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The Ruff Report: Dogs and Money

Airlines impose higher fees, restrictions for pets

People who plan to travel by plane with their pets can expect to pay higher fees and face more restrictions.

Airlines have been raising in-cabin and cargo fees and some are banning pet travel, according to research by

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"These higher fees and tougher rules will be a burden on pet owners who travel and wish to carry their pets in the cabin for safety and other reasons," George Hobica, founder of, states in a media release.

Flying with a pet could become as expensive as flying an additional person, Hobica states. found changes airlines have made include:
  • Frontier Airlines banning pets from the cabin and charging up to $400 to fly pets in the cargo hold.
  • Delta and American Airlines raising in-cabin pet fees from $200 to $300.
  • United raising its in-cabin fee to an industry-leading $350 and $500 for cargo.
  • Southwest Airlines bans pets except for trained assistance animals accompanying a person with a disability or being delivered to one.

"At $350 a trip, we might be better off enrolling Browser, our canine mascot, in some hang-gliding courses, or - if the fees keep going up - tie some helium balloons to the kennel, toss in a tracking device and hope for the best," Hobica states. "His chances of an on-time arrival couldn't be any worse than on some airlines."

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