to Fl. I'd look forward to meeting up with you & Annette. :)
Posted on 2014-04-10 07:41:26.0
Annette Boyd-Valle , oh, before I forget Annette, no I wouldn't live with Mom. I don't think I could anymore than a week. I'd look for something somewhere in FL. It would be still closer than Europe to her. :) It's not easy because to go I need a place to live, to find a place to live, I need a job, to find a job I need to be there....a real Catch 22. PLUS, there is a long process for my husbnad to obtain an immigrant visa & no guarentee that he would.:/
Posted on 2014-04-10 07:44:31.0
Sharon Jellybean Warantz : Thanks Sharon. lie I mentioned to Annette, it's nothing serious for Mom but since I didn't see my Dad for about a year when he passed, I hope to be able to be there for her as she is getting older rather than seeing eachother once a year or sometimes every 2 yrs.
Posted on 2014-04-10 07:46:36.0
Thanks Pet Travel. I was thinking Air France may be the best option since I do beleive they allow cats under 5 kilos in the cabin with us. Each of us can have a cat :) My dog that's 13 is the one worrying me though although the vet thinks he should be ok. He's very nervous & skittish.
Posted on 2014-04-10 07:48:43.0
Nancy - not sure where you are flying from, but you should contact the cargo department of an airline that serves your entire route for tetails. United will require an agent to arrange the transport and there may be other airlines who do the same. If you need an agent, you can find one at We have requirements for taking your pet to Panama here:
Posted on 2014-04-13 02:41:50.0
Alica - I can understand. If you rpet is not crate trained, you should start that as soon as you can. Let us know if we can assist further.
Posted on 2014-04-13 02:43:37.0
Hi Mariposa - you can travel with your hamster, however, not in the cabin. You would check your pet in at the reservations desk as checked baggage and it would need to travel in the hold.
Posted on 2014-04-13 16:25:09.0
I have a parakeet that I will be transporting from Oklahoma city into Newark. Unfortunately there was no flight that went directly there, so it's two planes. I just wanted to know if the area that the pets are in is heated/cooled for them?
Posted on 2014-04-22 06:27:43.0
Jessica - United has a direct flight between IKC and EWR.
Posted on 2014-04-24 02:39:58.0
I already booked with American airlines a few weeks ago, actually
Posted on 2014-04-25 00:25:06.0
Ok so how do I get my extremely friendly and obedient blue nose pitbull to Miami Florida from Newark nj. From what I've researched and seems to be my only option at this point is to drive and I'm willing to make the drive but I'd really rather not deal with packing and driving especially with 2 other people and a dog in tiny car HELP
Posted on 2014-04-25 07:34:09.0
I am flying from Frankfurt Germany to Dallas Texas with my 1 yr old miniature schnauzer. Does he need a passport or a microchip to fly me?
Posted on 2014-04-25 12:53:03.0
I do not think that delta fly's schnauzer dogs. And yes, your dog needs to be micro chipped, have rabies shot no less than 30 days prior to flight, and a health certificate 10 days before flying. Good luck, I also have a flight with delta flying from Frankfurt to Atl. Just found out that my dog can not fly with me as checked baggage on a Boeing 767. My ticket is already paid for. Grrrrrrrrr
Posted on 2014-04-25 13:41:57.0
Misty Sanchez I just called American Airlines and they told me all i needed was the health certificate and valid rabies certificate as well... Thanks for your response
Posted on 2014-04-25 13:47:21.0
Ismael Rodriguez The US does not require a microchip to enter, only proof of rabies vaccination and a health certificate. Your pet will need a microchip and another rabies vaccination if you plan to return to Germany.
Posted on 2014-04-28 02:59:34.0
Try Delta Cargo. United will also transport your Pit in a CR82 metal crate.
