Flying a Pet in Cargo on Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines allows pets to fly as cargo—permitted the animal, weather, and cargo hold are conducive for safe animal travel. Certain breed and animal restrictions also apply to cargo travel. The airline’s pet policies are designed to accommodate safe travel for both you and your pet.  

Most travelers fly pets as cargo for when they do not plan on traveling with the animal. Cargo service does not guarantee you will be on the same flight. In fact, the likelihood of being on the same flight is very small. If this is important to your travel plans, we recommend making arrangements to fly your pet as checked baggage, which guarantees you and your pet will fly together. 

To ensure you can successfully fly a pet as cargo on Hawaiian Airlines, we recommend reviewing the necessary information.  

 

How much does it cost to fly a pet with Hawaiian Airlines Cargo?
The price is determined by weight and travel zone. Prices can range from $260 to $1,000 or more. Use this tool to calculate your expense. 

 

How any animals/pets are allowed on each flight?
Availability is limited and variable.  

 

What animals are allowed to fly Hawaiian Airlines Cargo?
Dogs, cats, tropical fish, and crustaceans. 

 

What pet travel forms are required?
Hawaiian Airlines requires cargo animals to have a health certificate provided by a licensed veterinarian. A certificate of acclimation may be required. 

 

Where are pets in cargo dropped off and picked up?
You will need to visit the Hawaiian Airlines cargo facility at your arriving and departing airport. You cannot use the ticketing counter to check-in or pick up your animal for cargo travel. Visit our Airport Travel Guide to find cargo facility locations at all major U.S. airports. 

 

What is the required kennel size?
Kennel requirements vary by weight and dimension. We have provided a table below. 

Kennel Type  Approx. Outside Side (L” x W” x H”)  Approx. Kennel Weight (pounds)  Volume (Dim) Weight (pounds) 
Small (100 Series)  21x15x16  6  26 
Medium (200 Series)  27x20x19  12  53 
Medium (300 Series)  32x22x23  18  84 
Large (400 Series)  36x24x26  24  116 
X-Large (500 Series)  40x27x30  31  167 
XX-Large (700 Series)  48x32x35  51  277 

 

 

How to Book a Pet Cargo Reservation with Hawaiian Airlines 

Hawaiian Air Cargo is a separate department within the airline. Advance booking is required for pets flying as Cargo. To make a reservation, call 877-422-2746 or visit their website 

 

Other Types of Pet and Animal Travel with Hawaiian Airlines 

 

More FAQ Information for Pets in Cargo 

 

What’s the difference between pet cargo and checked baggage?
When you fly a pet as checked baggage, you will be on the same flight. When you fly a pet as cargo, you will not be on the same flight. Instead, you will need to drop off and pick up your animal at the Hawaiian Airlines cargo facility in the departing and arriving airport. When you fly a pet as checked baggage, you will drop the pet off at the ticketing counter and pick him up at excess baggage claim upon arrival.  

 

Does Hawaiian Airlines provide a statement regarding short or snub nose animals?
It is not recommended that brachycephalic animals travel in the cargo hold, but they are permitted. Pet owners must agree to acknowledge the Hawaiian Airlines warning regarding the risk to snub nosed animals, release the airline from liability resulting from this transportation, and not file any claim with Hawaiian Airlines relating to the transportation of the animal. 

 

Are there any environmental restrictions?
This information is only relevant for animals traveling as checked baggage or cargo. The Hawaiian Airlines pet policy allows the airline to determine environmental conditions which may pose a hazard to the safety or comfort of an animal. Pets traveling as checked baggage will not be allowed on flights where the origin, destination, or connecting airport is expected to be above 85 degrees at the time of acceptance. Similarly, your pet will be unable to fly if the temperature is expected to be below 45 degrees unless you are in possession of an acclimation certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian dated within 10 days of travel. This certificate must specify the minimum temperature at which the animal may travel.