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Fly Nonstop with American Airlines: Your Guide to Stress-Free Travel
Traveling can be a stressful experience, but with the right airline, it doesn’t have to be. American Airlines offers nonstop flights to hundreds of destinations around the world, making it the perfect choice for stress-free travel. Here’s a guide to flying nonstop with American Airlines and how you can make your journey as smooth and hassle-free as possible.
Booking Your Flight
The first step in planning a stress-free trip is booking your flight. With American Airlines, you can easily book your flight online or through their mobile app. You can also call their customer service line for assistance with booking or if you have any questions about the process. Once you’ve booked your flight, you’ll receive an email confirmation with all the details of your trip.
Checking In and Boarding
Once you’ve booked your flight, it’s time to check in and board. American Airlines offers online check-in up to 24 hours before departure, allowing you to skip the long lines at the airport. You can also use their mobile app to check in and get your boarding pass on the go. When it’s time to board, simply head to the gate and present your boarding pass for scanning. It’s that easy.
American Airlines offers a variety of amenities on board their flights that will make your journey even more enjoyable. From complimentary snacks and drinks to in-flight entertainment options like movies and TV shows, there are plenty of ways to stay entertained during your flight. You can also take advantage of their Wi-Fi service so you can stay connected while in the air.
Traveling doesn’t have to be stressful when you fly nonstop with American Airlines. With convenient online booking options, easy check-in and boarding processes, and plenty of in-flight amenities, you can make sure that every step of your journey is as stress-free as possible.
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Flying with a service animal.
Fully-trained service dogs may fly in the cabin at no charge if they meet the requirements.
A service animal is defined as a dog that’s individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a qualified individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability, including but not limited to:
- Visual impairments
- Mobility impairments
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Our team members are trained to ask certain questions to determine if your animal is a service animal acceptable for travel.
Please note, service animals in training, emotional support animals, and comfort animals may travel as pets, not as service animals. All requirements and applicable fees will apply.
Forms and advanced notice
To travel with a service animal on flights operated by American, you must submit the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Service Animal Air Transportation Form attesting to the animal’s health, training, and behavior to the Special Assistance Desk at least 48 hours before your flight. We’ll notify you upon document approval.
You can complete the form at the airport if you bought your ticket within 48 hours before the flight. Be sure to arrive early.
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This form is compatible with the latest version of JAWS and NVDA screen readers, and it may be completed and signed on a desktop or mobile device using Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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If your trip includes a flight on a partner airline you’ll need to contact them and complete all required forms for traveling with a service animal.
Flights to the U.S.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a temporary suspension of dogs, including service dogs, traveling to the U.S. from countries considered high-risk for dog rabies.
Only service dogs with an approved CDC Dog Import Permit, or that meet CDC U.S. vaccination and microchip requirements may fly on American.
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- Submit an approved CDC Dog Import Permit
Flights over 8 hours
If you have a flight over 8 hours in your itinerary, the Department of Transportation Service Animal Relief Attestation Sanitation Form is also required stating your animal won’t need to relieve itself or can do so in a way that doesn’t create a health or sanitation issue.
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- Read and complete the DOT Service Animal Air Transportation Form
- Complete the DOT Service Animal Relief Attestation Form if applicable
- Submit at least 48 hours before your flight
- Keep the form with you during your trip
Submit the DOT Service Animal form
Service Animal ID
Once you’ve submitted your form and it’s been approved, we’ll send you an email with your Service Animal ID (SVAN ID). You can add the SVAN ID when booking future travel with this animal and be approved without resubmitting forms. Keep in mind, your SVAN ID will expire after 1 year from the date of signature or when the animal’s vaccination expires, whichever is first.
Service Dog Pass™
Handlers with a Service Dog Pass ID (SDP ID) can enjoy a more seamless travel experience thanks to our partnership with K9s For Warriors and Service Dog Pass. You can add an SDP ID instead of an American-issued Service Animal ID (SVAN ID) when booking travel with us and be approved without submitting forms.
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- Animal must be harnessed, leashed or tethered at all times
- Animals under 4 months of age may not travel as a service animal
- Animal must be clean and well-behaved
- Animal must be able to fit at your feet, under your seat or in your lap (lap animals must be smaller than a 2-year old child)
- Final approval for travel will not happen until you arrive at the airport and it is determined that the animal will safely fit at your feet.
- If the animal is in a kennel, it must fit under the seat in front of you with the animal in it.
- An individual is limited to 2 service animals
Animals may not:
- Be seated in an exit row
- Protrude into or block aisles
- Occupy a seat
- Eat from tray tables
If your animal is too large or too heavy to be safely accommodated in the cabin, you may need to:
- Rebook on a flight with more open seats
- Buy a ticket for the animal
- Transport the animal as a checked pet.
Animals must be trained to behave properly in public and they won’t be permitted in the cabin if they display any form of disruptive behavior that can’t be successfully corrected or controlled, including but not limited to:
- Biting or attempting to bite
- Jumping on or lunging at people
If this behavior is observed at any point during your journey and isn't corrected or controlled, the animal will be considered a pet. All requirements and applicable fees will apply.
If you don’t complete or meet all the requirements, your animal may be able to fly as a pet. All requirements and applicable fees will apply.
Destinations with restrictions
Trained service dogs can travel in the cabin to / from all Hawaiian islands. All other animals (with the exception of service dogs) must first go through Honolulu for acceptance by Hawaiian quarantine officials.
Your service animals must meet our travel requirements as well as the quarantine restrictions and documentation requirements set by the state of Hawaii. You must provide applicable documentation for both at check-in.
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Dogs traveling to LHR need approval from the Heathrow Animal Reception Center (HARC). You should contact them as soon as possible, but at least 7 days before your flight. The HARC charges a fee (£410) for animals that do not meet the criteria for assistance animals.
British Airways doesn’t accept emotional support animals on any of its flights.
To fly to LHR:
- Notify the HARC via email
- If approved, a letter will be sent
- Print the letter and provide it at check-in
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To fly with service dogs, email Scotland’s animal travel agency at least 48 hours before your flight. You'll need to carry an ID card or valid certificate from the organization that trained or supplied the animal.
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Service dogs need pre-approval letters from the Animal Reception Center in your destination city. You’ll need to travel with the letter and any required health documentation.
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Service dogs can travel in the cabin to / from Ireland. All dogs must be fully compliant with the rules for entering Ireland. You’ll need to notify the Irish Authorities in advance to arrange a mandatory veterinary compliance check upon arrival.
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Service dogs can travel in the cabin to / from India. All dogs must be fully compliant with the rules for entering India. You’ll need to notify the Indian Authorities to obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) at least 7 days ahead of travel.
Animal Quarantine & Certification Service
Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Government of India Kapashera, New Delhi- 110097
Tel.: +91-11-25063272, Fax: +91-11-25060647, E-mail: [email protected]
Visit the Government of India’s Animal Quarantine & Certification Services site for more information.
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Service dogs can travel in the cabin. You'll need to contact the Animal Quarantine Service no less than 40 days before your arrival.
