Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines is an American airline with their headquarters in Seattle. They welcome pets in the cabin and the hold on a number of different flights.

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Pet Reservations

On any given flight, the First Class cabin can accommodate 1 pet and the main cabin can accommodate 5, so Alaska Air recommends contacting the Customer Service Team at 800-252-7522 as soon as your travel plans are confirmed. Let the reservation agent know that you are flying with your pet and they will confirm availability.

Pets in the Cabin

Alaska Air allows small pets (dogs, cats, rabbits, and household birds) to travel in the cabin if the combined weight of the pet and carrier does not exceed 20 lbs (9 kg). Dogs and cats must be at least 8 weeks old to travel in the cabin. Each passenger can travel with a maximum of 2 pets, as long as 2 seats are purchased. Alternatively, up to 2 pets of the same breed may travel in the same carrier if they are under no distress. Each pet in the cabin has a fee of $100 each way.

Pets in Checked Baggage

Alaska Air allows a number of small pets (including cats, dogs, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, household birds, non-poisonous reptiles, pot bellied pigs, rabbits, and tropical fish) to travel as cargo if the combined weight of the pet and carrier does not exceed 150 lbs (68 kg). Other pets will be accepted with approval. Dogs and cats must be at least 8 weeks old to travel in the hold. Each pet traveling in the hold will have a fee of $100 each way. Due to the extreme temperatures that may be experienced in the cargo area, Alaska Air may decline pets if they deem the weather too unsafe.

Pets in Cargo

Passengers with pets that exceed the weight limit to travel as checked baggage or in the cabin can contact the cargo department at 800-225-2752 to find out information on transporting pets via cargo instead.

Carrier Guidelines

For pets traveling in the cabin, hard-sided carriers must have maximum dimensions of 17" x 11" x 7.5" (43 cm x 28 cm x 19 cm) and soft-sided carriers must not exceed 17" x 11" x 9.5" (43 cm x 28 cm x 48 cm). They must be leak-proof, have adequate ventilation, and be lined with absorbent bedding. For pets traveling in the hold, carriers must not exceed the dimensions 30" x 27" x 40" (76 cm x 68 cm x 101 cm). Kennels must be solid, have handles, adequate air ventilation, and a sturdy roof. Pets must be provided with food and water bowls attached to the interior.

Other Restrictions

Brachycephalic (short-nosed) dogs and cats are not accepted for travel as cargo with Alaska Airlines. Notable dog breeds that are considered to be this type are Boston Terrier, Boxer (all breeds), Bull dog (all breeds), Bull Terrier, Brussels Griffon, Chow Chow, English Toy Spaniel, Japanese Spaniel/Japanese Chin, Mastiff (all breeds), Pekingese, Pit Bull (all breeds), Pug (all breeds), Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Terrier; cat breeds are Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, and Persian. These breeds may still travel in the cabin with their passenger if they meet the usual requirements.

Reviews

BringFido Traveler Rating

Alaska Airlines has received a rating of 3.1 out of 5 bones by 24 dog owners on BringFido.

  • Mar. 06, 2018
    $100 per ride is cheap

    I’m happy to pay $100 to have my elderly dog in the seat next to me. As for allergies, if you have them, don’t touch my dog. He’s in his own space, paid for, and not running around touching you. And for those of you asking about “cleanup,” if it happens it’s the owners responsibility to clean up after their pets, not the flight attendant’s. Do you think they change your baby’s dirty diapers? I don’t think so.

  • More than one year ago.
    Alaska--the only way to go

    Can't believe folks whining about having to pay $100 to transport their pet. That's dirt cheap, When took my dog from St. Louis to Seattle and back again, the crew couldn't have been nicer. Both my dog and I were treated with in a welcoming and respectful manner, and it made our trip all the more enjoyable.

    I have never had a bad experience on Alaska Airlines. Just never. From check-in to deplaning, the service has always been top notch. I can't say that about any other airline, and I've flown them all. Like a lot of folks, I take whatever flight is cheapest, but I am always extremely happy when Alaska pops up as the lowest fare, and that's been happening some frequency lately.

    As for the issue of folks flying with dogs, so long as pet owners are reasonable (and I understand that can be a big if), it shouldn't be a problem. A German shepherd doesn't belong in the cabin, but no one should be upset by a pug or small poodle, so long as the dog is well behaved. If you have a dog that yaps or can't control its bowels, then you should leave it home. If folks have allergies, then they can be separated from the dog. I've never seen more than one animal on a plane, and I fly a fair amount. I'm quite certain that if someone near me had an issue with allergies, flight attendants, at least on Alaska, would have put as much distance between me and the allergic passenger as possible. Frankly, I think the issue of dogs on planes exacerbating allergies is somewhat of a red herring. I have yet to read an account of a passenger who was allergic to dogs having an issue due to a dog being on a plane, and I've read a fair amount.

  • More than one year ago.
    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.

  • 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.
    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 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 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.
    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 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 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.
    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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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!

    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!

    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 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.
    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 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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