Pet Travel 101

Millions of pet owners travel with their pets every year. If you're one of them, here is what you need to know if you're taking Fido or Fluffy on your next flight!

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Flying with Pets

Each airline has their own pet travel policy and your Flight Centre travel agent can contact them to find out specific information about requirements, documentation and costs.

For example, some airlines permit travelling with a cat or small dog, provided it fits comfortably in its carrier under the seat ahead of you. The carrier counts as one standard item in your carry-on baggage allowance. Like onboard luggage restrictions, weight and size limits for flying with pets are strict. If you require a service animal onboard, most airlines limit this to travelling with a dog for therapy or sight reasons.

There may be blackout periods restricting pet travel during certain peak season times.

Travelling with Pets step-by-step guide:

Before travelling with pets, please take time to do the following:

  1. Check your airline's website or your travel consultant to make sure pet travel Canada and beyond is permitted.
  2. Visit your veterinarian to make sure your pet is in good health prior to departure. This includes proper vaccinations.
  3. If your pet travels in the cargo hold, ensure your four-legged family member wears identification tags at all times.

Canada Airlines Pet Policies

The rules for flying with pets will vary depending on the airline. Here's a quick pet travel guide for some of the major Canadian carriers:

  • Air Canada: Travelling with a cat or dog? Find out if it can fly in the cabin, cargo, or what options you have if the animal is being transported on its own.
  • WestJet: Before flying with pets, check out the WestJet pet policy. Learn what animals are permitted on board, entrance allowances to other countries and more.
  • Porter: Pets are subject to fees. For example, travelling with a dog in the cabin will cost $50-$60 each direction. Only two pets in an airline cabin are permitted, so inform your travel consultant at the time of booking to avoid disappointment.