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Minimize Announces Top Five Pet-Friendly Airlines for 2009


Silver Spring, MD (June 11, 2009) - With airlines continuing to raise their prices for everything from checked baggage to in-flight snacks, travelers are having trouble keeping up with all the changes in the airways. To make it simple for pet-toting travelers, is announcing the five most pet-friendly airlines of 2009. Here they are in ascending order:

5. United Airlines Non-Discriminating

What Makes Them Pet-Friendly: United Airlines loves animals of all kinds. They accept small cats, dogs and birds in the cabin; rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs as checked baggage and other animals including parrots, cockatiels and ferrets, in United Cargo. (Shipping by cargo is for items, like some pets, that you cannot check as baggage. Your pet may or may not be on the aircraft with you). Have a short-nosed dog that you can’t bring in the cabin? Check your date of flight; some breeds and mixes are not allowed in cargo or as checked baggage from June 1 through September 30 of each year.

4. American Airlines Zoo Trusted

What Makes Them Pet-Friendly: American Airlines animal-trained staff has assisted in transporting animals from popular zoos in cargo. While they only allow a limited number of pets in the cabin, they ask pet parents to make special notes for their animal companions flying in cargo and promise to abide by all requests.

3. Airtran Budget-Friendly

What Makes Them Pet-Friendly: Airtran will not let you break the bank to fly with your pet beside you (well technically, under your seat). It is currently the least expensive airline to fly with your small pet; just $69 each way.

2. JetBlue Airways Full-Service Pet Love

What Makes Them Pet-Friendly: JetBlue really embraced pet-toting travelers when it launched JetPaws last summer. For no additional cost, JetBlue provides a pet carrier bag tag, two TrueBlue points each way, a welcome e-mail and a free pet travel guide. However, like other airlines, JetBlue has hiked its in-cabin pet charge; one-way fees range from $75 to $100.

1. Continental Safety-First

What Makes Them Pet-Friendly: Continental is proud of its PetSafe program, which has a 24-hour Live Animal Desk (1-800-575-3335), tracking the pets from origin to destination. It is pricier than other programs, but it's climate-controlled, allows roomy carriers and designated cargo staff. Travelers using PetSafe can even earn miles. The airline also allows small cats, dogs, pet rabbits and household birds to be carried in the cabin on most domestic flights for $125 each way. is also excited about the up-and-coming Pet Airways, which is expected to launch this July. If it is as top-notch as planned, it will have a nice spot in’s 2010 ranking.

For more information about traveling with pets or for an interview with Betsy Saul, the co-founder of, contact Katy Layton at 917-595-3057 or [email protected].


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