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Only dogs can be accepted as service animals; emotional support animals of any kind cannot be accepted.
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Only dogs can be accepted as service animals; emotional support animals of any kind cannot be accepted. You’ll need to contact the Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department at least 10 days before your arrival to complete all requirements.
Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department
Service and emotional support animals require an animal import permit from the Guyana Ministry of Agriculture. You must travel with and provide the import permit at check-in.
Importation of Animals to Guyana
Only dogs can be accepted as service animals; emotional support animals of any kind cannot be accepted. You’ll need to complete the St Vincent and the Grenadines Animal Import Permit Application and submit it to the St Vincent and the Grenadines Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. You must travel with and present the import permit and a valid health certificate at check-in for your service dog.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ministry of Agriculture
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Policies and Restrictions
Priority parcel service or expeditefs, domestic flights and smaller pets.
If your pet is flying domestically within the continental U.S., Puerto Rico or into Hawaii, has a combined weight (pet and kennel) of less than 100 pounds, and uses a kennel no larger than 36L"x26W"x28H", then they will fly as Priority Parcel Service (PPS).
International flights and larger pets
If your pet is flying internationally, out of Hawaii, or exceeds the PPS weight and container restriction, then they will fly as ExpediteFS.
View Domestic U.S. and Canada ExpediteFS rates »
View U.S. to International ExpediteFS rates »
View International to International/ U.S. ExpediteFS rates »
Please note that an additional $150 handling fee per air waybill will apply to the Animals rates.
Paying for Pet Transport
Become a customer.
If you transport animals more than once a month, set up an account and apply for a credit account .
At Cargo terminals : Credit card, debit card, or customer credit account.
At ticket counters, baggage service areas and global : Credit card, debit card and customer credit account.
50% military discount when traveling on orders
All active members of the U.S. Military may receive a discount of 50% off of our published rate when transporting pets while under PCS or TDY orders.
To be eligible for the discount provide the following:
- A scanned copy of your valid military identification at the time of booking.
- A scanned copy of your Permanent Change of Station (PCS) or Temporary Duty orders.
o Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders must be dated no more than 120 days before or after your report date.
o Temporary Duty (TDY) orders must be dated no more than 30 days before or after your report date.
Be sure to bring your valid military identification and documentation for verification when presenting your pet for transport.
We stand behind our family of products. In the event your pet does not travel on its booked flight due to circumstances within our control, we will refund 50% of the freight charges for PPS or 100% of the freight charges for ExpediteFS, provided they are dropped off within required time limits and have met all required documentation.
No refund will be paid if the delay was caused by weather conditions, mechanical problems, termination, diversion, postponement or delay of any flight because of force majeure, strikes, riots, civil commotion, international conditions, any governmental regulations, order demand or requirement, shortage of labor, fuel facilities, or labor difficulties or for any other reason beyond our control.
If, for any reason, we cannot complete the contracted travel or if the customer does not accept delivery of the animal at its final destination, the pet may be returned to its original location, and the shipper will be responsible for any and all related charges.
Emergency Veterinary Support
In the unlikely event that an animal becomes ill or injured while in our care, we will obtain veterinary attention to ensure the pet's safety and security. Should the consulting veterinarian determine that the diagnoses or conditions were pre-existing, the customer will be responsible for reimbursing American for the cost of veterinary care and any other related expenses, such as the feeding and housing of the animal(s).
When you sign our Customer Acknowledgment Form, you authorize American to transport your pet to a veterinary clinic, animal hospital or similar facility for care in the event of an emergency. You also acknowledge and agree that American won’t be liable for any loss, damage, delay or expense arising from injury to or illness of your pet. You further acknowledge and agree that you will reimburse American for charges and fees American incurs with respect to veterinarian care for injuries to or illnesses of your pet.
Comfort Stops and Kenneling
Comfort stops are provided at local kennel facilities for pets that need to lay over between connections. While your pet is at a comfort stop, the kennel will provide a well-being check to ensure your pet's health and welfare. Your pet will have the opportunity to relieve themselves. Crates that have been soiled will be cleaned and any soiled bedding will be thrown away. Depending on their travel schedule, your pets will be given water and food.
We require a comfort stop for all dogs if:
- The first leg of the routing is seven hours or more and includes a connection.
- The connection time between booked flights on the same day is seven hours or more.
- A same day connection is not possible.
- The itinerary is longer than 24 hours.
Comfort stops for cats are only required if the itinerary is longer than 24 hours, but are otherwise optional and at the request of the customer.
If your pet needs a comfort stop, you will be charged for the comfort stop fees based on the connection city.
Extreme temperatures are tough on our beloved animals, so we'll only provide animal transport when temperatures are safe and appropriate. Temperature restrictions are based on the actual or forecasted temperature(s) for each flight departure time and flight arrival time for each station on the itinerary.
We transport warm-blooded animals when ground temperatures are between 45 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit . This applies to origin, connection and destination cities.
We will NOT transport warm-blooded animals when ground temperatures are higher than 85 degrees Fahrenheit or less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit . This applies to origin, connection, and destination cities.
Letter from a vet required for 20-44 degrees Fahrenheit
If ground temperatures are between 20 and 44 degrees Fahrenheit , then we require that you provide a letter of acclimation signed and dated by a licensed veterinarian. The letter of acclimation must state the exact lowest temperature between 20 and 44 degrees Fahrenheit that the animal may be exposed to. This applies to origin, connection, and destination cities.
We've provided a letter of acclimation you can give to your veterinarian, but if you'd like to provide one in a different format, please make sure the letter states that "the animal(s) in this shipment is acclimated to a temperature of [insert exact temperature between 20 and 44 degrees Fahrenheit]."
Please note that if your health certificate also includes an acclimation certificate, there is no need to complete the letter below. We only need one certified acclimation statement.
We will not transport warm-blooded animals if the actual or forecasted temperature(s) is outside of the range provided by the veterinarian in the acclimation letter. We will also not provide transport if the maximum amount of time that the animal may be exposed to temperatures below 44 degrees Fahrenheit is less than 45 minutes.
Acclimation letter (PDF) »
Cold-blooded animals are exempt from the American Airlines Cargo temperature restrictions. Please package all cold-blooded animals in accordance with the IATA Live Animal Regulations, which include heat or cold packs as needed. Learn more about the IATA regulations here .
Unsafe temperatures in our care
If there is a change in temperature that is outside our acceptable range while the animal is in our care, we may contact you to pick up your pet in order to ensure its safety. If temperatures become unsafe at one of the connecting points during travel, the animal will be taken to a local kenneling facility — at no charge to you — for a comfort stop to play, eat and sleep until temperatures return to a safe range.
Here's how we do it
Our system has the capability to check the temperatures at departure and arrival times for each station in your pet's routing. The best way to determine the temperatures is to visit our Facilities page and view current conditions. You'll find the hourly temperatures for each station in your pets routing. These temperatures are identical to our system, however our stations have final say on temperature restrictions based on our system of record.
Example Sparky the Dog will be flying from Los Angeles to Rochester, NY, with a layover in Chicago. Sparky will be dropped off at 5 a.m. for the following flights:
AA 1200 LAX-ORD 6:55 a.m. – 1 p.m. AE 4089 ORD-ROC 2:55 p.m. – 5:35 p.m.
