Airline Pet Policy - American Airlines
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 with me as manifest cargo? Yes
In-Cabin Pet Policy
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. Maximum size: 19in x 13in x 9in. (soft-sided carriers can be slightly higher.)
Small dogs or cats.
Pets must be at least 8 weeks old to travel in the cabin.
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. Flights cannot be longer than 12 hours, including customs clearance.
Pets traveling in the cabin are not allowed to or from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Hawaii or EU countries. Service dogs only are allowed in the cabin on flights to Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Carrier measurements will vary depending on the aircraft serving the route. There is one pet permitted per passenger unless you are carrying a mother cat or dog with her unweaned litter. 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.
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.
You will check in at the passenger counter as animals are not checked in at curbside. A fee will be collected at the time of check in. Your pet airline carrier will count as a piece of carry-on luggage.
$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.
No Health Certificate is required for pets traveling in the cabin.
Checked Baggage 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.
Larger dogs and cats. Birds are not permitted. Flight must be less than 12 hours. Up to 2 pets per passenger may travel as checked baggage.
Pets traveling to Hawaii may travel as checked baggage through Honolulu.
Checked pets cannot travel on A321S, A321H, A320, A319 aircraft and all flights operated by Air Wisconsin.
Checked baggage service is not offered on flights to Japan.
Health Certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of travel. If you are returning to your country of origin on the same ticket, the health certificate is valid for 60 days.
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.
$200 ($150 for travel to or from Brazil)
See banned breeds below.
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).
Health Certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of travel.
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. Metal hardware should be used to fasten the top and bottom halves of your pet' crate together. Click here for crate requirements.
Manifest (Air) Cargo Pet Policies
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).
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.
If your pet is traveling to or through the United States, the use of a professional freight forwarder, IATA agent, or customs broker with an established business relationship with the airline will be required.
No live animals will be permitted on flights over 12 hours.
Reservations can be made up to 3 days in advance.
Pets must be at least 8 weeks old and weaned for domestic or international travel.
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).
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.
See banned breeds below.
See checked baggage policies above
American Cargo will require an health certificate issued within 10 days of arrival. Also required are proof of vaccinations (dog, cat and ferret) and pet passport documents for the country your pet is traveling to (international travel only).
Two animals less than 6 months
and 20 pounds each may travel in the same crate as long as they are of
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American serves locations worldwide in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, India, the Caribbean, North and South America including the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Puppies and Kittens
American will transport puppies and kittens over 8 weeks of age.
American will not ship the following dog breeds as checked baggage:
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), Pit Bull Terriers, 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.
All warm blooded mammals and birds including show or exhibition animals. American Cargo will not ship dangerous or offensive animals, unhealthy animals or pets that will be banned by the country of destination.
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