Dog on a seat on an airplane

If you’re off to see the world, it’s only natural that you’d want to take your best friend with you. The question is, however, can you? Between legal and airline regulations, it can be difficult to get your dog on board, and you may need to jump through some hoops to do so. However, once you know what to do, you shouldn’t have any problem taking your pup with you on all your adventures! Here’s everything you need to know about buying your dog a seat on an airplane!

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Individual Airline Policies

Each airline holds different policies on flying with pets, so it’s best to do your research. To provide some extra information, we’ve compiled pet policies, flight costs, and other basic information about a few popular US airlines.

AirlinePets Allowed?Size of PetsPrices
American AirlinesYesDepending on size, can be cargo or carry-on.$125-$200
Spirit AirlinesDomestic only40 pounds or less$110 each way
Southwest AirlinesDomestic onlySmall, carry-on size$95 each way
Delta AirlinesYesDepending on size, can be cargo or carry-on.$75-$200
Jetblue AirwaysYesDepending on size, carry-on, or extra seat.$125 each way

Making Your Pet Comfortable

So, you’ve gotten your pup their airline ticket, but you aren’t sure how they’ll cope with the unfamiliar environment. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to ensure they’ll remain calm throughout the flight.

First of all, ensure their carrier is large enough for them to move around in. Your dog should be able to turn around and readjust themself comfortably. Second, ensure they go to the bathroom before the flight. For obvious reasons, your dog won’t be able to relieve themself during the flight, so by taking care of business beforehand, you can ensure your pup won’t be uncomfortable. By taking these extra steps, you can ensure your buddy will be happy from takeoff to landing!

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FAQ

Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions about taking your dog on flights with you, so if there’s anything you’re still wondering, feel free to keep reading!

Which Airlines Will Allow Me To Buy A Seat For My Dog?

There are a large number of pet-friendly airports scattered around the nation, with some of the most notable being JFK Airport, DFW Airport, and Los Angeles Airport. However, these are by no means the only airports you can take your pup to, so just check out your local airport’s rules and regulations!

Can I Buy A First-Class Seat For My Dog?

a dog on a seat on an airplane

As usual, it varies from airline to airline, but as a general rule, no, most airlines don’t allow this. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule, such as United Airlines.

Can I Buy A Seat For My Dog On An Airplane Internationally?

Assuming the airline you’re using allows pets, yes, you’ll be able to buy international plane tickets for your dog. However, you need to be prepared to pay a little (or a lot) extra. Many airlines require additional fees for international tickets for your pets, and this can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. As long as you can afford that, though, it shouldn’t be a problem!

Can I Buy A Plane Ticket For My Large Dog?

Large dog on a seat on an airplane

If you’re flying with a pet-friendly airline, you’ll typically be allowed to purchase an extra seat for your large dog, but you may have to pay an extra pet fee depending on the airline.

Can I Buy A Seat For My Dog On An Airplane 2022?

That depends on the airport, but as long as you do your research beforehand, yes, you should be able to! Before buying your own tickets, look at what your local airline says about tickets for your pets.

Can My Dog Sit On My Lap During A Flight?

Typically, no. If your dog is over 25 pounds, you’ll have to buy a separate seat, but if they’re 25 pounds or under, you can take them with you as a carry-on for a small pet fee. The caveat to this, however, is that they have to stay in a pet carrier for the duration of the flight, and the carrier has to rest in front of or under the seat.

How Big Of A Dog Can Fit Under An Airplane Seat?

Dogs under 25 pounds can be placed under an airplane seat without the need to buy a separate ticket. However, you may need to pay an additional pet fee.

What’s The Best Seat On A Plane With A Pet?

Try to purchase seats with plenty of space available. This will prevent both you and your pup from feeling cramped and uncomfortable during the flight.

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