First, check the hourly forecast at LAX for the time frame of 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Then, check the hourly forecast at ORD for the time frame of 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Finally, check the hourly forecast at ROC for the time of arrival, the 5 p.m. hour.
The heat and ventilation capability within much of our fleet allows us to accept pets for transport. However, for the safety of the animal, we will not transport animals on the following aircraft types: Airbus 319, 320, 321, 321E, 321H, 321S, 321X, 32Q and 32B , excluding New York JFK to/from LAX and San Francisco (SFO). Tropical fish, lobsters and other “aquatics” are accepted across our entire fleet.
Aircraft compatibility (PDF) »
To ensure the well-being of all animals, the following breeds and mixes of brachycephalic and snub-nosed dogs and cats will not be accepted for travel due to the risks associated with their hereditary respiratory issues. We also cannot accept historically aggressive breeds for safety reasons.
If the animal is a mixed breed, then this form must state the predominant breed with the word "mix" or "mixed."
Affenpinscher, American Bully, American Staffordshire Terrier, Boston Terrier, Boxer (All breeds), Brussels Griffon, Bulldog (All breeds), Cane Corso, Chow Chow, Dogue De Bordeaux, English Toy Spaniel, Japanese Chin, Lhasa Apso, Mastiff (All breeds), Pekingese, Pit Bull, Presa Canario, Pug (All breeds), Shar Pei, Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Terrier, Tibetan Spaniel
Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, Persian
Restricted dog and cat breeds (PDF) » Restricted mastiff breeds (PDF) »
At the recommendation of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Airlines will not accept household dogs and cats that have been sedated or tranquilized. Pets that have been given sedatives or tranquilizers are at a higher risk of respiratory and cardiovascular problems at high altitudes. American Airlines will not knowingly accept a dog or cat that has been or appears to have been sedated.
Our recommended alternative is to acclimate your pet to its travel container as far in advance of the trip as possible. Veterinarians recommend leaving it open in the house with a chew bone or other familiar objects inside so that your pet will spend time in the kennel. It is important for your pet to be as relaxed as possible during the flight.
Some veterinarians also recommend herbal stress relievers, like lavender and chamomile, to ease your pet’s anxiety. Please make sure to ask your veterinarian if using these natural alternatives is safe for your pet.
If you plan to sedate or tranquilize an animal other than a household dog or cat, federal regulations require that you present the following information at check in:
- Name of the medication.
- Amount administered.
- Time and date it was administered.
- Manufacturer details.
- Lot, batch, or serial number of medication, and expiration date.
Regulations are in place to protect your animals.
Make sure your animal meets applicable government regulations and complies with the U.S. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Wild Fauna and Flora. Specific guidelines for the acceptance, care, handling and container requirements are published in the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animal Regulations Manual. Unless there is a more restrictive policy, we adhere to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) guidelines in order to keep your animal as safe and comfortable as possible.
The information contained on this website is for general reference and guidance only. Please go to the USDA's APHIS website for detailed instructions and information.
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American Airlines Pet Policy
Can my pet fly with me in the cabin? Yes (Certain Flights) Can my pet fly with me as checked baggage? No (COVID restrictions) Can my pet fly with me as manifest cargo? Yes
In-Cabin Pet Policy
If your dog or cat meets the requirements listed in American Airlines pet policy to travel in-cabin, you will need an approved airline pet carrier . The carrier must have a waterproof bottom, have room for your pet to stand up and turn around, must fasten securly and have adequate ventilation. Maximum size: 19in x 13in x 9in. (soft-sided carriers can be slightly higher.)
Small dogs or cats.
Pets must be at least 8 weeks old to travel in the cabin.
American does not permit pets in the cabin on transatlantic or transpacific flights. Pets are permitted to fly in the cabin to most destinations in the United States (excluding Hawaii) and Canada, Mexico, Central America, Alaska, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Croix. Flights cannot be longer than 11 1/2 hours.
Pets traveling in the cabin are not allowed to or from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Hawaii or EU countries. Service/assistance dogs only are allowed in the cabin on flights to Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Carry-on pets are not permitted in First or Business Class on the following aircraft: 757-L, 757-EW, 767, 777-200, 777-300, 787-8, 787-9, Airbus A330-200 or A330-300.
Carrier measurements will vary depending on the aircraft serving the route. There is one pet permitted per passenger unless you are carrying a mother cat or dog with her unweaned litter.
Two pets of the same size and species (generally puppies, kittens or toy dogs) may be allowed in one pet carrier, provided there is adequate room in the carrier for them to stand up and turn around. The total weight of the pets and carrier must not exceed 20 pounds. Birds are not permitted.
You will check in at the passenger counter as animals are not checked in at curbside. A fee will be collected at the time of check in. Your pet airline carrier will count as a piece of carry-on luggage.
$125USD Your pet airline carrier will count as a piece of carry-on luggage. You must check in at the passenger counter as animals are not checked in at curbside. If your pet is a service animal, there will be no charge for the flight.
No Health Certificate is required for pets traveling in the cabin.
Only trained service animals can fly in the cabin and you will need to complete and submit the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Service Animal Air Transportation form before your trip. If you are traveling with an animal that does not qualify as trained service animal, it may be transported as a regular pet.
See more information about American Airline policies on service and emotional support animals .
Checked Baggage Pet Policy
American Airlines is currently not offering checked baggage service for live animals with the exception of active-duty U.S. Military and U.S. State Department Foreign Service personnel traveling on official orders.
If your pet is too large to fit under the seat, it is an animal other than a dog or cat, or if it is a very long flight, American may transport your pet in the cargo section of the aircraft according to its regulations. This section of the cargo department has the same temperature and pressure as the passenger cabin. Live animals will not be transported in the cargo hold of the following aircraft: Airbus 319, Airbus 320, Airbus 321, Airbus 321S and Airbus 321H. Live animals are not transported on Air Wisconsin.
Larger dogs and cats. Birds are not permitted. Flight must be less than 12 hours. Up to 2 pets per passenger may travel as checked baggage.
Pets traveling to Hawaii may travel as checked baggage through Honolulu. Pets traveling to the United Kingdom must fly as air cargo.
Checked pets cannot travel to/through/from Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas or Palm Springs from May 1 - September 30.
Checked baggage service is not offered on flights to Japan.
Checked pets cannot travel on A321, A321S, A321H, A320, A319 aircraft and all flights operated by Air Wisconsin.
Health Certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of travel. If you are returning to your country of origin on the same ticket, the health certificate is valid for 60 days.
When flying as checked baggage, you will check in your dog, cat not more than 4 hours ahead of flight time at the passenger ticket counter at which time you will pay the fee for transport. Pet owners are encouraged to check in early as the number of pets per flight is limited and on a first come-first served basis. There is a maximum of 2 pets per passenger permitted to travel as checked baggage.
Flights cannot be longer than 12 hours. Pets must not be sedated or they will not be accepted.
$200 ($150 for travel to or from Brazil)
See banned breeds below.
