Check Pet Travel Policy
The Southwest Pet Policy has been designed to provide you and your pets a travel experience that is pleasant and hassle-free. The Southwest pet travel guidelines and requirements may vary with the origin and destination of the flight, the date of travel, and the ticket type.
Southwest Airlines allows vaccinated, small, domestic dogs and cats on domestic flights and in a cabin, provided these pets are carried in a suitable pet carrier. Passengers traveling with pets have to abide by the in-flight seating policy, according to which those traveling with a pet cannot be seated in an exit row or without an under-seat stowage in front of them.
Southwest Airlines authorities have the power to deny boarding to any pet that showcases disruptive behavior. Disruptive behavior by pets includes but is not limited to:
According to Southwest Pet Policy, all pets must be securely kept inside a suitable pet carrier at all times. This includes at the gate area, on boarding, during the entire flight, and on deplaning. Southwest Airlines allows one pet carrier per ticketed passenger and every pet carrier can contain a maximum 2 of the same species of a small dog or a small cat.
Please note, Southwest Airlines does not allow any pet travel to or from Hawaii.
As per the Southwest airlines pet policy, all traveling pets must be vaccinated. However, no documentation is required against the same.
Check the baggage allowances on your Southwest flight ticket in the Southwest Baggage policy.
The Southwest pet fee is $95 per pet carrier, each way. This fee has to be paid on the date of your travel at the airport ticket counter. Southwest allows a maximum of 6 pet carriers on every flight.
This number may be subject to change on the discretion of the concerned authorities. These carriers are accepted on a first come-first serve basis, which is why it’s best to book your pet for travel soon after you book your flight ticket with Southwest Airlines.
The Southwest pet fee is refundable if your Southwest flight gets canceled or if you cancel your booking.
Please note, the Southwest pet fee is subject to change.
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