Alaska Airlines pet policy allows for in-cabin, checked baggage, and cargo pet travel—one of the few airlines that do all three. Alaska Airlines is popular with passengers looking to travel with multiple pets and/or multiple carriers. The airline is also popular with passengers traveling with pet rabbits or household birds. But just because Alaska Airlines pet policies are more permissive than most airlines doesn’t mean they don’t take pet travel seriously. The airline’s pet policies are designed to accommodate safe travel for you and your pet.
Here is what you need to know about Alaska Airlines pet policies, no matter how you plan to travel.
- Flying with Pets in the Cabin: Pets must comfortably fit in a carrier under the seat in front of them. To make sure you can successfully fly with your pet, read about the Alaska Airline policies for pets in the cabin.
- Flying with Pets in Checked Baggage: Pets must be certified by a veterinarian as safe to fly in the cargo hold. Temperatures must also stay within a safe range for that animal. To make sure you can successfully fly with your pet, read about the Alaska Airline policies for pets in checked baggage.
- Flying Pets in Cargo: Pets must be certified by a veterinarian as safe to fly in the cargo hold. Temperatures must also stay within a safe range for that animal. To make sure you can successfully fly your pet in cargo, read about Alaska Airline’s Pet Connect animal travel service.
- Service Animal Policies: Service animals are welcome to travel with passengers who need assistance to travel. Though certain exemptions are provided to these animals, rules and restrictions may still apply. Alaska Airlines no longer allows emotional support animals to fly as service animals. To determine if your dog qualifies to be certified as a Psychiatric Service Dog and can be accepted as such on Alaska Airlines, you can visit Pettable’s PSD service.
Other Alaska Airlines Pet Policies and Programs
Alaska Airlines has its own Fur-st Class care program for pets. Most of these services occur behind the scenes, as the airline provides expert training to its staff in pet and animal care. As an extra service, the airline also provides written confirmation to passengers that their pets are on board when traveling in the cargo hold.
Looking for that extra piece of advice about what to expect from your pet’s behavior before, during, and after the flight? Looking for extra tips about how to prepare your pet? Alaska Airlines partners with a vet clinic to provide airline-specific advice for pet travel. Alaska Airlines also provides additional resource guides for pets and passengers who are traveling to Hawaii or internationally.
We recommend you use our Airport Travel Guide to find maps of pet relief areas and cargo facility locations for all major U.S. airports. You can also find cargo facility information directly from Alaska Airlines.