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13 Airlines That Allow Flying With a Cat In-Cabin [& 2019 Prices & Policies]

Flying with cats in-cabin isn’t uncommon nowadays as many airlines now allow cats to travel in-cabin with their owners.

So, if you’re planning on relocating, or are going on holiday, you don’t need to leave your furry friend behind! Additionally, you don’t need to worry about your cat flying in the hold of the plane all alone.

The following airlines allow flying with cats in-cabin:

  1. Alaska Air
  2. Air Canada
  3. American Airlines
  4. Delta
  5. JetBlue
  6. Southwest
  7. United Airlines
  8. Air France
  9. Air Europa
  10. Vueling
  11. Aegean Airlines
  12. TUI
  13. Lufthansa

Different airlines have different prices* and policies, which we will list for you in this article.

* Please note many airlines have additional carry-on pet charges that you must pay upon check-in at the airport.

Alaska Air

  • Maximum weight: 9kg / 20 pounds (including carrier)
  • Maximum carrier size: 43 x 28 x 24 cm (soft) / 43 x 28 x 19 cm (hard)
  • Cost: 100 USD each way
  • International: Yes

Additional information:

  • A customer may travel with a maximum of 2 cat carriers in the main cabin, only when the adjacent seat is purchased by the same customer.
  • Up to 2 cats may travel in the same carrier, provided no body parts protrude from the carrier and the animals are not in distress.

Visit Alaska Air’s website for more information.

Air Canada

  • Maximum weight:9kg / 20 pounds (including carrier)
  • Maximum carrier size: 27 x 40 x 55 cm (soft-sided crate) & 23 x 40 x 55 cm (hard-sided crate)
  • Cost: 50 USD within Canada & USA and 100 USD international
  • International allowed: Yes

Additional information:

  • Your cat in its carrier will count as one standard item toward your carry-on baggage allowance.
  • Only one cat or small dog per passenger.
  • Your cat must remain under your seat at all times.
  • Your cat cannot travel with you if you:
      • Are an unaccompanied minor
      • Are seated in an exit or bulkhead row
      • Require use of a medical device that will be stowed under the seat
      • Are travelling in Premium Economy

For more info, visit Air Canada’s website.

American Airlines

  • Maximum weight: 9 kg / 20 pounds (including carrier)
  • Maximum carrier size: depends on flight
  • Cost: 125 USD each way
  • International: Yes, but no in-cabin pets on transatlantic flights or flights longer than 12 hours

Additional information:

  • Due to the lack of under-seat storage space, carry-on pets are not permitted in First or Business on certain planes (check link below).

For more info on additional restrictions, visit AA’s website.

Delta

  • Maximum weight: No limit, but pet must fit comfortably in carrier under seat
  • Maximum carrier size: depends on flight (check the under-seat dimensions on your aircraft here).
  • Cost: 125 USD within North America and 200 USD international
  • International: Yes

Additional information:

  • The kennel must fit under the seat directly in front of you.
  • The kennel must be leak-proof and ventilated on at least two sides.
  • Your cat must remain inside the kennel while in a Delta boarding area, a Delta airport lounge and while onboard the aircraft.

For more info on additional restrictions, visit Delta’s website.

JetBlue

  • Maximum weight: 9 kg / 20 pounds (including carrier)
  • Maximum carrier size: 43 x 31 x 21 cm
  • Cost: 100 USD each way
  • International: Yes

Additional information:

  • Your cat must remain inside its closed/zipped up carrier at at all times.
  • Your cat must remain underneath the seat in front of you during taxi, takeoff, and landing.
  • Only one cat is allowed per customer, with a few exceptions.

For more info, head to JetBlue’s website.

Southwest

  • Maximum weight: No limit, but must fit comfortably in carrier under seat
  • Maximum carrier size: 43 x 34 x 21 cm
  • Cost: 95 USD each way
  • International: No (with the exception of trained assistance and emotional support animals, though no animals allowed to/from Jamaica)

Additional information:

  • Customers will be permitted to travel with no more than one (1) pet carrier per person. Each pet carrier can have no more than two (2) of the same species of small cats or dogs per pet carrier.
  • The cat carrier will count either as the Customer’s carryon bag or personal item.
  • Cats must be secured in the pet carrier at all times.

For more info, visit Southwest’s website.

