28 Feb

Alaska Airlines Pet Policy

Alaska Airlines is a pet friendly flight operator, providing pet travel both in-cabin and in-cargo to pet parents travelling on board. Here are the rules you’ll need to comply with to fly with your pet aboard an Alaska Airlines flight. 

Pet Travel In-Cabin 

Smaller pets can travel in the cabin with passengers (subject to space availability on board). Bookings for the same must be made before the intended day of travel as reservations are made on a first-come-first-serve basis. Pet travel charges for in-cabin journeys are $100 USD/CAD each way. 

  • You must be 18 years or above to travel with your pet in the cabin.
  • You may not be seated in an emergency exit row or bulkhead row when travelling with a pet.
  • Your pet falls within your allotted carry-on baggage. You can bring a pet carrier and a personal item or a pet carrier and a standard size carry-on bag.
  • The First-Class cabin can accommodate three pet carriers per flight, while the Main Cabin can accommodate eight pet carriers per flight.
  • You can travel with two pet carriers in the main cabin, provided you purchase a second ticket for the seat adjacent to yours. 
  • Only dogs, cats, rabbits, and household birds are permitted in the Main Cabin.
  • Dogs and cats must be at least eight weeks old and must have been fully weaned and accustomed to take solid food. They must do this without nursing for at least five days before being eligible for travel. 
  • The pet must stay in its carrier (including head and tail) with the door/flap always secured in the boarding area (during boarding and deplaning), Alaska Lounge, and while onboard the aircraft.
  • The pet carrier must be stowed under the seat during taxi, take-off and landing.
  • Up to two pets of the same species and similar size may travel in the same carrier, provided no body parts protrude from the carrier and the animals are not in distress.
  • Animals who smell or create excessive noise must travel in the climate-controlled baggage compartment. 
  • Pets travelling internationally may require additional documentation.

Pet Carrier Sizing (In-Cabin) 

Type Carrier size Dimensions (length x width x height)
Hard-sided 50 17" x 11" x 7.5"
Soft-sided 50 17" x 11" x 9.5"

Pet Travel In-Baggage 

Alaska Airlines accepts most domesticated pets for travel in their climate-controlled baggage and cargo compartments for a fee of $150 USD/CAD. The pet and carrier combined may weigh up to 150 lbs/68 kg. Accepted pets include cats, dogs, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, household birds, non-poisonous reptiles, pot-bellied pigs, rabbits, and tropical fish.

  • Your pet and carrier must weigh no more than 150 lbs, combined.
  • You must travel on the same flight as your pet to your pet’s destination. 
  • Dogs and cats must be at least 8 weeks of age and weaned.
  • Pets may not travel in the baggage compartment of an Airbus aircraft.
  • Pets must be accompanied by a veterinary health certificate for each pet travelling in the baggage compartment. 
  • Brachycephalic or snub-nosed/flat-faced cats and dogs are not allowed to travel in the baggage compartment. 
  • No more than 1 live dog or cat, 6 months of age or older, may be transported in the same carrierNo more than 1 live puppy, 8 weeks to 6 months of age, and weighing over 20 lbs, may be transported in the same carrier. 
  • No more than 2 live puppies or kittens, 8 weeks to 6 months of age, that are of comparable size, and weighing 20 lbs or less each, may be transported in the same carrier. 
  • Animals must be harmless, inoffensive (not destructive to itself or the carrier), and require no attention during transit.

Pet Carrier Sizing (In Baggage)

 Your pet’s carrier must be large enough for them to stand up, turn, and lie down comfortably. The following carrier sizes are permitted for travel in the baggage compartment:

Size Carrier size     Dimensions (length x width x height)
Extra small 100 21" x 16" x 15"
Small 200 27" x 20" x 19"
Medium 300 32" x 22" x 23"
Large 300 36" X 24" x 26"
Extra large 500 40" x 27" x 30"



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