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America’s major airline Alaska is the fifth-largest airline in North America. Alaska flying with pets is convenient. Naturally, as a busy airline, they have a first-come, first-served basis for pet reservations. Only dogs, cats, bunnies, and house birds are allowed in the main cabin. Dogs and cats must be at least eight weeks old.

The First Class cabin can handle three pet carriers per flight, while the Main Cabin can hold up to eight pet carriers. You can travel with up to two pet carriers in the main cabin if you purchase a second ticket with an adjacent seat. Their pet travel program offers options for transporting your pet safely with top-notch care for just $100.

Table of Contents

How to book pet travel on Alaska Airlines?
Alaska Airlines In-Cabin Pet Policy
Alaska Airlines Checked Baggage Pet Policy
Rules and regulations as per Alaska Airlines pet policy for checked baggage
Alaska Airlines Pet Policy - Restricted breed
Alaska Airlines Cargo Pet Policy
Taking the same flight
5 points to keep in mind for pet crates and carriers!
What is the pet fee on Alaska Airlines?
Alaska Airlines pet policy for pet reservation
Five tips for a fur-tastic trip with your pet!
Travelling with Service Dogs on Alaska Airlines
Before flight
At the airport
Onboard
Four important documents for transporting animals on Alaska Airlines
Forms Needed
Required vaccinations
FAQs on Alaska Airlines pet policy

How to book pet travel in Alaska?

As per Alaska Airlines pet policy, pet connect reservations are made at least 24 hours and no more than 30 days in advance of travel. According to Alaska Airlines pet policy, pets are only permitted in a certain number of cabins, and reservations are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Just take a look at this very steps to book space for you pet:

  • Firstly Book your passenger ticket by visiting their official website, alaskaair.com.
  • Review their pet travel policies to determine which choice is best for you and your pet.
  • To book a space for your pet in the cabin, please start a chat or call 1-800-252-7522, or you can also call the Cargo Call Center at 1-800-225-2752 between 5:00 AM and 9:00 PM PST.

Alaska Airlines In-Cabin Pet Policy

According to Alaska Airlines in cabin pet policy, subject to onboard space availability, small pets are welcome to travel in the passenger cabin for a cost of $100 USD/CAD each way. Animals permitted to board passenger cabin flights include:

  • Small dogs
  • House cats
  • Domesticated rabbits
  • Household birds
Note that only dogs and cats are allowed in the cabin on flights to Hawaii and other international destinations in accordance with Alaska Airlines pet policy.

Alaska Airlines Checked Baggage Pet Policy

In accordance with Alaska Airlines pet policy, pets that are allowed include cats, dogs, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, household birds, non-poisonous reptiles, pot-bellied pigs, rabbits, and tropical fish. Both cats and dogs must be weaned and at least eight weeks old.
Every pet entering the baggage area needs a health certificate from a veterinarian with a valid licence. An electronic health certificate bearing a digital signature that is printed out is acceptable.

Rules and regulations as per Alaska Airlines pet policy

  • One live dog or cat that is six months of age or older may not be transported in the same carrier with another.
  • The dimensions of the carrier must be between 21" x 16" x 15" to 40" x 27" x 30".
  • In a single carrier, no more than one live puppy, 8 weeks to 6 months of age and weighing more than 20 pounds, may be moved.
  • In a single carrier, no more than two live pups or kittens, 8 weeks to 6 months of age, and weighing not more than 20 pounds can be transported.
  • Animals must be inoffensive, unharmful (meaning they shouldn't damage themselves or the carrier), and need no care while in travel.
  • No more than four hours prior to check-in, you must provide your pet with food and drink. To attest to your completion of the Pet Check record, you will be required to fill one out.
  • Make sure to check in no later than two hours before departure on the day of the trip.

Alaska Airlines Pet Policy - Restricted breed

In accordance with Alaska Airlines pet policy, brachycephalic dogs and cats are not accepted for travel in the baggage compartment as they are prone to breathing issues at high altitudes. Dogs and cats are the only animals allowed to travel in the cargo compartment to Hawaii and international locations.

According to Alaska Airlines dog policy, the following list of brachycephalic dog breeds will not be accepted: Boston Terrier, Boxer (all breeds), Bull Dog (all breeds), Bull Terrier, Brussels Griffon, Chow Chow, English Toy Spaniel, Japanese Spaniel/Japanese Chin, Mastiff (all breeds), Pekingese, Pit Bull (all breeds), Pug (all breeds), Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Terrier.

Additionally, according to Alaska Airlines cat policy the following cats will not be allowed: Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, Persian.

Alaska Airlines Cargo Pet Policy

Alaska Airlines offers two options for you to bring your pet as cargo: either on the same aircraft as you or on a different one, with various restrictions for each.

