American Airlines Pet Policy

American Airlines Pet Policy

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Each pet policy varies according to the destination and country. In some flights and destinations, pets are not allowed at any cost. Therefore, whenever you book a flight, make sure to go through their pet policy if you want to take your pet along. As per the American Airlines pet policy, passengers are not allowed to take along pets in the cabin with them to/from South America, to/from trans-Atlantic/trans-Pacific, or to/from Hawaii.

Rules As Per The American Airlines Pet Policy

Passengers must get their pets fully vaccinated and should take long the health certificate of their pets.

American Airlines only allows dogs and cats to carry along.

The acceptance of pets is prohibited for traveling if the forecasted or current temperature is above 85 degrees Fahrenheit or the ground temperature below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pets are not allowed in those flights whose travel time is 12 hours and beyond. These include flights from  Paraguay, Uraguay, Bolivia, Hawaii, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, Brazil.

It is mandatory for all the passengers to inform American Airlines in advance if they wish to carry their pets along while traveling. American Airlines has a strict policy that states that they won’t entertain any immediate travel along with their pet’s requests.

Up to 5 kennels are allowed on the American eagle flight as per the American Airlines pet policy and up to 7 kennels on the American Airlines flight. The passengers have the access to call on the American airline’s pet cargo phone number XXXXX to book their pets as Cargo.

American Airlines Pet Carry On Policy

According to American Airlines Pet Policy, passengers are allowed to travel with their pets (Cat or Dog) only if their pets are meeting the requirements and standards of airlines. The poet carrier or cage in which you are carrying your pet must be approved prior to the traveling. To get approved, the pet carrier must have enough space for the pet to move around and stand in the cage. It should be waterproof, must have proper ventilation and a lock system. The maximum size of the carrier or cage permitted in American Airlines is 19in*13in*9in.

Pets Permitted

Only small pets like cats and dogs are permitted by American Airlines.

Pets Age Criteria

To be eligible to travel, the pet’s age must be at least 8 weeks.

Restricted Routes

When it comes to transpacific or transatlantic flights, passengers aren’t permitted to travel with their pets in the cabin. Most of the flights to the United States(excluding Hawaii), Central America, Canada, Mexico, Alaska, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico permits passengers to travel with their pets.

Service dogs are allowed to travel inside the flight’s cabin to the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Restricted Aircrafts

Passengers are not permitted to travel with their pets in business or first class of various aircraft, including 767, 757-L, 777-200, A330-300, Airbus A330-200, 757-EW, 777-300, 787-9, and 787-8.

Pet Carrier Standards and Requirements

The approved measurement of the carrier or cage also depends on the aircraft for the specific route. According to American airline’s policy, per Passenger, only one pet is allowed but when it comes to the mother cat and dog, then this rule is no more applicable to them. If the carriage has enough space for two pets to move around without touching the top of the cage, then two pets are allowed at once only if they are of the same size and species (kittens, puppies or toy dogs). The total weight of these two pets should not exceed more than 20 pounds. Americal airlines never permit birds to travel in their flight.


Passengers need to check in from the passenger counter and pets aren’t permitted to check-in from the curbside. During the check-in process, passengers need to pay the fee and then their pet will be counted as carry-on baggage.

Required Documents and Certificates

To travel in the cabin, there is no requirement of any health certificate or document for the pets.

Policy for emotional support animals/service support animals

Effective from April 19, American airlines accepted all emotional and service support animals. This service is offered per Passenger in the cabin. But cats and dogs are not allowed as emotional support animals. Except for cats and dogs, disabled passengers are permitted to carry miniature horses as their service support animals. The emotional support dogs and cats must be properly vaccinated and should be at least 4 months old.