United Airlines

  • Maximum weight: No limit, but must fit comfortably in carrier under seat
  • Maximum carrier size: 46 x 28 x 28 cm (soft-sided) / 44 x 30 x 19 cm (hard-sided)
  • Cost: 125 USD (+ 125 USD service charge for each stopover of more than four hours within the U.S. or more than 24 hours outside the U.S)
  • International: depends on flight (contact the United customer-contact center for info on specific flights)

Additional information:

  • Pets are not permitted on flights to, from or through Australia, Hawaii or Micronesia.
  • Pets are not permitted to travel with unaccompanied minors.
  • Customers can purchase an additional ticket for their trip in order to carry on an additional pet.

Visit United’s website for more info.

Air France

  • Maximum weight: 8 kg / 17 pounds (including carrier)
  • Maximum carrier size: 46 x 28 x 24 cm
  • Cost: 40 EUR domestic and 30-125 EUR international
  • International: Yes, but note that this airline does not accept pets in the business cabin on intercontinental flights.

Additional information:

  • Under no circumstances may your animal leave its travel bag during the flight.
  • Only 1 animal is permitted per container.
  • Each passenger may travel with only 1 animal.

For more info, visit Air France’s website.

Air Europa

  • Maximum weight: 8 kg / 17.6 pounds (including carrier)
  • Maximum carrier size: 55 x 35 x 25 cm
  • Cost: 55 USD within Europe and 165 USD long-haul
  • International: Yes

Additional information:

  • Prices subjects to possible surcharges for taxes in certain countries.
  • You must arrive at the airport early enough to complete the necessary paperwork.

Visit Air Europa’s website for more information.

Vueling

  • Maximum weight: 8 kg / 17.6 pounds (including carrier)
  • Maximum carrier size: 45 x 39 x 21 cm (soft-sided crates only)
  • Cost: 40 EUR domestic and 50 EUR international
  • International: Yes

Additional information:

  • You must store the pet carrier with your pet inside on the floor, between your legs or under the seat in front.
  • You must not take your pet out of the pet carrier until you have disembarked.

Visit Vueling’s website for more information.

Aegean Airlines

  • Maximum weight: 8 kg / 17.6 pounds (including carrier)
  • Maximum carrier size: 55 x 40 x 23 cm
  • Cost: 20-30 EUR domestic and 50-60 EUR international (prices differ depending on time of year)
  • International: Yes

Additional information:

  • In case you are travelling with an infant, you are not allowed to travel with a pet in cabin as well.
  • Each passenger is allowed to travel with only one (1) pet in cabin, carried within a special box/container

Visit Aegean’s website for more information.

TUI

  • Maximum weight: 6kg / 13.2 pounds (excluding carrier)
  • Maximum carrier size: 55 x 40 x 20 cm (soft-sided crates only)
  • Cost: 47.60 EUR domestic and 40 EUR international
  • International: Yes

Additional information:

  • Your cat’s head must not protrude from the transport container and the animal must not leave the container during the flight.
  • All cats must be fitted with a microchip and have the blue EU animal passport, confirming an up-to-date vaccination against rabies.

Visit TUI’s website for more information.

Lufthansa

  • Maximum weight: 8 kg / 17.6 pounds (including carrier)
  • Maximum carrier size: 55 x 40 x 23 cm
  • Cost: 50 EUR domestic, 60 international within Europe and 80-110 international outside Europe
  • International: Yes

Additional information:

  • Each passenger is allowed to take a maximum of two animals with them.
  • You must complete this form before boarding your flight.

Visit Lufthansa’s website for more information.


Travel Tips for Taking Cats In-Cabin

  1. Try to purchase your cat’s carrier as early as possible so you can spend time getting him used to it.
  2. Book your flight reservation early as many airlines have a maximum amount of in-cabin pets per flight.
  3. Before boarding your flight check with the airlines for the most up to date information.
  4. Limit access to food 12-24 hours before taking your cat on a plane.
  5. Exhaust your cat 48 hours before the flight so he is more likely to sleep on the flight.

Conclusion

Flying with your cat in the cabin is possible when flying with the airlines listed above.

Please note that airlines usually have different rules for different aircrafts, routes and destination countries. Additionally, most airlines have a restriction on the number of pets they allow per aircraft, so make sure you check availability before booking.

Always double check individual airline policies before booking as these can change.

Hope you have found this helpful.

Happy travels!

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