Pets will not be accepted as checked baggage or air cargo when actual or forecasted temperatures are above 85°F (29.4°C) or below 45°F (7.2°C) at any airport on the itinerary. Pets may be accepted at temperatures below 45°F with an acclimation certificate , however, no pet will be transported at temperatures lower than 20°F (-6.6°C). American Airlines has a 24/7 help desk to assist with rescheduling pets when temperatures do not fall within this range.
Between May 1 and September 30, live animals will not be permitted in the cargo hold on flights to, from or transiting Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas and Palm Springs due to summer temperatures.
Health Certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of travel.
Maximum size crate: max 63" high on B767, B777 and B787. 40" high on B757 and 28" high on B737 and A330 aircraft. No series 700 crates will be allowed on any American Airlines aircraft. Metal hardware should be used to fasten the top and bottom halves of your pet' crate together. Click here for crate requirements .
Two dogs or cats between 8 weeks and 6 months old can travel in the same crate if they are of the same species, a similar size and weigh less than 20 pounds each.
Need an IATA compliant pet crate? Have a crate already? Need accessories for your crate ?
Manifest (Air) Cargo Pet Policies
American Airlines Cargo serves the continental United States, Honolulu, Puerto Rico, Canada and international locations where flight time is less than 12 hours. Pet owners have 2 transport services to choose from: Priority Parcel Service (domestic up to 100 lbs.) and ExpediteFS (international).
American Airlines will ship warm blooded animals such as dogs, cats, birds, primates and some other animals. Cold-blooded animals must be packaged in accordance with the IATA Live Animal Regulations and must include heat or cold packs, as needed. American Cargo will not ship dangerous or offensive dogs or other animals, unhealthy animals or pets that will be banned by the country of destination. No venemous snakes or lizards will be transported.
If your pet is traveling to or through the United States, the use of a professional freight forwarder, IPATA agent, or customs broker with an established business relationship with the airline will be required. Flights cannot be longer than 12 hours.
All pets traveling to or from London Heathrow or Manchester must use the services of an agent. Agents can be found at IPATA.org. If you are departing from the United States, we can assist you with the booking. Please send an email to [email protected].
No live animals will be permitted on flights over 12 hours.
American Airlines will not transport animals on the following aircraft types: Airbus 319, 320, 321, 321S, 321H and 32B. Routes that are excluded from this restriction include New York JFK to/from LAX and San Francisco (SFO).
Reservations can be made up to 10 days in advance.
Pets must be at least 8 weeks old and weaned for domestic or international travel.
Health Certificate issued within 10 days of travel. Also required are proof of vaccinations and pet passport documents for the country your pet is traveling to (international travel only).
Household pets such as dogs, cats, ferrets, birds, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, pot-belly pigs, rabbits, rodents and cold-blooded animals can be checked in at passenger ticket counters, baggage service offices and dedicated Global Priority Shipping Centers. You will pay for your pet's transport when your pet is dropped off.
Sedated pets will not be accepted.
All dogs going to the UK will need a photo to confirm the kennel is the correct size. See how to measure your dog for its crate .
See checked baggage above.
American Airlines will no longer accept Series 100 (small) pet crates in the cargo hold.
Two animals less than 6 months and 20 pounds each may travel in the same crate as long as they are of the same species and both animals are less than 20 pounds (9 kg). For animals traveling to the United Kingdom, a maximum of two adult animals (of comparable size, up to 20 pounds (9 kg) each (and who are known to eachother) may be transported in the same container.
More info on crate requirements . Have a crate already? Need accessories for your crate ?
American serves locations worldwide in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, India, the Caribbean, North and South America including the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Puppies and Kittens
American will transport puppies and kittens over 8 weeks of age.
- Traveling with a puppy
The following is a list of brachycephalic dog breeds and any "mix" of will not be accepted as checked baggage: Affenpinscher, Bulldog (All breeds), Lhasa Apso, Pug (All breeds), Cane Corso, Mastiff (All breeds), Pit Bull Terriers, Shar Pei, Boston Terrier, Dogue De Bordeaux, Pekingese, Shih Tzu, Boxer (All breeds), English Toy Spaniel, Pit Bull, Tibetan Spaniel, Brussels Griffon, Japanese Chin and Presa Canario.
The following dog breeds and their mixes will not be transported as air cargo: Affenpinscher, American Bully, American Staffordshire Terrier, Boston Terrier, Boxer (All breeds), Brussels Griffon, Bulldog (All breeds), Cane Corso, Chow Chow, Dogue De Bordeaux, English Toy Spaniel, Japanese Chin, Lhasa Apso, Mastiff (All breeds), Pekingese, Pit Bull, Presa Canario, Pug (All breeds), Shar Pei, Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Terrier and Tibetan Spaniel.
Additionally, the following cats will not be accepted: Burmese, Persian, Himalayan and Exotic Shorthair.
Beginning June 1, 2019, a breed verification form will be required for all dogs and cats flying American Airlines in the cargo hold, whether as checked baggage or air cargo.
All warm blooded mammals and birds including show or exhibition animals. American Cargo will not ship dangerous or offensive animals, unhealthy animals or pets that will be banned by the country of destination.
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American Airlines' pet policy: Here’s how to fly with your cat or dog
Flying with a pet can be complicated. Each airline has its own guidelines, and the devil is really in the details.
In this story, we'll cover the most important details you need to know about the American Airlines pet policy, including the American Airlines pet cargo policy.
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American Airlines' pet policy
American Airlines only allows passengers to carry on cats and dogs; no other types of pets are allowed. According to the American Airlines pet policy , you can bring a cat or dog along (assuming they meet the size and age requirements) on most flights up to 12 hours or flights to or from the following locations:
- The 48 contiguous United States.
- The United States and Canada.
- Puerto Rico.
- St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
- St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
American Airlines charges a $125 charge for each one-way itinerary where your pet accompanies you in the cabin. You'll also incur an additional $125 charge on any one-way itinerary within the U.S. with more than a four-hour voluntary stopover. You might be able to recoup some or all of the fees if you charge it on a credit card that offers airline fee credits .
Additionally, the American Airlines pet policy prohibits pets from traveling in first or business class on the following aircraft types:
You'll want to make sure you book your pet early as part of your reservation. Unlike the United Airlines pet policy , American Airlines publishes the number of pets allowed in the cabin on each flight. So, we know American Airlines only allows up to seven kennels on its mainline flights (although service animals don't count toward this limit).
Meanwhile, American will only accept five kennels per flight — and a maximum of one carrier in first class — for American Eagle flights. While American has largely eliminated change fees , you'll be stuck rescheduling your trip if your particular flight has already reached its cap for in-cabin animals.
Lastly, American Airlines considers a pet carrier a carry-on item. So, if you're bringing along a pet, you'll only be permitted a personal item along with your pet carrier. Any other bags will need to be checked, with the appropriate fees applied.
Related: A comprehensive guide to traveling with pets
American Airlines' pet carrier requirements
The American Airlines pet policy allows for both hard-sided and soft-sided carriers. Hard-sided carriers have different size restrictions based on whether your flight is on American Airlines or American Eagle, American's regional carrier.
