Airlines Raise Fees For Cats, Dogs

Passengers must pay extra for pet travel this summer.

By Soraya Gutierrez | Posted: June 12, 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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Airlines Raise Fees For Cats, Dogs
Bringing a cat along for a plane ride will cost passengers more on several airlines.
The surge in oil prices means more fees for airline passengers this summer, from carrying a pet in the cabin to transporting antlers.

American Airlines, the largest U.S. carrier, recently raised the price for bringing a cat or dog along for the plane ride to $100. That’s up from $80, each way.

Other airlines, including Frontier Airlines and Virgin America, also are making changes. U.S.-based Virgin America announced an increase in its cabin pet fee from $50 to $100. Bringing a dog or cat as a carry-on item on Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines now costs $100 each way, up from $75.

At Denver-based Frontier, pet owners will have to make other traveling arrangements for their animals now that the low-cost airline will no longer allow pets to ride in the cabin. Meanwhile, for hunters boarding a Frontier flight, animal parts are OK to bring into the cabin, for an increased fee. The cost to board with a pair of antlers was increased from $75 to $100.

The airlines said they are making cuts and adding fees as they deal with the rising cost of fuel.

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Dan    Madison, WI

12/5/2008 12:09:50 PM

Northwest and Delta are now both $150 one-way for carry-on pets. Our human tickets for Christmas are $310 round-trip INCLUDING taxes?!! They could at least given "pet frequent flier" miles or something. I've never seen them do extra cleaning or any sort of planning (seating people with allergies elsewhere, avoiding assigning bulkhead seats, alerting flight attendants--they're always surprised to see an animal). It's just free income for them...maybe it's the CEO bonus fund.

E    Attleboro, MA

6/13/2008 12:08:07 AM

Not one politician is dealing with this oil issue!!!!!!

me    me, ME

6/12/2008 10:54:07 PM

I think that is a rip off and the airline industry is eating up this gas price ordeal....they can do what they want now since gas prices are up, people resort to flying so they jack that up too. I personally wouldnt take my cat on a plane anyways, to much stress for them.

Philip    Durano, CO

6/12/2008 10:13:07 PM

The proper response to these airlines is to boycott them, Especially Frontier Airlines. Better yet, spend your vacations at home with your pets.

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