Check Pet Travel Policy
American Airlines provides passengers a hassle-free and seamless flight travel experience for you and your pet. Guidelines and requirements for American Airlines pet travel may vary based on your flight's origin and destination, your travel data, and your ticket type.
Check the baggage allowances on our American Airlines flight ticket in the American Airlines Baggage policy.
|Pet Type||Allowed as Carry-on||Allowed as Checked Pet||Allowed Destinations|
|Cats||Yes||Yes||Continental US, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands|
|Dogs||Yes||Yes||Continental US, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands|
|Fully-trained Service Dogs||Yes||No charge||All destinations|
|Checked pets for active-duty U.S. Military and U.S. State Department Foreign Service personnel traveling on official orders||No||Yes||All destinations|
|Other pets||No||Yes||All destinations (through American Airlines Cargo)|
|Kennel Type||Dimensions (L x W x H)||Kennel Limitations|
|Soft-sided kennel (recommended)||18 x 11 x 11 inches / 46 x 28 x 28 centimeters||
*Please note that for non-collapsible kennels, you must contact reservations to verify maximum dimensions.
Passengers can travel with pets on most flights up to 12 hours or flights to/from select locations, including within the 48 contiguous United States.
Only dogs are accepted. Assistance or service dogs accredited by an Australian State or Territory Government are also accepted.
Commercial dogs are not allowed in high-risk countries.
Carry-on pets are not allowed in Jamaica. Travel to Trinidad and Tobago is restricted to flights between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Carry-on pets are not allowed. Checked pets are allowed only if they follow Hawaii's quarantine rules and connect via Honolulu.
All pets must meet government regulations on vaccinations.
Carry-on pets are not allowed in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay.
Carry-on pets are not allowed. Checked pets are allowed, but you must complete all entry requirements for pets. Checked pets are not allowed in the UK and Ireland, except through American Airlines Cargo to London (LHR) and Manchester (MAN).
Carry-on pets are not allowed. Checked pets are allowed from Japan to Los Angeles (LAX) or Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) but not to Japan as checked baggage. You must make sure your pet has a microchip and the required documents and notify the Japanese Animal Quarantine Service at least 7 days prior to departure.
American Airlines checked pets policy is limited to active-duty U.S. military and U.S. State Department Foreign Service personnel traveling on official orders. Please note that American Airlines accept up to two pets per passenger, and they must meet the destination's minimum age and health requirements.
Due to the limited capacity, American Airlines process the checked pets on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are traveling with a pet, you can find more information on how to transport your pet with American Airlines.
To check in your pet for travel, please follow these guidelines:
Get American Airlines check-in information for your flight booking.
The American Airlines pet fees are applicable at every check-in location, and the base rates may vary depending on the travel dates and destination. The applicable taxes are not included in the displayed rates.
|Service||Region||American Airlines Pet Fees*|
|Checked pet for Active-duty U.S. Military and State Department personnel only*||Within and between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean, Europe and from the United Kingdom||$200 per kennel$150 to/from Brazil|
|Cargo pet||Varies||Varies, Fees will be confirmed at time of booking.|
|Carry-on pet||Within and between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (based on specific country's entry policy)||$125 per kennel|
|Service animals||All destinations||No charge|
*Fees shown apply for each destination without a voluntary stopover / connection of 4 hours or more. If your trip includes a voluntary stopover / connection of more than 4 hours, fees apply for each connection segment. All pet fees are non-refundable and apply per kennel, each way. Fees for transporting your pet with American Airlines Cargo may vary depending on the trip details and size of the animal and kennel.
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