(Closed) Flying with your pet

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve used United. But I think I’d prefer SW, because United was pretty expensive.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Its wierd they charge you extra. I wouldn’t think they’d have to do anything extra since you’re just carrying her on with you. I’ve never flown with a pet before thou.

Usually you need to get the pet some sedatives or something so she’ll be calm on the flight. Then it can take a day or so for the pet to “recover”. I’d leave my dog with a friend or sitter or ask someone to just check up on my dog at my house. Not so much because of the cost, but because of my dog’s stress & I don’t like drugging up my pets. How long will you be gone for?

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

If you fly Continental, they don’t give you any sort of special boarding pass for your pet or mark it on your ticket in any way… personally I think them charging extra for flying with an animal as carry on is a scam.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think it was my ticket, plus $125, AND they couldn’t guarantee that I could bring my pet on that flight. But it ended up being fine.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My sister flys with her 15lb minpin all the time and there is never an issue. And she NEVER once had to sedate her. She flys routinely so she never is on a consistent airline but the charge is usually $50-75. I think its fair bc its not really a carry on and there is a potential for “accidents” even if in a carry on dog tote. Her last flight, she had her on her lap and no one ever said a thing and she slept all the way. But this 4 yr old dog is quite pampered and has done more traveling in her life than I have in the last 4 yrs!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I want to travel with my dog, because I hate driving long distances to see my parents, and I hate leaving him anywhere. I usually fly Delta and they charge $100 or more each way. So basically… I just drive. Plus my dog is crazy. He barks at every single person, dog, moving being, noise, etc etc. I would need to knock him out completely if I wanted to fly him. But he can go hours upon hours without going to the bathroom, so I’m not worried about it. Maybe one of these days I’ll do it, but for now I’m just driving 🙂

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

In January, I flew Delta internationally (I live in Nicaragua with the foreign service) with my 8 week old boxer puppy!  I was picking him up from a breeder and bringing him home.  The fee for him to go under my seat was $200 on top of my ticket.  In researching airlines before this trip, I found some airlines are more pet friendly than others, especially with breed like boxers, pugs, bulldogs etc.  Delta and Continental seemed to be the most accepting.

My puppy did amazing!  I recommend freezing a 3oz bowl of water so it does not spill in the crate and bringing puppy pee pads in your carry on.  I took my puppy to the ladies room during the layover and got him to pee on the pad in the bathroom stall.  Worked pretty well!  The breeder recommended bringing children’s Benadryl as a mild sedative but I was hesitant to use it and it turned out I didn’t need it. 

Good luck!

 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

I fly with my 9 lb toy poodle.  I fly SW, but I never pay the fee, and I’ve never had a problem bringing him on.  I always leave myself some extra time in case someone gives me a hard time about it because I’d have to get back in the ticket line, but I’ve never had to so far.  None of the security people have ever asked to see a ticket or anything for him, so I think they probably just assume that I’ve paid. My dog gets really anxious just being in a car, so I do give him Xanax (prescribed by his vet).  He isn’t knocked out, but it relaxes him, and he’s always fine later that day. 

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