Plan On Separate Rooms
If you are traveling with two pets, no matter how well they get along, the airline will insist that they travel in separate containers. Plan accordingly.
Fido Can’t Take This Flight
If you’re a veteran commuter flyer, be forewarned that your pet won’t be able to take certain commuter flights. Some of the turboprop aircraft don’t have pressurized storage areas, and that’s where Fido would ride.
When you simply must send animals flying via air freight, ask for priority parcel service. That way, you can choose a flight, and the airline will guarantee when the animal will arrive at her destination (sort of like Federal Express, only the package is alive). You can plan when to drop the pet off at the airport, and the person at the other end of the line has a reasonable assurance of when to pick her up.
Limited finances should be the only reason that you opt for regular cargo, and you should understand that your pet might end up on any flight. Cargo is “standby,” loaded on the plane after baggage if the weight limit hasn’t been met. Your animal could wait for quite a long time before catching a flight, and you’ll be expected to provide 24 hours’ worth of food.
But I Wanted to Show Fifi the Eiffel Tower
Don’t plan to take a pet abroad unless you’re planning to relocate permanently. Most foreign countries will require that your dog or cat be quarantined for up to six months (at your expense) upon arrival.