Top 5 airlines for traveling with dogs

November 18, 2016

Traveling with dogs can be both a blessing and a real source of anxiety – especially if you have never done it before and even more so since you want this trip to be a really good experience both for you and for your pup as well.

When traveling with dogs, one of the most important parts to consider is which airline to choose. How do you do this? What are the bets airlines for traveling with dogs? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.


United Airlines

This company will basically allow you to bring any small pet with you, in-cabin. As long as your puppy is small enough, he can travel in comfort, in an adequate dog crate. However, do pay attention to the fact that United Airlines has certain restrictions for certain breeds during specific times of the year. Be sure to check their website before booking your ticket.

Air Canada

Although a more recent participant in the plethora of airlines that provide customers with pet flight options, Air Canada does pretty well for dog owners (and, more specifically, for small dog owners). They will only allow in-cabin flights and only for small pets – but, on the other hand, they even have trained staff ready to meet your (probably scared out) pup’s needs throughout the entire trip.



By far one of the best options when it comes to traveling with dogs, JetBlue offers a generous range of benefits to those who fly their pets with them. Your dog and his crate will have to fall within certain measurements – but other than that, the company will even provide you with a pet-friendly travel guide according to your destination. Furthermore, they will also give you reward points if you travel with your dog often enough – and you can use these points to score excellent deals on other flights.

Southwest Airlines

Most of the times, Southwest Airlines is considered to be great for pet “parents” with very small dogs and cats. The price of a pet’s ticket is among the lowest and for a decent sum of money the company can even provide you with an approved dog crate. If two cats or dogs fit in the same crate, you are more than allowed to bring them along this way, rather than carrying two separate crates.


This company will provide good options when you are traveling with dogs – as long as your dog carrier is approved, of course. In general, snub-nosed breeds are subjected to certain restrictions, but other than that dogs, cats and birds can even travel in-cabin with you.

Regardless of what airline you choose, remember to look into the best dog crates out there and select the one that suits your needs and your pet. Each dog carrier is different and each of them comes with their own positives and negatives, so it is more than worth investing a bit of time and patience into a proper research!