Taking the same flight:

In accordance with Alaska Airlines pet policy, pets must be checked to travel in the climate-controlled luggage compartment if you and your pet will be travelling at the same time. The requirements for doing so are as follows:

  • A pet and carrier cannot weigh more than 150 pounds total.
  • $150 is the one-way charge.
  • Pets that are accepted include cats, dogs, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, household birds, nonpoisonous reptiles, potbellied pigs, rabbits and tropical fish.

5 points to keep in mind for pet crates and carriers!

There are regulations set forth by the USDA and IATA. Pets need to be small enough to fit in the carrier beneath the seat and remain there comfortably. The cabin is suitable for the following carrier sizes:

Type

Carrier size

(length x width x height)

Hard-sided

50

17" x 11" x 7.5"

Soft-sided

50

17" x 11" x 9.5"

According to Alaska Airlines pet policy, your pet carrier must be :

  • Maintain a spotless and waterproof environment.
  • With bedding that is both safe and non-toxic for the animal.
  • Completely confine the animal and ensure its escape
  • Maintain sufficient ventilation of the air
  • Have no breaks, cracks, or tears.

What is the pet fee on Alaska Airlines?

If your pet is bigger, you will have to book a baggage compartment. The Alaska airline’s pet fee of their climate-controlled cargo and baggage compartments is $150 USD/CAD. The cost is $100 USD/CAD for pets traveling exclusively within the State of Alaska, active-duty US military personnel, or US military dependents traveling on travel orders.

Notes: You will require a health certificate for your pet from a certified veterinarian when your pet is flying in the baggage compartment.

Five tips for a fur-tastic trip with your pet!

Make reservations as soon as possible and include a service request while doing so online or by calling our special 1-800-503-0101 accessible services line (dial 711 for relay services). Make sure you go to the airport at least two hours before your flight. There are some things you need to follow on the day of pet travel. Your pet’s comfort and care is as important to us as it is to you. Here are some tips to ensure they have a fur-tastic journey.

  • Give your pet a pre-flight workout.
  • Bring pet identification.
  • Allow extra time for check in at the counter.
  • Take your pet for a pre-flight potty trip at an airport animal relief area.
  • Avoid overwatering or overfeeding.

Alaska Airlines pet policy for service dogs

On Alaska Airlines, they gladly accept trained assistance animals at no additional cost. Please carefully read further to understand the criteria that apply to your travel in order to make sure that you and your service animal have a simple and comfortable trip. According to

Alaska Airlines dog policy:

  • A service dog is the only type of animal allowed aboard Alaska Airlines.
  • Service canines that are trained to work or complete duties for the benefit of a qualified person with a disability are accepted by Alaska Airlines.
  • Psychiatric service animals are included in this.
  • Each visitor may bring up to two assistance dogs. Throughout the whole flight, the size of your support animal(s) cannot be larger than the footprint or personal space of your seat or foot area.

Before flight

  • Guests who are flying with a service animal are not allowed to seat in the emergency exit row for safety concerns. To ensure that the service animal is protected from foot traffic, they advise using a window seat.
  • They advise against overfeeding or overwatering your pet on the day before departure.
  • Learn where the animal relief zones are located at each airport you will be using.
  • In the event of a technical malfunction, Alaska Airlines advises printing and bringing a hard copy of your DOT Service Animal Air Transportation Form as well as the email approving your travel from SAFP.

At the airport

Alaska airlines pet policy says that any of the following may still be required of you at the boarding gate or ticket counter:

  • That on that specific aircraft, you will be flying with your service animal
  • To make sure the service animal can fit on the seat's floor
  • To quickly evaluate the conduct of the service animal

Onboard

If necessary to help your disability, service animals must be positioned on the floor beneath your seat or, if they are smaller than an infant, on your lap.

  • Service animals need to act properly both on the plane and in the airport.
  • At no point may a service animal take a seat or perch on a tray table.
  • Service animals are not allowed to block aisles or other spaces that need to be free for an emergency evacuation.

Important documents for transporting animals on Alaska Airlines

Forms Needed

According to Alaska Airlines pet policy, it is necessary to have a health certificate from a certified veterinarian within ten days of departure. The health certificate is good for 30 days if you are using the same ticket to return to your home country.

Required vaccinations

Transporting an animal into or out of Alaska, as well as within the state, requires a valid rabies vaccination certificate. Dogs in a few Alaskan communities (Kotzebue and Nome) will need to have a parvovirus vaccination.

FAQs on Alaska Airlines pet policy

1. Why is my pet banned from flying in Alaska Airlines?

Ans. In accordance with Alaska Airlines pet policy, brachycephalic dogs and cats are not accepted for travel in the baggage compartment as they are prone to breathing issues at high altitudes.

2. What documents do I need to take my pet with me in Alaska Airlines?

Ans. According to Alaska Airlines pet policy, you need a health and vaccination certificate from a certified veterinarian.

3. How do I book a reservation for my pet on Alaska Airlines?

Ans. According to Alaska Airlines pet policy, you can either visit their website alaskaair.com, or you can start a chat or directly call them on 1-800-252-7522.

 

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