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The most pet-friendly airlines

Pet Airways isn't the only airline that gets high marks for catering to the needs of furry and feathered travelers.

By MSN Money Partner Aug 16, 2011 11:24AM

This post comes from Matt Brownell at partner site MainStreet.


The most pet-friendly airline in North America is one that should hold that title forever, literally: Pet Airways, a new airline dedicated solely to transporting your furry friends.


That honor comes from, a pet adoption website that looked into how the major carriers stack up in making the skies friendlier for non-humans.


The site also gave the nod to Pet Airways as the best airline for specifically transporting big dogs like mastiffs and Great Danes, as it has a maximum height allowance of 34 inches. The pets have a plane all to themselves, and travel in the main cabin rather than in a cargo hold.

Still, the airline flies out of only 10 cities, and some people might not be inclined to put their dog on a plane unaccompanied. Fortunately, some traditional airlines also qualify as pet-friendly. JetBlue gets praise from Petfinder for the amenities it provides to pet owners as part of its JetPaws program, which includes a travel "petiquette" guide and an e-booklet guide to pet services in the destination city. Post continues after video.

Frontier Airlines likewise gets high marks in the survey. The site notes that Frontier allows the greatest variety of pets in the cabin, including rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and birds. And if you have a big family of pets along for the ride, every member of your group is allowed to bring a small pet carrier with them, for up to 10 total pets.


Finally, there are a few picks for budget-conscious pet owners. WestJet, a Canadian carrier, allows small pets to travel in the cabin for $50 each way. And for travel within the U.S., your best bet is AirTran, which allows dogs, cats and birds in the cabin for $69 each way.


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Dec 12, 2011 9:35PM
I'm flying AirTran!  My parrot would have a heart attack if she was forced to sit in her travel carrier on the loud, shaking floor of a jet as it took off.  I've always thought a bird should be allowed to sit in a purchased seat in a carrier.  Polly Wanna Fly !
Jan 3, 2013 8:36PM
Thank you so much! I have been trying to get my pet to this great <a href="">renton vet</a>, but I don't want them to get treated poorly by an airline. I really hope this will work out for me. It would be a pain to drive!
Sep 21, 2011 11:47PM

am highly allergic to cats, and do have problems with pets in cabin...airlines

don't care about that, though, only take away the peanuts, because after all,

pets bring money, peanuts cost money. And yes I love cats,, just not in a confined

area like a plane. 

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