Hard-sided kennels can be no larger than 19 inches by 13 inches by 9 inches on mainline flights and no larger than 16 inches by 12 inches by 8 inches on American Eagle flights. However, the American Airlines pet policy recommends soft-sided carriers, which can be no larger than 18 inches by 11 inches by 11 inches on both mainline and American Eagle flights.
Lastly, the American pet policy states that the animal must be able to stand up and turn around in the pet carrier .
Related: 8 things to consider before flying with your pet
American Airlines' pet cargo policy
American Airlines will only allow a pet to travel in cargo if you are a member of the U.S. military on active duty or a U.S. State Department Foreign Service employee traveling on official orders. There are several additional requirements for a pet traveling in cargo which you can find on the American Airlines website .
Related: What you need to know about traveling with dogs on a plane
How to use the American Airlines pet policy
The only way to use the American Airlines pet policy is to call reservations to add a pet to your reservation. An agent will be able to help you with adding a pet to your record, assuming there is still capacity for kennels on your preferred flights.
Related: How to change or cancel an American Airlines flight
The American Airlines pet policy can make it challenging to travel with your pet. You won't be able to bring anything other than a cat or dog on board. And American is one of several airlines that severely restrict the ability to have your animal travel in the cargo hold.
The American Airlines pet policy contains some restrictions on the size of kennels on certain flights and destinations. Finally, American Airlines will only accept a certain number of pets in the cabin per flight, so you'll need to reserve space for your pet early.
American Airlines Pet Policy: Your Complete Guide
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Have you ever dreamed of taking your pup on a flight ? Whether it’s for a family vacation or a business trip, traveling with your dog can be an exciting experience. Before you book a pet transportation flight on American Airlines , however, it’s important to understand their pet policy for dogs. In this guide, we’ll provide a comprehensive overview of the rules, regulations, and best practices for flying with your pup on American Airlines.
While you’re researching, be sure to check out our articles on United Airlines pet policy and Delta Airlines pet policy . Learn more about airline-approved pet carriers too!
Pet Travel Rules for American Airlines
No matter the size of your pup, American Airlines has a few rules you must follow if you want to bring your dog on a flight.
Service and Emotional Support Animals
American Airlines allows service dogs to fly in the cabin with their owners. Service dogs are trained to do tasks that benefit the well-being of an individual with a qualified disability. These include (but are not limited to):
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Service dogs, regardless of breeds, are allowed on American Airlines flights . Emotional support animals of any kind, including checked pets, aren’t allowed in cabin travel.
American Airlines does not allow any pit bull breeds, including American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Bullies and American Pit Bull Terriers, on their flights. Apart from pit bull breeds, they also don’t allow snub-nosed or brachycephalic breeds like French Bulldogs or Boston Terriers. There’s a simple reason for this: they pose health risks that could be dangerous for them to fly. If you have a snub-nosed breed, then unfortunately you’ll be limited to ground transportation. Service animals and emotional support animals are allowed on board with proper documentation and kennel requirements. However, pets are not allowed on certain flights and should be checked in as cargo.
Size and Weight Limits
American Airlines limits pet carriers to one per customer and requires that they fit underneath the seat in front of the customer. The carrier must have enough space for your pets, including service animals and emotional support animals, to stand up and turn around. The maximum weight for both the animal and the carrier is 20 pounds.
American Airlines Cargo is a program for those that have larger dogs that can’t fit in a carrier underneath the seat in front of you and need to go in the cargo hold. There are costs associated with this but it’s not too much different than those dogs flying in the main cabin.
American Airlines currently doesn’t allow pets to be checked as baggage. However, service animals can be transported through American Airlines pet cargo or American Airlines cargo.
Your pet, whether it’s a dog or a service animal, should be able to stand up and turn around comfortably in the kennel without touching the top.
The cabin pet transport crate should have secure locking with pins that extend past the extrusions above and below the door. The pins should be hardware instead of plastic fasteners, ensuring the safety of your dog during travel.
Buy a crate with ventilation on all sides.
The crate should have your pet’s name and your contact information for dogs, animals, and pets staying in cabins.
Water and food bowls for pets, including dogs and other animals, need to be securely attached to the door of their travel crate and easily accessible from outside.
Training and Socialization
Your dog must be a well-trained and comfortable pet around other people and animals in order to travel with you in the cabin on American Airlines. Additionally, if your dog is an ESA, it must also meet these requirements.
Preparing to Fly with Your Dog
Once you have familiarized yourself with the American Airlines pet policy , there are a few additional steps you’ll need to take before you can bring your pets on a travel. It’s important to note that the policy applies to all animals, and not just dogs. If you plan to keep your pets in the cabin with you, make sure to follow the airline’s guidelines for cabin pets.
Documentation and Health Certificates
American Airlines Pet Policy requires customers to provide proof of their pet’s age and breed. They also ask for a Rabies Vaccination Certificate . Your pets must be up-to-date on their vaccinations before you can fly with them. You’ll also need to obtain a health certificate from your veterinarian before you can board the plane. Typically you should go to a veterinarian registered with the USDA and they will issue a signed Certificate of Veterinary Inspection for your animals. This is typically done at least 10-14 days before your travel plans. If you have an emotional support animal (ESA), please ensure that you have all necessary documentation for them as well.
What to Expect at the Airport
When you travel with your pet, you’ll need to check in with your furry companion. If your animal is a service animal or ESA, you’ll need to provide the appropriate documentation.
Tips for Flying with Your Dog
Flying with your pup and other pets can be a rewarding experience, especially if they are an ESA (Emotional Support Animal). Here are a few tips to better prepare yourself and your American animals for the flying process.
Get your pet or ESA animal used to their carrier before the American flight.
Bring a few treats with you to give to your pet or ESA animal during the American flight.
Make sure your pet or ESA animal has an American collar with their contact information.
Prepare yourself for unexpected delays.
Make sure to stay with your pet pup and other animals at all times, especially if you are an American.
What is the cheapest way to transport a pet?
Typically, ground transport is the cheapest way to transport a pet. Longer trips using a transportation service, like CitizenShipper, typically average around $1.00 per mile. Using a pet transportation service ensures your pet arrives in your new location safely, while minimizing stress and overall cost.
How much does it cost to ship a pet internationally?
While shipping your pet domestically is a relatively straightforward process, international shipping can be more complicated. Hiring a pet transport service to help with international logistics can save a tremendous amount of stress and time.
Each country of arrival will have specific regulations regarding pet health checks, necessary vaccination, and possible quarantine requirements. The cost to ship a pet internationally can vary, especially if you need to board your pet for an extended quarantine.
How much does it cost to transport cats?
The cost to transport cats will vary depending on the transport method. Cats can be transported via ground or air transit, and are often small enough to be considered a “carry on” item. Transporting a cat can cost as little as $25 on Amtrak, or as much as $125 to fly in the main cabin of an airplane.
How much does it cost to travel with a small pet?
