Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines permits passengers 18 years or older to travel with small pets in the cabin of its aircraft for a fee of $100 each way. A customer may travel with a maximum of two carry-on pet containers in the main cabin when the adjacent seat is purchased by the same customer. Pets allowed in the passenger cabin include dogs, cats, rabbits, household birds, and tropical fish. Dogs and cats must be at least eight weeks old and must have been fully weaned for at least five days prior to travel. Pets may be transported in the passenger cabin on flights to and from Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines can onlly allow one pet, cat or dog, to travel to and from Hawaii due to there being additional requirements for travel to and from this state. All pets crossing state borders, with the exception of guide dogs, are required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to have a valid health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within 30 days of travel. If an animal is being transported by a breeder, dealer, or research facility, then the health certificate must have been issued within 10 days. All animals crossing state borders to a cold weather destination are required to have a veterinarian's note on the health certificate that they are acclimated to temperatures below 45°. It is the responsibility of the customer to obtain this certification. Proof of rabies vaccination is required for animals traveling within the state of Alaska or when traveling across state lines. Proof of Parvo Virus vaccination is required before an animal can be transported to Nome or Kotzebue.

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Pet Reservations

Because Alaska Airlines limits the number of pets per flight, it is essential that you reserve a ticket for yourself as well as your pet as soon as possible after confirming your travel plans. The First Class cabin can accommodate a total of one small pet per flight, and the main cabin can accommodate a total of up to five small pets per flight. Simply call 1-800-252-7522 and let the reservation agent know that you are flying with your pet, and the agent will confirm availability for you and your pet.

Pets in the Cabin

Alaska Airlines permits passengers 18 years or older to travel with small pets in the cabin of its aircraft for a fee of $100 each way. A customer may travel with a maximum of two carry-on pet containers in the main cabin when the adjacent seat is purchased by the same customer. Pets allowed in the passenger cabin include dogs, cats, rabbits, household birds, and tropical fish. Dogs and cats must be at least eight weeks old and must have been fully weaned for at least five days prior to travel. Pets may be transported in the passenger cabin on flights to and from Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines can onlly allow one pet, cat or dog, to travel to and from Hawaii due to there being additional requirements for travel to and from this state. All pets crossing state borders, with the exception of guide dogs, are required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to have a valid health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within 30 days of travel. If an animal is being transported by a breeder, dealer, or research facility, then the health certificate must have been issued within 10 days. All animals crossing state borders to a cold weather destination are required to have a veterinarian's note on the health certificate that they are acclimated to temperatures below 45°. It is the responsibility of the customer to obtain this certification. Proof of rabies vaccination is required for animals traveling within the state of Alaska or when traveling across state lines. Proof of Parvo Virus vaccination is required before an animal can be transported to Nome or Kotzebue.

Pets in Cargo

Most small domesticated pets, including cats, dogs, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, household birds, non-poisonous reptiles, pot bellied pigs, rabbits, and tropical fish are permitted to travel in the climate-controlled baggage and cargo compartments on Alaska Airlines' flights. Other pets may be accepted with approval. If you are traveling with your pet, the fee is $100 (each way) for pets and containers having a combined weight of 150 pounds or less. For heavier pets and carriers, passengers should contact Alaska Airlines directly for pricing information. As of May 21st, 2012, Alaska Airlines now only accepts kennels made with nuts and bolts for transport in the cargo compartment. When placing your pet in the checked baggage compartment, you should check in at least one hour, but no more than two hours, prior to your scheduled departure time. If your trip includes a transfer on Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air, Alaska Airlines will allow a maximum connection time of four hours for your pet at the connection city. If your trip includes a transfer to another airline, you must allow time to pick up your pet in the baggage claim area and re-check your pet with the connecting airline. Alaska Airlines does not transfer pets to other airlines. Due to the extreme temperatures that may be experienced in the cargo area of its aircraft, Alaska Airlines reserves the right to decline acceptance of animals for travel if temperatures are anticipated to fall within extreme ranges. Please contact Alaska Airline directly for more information if you are traveling during periods where the weather may be a factor.

Other Restrictions

Pets traveling in the cabin must remain in an approved pet carrier at all times while onboard the aircraft, and no part of your pet's body (including head and tail) may protrude from the container. Since the maximum size of the pet carrier varies, depending upon the type of aircraft on which you are flying, you should check Alaska Airlines' website to confirm the exact dimensions allowed. Generally, pet carriers are limited in size to 24" long x 14-19" wide x 9-11" high. Your pet must be able to stand up and move comfortably about the container. For pets traveling as checked baggage, a 500-size kennel is the largest pet carrier that Alaska Airlines will accept. Please contact Alaska Airlines directly for more information about restrictions on pet carriers as checked baggage.

