The 10 Most Affordable Airlines Pet Fees: 2022

Airlines that allow flying with Pets with an affordable Pet Fee include: Frenchbee Airlines, Frontier, Aegean Airlines, Lufthansa, Virgin America, Southwest Airlines, Vueling, WestJet and Breeze. All Airline Pet Fees are $100 or less.

Searching for affordable airfare for Pet Travel can be frustrating.  Here I profile the Least Expensive, Cheapest, Most Frugal Airlines for Pet Travel, ranked by their Pet Fee.


1. FRENCHBEE AIRLINES

For International flights from US to Canada, your Pet Can Be in the Foot Space of the Seat & Not under the seat in front. International Flights for $65 each way.

The Points Guy flew with a Dog and has this review: “Boarding was chaotic (although I’m hoping that will improve as the airline gets more flights under its belt), they didn’t serve dinner, the 3-4-3 seating configuration is pretty tight, there’s no TSA PreCheck and the Wi-Fi didn’t work on my flight. It isn’t my favorite way to travel (as seen by my purchases), but French Bee is an option for those wanting to go to Paris as cheaply as possible — especially if they manage to iron out the kinks.” FrenchBee is adding LAX to Paris in April 2022.

Cost Flat Pet Fee: $65 per trip, non-refundable. Snub Nose are NOT accepted—even in cabin

RELATED: Flying with a Large Dog In Cabin in 2022


2. FRONTIER AIRLINES

A one-way, Pet Fee of $99. You can pay in advance or at check in. Flying with Pets In Cabin, you are allowed your Pet carrier and a personal item or carry-on bag.

Pet Carrier Size allowance: 18″ length x 14″ width x 8″ height. No weight limit. Pets cannot fly as checked baggage.

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3.  AEGEAN AIRLINES

Maximum weight: 8 kg (including carrier). Maximum carrier size: 55 x 40 x 23 cm

Cost: $34 domestic and $68 international (prices differ depending on time of year)

Pet Fee in Cargo: $45 to $100 (prices differ depending on time of year and size and weight of Pet and carrier.


4. LUFTHANSA

Maximum weight: 8 kg / 17.6 pounds (including carrier). Maximum carrier size: 55 x 40 x 23 cm The Pet Fee is a reasonable: $57 domestic, $68 international within Europe and $125 international outside Europe. Each passenger is allowed to take a maximum of two animals with them.

If your pet is too large to fit under the seat, it is an animal other than a dog or cat, or if it is a very long flight, Lufthansa may transport your pet in the cargo section of the aircraft according to its regulations. This section of the cargo department has the same temperature and pressure as the passenger cabin.

RELATED: Pet Health Certificates and Pet Passport US to Everywhere


5. VIRGIN AIRLINES

Pet Fee: $100.00 each way. Your Dog or Cat can be booked online when booking your own travel arrangements. Checked pets not allowed but, Cats, dogs, household birds, and domesticated rabbits can fly. Animals must be vaccinated, under 20 pounds, and at least 8 weeks old and fully weaned. 

See also, Can I Buy an Extra Seat on a Plane for My Dog or Cat in Cabin?


6. Southwest

Pet Fee: $95 each way No Maximum weight–that’s good, but must fit comfortably in carrier under seat. Pets will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached. 

Six (6) pets are allowed per flight with a limit of one pet carrier per paying Customer traveling on the same flight. However, from time to time, circumstances may allow for more (or fewer) than six (6) pet carriers per scheduled flight. Pets cannot fly In Cabin on International flights. Maximum carrier size: 43 x 34 x 21 cm


7. VUELING AIRLINES

Pet Fees: $46 domestic and $56 for International flights. Maximum weight: 10 kg (including carrier) or 8kg on flights operated by Iberia. Maximum carrier size: 45 x 39 x 21 cm (soft-sided crates only)

You can store you Pet and carrier on the floor, between your legs or under the seat in front. You must not take your pet out of the pet carrier until you have disembarked.

RELATED: 4 Best In-Cabin Pet Carriers for Airlines 2022 and Best Cargo Crate for Flying with Large Dogs in 2022


8. WestJet Airlines

Large dogs are not carried by most airlines. Airlines, however, claim that they are friendly to the big furry friends in cabin or cargo and cost between $50 and $89. WestJet Airlines is a Canadian low-cost carrier that provides scheduled and charter air service to 85 destinations in Canada, the United States, Europe, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

Working dogs will be charged the pet in cabin fee, and if the specialty dog requires additional floor space to ensure its comfort and safety on board, an additional seat must be purchased (based on availability). 