Traveling with a small pet, compared to a large pet, is much cheaper. Smaller pets can fit under the seat in front of you and can often qualify as a “carry on” item. Traveling with small pets on Amtrak can cost $25, while airlines can charge around $125. Keep in mind certain companies will only allow cats and dogs to travel.
What does it cost to ship a puppy?
While puppies are small enough to fly in most airline cabins, they can incur additional costs. Puppies generally require more attention, and therefore can be more expensive than shipping an adult dog or cat.
Many breeders will utilize an air nanny service to accompany your puppy. If the air nanny is experienced, or a regular, certain airlines may provide discounted rates or waive certain fees. Breeders regularly ship puppies to their new homes and are well-versed in arranging transportation.
Bottom Line on American Airlines Pet Policy
Traveling with your pup or other animals can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it’s important to familiarize yourself with the American Airlines pet policy before you book a flight. Make sure to follow the rules, provide the necessary documentation, and prepare your animals for the flight. With the right preparation, you and your animals can have a comfortable and enjoyable experience flying with American Airlines.
If you are unable to fly with your pet, CitizenShipper can help you find an American pet transporter or flight nanny to safely deliver your animal to your destination. Even if we are an online marketplace, we specialize in connecting you with experienced professionals who can transport your pet across the country.
Patrick Macfarland has been a teacher, a candidate for public office, and a local tour guide. But now he dedicates his time writing full-time, currently at CitizenShipper and VeraContent.
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About American Airlines
American Airlines is a major U.S. airline. American Airlines charges for all checked bags (no free checked baggage allowance) on domestic flights, except with certain loyalty status memberships. Some international routes allow free checked bags, but many destinations to the Caribbean and Central America do not allow any free checked luggage anymore. Please see the details below. Please note that American Airlines has updated it's checked baggage policies effective June 7th 2023 - these changes include new and increased 1st Checked Bag fees for Basic Economy passengers. Please review in detail the updates below - the new fees apply to flights booked on/after June 7th 2023. American Airlines operates an extensive international and domestic network, with scheduled flights throughout North America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific. A note on American Airlines "Basic Economy" Fare, the airline is no longer limiting the carry-on allowance to just a personal item - all passengers are entitled to a personal item and a standard carry-on item, including Basic Economy passengers.
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The following American Airlines pet policy information will provide the answers to many common questions regarding the transportation of pets. Special pet guidelines apply for travel to international destinations and Hawaii. Please refer to the appropriate American Airlines pet policy sections below for more detailed pet information regarding those destinations.
The US CDC has issued a temporary ban on ALL dogs (carry-on and checked), including service dogs, from any country considered high-risk for rabies. Only service dogs traveling to the U.S. from high-risk countries with an approved CDC Dog Import Permit, or that meet CDC U.S. vaccination and microchip requirements may fly on American Airlines. Cats from high-risk countries will not be accepted as carry-on or checked pets during the suspension.
Important Pet Travel Information Customers with pets traveling as checked baggage are required to present a valid health certificate. Important Temperature Restriction Information To help ensure the well-being of pets traveling as checked baggage, American adheres to day-of-travel temperature restrictions.
Reservations for your pet on American Airlines
Pets traveling in the cabin require a reservation to ensure no more than seven pets are booked on any single flight. To ensure your pet is accommodated, please make arrangements in advance by contacting American Airlines Reservations as early as possible to confirm a spot for your pet. Checked pets do not need a reservation. Attention dog show participants: if capacity is reached, checked pets are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Pets in the Cabin on American Airlines / Carry-On Pets
On American Airlines you may bring 1 kennel with your pet as your carry-on bag, upon payment of the pet carry-on fee. You must reserve your pet's spot ahead of time, as a maximum of 7 pets are allowed on any flight.
Your pet must stay in its kennel under the seat in front of you for the entire flight.
You can travel with your pet carrier and 1 personal item, but you will not be permitted to bring a carry-on bag in addition to a pet carrier and personal item. Instead, the kennel will replace your carry-on bag.
If your pet is too large to fly in the cabin, it must travel with American Airlines Cargo - you pet will not be accepted as checked baggage. American Airlines only accept checked pets for active-duty U.S. Military and U.S. State Department Foreign Service personnel traveling on official orders. Fees and restrictions apply.
Kennel Guidelines for American Airlines Carry-on Pets
Pets must be able to stand and sit erect, turn around normally and lie down in a natural position in their kennel (without touching any side or the top of the container).
Non-collapsible kennels can’t exceed the underseat dimensions of any aircraft included in your journey. Please contact reservations to verify maximum dimensions.
Soft-sided collapsible kennels can be slightly larger but still need to fit under the seat without having to excessively collapse the kennel, must be secure, padded, made of water-repellant material and have nylon mesh ventilation on 2 or more sides.
Maximum dimensions: 19 x 13 x 9 inches / 48 x 33 x 22 centimeters (length + width + height)
Max dimensions on regional (American Eagle) flights: 16 x 12 x 8 inches / 40 x 30 x 20 centimeters (length + width + height)
Due to the lack of underseat storage space, carry-on pets are not permitted in First or Business on Boeing 777-200, 777-300, 787-8, 787-9 flights.
American Airlines Pets in the Cabin Carry-On Fee 2022
American Airlines charges a fee of $125 per kennel - if your trip includes a stopover of more than 4 hours, you may be charged this fee for every segment of your trip.
Travel To Or Through Hawaii
Hawaii is a rabies-free state and state law requires 120-day quarantine for dogs/cats to protect residents and pets. The quarantine periods can be reduced to five (5) days or less if specific qualifications are met. See http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/ai/aqs/info for more information. No pets are accepted on non-stop flights to Maui, the Big Island or Kauai. Pregnant animals past 45 days gestation are not permitted. Guide and service dogs may be eligible for reduced quarantine. Contact the Animal Quarantine office in Honolulu at 808-483-7171 for more information. For additional quarantine information please visit http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/ai/aqs/info Important Notes Pets may travel to Hawaii as checked baggage only. ALL pet arrivals/connections in/through Hawaii must be via Honolulu. Pets Connecting in Honolulu to points within Hawaii American Airlines will transport all pets to Animal Quarantine in Honolulu. The pet will remain there for the pre-determined quarantine period at which time the owner makes arrangements to transport the pet to outer island, either by coming to Honolulu or through air cargo. The owner is responsible for making all necessary arrangement with the Animal Quarantine office in Honolulu at 808-483-7171. Pets Connecting in Honolulu to points beyond Hawaii Upon arrival in Honolulu, American Airlines will take the pet to a sterile area where the pet is held until the connecting flight departure time. The connecting carrier will pick up the pet from the sterile transit area and deliver the pet directly to the connecting flight. The owner of the pet is responsible for making all arrangements directly with the Animal Quarantine office in Honolulu at 808-483-7171 and with the connecting carrier. The owner pays each carrier directly for applicable charges.
Pets as Checked Baggage
American Airlines only accepts pets of active-duty US Military personnel and US State Department Foreign Service personnel travelling on official orders. If this is your case, please contact American Airlines reservations for more information. Otherwise, your pet may not travel with you, and must be sent as American Airlines Pet Cargo
SERVICE ANIMALS on American Airlines
Fully-trained service dogs may fly in the cabin at no charge if they meet the requirements.