Reviews

BringFido Traveler Rating

Alaska Airlines has received a rating of 2.8 out of 5 bones by 28 dog owners on BringFido.

  • Nov. 20, 2017
    Comfort LlamaKittens Galore Nov. 20, 2017
    Comfort Llama

    I am writing this review to address the lack of privacy screening for my llama and I at the airport. No llama should have to searched in plain view by security. We travel together to keep each other company and share the wonders of the world. It would be helpful if there were potty bags available for the air stewards to pick up after my animal instead of them just leaving it in the aisle. Also, Alaska should widen the rows to allow more access for my llama to lay down, I feel like this is a fire hazard having my llama block the exit row.

  • Oct. 12, 2017
    Why are animal haters reviewing on here? David Oct. 12, 2017
    Why are animal haters reviewing on here?

    Cmon people. The only low ratings I see are from people stating dogs should not be allowed on flights. Why even go on this site? My dogs are my family and the fact that Alaska airlines let's them in the cabin so they are safe is incredibly reassuring. I cannot believe the reviews here saying a dog's life is less important. Find another website people.

  • Sep. 21, 2017
    Thanks Alaska Airlines!Kimberly Sep. 21, 2017
    Thanks Alaska Airlines!

    We flew our pup up to Alaska to be with us for two weeks and to be flower girl in our wedding. She's 60 lbs and many airlines don't allow dogs in cargo anymore. We are so happy that she could fly with us...and only $100 each way. I hope that more airlines will allow fur children on planes. I'm sad to be in FL this winter without her.

  • Aug. 21, 2017
    Health of other passengersMurray Aug. 21, 2017
    Health of other passengers

    Cats, dogs and rabbits should not be allowed in the passenger area. Some people are allergic to animal fur and your sitting next to whinning dog or nervous cat

  • Feb. 02, 2017
    Ridiculous 100 dollar fee and horrible customer service Shane Feb. 02, 2017
    Ridiculous 100 dollar fee and horrible customer service

    Alaska airlines charges you 200 dollars round trip to take your small pet with you as a carry on and they never do anything to receive the funds...seems insane and excessive to me!!! Something needs to be done about this ridiculous charge

  • More than one year ago.
    great Michelle More than one year ago.
    great

    After using Hawaiian airlines to fly our pet and having to most horrible experience I cannot say enough good things about Alaska Airlines. we now fly our dog to Hawaii using Alaska Airlines. They treat your dog very well and keep it in its kennel for as short as time as possible. They do not put your pet in cargo they use baggage, its only $100 dollars to Hawaii for you pet versus the $816 we paid to Hawaiian Airlines. The max time my dog was in a kennel was 7 hrs. Alaska is the only way to go if you are flying your pet.

  • More than one year ago.
    dogs in cabinginger More than one year ago.
    dogs in cabin

    Thank you Alaska for allowing small dogs in the cabin to Hawaii. I understand that only one dog is allowed per flight to Hawaii due to the regulations here. As far as those other comments from other people about not allowing dogs in the cabin- My preference is to have a well behaved dog or cat in a crate next to me rather than a misbehaving child or sick and vomiting human!!! I have traveled with them all and I will take the dog hands down any day!!!

  • More than one year ago.
    2 fees for the same tripJamie More than one year ago.
    2 fees for the same trip

    I recently flew booked a flight with American Airlines where the second flight was operated by Alaskan air. I paid the 125 pet fee for American and then was pulled from the jet way and confronted about my pet on the second flight. Even though you book a flight with 1 airline if another airline operates within your trip, you can be charged twice. Beware there is no mention of this in the policy. When I contacted American they stated the codeshare policy but that reflects baggage not pets. There was no mention of this when I called to reserve my in cabin pet or at check in. So overall I ended up paying 350 for round trip for my dog to be my carry on.; that is a round trip ticket. I am part of a military family and need to travel with my pet in order to see my husband but we can not continue to be blindsided by such fees. I agree with others and would like to know what does the money goes to?

