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Planning your next vacation and don't want to leave your furry friend behind? We get it!

Alternative Airlines have created this guide so that all your questions and queries about taking your beloved pet onboard are answered and that unnecessary stress is taken away.

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The Best Airlines for Pets

Listed below are some of the airlines' policies for flying with a pet. Please note that each airline has different rules regarding pets.

American Airlines

American Airlines are not only the biggest airline in the world but also, one of the most pet friendly! Prices for taking your pets onboard range from $125-200 USD depending on your flight and pet.


JetBlue is a great option for you and your pampered pets. Small cats and dogs are welcome onboard JetBlue flights in any cabin class except Mint so you'll have plenty of room to stretch out if you wish to do so. Sadly, larger pets will not be accepted onboard JetBlue flights.

Air Canada

The largest airline in Canada, Air Canada is one of the most accommodating airlines for your pets! Prices for bringing your furry companion onboard with you start at $50 and go up to $100 each way, making Air Canada one of the cheaper options. There's even a Pet Stop at Toronto Pearson Airport if you're passing through!


Lufthansa is slightly more accommodating by allowing 2 pets to be in the same carrier onboard a flight with them, this is great if they get on! Other small animals such as rabbits will be located in the hold at a charge of €70-400 EUR depending on the route and size of the pet. 

How to Add a Pet to your Booking

Step 1 - Search for flights

Search for flights

Using the search form at the top of the page, select if you wish to fly a 'one-way', 'return' or 'multi-city' flight. Then enter the departure and arrival destinations as well as the dates you want to fly, the number of passengers, and the cabin class you want to fly in. Press the 'Search Flights' button.

How to Add a Pet to your Booking

Step 2 - Filter your search

Filter your search

Browse through all the available flights and select the flight that best suits you. If you want to fly with a certain airline, you can use the 'Airlines' drop-down tab to only show flights with a specific airline. You can choose a pet-friendly airline from the list. 

Once you've found the ideal flight for you 'Confirm Selection' and proceed to the next

How to Add a Pet to your Booking

Step 3 - Add a pet to your booking

Add a Pet to your booking

Click to Add a Pet to your booking and proceed to fill out all the required details and information for both yourself and your pet.

How to Add a Pet to your Booking

Step 4 - Pick a payment method

Pay your way

Once you're happy with your flight choice and have added your pet to your booking, head over to the payment section to confirm your booking. At Alternative Airlines we take pride in offering 40+ different payment options including Buy Now Pay Later options, cryptocurrencies and virtual wallets such as Apple Pay and Google Pay.

Once your booking has been confirmed, you'll get your e-ticket straight away via email. Please note that in some cases it may take up to 24 hours for you to receive your e-ticket.


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Book Flights and Add a Pet FAQs

How much does it cost to fly with my pet?

To bring your furry friend on a flight with you you're often looking at a cost of between $50 - $500 depending on the size of the animal, the distance at which you plan to fly and the individual airline you're flying with. As this is the case, it's crucial that you check directly with the airline to be sure.

Can I fly with my guide dog?

Yes, all assistance dogs are accepted on board without an extra charge. Passengers with guide dogs are likely to get seated on the front row of the aircraft to allow for enough space for both the passenger and the dog.

Do I need a pet health certificate?

Yes, all dogs, cats and ferrets will need a pet health certificate in order to go abroad. This can be obtained via the veterinary practice your pet is signed up to.