American Airlines Dog Travel Policies
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When traveling on an American Airlines flight, you can bring one pet kennel as your carry-on bag if:
You pay the carry-on pet charge
If all your travel is on American Airlines we can only accept up to 7 kennels each flight (not including service animals). When traveling on an American Eagle flight, we can accept up to 5 kennels per flight (with a maximum of 1 in first class). You’ll need to contact Reservations to make arrangements in advance.
Reservations and ticket changes
When carrying on your pet, you’ll need to make sure that they can stand up, turn around and lie down in a natural position in their kennel. Non-collapsible kennels can be a maximum of 19in x 13in x 9in.
Soft-sided collapsible kennels such as Sherpa bags can be larger if they're made of water-repellant material, are padded or have nylon mesh ventilation on 2 or more sides.
*American Airlines assumes no liability for the health or well-being of carry-on pets.
You can travel with up to 2 checked pets that are at least 8 weeks old. Please note that as capacity is limited, we accept checked pets on a first-come basis. When checking a pet, you’ll need to:
Contact Reservations at least 48 hours prior to travel
To ensure the health and safety of your pet, the health certificate you provide must be issued by a vet within:
10 days of your travel
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If you’re traveling on an American Airlines itinerary, you can pay your charge at the airport or at a travel center by with cash, credit card and voucher.
We don’t collect pet charges for other operating airlines in your itinerary (even if it has an AA flight number). You’ll need to check in with each airline and pay your charge at check-in. To find out if you're on a partner airline, look for the words, "Operated by..." on your ticket.
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Traveling with a service animal
*Charges shown above apply for each destination without a voluntary stopover/connection of 4 hours or more. If your itinerary includes a voluntary stopover/connection of more than 4 hours, charges apply for each connection segment. All pet charges are non-refundable and apply per pet, each way.
We have temperature restrictions to make sure your pet isn’t exposed to extreme heat or cold:
In the animal holding areas
You cannot travel with a pet if the current or forecasted temperature is above 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29.4 degrees C) at any location on the itinerary.
You cannot travel with a pet if the ground temperature is below 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7.2 degrees C) at any location on the itinerary.
We may waive the cold temperature restrictions if you have a written letter from a licensed vet that includes:
Your name and address
The letter must be dated:
Within 10 days of the first flight your pet will be on
You may need an additional letter for lengthy trips. If the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-6.6 degrees C), your pet cannot be checked even with a letter from your vet.
Which destinations allow travel with pets?
You can travel with a pet on most flights not longer than 12 hours or flights to/from:*
*12 hours includes the time it takes to clear customs at the arrival city.
We don’t accept brachycephalic or snub-nosed dogs of any “mix” as checked luggage, such as: