Pet Travel

Flying the Furry Skies.

The TSA is expecting long lines at their security check points during the busy summer travel season – especially when you are traveling in the morning. The TSA recommends arriving at the airport at least 2 hours early for domestic travel and 3 hours early for international travel. So bust out the sandals, your pet carrier, and let’s fly!

Before your trip:

  • Pack smart and pack light. Before you dip your toes in the sand or fire up the grill, remember to pack light and limit yourself to one carryon bag (plus one small, personal item). If you really need to bring some extra essentials have no fear, as on Southwest Airlines your first two checked bags fly free® (baggage weight and size limits apply). For your pet, remember to bring a small water bowl, some treats, and if necessary, visit your vet and get a sedative to keep your pet calm.

  • Set two alarms and leave the house early. It is crucial that you give yourself and your furry friend plenty of extra time to travel to the airport to avoid delays. Make sure to always check the status of your flight before you head to the airport. Did you remember to give your pet the sedative?

  • Bringing a furry friend along for your vacation? Cool! Just make sure you let Southwest Airlines know in advance. Southwest Airlines allows small vaccinated domestic cats and dogs to travel with you in-cabin under the seat in front of you as long as they are in an appropriate travel carrier. Each pet carrier is subject to a $95 Pet Fare each way (price is subject to change). Please note, pets are not allowed to travel in-cabin on international flights or any itinerary that includes an international stop.


Get your official Southwest Airlines branded pet carrier for $58 (tax included) at any Southwest Airport Ticket Counter or at www.southwest.com

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