Working dogs

Working dogs do not provide a service to a person with a disability or provide personal assistance to their handler.

Working dogs are trained to perform tasks at the direction of their handler. These tasks may include:

locating people or items (search, rescue, avalanche, or tracking dogs)

performing specific tasks for the military or police (detection, scout, sentry)

other highly specialized skills

Please note:

WestJet offers this program, but this is not something offered by many air carriers. We strongly recommend that you confirm the policies for the acceptance of working dogs of our partner airlines or any other transportation service provider as their policies may be different from ours.

This program does not apply to WestJet Vacation package bookings.


Pet Friendly Breeze Airlines

9. Breeze Airlines

Breeze Airways is a new low-cost US-based airline started by the founder of JetBlue. Breeze Airways started flying in May 2021, and is adding new routes throughout 2022.

Breeze Airways offers point-to-point flights within the US, and will look to expand with flights to Central and South America.

Breeze just added many new budget and Pet friendly routes. Pet Fees In Cabin: $75 per one way flight per pet carrier.

Breeze Airways allows small domesticated Cats and Dogs In Cabin. The total weight of animal + carrier must not exceed 25 lbs.

Pets are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Breeze allows five (5) pets per flight with a limit of one pet carrier per Guest traveling on the same flight. Please contact Breeze Airways directly to check availability for your flight and to reserve a spot for your pet.

Pet carriers will count as the Guest’s carry-on item and must fit under the seat directly in front of you. In addition to the pet carrier, Guests are permitted to bring one personal item on board the plane. The maximum size for a pet carrier is 18 x 13 x 9 inches. You will be charged a Pet in Cabin Fee of $75 USD.

Breeze Airwats Pet in Cabin Fee: $75 per one way flight per pet carrier

Pets must be checked in at the airport ticket counter, however, Guests can get their boarding pass online, at the airport kiosk, or the ticket counter.


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10. La COMPAGNIE

Dogs and Cats up to 33 lbs can travel with you in the cabin at a fee equal to 10% of your ticket fare. To ensure they travel in comfort and safety, please make sure you reserve this unique service in advance as there are limited spaces. Routes include Domestic and European Hubs in Paris, Lisbon and Milan to name a few. If your flight ticket is $900, then your Pet can fly In Cabin for $90.


Documents Needed for Moving or Flying with Pets Internationally

  • Microchip Certificate
  • Rabies Vaccination Certificate
  • Health Certificate. For International Pet Travel, you may need more than 1 Health Certificate–Some transit countries require their own Certificates.
  • Rabies Titer Test results
  • Parasite Treatment certificate—Often Deworming
  • This is just a guide on what is required, please check the requirements for your specific airline and destination country at our page: Pet Passports and Pet Health Certificates.

Saving Airline Fees when Traveling with Pets

Budget Airlines allow travelers to vacation and relocate with their Pets at more affordable prices but, there are compromises to be made to save money but, there are many tips and tricks to avoid additional fees.

Mostly, you need flexibility and an understanding that when we fly with Pets on affordable airlines, we will not get all the customary perks of regular commercial airlines. The cheapest airlines that fly Pets almost always charge for nearly every other amenity such as: meals, drinks, baggage and seat selection.

Not choosing your seat in advance saves money–I ask the gate agent if there is a seat selection with an empty seat next to me. The agents usually are keen to give you and your Pet extra space mostly because it makes everyone happier to give Pets extra space.

Packing light with only a free under-seat bag, packing your own food, filling up a water bottle before boarding but, after TSA and going for priority boarding.

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What Airlines Allow Pets to Fly for Free?

Two Airlines that fly Pets for Free are Eastern Airlines and Boutique Air in 2022.

Eastern Airlines

  • Cats and Dogs with NO weight restrictions
  • Flys NY, Miami, Boston to Nicaragua, Uruguay, Paraguay and Ecuador
  • Pet must be at least 8 weeks old

Boutique Air

  • Mostly US Domestic Routes Small Airline
  • Accepts Lap-Sized Dogs and Cats OnBoard
  • No Additional Charge for Your Pet

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