A service animal is defined as a dog that’s individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a qualified individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability, including but not limited to:
Visual impairments Deafness Seizures Mobility impairments Post-traumatic stress disorder
American Airlines team members are trained to ask certain questions to determine if your animal is a service animal acceptable for travel.
Please note, service animals in training, emotional support animals, and comfort animals may travel as pets, not as service animals. All requirements and applicable fees will apply.
Quarantine restrictions may apply. Your reservations agent or travel agent will be happy to check destination regulations for you. Service Animals Traveling To Hawaii Hawaii's quarantine law is designed to protect residents and pets from potentially serious health problems associated with the introduction and spread of rabies. Prior arrangements for clearance must be made directly with Animal Quarantine at 808-483-7151 or http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/ai/aqs/info * Guide dogs, service dogs and emotional support animals may travel to/from Hawaii in the cabin. The animal will be taken to the Airport Quarantine Holding Facility for verification of compliance and examination upon arrival at Honolulu. Service Animals Traveling To The United Kingdom American Airlines is approved to carry service animal cats or dogs to the U.K. A disabled passenger must obtain and present a pre-approval letter issued from the animal reception center in the passenger's destination city. The passenger must also possess the original health documentation used to obtain the pre-approval letter. For pre-approval requirements go to: www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/quarantine * Passengers may also call the following Animal Reception Center: London Heathrow (LHR) - (011) 44 208 745 7894 Manchester (MAN) - (011) 44 161 489 8220 Emotional Support or Psychiatric Service Animals Emotional Support animals are only accepted for travel as pets, and upon payment of all standard pet fees. Emotional Support animals are no longer accepted free of charge, due to abuse of the allowances and changes to FAA regulations regarding emotional support animals.
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Understanding american airlines’ dog policy.
By Erik Rivera | Updated May 22, 2023
If you’re planning to fly with your furry friend, it’s important to understand the dog policy of the airline you’re considering. This article will provide you with an in-depth guide to American Airlines’ policy regarding traveling with dogs, including requirements, fees, and restrictions.
Overview of American Airlines’ Dog Policy
Traveling with your furry friend can be an exciting experience, but it’s important to ensure that your pet’s journey is stress-free and safe. American Airlines understands this and allows dogs to travel with their owners on domestic and international flights, provided they meet certain requirements and restrictions.
Before booking your flight, it’s essential to carefully review American Airlines’ dog policy to ensure that your pet meets the requirements and that you have all the necessary documentation. This will help ensure a smooth and enjoyable travel experience for you and your furry companion.
In-Cabin Pet Policy
If you’re planning to bring your dog in-cabin, it’s important to note that American Airlines has specific requirements that must be met:
- The dog must be small enough to fit in a carrier that can be stowed under the seat in front of you. This ensures that your pet is safe and secure during the flight.
- The carrier must not exceed the dimensions of 19 x 13 x 9 inches and must be leak-proof and well-ventilated. This ensures that your pet is comfortable and has adequate ventilation during the flight.
- The dog and carrier combined must not weigh more than 20 pounds. This weight limit ensures that the carrier can be easily stowed under the seat and that your pet is comfortable during the flight.
American Airlines allows a maximum of 2 dogs per passenger in-cabin at a fee. However, only a limited number of pets are allowed on each flight, and a reservation is required. To avoid disappointment, it’s advised to book your dog’s reservation early and ensure that your pet meets all the requirements.
Checked Baggage Pet Policy
If you prefer that your dog travels as checked baggage, there are some additional requirements that you must meet:
- The dog must be at least 8 weeks old and have been weaned for at least 5 days. This ensures that your pet is healthy and can handle the stress of travel.
- The dog must have a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel. This certificate ensures that your pet is healthy and fit to travel.
- The carrier must meet the same requirements as for in-cabin travel. This ensures that your pet is safe and comfortable during the flight.
It’s important to note that there are limits to the number and type of dogs that can travel as checked baggage. To ensure availability on your flight, it’s advised to book in advance. The fee for checked baggage pet travel is higher than for in-cabin travel but allows for larger pets that can’t fit under the seat.
Cargo Pet Policy
For larger dogs unable to travel in-cabin or as checked baggage, American Airlines provides a cargo pet travel option. This option is recommended for dogs weighing over 20 pounds or that do not meet in-cabin or checked baggage travel requirements.
- A licensed and accredited veterinarian must issue a health certificate within 10 days of travel. This certificate ensures that your pet is healthy and fit to travel.
- The dog must travel in a crate meeting International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations for the size and weight of the dog. This ensures that your pet is safe and secure during the flight.
- American Airlines reserves the right to refuse pets if temperatures in the departure or arrival cities are too high or low. This ensures that your pet is safe and comfortable during the flight.
It’s essential to contact American Airlines Cargo for further information, regulations, and to obtain a quote for pet travel fees. This will help you understand the requirements and costs associated with cargo pet travel.
Emotional Support and Service Animals
American Airlines welcomes emotional support and service animals on its flights, but additional documentation is required:
- An emotional support or service animal must have a valid identification card verifying the animal’s status as a service or emotional support animal. This ensures that the animal is trained and certified to provide emotional support or perform specific tasks for its owner.
- The animal must be trained to behave in a public setting and be under the control of its owner at all times. This ensures that the animal is well-behaved and does not cause any disruption during the flight.
- The animal must travel in-cabin with its owner unless it is too large to fit under the seat. This ensures that the animal is safe and secure during the flight.
It’s important to note that emotional support and service animals are not considered pets and are therefore not subject to the same fees and restrictions as pets. However, it’s advised to contact American Airlines before your flight to ensure that you have all the necessary documentation and that your animal meets the requirements.
Traveling with your furry friend can be a rewarding experience, and American Airlines understands this. By following the guidelines and requirements outlined in their dog policy, you can ensure that your pet’s journey is safe, comfortable, and stress-free.
Preparing for Your Flight with Your Dog
Before booking a flight, you should take the time to prepare your dog for air travel. Here are some essential things to consider:
Booking your Dog’s Reservation
Reservations are required for all pets traveling with American Airlines. It’s essential to inform the airline of your pet upon booking and to confirm the reservation with the airline at least 48 hours before your flight. It’s also recommended to book flights that do not exceed 12 hours for the safety and comfort of your dog.
When booking your dog’s reservation, it’s important to consider the breed and size of your pet. Some airlines have restrictions on certain breeds or sizes of dogs. It’s best to check with the airline beforehand to avoid any last-minute complications.
Depending on the travel type for your dog, you may need to provide additional documentation. It’s essential to get in touch with American Airlines at least a week before your flight to review all the documentation needed for the specific travel type.
The required documentation may include a health certificate, proof of vaccinations, and a certificate of acclimation for pets traveling in the cargo hold. It’s important to ensure that all the necessary documentation is in order to avoid any issues during travel.
Health and Vaccination Requirements
All pets traveling with American Airlines must have all required vaccinations up to date. A health certificate is also required depending on the travel type. You should consult your veterinarian to ensure your dog has all the necessary vaccinations and a valid health certificate within ten days of travel.