Posted on 2014-04-28 03:04:10.0
Do you know if delta cargo will quarantine him for any long extended amount of time because if that's the situation I am going to be better off driving with him to Florida after all
Posted on 2014-04-28 23:46:44.0
Casey Ham Czyzewski The airlines will not quarantine your pet at all. It will need a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel and it will be available at the Delta Cargo facility after it lands and is unloaded. We service MIA and FLL airports if you need help picking up your pet and kenneling. Email
Posted on 2014-05-01 04:21:11.0
Hi i have a lovely couple wanting to buy a puppy from me I am in england and they are in washington. I would like to deliver the puppy myself and was wondering what paper work i need and which airlines would let it fly with me in the cabin ?
Posted on 2014-05-03 08:09:47.0
Hi I have a chihuahua mix terrier. She is only 14.5 pounds. Will I be able to have her fly with me in the cabin. I'm leaving from hawaii to Pennsylvania?
Posted on 2014-05-04 04:50:13.0
American may fly your pet in the cabin. Try Air France or Lufthansa as well. If the puppy is under 3 months and is unvaccinated for rabies, then a home confinement form must be signed and the new owners must have the puppy vaccinated for rabies at 3 months of age. Also, a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel is what you will need.
Posted on 2014-05-06 05:17:24.0
American will not allow your pet in the cabin to or from Hawaii.
Posted on 2014-05-06 11:54:57.0
I am shipping my two dogs (separate creates) from Chile to the US. The plane goes through DFW. I was told by cargo in Chile that I will have to claim my dogs between flights in DFW before we go on to LAX. They are not traveling as luggage, they are traveling as cargo. Not only would this be impossible given the time between flights, but I don't think you can claim cargo in Immigration/Customs, can you? Also, now they are telling me I have to use a broker then that will cost $4,000. Help! How do I proceed?
Posted on 2014-05-09 13:20:23.0
Carolyn - you need to clear your pets into the US at DFW. You should consider hiring an agent that serves DFW to clear customs and check your pets on the next flight. This service should not cost you $4000. Try and search for a transporter that serves DFW and ask for a quote.
Posted on 2014-05-11 14:58:53.0
even though they are cargo and not checked luggage?
Posted on 2014-05-11 15:41:30.0
Carolyn Mathas that is correct. They will land in DFW on an international flight, clear customs and connect to a domestic flight to LAX.
Posted on 2014-05-13 04:15:16.0
Am I reading the cost correctly, a small dog, fits under the seat is $125??? I'm sure the health certificate is about $50 that for one way it costs more to fly the dog! Is that correct?
Posted on 2014-05-16 02:36:21.0
A health certificate is not required by American for pets traveling in the cabin although it will be required by the country you are traveling to if you are flying internationally. The cost to fly your pet in the cabin is $125.00.
Posted on 2014-05-17 02:10:01.0
i wanted to buy a pitbull puppy do you still do not accept this type of breed!!
Posted on 2014-05-17 19:01:40.0
and i live in bordeaux france
Posted on 2014-05-17 19:02:27.0
Posted on 2014-05-17 21:41:50.0
Yorick Andrew i did and u don't work with dem
Posted on 2014-05-17 21:42:36.0
I am purchasing a pet from Orlando, Fl and I live in Dallas, Tx can my dog be shipped through AA? If not what's the best option?
Posted on 2014-05-20 00:54:06.0
Hi Taffany - American Airlines does have direct flights between Orlando and Dallas, so that would be your best option as long as you don't have temperature issues. The airline will not fly your pet if temperatures anywhere on the route exceed 85 degrees. Contact their cargo department if the pup is traveling alone.
Posted on 2014-05-20 04:25:41.0
Michael - try Delta as Honolulu, Dallas and Jacksonville are all participating airports for their Summer Live Animal Program.They have air conditioned holding areas and vans to protect your pet from the summer heat. Obviously, your schedule should try to avoid as mid day travel if possible.
Posted on 2014-05-22 03:59:38.0
I have a 180lb. German Shepard who I want to fly from Tampa, Fl. To Los Angeles, California maybe by June 17th? He has his vaccines (rabies shots) n is not due until October of 2014. Would there be a problem trying to get my dog to my son in California?
Posted on 2014-05-31 03:46:59.0