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Depending on the animals' breed, size and requirements, they can travel as a carry-on, be checked or transported with American Airlines Cargo. With the exception of a few breed restrictions, you can only travel with cats and dogs.
Please contact Reservations in advance so we can notify you of any requirements or travel changes that may affect you and your pet.*
*Checked pets cannot travel to / through / from Phoenix (PHX), Tucson (TUS), Las Vegas (LAS) or Palm Springs (PSP) May 1 – September 30.
We don’t accept brachycephalic or snub-nosed dogs of any 'mix' as checked pets, such as:
Dogs must be at least 8 weeks old when traveling within the U.S. and Puerto Rico. If you're traveling into the U.S., your dog's age and vaccine requirements depend on your origin country's rabies risk. Dogs arriving from high-risk countries need to be at least 16 weeks old and have their rabies shots before traveling into the U.S.
To check if your origin is a high-risk country, please visit the U.S. Center for Disease Control.
We don’t accept brachycephalic cats of any 'mix' as checked pets, such as:
Cats must be at least 8 weeks old when traveling within the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
You can travel with a pet on most flights up to 11 hours and 30 minutes or flights to / from:*
The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources does not accept applications to import assistance or service animals of any species other than dogs.
An assistance or service dog which is accredited by an Australian State or Territory Government will also qualify. In most cases these animals are returning to Australia.
Note: You’ll be responsible for fulfilling all entry requirements and must notify the department of the dog’s intended arrival at least three (3) working days prior to export.
You cannot travel with a carry-on pet when traveling to Jamaica.
American Eagle does not accept pets as checked baggage for Priority Parcel Service between San Juan (SJU) and St. Kitts (SKB).
When traveling with a pet to Trinidad and Tobago (POS), you cannot arrive on a flight before 8 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
Pets traveling within the U.S. and Puerto Rico must be at least 8 weeks old.
All dogs (carry-on and checked) traveling to the U.S must meet government regulations on vaccinations.
You cannot travel with a carry-on pet when traveling to / from Hawaii.
You can travel with your pet to Hawaii as checked baggage if you:
*No pets are accepted on departures out of Honolulu prior to 8 a.m. HT between March 5 and November 1.
You cannot travel with your pet to Hawaii:
All pets traveling to Mexico must meet government regulations on vaccinations.
You cannot travel with a carry-on pet when traveling to / from:
You cannot travel with a carry-on pet when traveling transatlantic.
When traveling to the European Union (EU) with a checked pet, you’ll be responsible for fulfilling all entry requirements. Your pet must have a tattoo or implanted microchip that matches the identification number on their vaccination card.
Apart from service animals, you can't travel with a checked pet to the U.K. or Ireland, but you can transport dogs and cats to London (LHR) and Manchester (MAN) via American Airlines Cargo.
You cannot travel with a carry-on pet when traveling transpacific.
Although, you can travel with a checked pet from Japan to Los Angeles (LAX), pets are not allowed as checked baggage to Japan. According to USDA restrictions, animals should be offered water every 12 hours, so for travel with a checked pet to Los Angeles, you must book a flight less than 11 hours and 30 minutes. This allows time for you to check your pet and clear customs at your destination city.
If you’re traveling with a checked pet for travel from Japan, you’ll need to:
*11 hours and 30 minutes allows time to clear customs at the arrival city.
**Additional special restrictions may apply when traveling with pets to / from these destinations.
On American flights you can bring 1 kennel as your carry-on bag if:
You can travel with your pet carrier and one personal item, but you won’t be permitted to bring a carry-on bag in addition to a pet carrier and personal item. Instead, the kennel will replace your carry-on bag.
Pet strollers must be checked at the ticket counter, and all checked bag fees apply.
We assume no liability for the health or well-being of carry-on pets. These rules are enforced:
We can only accept:
Contact Reservations to make arrangements for your pet in advance.
Due to the lack of underseat storage space, carry-on pets are not permitted in First or Business on:
You can travel with up to 2 checked pets that meet the minimum age and health requirements of your destination. Please note that as capacity is limited, we accept checked pets on a first-come basis. When checking a pet, you’ll need to:
To ensure the health and safety of your pet, the health certificate you provide must be issued by a vet within:
Checked pets cannot travel on:
If you’re traveling on a connecting flight, checked pets will only be able to connect through these cities:
If you’re connecting between American and another airline, you’ll need to claim and recheck your pet and pay applicable charges to each carrier.
When checking in your pet, there are specific requirements for their kennel:
If you travel with 2 of your pets in the same kennel, they must be:
|Aircraft type||Acceptable kennel||Maximum kennel height|
|A321T||500 series kennel or smaller||46 inches|
|B737-800||400 series kennel or smaller||28 inches|
|B777-200 / 300||500 series kennel or smaller||63 inches|
|B787-800 / 900||500 series kennel or smaller||63 inches|
Due to Federal Regulations, you’ll need to provide written certification that:
You’ll also need to provide feeding and watering instructions for a 24-hour period. Unless specified by a vet, you cannot leave instructions saying 'no food or water.'
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, due to respiratory and cardiovascular problems caused by altitude pressures, in most cases, you shouldn’t give your pet any sedatives or tranquilizers before flying.
If your pet is sedated, at check-in, you’ll need to give one of our agents the name of the medication, the amount and date and time the animal took it.
If you’re traveling on an American Airlines itinerary, you can pay your charge at the airport or at a travel center with cash, credit card or voucher, where accepted.
We don’t collect pet charges for other operating airlines in your itinerary (even if it has an AA flight number). You’ll need to check in with each airline and pay your charge at check-in. To find out if you're on a partner airline, look for the words, "Operated by..." on your ticket.
|Checked pet*||Not available||Not available|
|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|
*Charges shown above apply for each destination without a voluntary stopover/connection of 4 hours or more. If your itinerary includes a voluntary stopover/connection of more than 4 hours, charges apply for each connection segment. All pet charges are non-refundable and apply per pet, each way. Due to increased flight changes, we’ve stopped checking pets for now. Charges for transporting your pet with American Airlines Cargo may vary depending on the trip details and size of the animal and kennel.
We have temperature restrictions to make sure your pet isn’t exposed to extreme heat or cold:
You cannot travel with a pet if the current or forecasted temperature is above 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29.4 degrees C) at any location on the itinerary.
You cannot travel with a pet if the ground temperature is below 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7.2 degrees C) at any location on the itinerary.
We may waive the cold temperature restrictions if you have a written letter from a licensed vet that includes:
The letter must be dated:
You may need an additional letter for lengthy trips. If the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-6.6 degrees C), your pet cannot be checked even with a letter from your vet.