Flying With Pets? Here's How Much It'll Cost You

Editors' pick: Originally published July 8.

Pets can be expensive and time-consuming, and traveling with them is no exception. We've rounded up how much you can expect to pay on several American carriers to take your pet with you.

United Airlines
United Airlines

Provided your pet can fit into a kennel 17.5 inches long, 12 inches wide and 7.5 inches high, flying in-cabin in United Continental Holdings (UAL) will cost you $125 each way, plus $125 for long stopovers. Sending your pet via PetSafe, United's airport-to-airport travel program, varies by your pet's size and destination. An animal up to 10 pounds can fly to Hawaii for $261 and to the United Kingdom for $517, but taking your 100- to 150-pound pet to Hawaii or the United Kingdom will set you back $589 and $1,612, respectively.

American Airlines
American Airlines

Pets are allowed as carry-on on American Airlines (AAL) flights up to 12 hours long for $125 in most of the Western hemisphere. Checked animals can fly for $200 per kennel. However, American, like many airlines, does not allow "brachycephalic" dogs or cats - from bulldogs to shih tzus - because their snub noses can cause breathing problems.

Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines (DAL) also doesn't permit "snub- or pug-nosed" dogs or cats. In addition, reptiles, amphibians and fish can only travel as air cargo, not carry-on or checked. But if your pet fits the bill, flying will cost you $125 or C$125 ($96.45) to the U.S., Canada and Caribbean, and $200, C$200 or €200 ($221.60) further away, depending on where you land.

Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines

Pet rules for flying with Alaska Airlines (ALK) , which closed a deal for Virgin America (VA) , are simple. As long as your pet doesn't have the dreaded "short nose," flying both in-cabin and in-baggage costs $100 each way.

JetBlue Airways
JetBlue Airways

JetBlue Airways (JBLU) specializes in small animals. One pet per passenger, which weighs up to 20 pounds in its crate, can fly for $100 each way. Caveat: your final destination can't be Jamaica, Barbados, St Lucia, Cayman Islands or Trinidad and Tobago.

Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines

Taking your pet with you on Southwest Airlines (LUV) is typically low-key for the budget airline. Provided you have a dog or cat small enough to fit stowed under the seat, transporting it is $95 per carrier each way. Pets can fly only in domestic flights and only in the cabin.

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