It’s important to note that some countries or states may have additional health requirements for pets entering their borders. It’s best to research and comply with these requirements before booking your flight.
Choosing the Right Pet Carrier
Choosing the right pet carrier is crucial for your dog’s safety, comfort, and convenience. Your pet carrier should be well-ventilated and large enough for your dog to sit, stand, and turn around. American Airlines has specific requirements for each type of travel, so it’s essential to comply with these for a smooth travel experience.
When selecting a pet carrier, it’s important to consider the size and breed of your dog. Some carriers may be too small or uncomfortable for larger breeds. It’s also important to ensure that the carrier is sturdy and secure to prevent any accidents or injuries during travel.
It’s recommended to acclimate your dog to the carrier before the flight by gradually introducing them to it and allowing them to spend time inside. This will help your dog feel more comfortable and relaxed during the flight.
Overall, preparing for your dog’s air travel requires careful planning and attention to detail. By following these essential tips and consulting with your veterinarian and airline, you can ensure a safe and stress-free travel experience for you and your furry companion.
Fees and Charges for Traveling with Your Dog
Traveling with your furry friend can be a wonderful experience, but it’s important to be aware of the fees and charges that come with it. American Airlines offers several options for pet travel, each with its own set of fees and requirements. Here’s what you need to know:
In-Cabin Pet Fees
If your dog is small enough to fit in a carrier that fits under the seat in front of you, you can bring them with you in the cabin. However, there is a fee of $125 per carrier each way. Keep in mind that there are also requirements for the size and type of carrier allowed, so be sure to check with American Airlines before your trip.
Checked Baggage Pet Fees
If your dog is too large to travel in the cabin, you can check them as baggage. The fee for checked baggage pet travel depends on the route and the weight of the dog and carrier. The fee starts at $200 each way, but can be higher for longer flights or larger dogs. It’s important to note that not all flights allow checked baggage pet travel, so be sure to check with the airline before booking your trip.
Cargo Pet Fees
If your dog is too large to travel in the cabin or as checked baggage, they can be transported as cargo. The fees for cargo pet travel depend on the route, the size of the crate, and the weight of the dog. You should contact American Airlines Cargo for a quote on fees, as they can vary widely depending on your specific travel plans.
Additional Fees and Charges
In addition to the fees for pet travel, American Airlines charges an additional $125 fee for any stopover of more than 4 hours between domestic flights and $200 for stopovers between international flights. It’s important to check for any additional fees that may apply to your specific travel plans, such as fees for overweight baggage or changes to your itinerary.
Overall, traveling with your dog can be a great experience, but it’s important to be prepared for the fees and requirements that come with it. Be sure to check with American Airlines before your trip to ensure that you have all the information you need for a smooth and stress-free journey.
Traveling with your furry friend can be a delightful experience, but it’s crucial to ensure compliance with airline policies, requirements, and fees for your safety and the safety of your pet. American Airlines’ dog policy is clear about its requirements, restrictions, and charges, and it’s important to review and adhere to these to ensure a smooth and comfortable travel experience for you and your dog.
American Airlines Pet Policy
American Airlines is a pet-friendly airline and permits pet travel in-cabin with passengers. You are required to comply with certain health and safety mandates, as well as the rules of the airline itself to fly with your pet.
Pet Transport as a Carry On
Depending on the pet’s size and breed, they can travel as a carry-on or be transported through American Airlines Cargo. Carry-on pets are limited to cats and dogs that meet the existing size, age and destination requirements.
On American Airlines flights, you can bring 1 kennel as your carry-on bag if:
- You pay the pet carry-on fee.
- Your pet stays within the kennel and under the seat in front of yours throughout the flight.
You may travel with your pet carrier and one personal item, but you will not be permitted to bring a carry-on bag in addition to a pet carrier and personal item. The kennel will replace your carry-on bag in that case. If your pet is too large to fly in the cabin, it must travel with American Airlines Cargo.
Guidelines for Kennels for Carry-On Pets
American Airlines assumes no liability for the health or well-being of carry-on pets. These rules are enforced:
- Pets must be small enough to fit comfortably inside the closed / zipped carrier.
- Non-collapsible kennels can’t exceed the under-seat dimensions of any aircraft included in your journey. Please contact reservations to verify maximum dimensions.
- Soft-sided collapsible kennels are recommended and can be slightly larger but still need to fit under the seat without having to excessively collapse the kennel. They must be secure, padded, made of water-repellant material, and have nylon mesh ventilation on 3 or more sides.
Dimensional Guidelines for Carry-on kennel
- Mainline flights on American: 19 x 13 x 9 inches / 48 x 33 x 22 centimeters (length + width + height)
- Regional flights on American Eagle: 16 x 12 x 8 inches / 40 x 30 x 20 centimeters (length + width + height)
Soft-sided kennel (recommended)
- 18 x 11 x 11 inches / 46 x 28 x 28 centimeters (length + width + height)
Adding a Cary-On Pet to Your Itinerary
To add a carry-on pet to your trip, follow these steps:
- Find your trip on aa.com or the American app.
- In the Special Services section, select ‘Add carry-on pets’.
- Review and agree to the carry-on pet requirements.
- Select the flights that you want your pet to travel on
- Confirm your carry-on pet to complete the changes.
Pet Transport as Checked Pets
American Airlines only accepts checked pets for active-duty U.S. military and U.S. State Department Foreign Service personnel traveling on official orders. Up to 2 pets may be checked and they must meet the minimum age and health requirements of the destination. Since capacity is limited, they accept checked pets on a first-come basis.
A good vet is necessary for your pet’s health and well-being. Remember to always choose a vet based on the care required by your pet and the professionals who can best satisfy it. Remember that some pets are rare or exotic and require extra authorization to deal with their care and transportation. Make sure you have a reliable vet you can turn to if you have an exotic pet, especially if you embark on frequent pet travel, and make sure you get in touch with a vet in your destination country before embarking on an international pet relocation .
You can pay your pet travel fee at the airport or at a travel center with a credit card or paper voucher if you’re flying with American. Cash or cheques are not accepted for payment. American Airlines doesn’t collect pet fees for other operating airlines on your trip (even if it has an American flight number). You’ll need to check in with each airline and pay your fees at check-in. To find out if you’re on a partner airline, look for the words, “Operated by” on your ticket.
*Note: Fees shown apply for each destination without a voluntary stopover / connection of 4 hours or more. If your trip includes a voluntary stopover / connection of more than 4 hours, fees apply for each connection segment. All pet fees are non-refundable and apply per kennel, each way. Fees for transporting your pet with American Airlines Cargo may vary depending on the trip details and size of the animal and kennel.
Temperature Restrictions 1. You cannot travel with a pet if the current or forecasted temperature is above 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29.4 degrees C) at any location on the itinerary. 2. Pets not traveling in cabin cannot travel to / through / from Phoenix (PHX), Tucson (TUS), Las Vegas (LAS) or Palm Springs (PSP) May 1 – September 30.
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