  • More than one year ago.
    Do Not Use Alaska to Fly to HawaiiAden Clark More than one year ago.
    Do Not Use Alaska to Fly to Hawaii

    Do not use Alaska Airlines Pet Cargo to Hawaii. As others have stated they do not understand how the regulations are written and choose to add some of their own to their pet services. The individual at the Denver location would not allow my animal to fly at 87 degress and claim they communicated to me that their extreme heat issues were explained to me. Their extreme heat is 85 degrees. Guess what AAL it's always 85 degrees in Hawaii the temperature doesn't change. After both my mainland vet and Hawaii vet approved my animal to fly at 87 degrees the attendant in Denver continued to refuse and began to become arrengent and creditacal of my choice to fly my animal. Why this individual felt they knew better than two Vet services beats me but was only being diffuclt. And if this individual had any common sense of how difficult the timing is with Hawaii Certification they would have better understood why a few degree temp change is not that high of a concern. Thankfully my animal was able to be rebooked on UNITED Airlines two days later and I did not have to go through another certification process or loose my pet due to the inability for them to fly in June. USE United Airlines Not Alaska. United was kind understanding and my animal arrived safe and in excellent health according to the Hawaii Vet exam at 88 degrees.

  • More than one year ago.
    Good to meHazel More than one year ago.
    Good to me

    Pets are allowed to travel in and out of Hawaii. I have done it with my dog, and she was not quarantined. It was a smooth process and she barely spent 20min there. I had all the required documents, therefore she could come hone with me. If you do what you need to do as far as paperwork before coming in to Hawaii, its no problem. Alaska airlines was good, they accommodate pets and are not as ridiculous as other airlines.

  • More than one year ago.
    fantasticmichelle More than one year ago.
    fantastic

    Alaska Airlines treats your pets like your child. They were incredible with my big dog. They make sure your dog is in its kennel as short as time as possible. It was $100 to fly from Kona HI to seattle and my dog was in its kennel about 6 hours. There was someone they had someone in seattle waiting to help me, I compare this to my flight over to Hilo instead of Kona on Hawaiian and it took a little over 14 hours, they made a 5 hour lay over in Honolulu and we arrived a hour early to my dog ended up have a 6 hour layover on top of the 3 hours he had to be there before the flight and then the 5 hour flight. My dog was totally traumatized all at a cost of only $ 816.00 (sic) one way. I have to say Alaska airlines was incredible and the customer service and caring they showed my pet has made me be a loyal customer.

  • More than one year ago.
    animals traveling under seatJim Isbell More than one year ago.
    animals traveling under seat

    Two different issues: first, due to allergies, animals should not be allowed to fly with people in the cabin. Second issue: Because THEY ARE allowed--what is the fee for? In fact, the airline clarifies it takes ZERO responsibility AND you loose your carry on luggage right. So, for a net loss in "what you get" you get charged 100 bucks. Why is that? No logic to it.

  • More than one year ago.
    No pets on planes!Pat More than one year ago.
    No pets on planes!

    I can't understand why ANY airline would allow pets in the cabin! Humans do have allergies to dogs and cats. Their comfort and safety in more important than a dog or cat! Last flight I was on, a dog was prancing up and down the aisle. Who gets to clean up the poop?

  • More than one year ago.
    No one knew where my dog wasDana More than one year ago.
    No one knew where my dog was

    I called Alaska Air earlier in day to find out where to pick my dog up at. I was told baggage claim. The flight was an hour late and my dog did not arrive at baggage claim like other dogs. I'd been told I'd get a phone call which I never got. Finally someone told me my dog was in another building. When I got there at 2am folks were face booking and sweeping while my dogs kennel sat on a dolly in front of them. No one was cared enough to call the owner (me). Horrible experience.

  • More than one year ago.
    greatsandy More than one year ago.
    great

    flight delay due to weather and our large dog's sedation wears out while we have 5 hour delay. Alaska attendants tended to our dog, walked him, fed him and then made sure he was on the right plane after our was changed as we boarded due to mechanical problems. Then Alaska helped us book a hotel in Phoenix AND had the Marriott except our 65 lb hunting dog into the room. If my dog and I can't fly Alaska, we wont be going. Oh and for what it's worth, no good rating for Budget rent a car that rented out our rental suburban - last one - and left 6 people and one big dog with a 4 door car.

  • More than one year ago.
    Mad about costROBIN More than one year ago.
    Mad about cost

    I am putting my beagle mix on a flight from Bellingham Wa. to Ketchikan Ak. You complain about $100.00. Good gosh!! I am paying $369.00 for about an hour flight for my medium dog in cargi. I am really mad! I have no problem with paying, but that fare should be unlawful. This does not include the crate or health certificate that I must purchase for this ONE WAY trip. So the other folks $100.00 sounds great to me. Why is my little dog more than a huge suitcase? I'm mad as BLEEP!

  • More than one year ago.
    Alaska Air is GreatYahiry Nieves More than one year ago.
    Alaska Air is Great

    For those that are complaining about the $100 fee for your pet, EVERY airline charges the fee. Alaska is the cheapest of all. Everyone else is at minimum $125 to $200 EACH way. I transported a large dog in cargo and a small dog in cabin and they have great service. Even confirmed my dog was in cargo aboard for my peace of mind. I agree a dog is way better than screaming kids, but that's just life.

