Alaska Airlines Pet Policy

Alaska Airlines is one of the most famous airlines headquartered in Seattle and it is catering since 1932. Alaska Airlines has grown rapidly and today it serves the destinations of Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. The Alaska Airlines is growing day by day and is one of the largest west coast carriers. As per the Alaska airlines pet policy, passengers are allowed to carry along their pets in the cabin as well as in the cargo hold of different aircraft. Most of the domesticated pets are accepted by Alaska Airlines. Other pets will be accepted through prior approval and the pets that may need to travel in the controlled climate atmosphere include ferrets, cats, guinea pigs, dogs, non-poisonous reptiles, household birds, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs, tropical fish, and hamsters.

Alaska Airlines is also in partnership with Banfield Pet Hospital for the facility to provide a discount for pet transportation while preparing for the flight. The Alaska Airlines pet policy states that only one pet is allowed to travel to/from Hawaii. Hawaii strictly maintains its status of the only rabies-free state so, there are some additional rules and regulations for pet transportation.


Alaska airlines pets in the cabin

If your pet meets all the standards and requirements as per the Alaska airlines pets in the cabin policy, you will need an Alaska Airlines approved pet carrier. Only those carriers are allowed which are waterproof from the bottom and have enough space for the pet to stand and move around without touching the top. There should also be a proper ventilation system in the carrier for the pet.

Allowed pets in Alaska Airlines

Only small cats, dogs, and household birds are allowed in the cabin as per the Alaska airlines flying with pets policy and all pets must be harmless, well-behaved, and clean.

Alaska Airlines Dog Age Restriction

All pets must be totally weaned and they should be at least 8 weeks old to be eligible for travel with Alaska Airlines. 

Restricted routes

The small dogs and cats are allowed in the cabin for the flights into Hawaii and Mexico but the bird transportation into Hawaii is not allowed.

Alaska Airlines Pet Reservations

Passengers need to inform the Alaska airlines within 24 hours of the actual departure time if they wish to travel along with their pets. Alaska Airlines does not offer any online facility for pet reservations, passengers can text at 82008 for availing the service of Alaska airlines pet reservation. Only one pet is allowed in the first-class cabin of all Alaska Airlines flight and five pets in the flight’s main cabin. Passengers are allowed to take along up to two pets and the second pet must be travelling beneath the seat adjacent to the purchased one.


Alaska Airlines pet carrier size/dimensions requirement

The maximum size allowed for a soft-sided pet carrier is 17in*11in*9.5in.

The maximum size allowed for a hard-sided pet carrier is 17in*11in*7.5in.

Two pets are allowed in a single carrier/cage if they belong to the same species and size and there is enough space for both the pets to stand and move around without touching the top of the carrier. The combined weight of both pets should not exceed 20 pounds(9kg).


Alaska airlines service/emotional support dog & cat

Services and emotional support animals are allowed inside the cabin of Alaska airlines but the passengers must inform the reservation department if they wish to travel along with their service/emotional support dog or cat.

Only one service/emotional support animal is permitted per passenger and the service/emotional support animal must be a dog or cat. The service/emotional support pets must be properly leashed and they should remain in the Alaska Airlines compliant pet cage/carrier.

The passengers intending to travel along with the service/emotional support animals must present before the following documents and certificates at least prior to the 48 hours of the originally scheduled departure: Animal mental health, Animal behavior form, and Health advisory form. For any other information visit the official website of the Alaska airlines.


Alaska airlines pet cargo policy

The Alaska airlines pet cargo policy states that if your pet is not fitting under the seat, your pet is not a dog or cat, or the flight is long-hauled then, you must book a cargo space for your pet’s travel as the pet is not meeting the standards and requirements as per the pet in-cabin travel policy. 

Alaska Airlines Allowed pets in Cargo

Most of the small domesticated pets which include dogs, cats, guinea pigs, tropical fish, rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, pot-bellied pigs, household birds, and non-poisonous reptiles are accepted inside the cargo section of the Alaska airlines but there should be an approval for these pets. All the dogs and cats must be weaned and of at least the age of 8 weeks.

The permitted combined weight of the pet and carrier together for cargo is 150 pounds (68kg) maximum. The limit decreases to 100 pounds (45kg) for the SkyWest flights. 

Restricted aircrafts

No pets are allowed to travel in the cargo section of an Airbus aircraft served flight. The Alaska airlines do not accept pets as cargo for the flights 2000-2999 and the flights 3300-3499 during the period of  November 21 – December 31 and December 10 – January 3 due to the holidays travelling.

Restricted routes

The Alaska airlines do not accept any live animals for the flight to/from Mexico. The total number of animals in the flight to Hawaii during the period of November 1 to March 31 is restricted. The Alaska Airlines also take participation in the holiday embargoes for the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays.

Temperature restrictions

Passengers are not allowed to make a booking for their pets in the cargo section if the actual or forecasted temperatures are exceeding 85°F (29.4°C) or below 45°F (7.2°C) for any of the city in the passenger itinerary. Some of the pets may be accepted at a temperature below 45°F (7.2°C) but only with a certification of acclimation.


Restricted Pets breeds in Alaska Airlines

No snub-nosed or brachycephalic dogs and cats are allowed in the flight or cargo section of the Alaska airlines. The list of restricted breeds include Bulldog (all breeds), Staffordshire Terrier, Japanese Spaniel/Chin, Pitbull (all breeds), Shih Tzu, Pug (all breeds), Pekingese, Bull Terrier, Boston Terrier, Brussels Griffon, Boxer(all breeds), English Toy Spaniel, and Chow Chow.

The following cat breeds are also not allowed to travel in the cabin or cargo section of the flight: Himalayan, Burmese, Persian, and Exotic Shorthair.

Pets Reservations

You must reserve a cargo space for your pet as early as possible to avoid the end-time hassle. You can call on the Alaska airlines cargo pets phone number +1-855-284-6735 for booking a cargo space for your pet. The cargo booking for the pet must be made at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure of the flight. 


Alaska Airlines pet carrier size/dimensions requirement

Only one pet(cat or dog) over the age of 6 months is allowed to travel in a single cage/carrier.

Two pets are allowed to travel in the same carrier/cage if they both are below the age of 6 months and weight of 20 pounds (9kg) each. Both pets must be of the same species, sex, and size. There should be enough space for both the pets to stand and move around in the carrier/cage without touching the top.

The carrier/cage must have proper metal locks at both ends for the safety of pets.

The dimensions of the carrier/cage must not exceed 53in L * 48in W * 34in H. The dimensions of the carrier/cage for the Horizon Air must be equal to or below 40in L * 27in W * 30in H.


Alaska airlines pet fee and charges

The Alaska airlines pet fee and charges vary as per different conditions and policy. Find below the Alaska airlines pet fee for different conditions.

Alaska airlines pet in-cabin rates/fee

The pet will be counted as a piece of carry-on baggage and a fee of $100USD each way will be charged for this service.

Alaska airlines pet cargo rates/fee

The pets will be counted as a piece of cargo luggage and the Alaska airlines pet shipping cost is $100USD each way as per the policy of Alaska airlines.


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