Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines is based in Seattle, Wa and has been in operation since 1932 (known as McGee Airways). It has expanded since its founding days and now serves the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. It is constantly expanding its service and has been historically known as one of the largest carriers of the West Coast.

Alaska Airlines Pet Policy

Alaska Airlines accepts most small domesticated pets. Other pets may be accepted with approval. Pets that may travel in the climate-controlled baggage and cargo compartments include: cats, dogs, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, household birds, non-poisonous reptiles, pot bellied pigs, rabbits, and tropical fish.

Alaska Airlines has also partnered with Banfield Pet Hospital to provide pets with a special discount offer when preparing for take-off.

Effective July 2, 2012: Pets In Cabin are now allowed to Mexico.

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Transport Rules

  • The carrier must be leak proof and ventilated on at least two sides
  • The pet carrier is considered your carry-on item when traveling in the cabin
  • Reservations for pets are accepted up to 24 hours prior to departure
  • You must be 18 years or older to travel with pet in the cabin. A customer traveling with a pet may not occupy an emergency exit row seat.
  • An extra fee of $100 is added to the cost of the ticket when traveling with a pet regardless of the pet traveling in the cabin or cargo

Important Tip::
Alaska Airlines accepts only 1 pet for travel to and from Hawaii. Because of Hawaii’s unique status as the only rabies-free state, there are additional requirements for travel.

Pets in the Cabin: Alaska Airlines Policy

  • Dogs and cats must be older than 8 weeks and have proof of required vaccinations to travel
  • Carrier must allow the pet to stand up, turn around, and sit
  • Service animals are allowed on all flights, prior notice is appreciated
  • Pet must remain in the carrier for the duration of the flight
  • Carriers must be small enough to fur under the seat during take off and landing
    • Hard sided: 7.5″x12″x17″
    • Soft-sided: 9.5″X12″x17″

Pets in the Cargo: Alaska Airlines Policy

  • No more than one live dog or cat, 6 months of age or older, may be transported in the same kennel
  • No more than one live puppy, 8 weeks to 6 months of age, and weighing over 20 lbs, may be transported in the same kennel
  • No more than two 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 kennel
  • Animals must be harmless, inoffensive, and require no attention during transit


The health of your pet is important. Due to health risks that could potentially result in the death of the animal, brachycephalic (shortnose) dogs/cats are only accepted for travel at owner’s risk and excess valuation is not available.

The following is a list of the affected breeds:

Dogs: American Pit Bull, American Staffordshire, Boston Terrier, Brussels Griffin, Bull Mastiff, Bull Terrier, Chow Chow, Dutch Pug, English Bulldog, English Toy Spaniel, French Bulldog, Japanese Boxer, Japanese Spaniel, Pekinese Pug, Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Terrier, Bulldog, Pug, Boxer.

Cats: Burmese, Exotic, Himalayan and Persian.

For more details about Alaska Airlines’ pet policies, please go to this page of the Alaska Airlines website.

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