Alaska Airlines Pet Policy

Pets being an important part of our family, we all desire a safe and comfortable trip for their well-being. Alaska airline’s pet policy offers an option of a comfortable journey for your pet. Here are the answers to all your questions to help you prepare and your pet to take off with Alaska airlines.

If you are planning to fly with your dog or cat, go through the Alaska airlines dog policy as the regulations are different for a passenger traveling with an animal.

What Are The Alaska Airlines Pet Guidelines?

Alaska Airlines Pet Policy
  • Dogs and cats must be 8 weeks old on the date of traveling.
  • The combined weight of the pet and the carrier should not be more than 9 Kg (20 lbs.) 9 kg is the Alaska airlines pet weight limit as per the guidelines.
  • Eligibility criteria for taking two pets in one Alaska airline pet carrier- They should be of similar species and size to avoid causing stress.
  • Pets must remain in the carrier during the entire duration of the flight.

In-cabin pet policy

Alaska Airlines Pet Policy

Pets allowed:

Alaska airline permit small pets such as cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, and small birds in cabins on that can fit under a chair. The pet carrier in the cabin counts as a carry on bag.

Age requirements of Pet:

Alaska airlines permit a maximum of two pet carriers only if the adjacent seat is also reserved by the same passenger.


Only 1 pet is allowed per flight to and from Hawaii.

On Alaska airlines carrying 2 pets in the same carrier their combined weight should not be more than 9 kg.

Forms Required:

  • A licensed health certificate issued by a veterinarian within 10 days of travel.
  • If you are booking a round trip with Alaska airlines from the origin of departure then the health certificate is valid for 30 days.

Carrier Requirements

  • Carrier for the cabin ride must be soft.
  • The carrier should be small enough to fit below the seat during take-off and landing.
  • Alaska airline carrier Size in cabin: Soft-sided carriers- 17in x 11in x 9.5in Hard-sided carriers- 17in x 11in x 7.5in.

Carrier Requirements

Alaska Airlines Pet Policy

Pets allowed

Dogs and cats more than 8 weeks of age or larger pets can fly in cargo. Alaska airlines allows one pet per cargo in each kennel.


Some pets will not be allowed to fly when the temperature is above 29.4°C (85°F) or below 7.2°C (45°F). Pets can only travel based on a health certificate issued by your veterinarian while traveling with Alaska airlines.

Forms Required:

Alaska airlines require a valid health certificate received within 10 days of travel booking . Proof of vaccinations and pet travel documents that are required for easy travel.

Carrier Requirements:

Alaska airlines’ pet kennel requirements are 40 L x 27 W x 30 H. Passengers must ensure enough space for the pet to move around inside the kennel easily.

Carrier Requirements

Alaska Airlines Pet Policy

Alaska airline’s pet shipping cost for domestic travel is $100 each way for one pet whether traveling in a cabin or cargo.$105 each way for the travelers taking a flight from Canada. Pet fees remain the same for small and large pets. Passengers traveling with 3 or more pets are subject to pay additional fees i.e $150 USD each way for international travel.

Pet in Cabin Pet in Cargo or Baggage
$100 each direction $100 each direction
Alaska Airlines Pet Charges

What Are The Pet Breed Restrictions On Alaska Airlines?

Veterinarians say that airlines should not permit animals with short noses to travel by flight in cargo as they may face breathing abnormalities. While taking the flight they may face the worst consequences. The following is the list of the affected breeds:

Dogs- American Pitbull, American Staffordshire, Brussels Griffon, Boston Terrier, Bull Terrier, Bull Mastiff, Chow Chow, Dutch Pug, English Bulldog, French Bulldog, English Toy Spaniel, Shih Tzu, Pekinese Pug, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Terrier Bulldog, Boxer, Pug.

Cats- Persian, Himalayan, and Burmese Exotic.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Alaska airlines pet health and vaccination requirements?

No certificate is required to fly with your dog or cat (small pet) in the cabin on Alaska airlines. For your own trouble free journey, carrying a health certificate eases your travel at the destination.

How many dogs are allowed on Alaska airlines?

In First Class 1 pet carriers are allowed per flight on Alaska airlines and main cabin up to 5 pet carriers are allowed on each flight.

In one carrier two pets are allowed but they ought to be of the same species and the combined weight must not exceed 9 Kg weight.

How do I book a flight with my pet on Alaska airlines?

Booking a travel with your pet depends on the subject of availability in first class, in the main cabin, or cargo on Alaska airlines. Visit the website or call 1-800-252-7522 to book a trip for your pet along with you.

Can I check-in with my pet on Alaska airlines?

For boarding on Alaska airlines, check in at the assistance window only.

At the security gate you need to carry the pet and he goes through the gate with you and not by the x-ray machine.

What are the Alaska airlines kennel carrier requirements?

The kennel requirements on Alaska airlines should be 21 X 16 X 15 for less weight pets (9 lbs.) and for 28 lbs. it should be 40 x 27 x 30. There are various sizes of kennels according to different breeds such as extra small, small, medium, large, and extra large.

What are the types of Alaska airlines pet health certificates?

  1. Health Certificate: A valid veterinarian health certificate within 10 days of traveling.
  2. Rabies Certificate: Dogs and cats above the age of 3 months require a rabies certificate to fly.
  3. Acclimation Certificate: Alaska airlines has traveling norms according to temperature at the departure and destination city. However, there are exceptions if you have a valid acclimation certificate for your pet from your veterinary specifying which temperatures your pet is accustomed.

Do Alaska airlines measure pet carriers?

Not always but you need to make sure the carrier you are using must be approved by IATA (International Air Transport Association). It fits well wherever it is required to fit in on the flight. According to Alaska airline guidelines a pet carrier in the cabin with hard sides should be 17 x 11 x 7.5 in and soft sided carrier must not exceed 17 x 11 x 9.5 in. In other words, the carrier must be well ventilated. It should not touch the ears of a pet while standing, and must have proper bedding.

Can I fly with a 40 lb. dog with Alaska Airlines?

A dog with 40 lb. or more weight requires a large space to sit, turn around, and sleep. Therefore Alaska airlines permits them to travel in cargo. Although cargo is the more dangerous place for your pet to travel. Apart from small pets, trained dogs or service animals are allowed to travel in cabins along with the owner with proper documentation on Alaska airlines.

Can I take my pet on lap after the take-off?

No, pets should stay in their carrier throughout the flight on Alaska airlines, even after take off and during the landing. They should remain in the carriers kept under the seat in front of you.

Can a Pitbull travel on Alaska airlines?

Alaska airlines so not allow animals with short nose due to risk of abnormalities that can affect their breathing.