  • More than one year ago.
    pets on planesVicki More than one year ago.
    pets on planes

    I don't think airlines should charge for small pets who have to be under the seat as carry on. $100 each way is ridiculous. Why should pets cost more than a 50# bag? Even infants get to ride on your lap and are not charged anything extra. Shameful

  • More than one year ago.
    pets on planesVicki More than one year ago.
    pets on planes

    I don't think airlines should charge for small pets who have to be under the seat as carry on. $100 each way is ridiculous. Why should pets cost more than a 50# bag? Even infants get to ride on your lap and are not charged anything extra. Shameful

  • More than one year ago.
    Doh Alaska Air is the BESTRedTiger chase More than one year ago.
    Doh Alaska Air is the BEST

    Come on now people.. AlaskaAir.. its the best one.. Friendly, good people and very professional .. I always travel with AAir ..

  • More than one year ago.
    $100 what a ripJim More than one year ago.
    $100 what a rip

    I agree with Linda in Dallas as to how can Alaska Airlines justify charging for bringing a small pet on board that remains confined the entire time. They do because they can get a way with it. Small pet owners need to unite to protest this ridiculous charge.

  • More than one year ago.
    Alaska Airlines GreatJudy More than one year ago.
    Alaska Airlines Great

    I flew from CO. to Juneau for the first time with my little dog Molly. They say not to sedate them before they fly so she was given a "composure pill" since she is a bit hyper. It put me to rest that she was on board (she was in cargo) and we made the flight fine. They say the pet cargo is climate controlled and I would like to see it. ??????

  • More than one year ago.
    Agree with Linda in DallasMichele More than one year ago.
    Agree with Linda in Dallas

    Why should a small dog in a carry-on not be treated just as a carry-on piece of luggage. They get no special treatment, must stay in their carrier throughout the flight, and as such are no more bother to the staff or passengers than my carry-on briefcase!!! Certainly my dog is less trouble to staff and passengers than a screaming baby or out of control toddler!! Charging $200 round trip for my dog in cabin is shameful and without reason. Alaska Air does seem to have a caring attitude towards pets so I would respectfully submit they should review this ridiculous charge for pets in cabin.

  • More than one year ago.
    Boo!Linda More than one year ago.
    Boo!

    Boo to all the airlines charging fees for pets to travel IN the cabin! They have to go under your seat like carry on luggage (which is free). Funny they don't charge for infants....

  • More than one year ago.
    Hawaii is as safe as it gets!Why not Hawaii? More than one year ago.
    Hawaii is as safe as it gets!

    I agree with Angry in HI. The Hawaiian Dept of Ag is absolutely thorough about the health of the animals it allows on the island. I can't believe Alaska doesn't fly pets to or from Hawaii!!!

  • More than one year ago.
    Angry in HawaiiK More than one year ago.
    Angry in Hawaii

    Alaskan Airlines needs to look into Hawaii's quarantine laws because Hawaii only quarantines pets coming into Hawaii because there is no rabies present in the islands. All pets coming out of Hawaii are very safe to fly, in fact, safer than the rest of the United States. This is a completely ridiculous rule and a misinterpretation of Hawaii's quarantine laws.

  • More than one year ago.
    Reviewj maxfield More than one year ago.
    Review

    We rescued a female dog from Mexico and brought her and 2 of hr pups to Canada vis Alaska Airlines. The staff was just gret start to finish. We had one pup in cabing with us and the other two well traveling in checked baggage. The staff assured us the dogs travelling below would be o.k. They informed us when they were place on the plane and allowed when we had to change planes, they allowed us to go and check on the dogs before they were placed on the connecting flight. The staff were very sensitive and understood that the dogs were very important to us and would be taken care of. I would definitely travel with my pets on Alaskan Airlines again not only because of the great service and approach to pet travelling but also for the competitive pricing.

  • More than one year ago.
    Excellent serviceBarbara Schuerman More than one year ago.
    Excellent service

    I flew my two elderly Maltese dogs from Orlando to Medford, OR via Seattle. From the time I arrived at the airport, an attendant was assigned to me and the dogs. He helped me with the paperwork, stood with the dogs while I got my ticket and paid for the dogs, then took them thru the security system. Alaska Airlines guarantees that the dogs will not be left in the Florida heat on the tarmac but will always be in air-conditioning. After boarding, I was handed a slip which said "We are on board too!" This occured after our layover at Seattle and after boarding the flight to Medford, OR. The dogs arrived in excellent condition and none the worse for their experience. B. Schuerman

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