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Alaska Airlines Pet Restrictions & Fees

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Alaska Airlines Pet Policy

Alaska Airlines embraces your four-legged companions by offering them a comfortable and safe journey. Not only dogs and cats but also rabbits, and household birds are allowed in the passenger cabin. However, it's important to remember that the combined weight of your pet and their carrier must not exceed 20 lbs (9 kg), and your pet should be at least 8 weeks old. Furthermore, Alaska Airlines allows each passenger to accompany a maximum of two pets given that two seats are purchased. If your pets are of the same breed, they can share a carrier. The airline can accommodate one pet in the first class and five in the main cabin. However, pets must remain entirely within their carrier while in the boarding area, Alaska Lounge, and on the aircraft. Please note that you must be at least 18 years old to travel with a pet in the cabin. The fee for pets traveling in the cabin is $100 each way. If you're departing from Canada, the fee rises slightly to $105 each way.

Alaska Airlines also offers the option of checking in your small domestic animals like cats, dogs, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, household birds, non-poisonous reptiles, pot-bellied pigs, rabbits, and tropical fish. The combined weight of your pet and its carrier, in this case, must not exceed 150 lbs (68 kg). For dogs and cats traveling as checked baggage, they must also be at least 8 weeks old. Each carrier can house one adult pet, or two puppies or kittens that weigh less than 20 lbs each (9 kg). This service also requires a fee of $100 each way. Keep in mind that during extreme weather conditions, Alaska Airlines might decline pets if they find the conditions unsafe in the cargo area.

If your pet exceeds the weight limits for cabin or checked baggage, or if it requires transportation without you, it may be accepted as cargo through Pet Connect air cargo. For more information regarding this service, you can contact the Cargo Call Center at (800) 225-2752.

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It is important to keep in mind the dimensions for pet carriers. For cabin travel, hard-sided carriers should not exceed 17" x 11" x 7.5" (43 cm x 28 cm x 19 cm), and soft-sided carriers should not exceed 17" x 11" x 9.5" (43 cm x 28 cm x 48 cm). For checked or cargo travel, carriers should not exceed 30" x 27" x 40" (76 cm x 68 cm x 101 cm). Carriers should be leak-proof, adequately ventilated, and lined with absorbent bedding. Food and water bowls must be attached to the carrier's interior.

For the safety and well-being of your pets, Alaska Airlines has placed certain restrictions. Specifically, brachycephalic (short-nosed) dogs and cats are not accepted for travel as checked baggage. This includes breeds like Boston Terrier, Boxer, Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Brussels Griffon, Chow Chow, English Toy Spaniel, Japanese Spaniel/Japanese Chin, Mastiff, Pekingese, Pit Bull, Pug, Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Terrier; and cat breeds like Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, and Persian.

Keep in mind that air carriers can modify these policies at any time, so we recommend checking directly with the airline before you book for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

For more detailed info about Alaska Airlines, including flight check-in, baggage policies, corporate information, and more, visit our Alaska Airlines Guide.

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