American Airlines Pet Cargo Policy

According to American Airlines Pet Cargo Policy, if your pet is too big to fit within the Passenger’s seat or the flight is long hauled or the animal is cat or dog, then the cargo pet shipping offered by American airlines is the best suit for you. In this service, your pet is kept with the same pressure and temperature as the flight cabin. Some of the American airline’s aircraft including Airbus 321, Airbus 319, Airbus 321H, Airbus 321S, and Airbus 319, doesn’t ship live animals like Cargo.

Allowed Pets

Pets like cats and dogs are permitted, but birds aren’t allowed in American airlines. The flying time of flight shouldn’t exceed more than 12 hours. Two pets per Passenger are permitted as checked baggage.

Restricted Routes

The pets that are shipped as Cargo to Hawaii will go via Honolulu. Pets are allowed to travel as Cargo only if the destination is the United Kingdom. Pets are not accepted as cargo travel through/from Las Vegas, Tucson, Palm Strings, and Phoenix from the period of May 1 to September 30. The cargo shipping facility of pets is not provided for Japan flights.

Restricted Aircrafts

Cargo pets are restricted to travel on A321H, A319, A321S, and A320 aircraft as well as on the Air Wisconsin-operated flights.

Required Documents and Certificates

A health certificate by a licensed veterinarian is necessary within 10 days of flight. If any of the passengers come back to their origin country with the same ticket, then that health certificate is valid for 60 days.


Pets must be checked in 4 hours prior to the actual departure time at the ticket counter and during that time, passengers will have to pay the shipping fee as well. Passengers are advised to check-in as soon as possible as there are limited seats for pets to travel per flight. The pet policy of American airlines states first-come-first-serve. The maximum limit of pets as a Cargo is two pets per Passenger. No pets are allowed as Cargo for a flight of more than 12 hours.

Restricted Pet Breeds

The listed below dog breeds are restricted for travel with American Airlines:-

American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bully, Affenpinscher, Boxer(All breeds), Bulldog(All breeds), Boston Terrier, Brussels Griffon, Chow Chow, Cane Corso, Dogue De Bordeaux, English Toy Spaniel, Japanese Chin, Lhasa Apso, Mastiff(All breeds), Pit Bull, Pekingese, Pug(All breeds), Presa Canario, Staffordshire Terrier, Shar Pei, Shih Tzu, and Tibetan Spaniel.


The Persian, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, and Burmese breed cats are also restricted to travel with American Airlines.

Temperature Restrictions

If forecasted or current temperature is above 29.4-degree celsius (85-degree Fahrenheit) or below the 7.2-degree Celsius(45-degree Fahrenheit) at any destination in the itinerary. There are some exceptional pets that are allowed to travel as Cargo at temperatures below 7.2-degree Celsius(45-degree Fahrenheit) with the certification of acclimation. No pet is permitted to travel at temperatures below -6.6-degree Celsius(20-degree Fahrenheit). Passengers are offered round-the-clock assistance so that they can easily reschedule their pet cargo booking if the temperature is permitted below range.

Pet Carrier Size Dimensions

According to American Airlines Policy, The maximum allowed carriage or cage size is 40in*27in*30in. Except for MD80 and Boeing 737 aircraft, this rule is exceptional. The series 700 crates are not permitted on any flight of this airline. The lock of the carriage must be manufactured with strong metal.

Two cats or dogs are permitted in the same cage if they are eight weeks or six months old and are from the same species. The total weight of both pets should not be more than 20 pounds.

American Airlines Pet Fee

According to American Airlines’ pet policy, the pet shipping fee varies depending on if the pet is carried in the cabin or is not eligible for cabin and is traveling as Cargo on the same flight. Keep reading the policy to know more.

Pet Carry-on Charges

You will be charged with $125USD fee if your pet is counted as carry-on luggage to travel. The check-in process will take place at the Passenger’s counter as pets aren’t permitted to check in from the curbside. When it comes to service animals, no fee is charged.

Pet Cargo Charge/Fee

Pets will be counted as carry-on luggage and Passenger will be charged $200($150 for travel to/from Brazil).

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