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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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Alaska Airlines Airline Pet Policy

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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.

Temperature restrictions: Alaska Airlines will not fly pets as checked baggage to the following cities between June 1 and October 1: Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Phoenix and Las Vagas.

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.
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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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