Rachel
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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The Cost Of Flying Dogs

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 3 ·
cost of flying dogs

If you’re traveling out of the country or far enough away for a while, you can undoubtedly bring your dog on the airplane. However, there are hoops you need to go through, and you’ll want to budget accordingly. So, let’s talk about the cost of flying dogs on airplanes.

How To Fly With Your Dog On An Airplane

It’s possible to bring your dog on an airplane with you. However, no matter where you’re headed, every area and airline has different requirements to bring your pup on board.

Before you fly, here’s a list of things you’ll need to do before you make any plans:

  • Call the airline and get to know their policies about bringing dogs on board
  • Research your destination and make sure it’s okay to bring your furry friend there
  • Visit your vet so your dog can get a checkup and they can help you and your dog prepare for the flight
  • Make sure your doggo is up to date on all of their vaccinations
  • Get a travel carrier for your dog and train them to get used to it

As soon as you feel like it’s right for your dog to go on an airplane, and you’re bother prepared, now you need to budget.

General Costs Of Flying Dogs On Airplanes

Remember, every airline is different with their requirements on how dogs can be on board. For example, dogs can fly in the cargo hold or your cabin.

However, this also depends on the dog’s size. If you have a dog under 20 pounds, they can go in the cargo hold or in-cabin with you, as long as they’re in a travel carrier. Any bigger dog will have to go into the cargo hold because they won’t be able to fit with you. 

If you have an emotional support dog, therapy dog, or service dog, you’ll need to check with the airline about their policies about keeping the dog with you in the cabin, no matter their size. Most airlines will accommodate this.

Cost Of Flight Prep

Before you bring your doggo on the plane and book tickets, there are some things you need to do.

For example, depending on where you’re going, you need to get your dog up to date with their vaccinations. Also, they’ll need to be microchipped.

In addition, you need a travel carrier that’s safe for airplanes. It needs to be the correct size for your dog to have wriggle room and also needs to be a specific size to fit on the airplane.

For all of this, you could spend at least $100 to $200. Depending on your dog’s size, smaller carriers will be cheaper than large ones. However, the vet bill for the microchip and certain vaccines (if your dog needs them) can cost a couple hundred dollars.

Cost For A Dog’s Plane Ticket

Based on their size, most airlines will charge a plane ticket for your pup.

For example, smaller dogs will cost about $125 round trip, while larger dogs can cost up to $500 round trip.

If the dog stays in the cabin with you, a small fee might be added. Otherwise, they’re considered luggage if the dog goes into the cargo hold. So, you’ll need to pay extra for checked baggage. This might be another $50 to $150.

Cheaper Ways To Fly With Your Dog

If you’re looking to save some money on flying with your dog, the best option might be not to fly at all.

For instance, there are plenty of other options to bring your dog someplace. If you’re staying in the country, you can always take your car and drive cross country.

On the other hand, you can always bring your dog onto a train or a ferry, depending on where you’re going.

Depending on the destination, these options will have their own set of costs, but they won’t be as much as an airplane.

More Information On Flying With Your Dog

If you’re looking for more in-depth information about flying with your dog, you can see the different areas and their requirements.

For example, take a look at some of the places listed below to see if you can bring your furry friend along or not. You can read more information about their requirements and their costs.

  • America
  • UK
  • Europe
  • Italy
  • Thailand
  • Germany
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Dubai
  • France
  • India
  • Canada
  • Australia

Should You Fly With Your Dog?

Flying with your dog is safe, but you should do so at your own risk. Remember to talk to your vet about it and research your destination and airline. Overall, the cost isn’t so bad as long as your budget. 

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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