As most of you know, I’m a big supporter of traveling with your dog when on holiday/vacation and I encourage you to support pet-friendly shops and accommodation providers in your area.
Petfinder.com recently released its findings for 2011’s most pet-friendly airlines. This year, the site extended its coverage to Canada so it is now ranking airlines that service North America.
Petfinder reviewed airlines in the following categories:
- what airline is most pet-friendly overall
Winner: Pet Airways – a dedicated airline for transporting pets
- offers the best amenities for pets and their parents
Winner: JetBlue – for the 2nd year in a row. JetBlue provides travelers with a pet carrier baggage tag, a travel “petiquette” guide, 300 TrueBlue points each way, and a comprehensive e-booklet with pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, parks and animal hospitals in some of JetBlue’s major cities.
- best in offering transport to a variety of pets
Winner: Frontier Airlines because they allow dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and small birds in the cabin
- best for flying multiple pets in the cabin
Winner: Frontier Airlines, which allows up to 10 pet containers on each flight. Only one pet container is allowed per person, but the limit per flight means that multiple friends/relatives can travel with animals so the entire family arrives at its destination together
- best service for large sized pets
Winner: Pet Airways, the maximum height for a pet carried by the airline is 34 inches. This allows for large sized breeds like Newfoundlands and Great Danes to fly.
All pet-friendly airlines which made the ranking were required to have zero pet deaths in the past reported year according to official government reports.
I know this post is now pretty old, but it’s crazy to see how these selections change in just a few years. Now, I’ve seen most sources (especially here: https://www.dogsonplanes.com/airlines/alaska/) claiming Alaska Airlines to be the most pet-friendly option. I wonder how it will change in the next few years!