American Airlines 

American Airlines allows small dogs and cats to travel in the cabin with their owners, as well as larger pets as checked baggage or cargo. Here are some key points from their pet policy:

  • In-cabin pet policy: American Airlines allows one pet per carrier, and the carrier must fit under the seat in front of you. The pet and carrier combined cannot weigh more than 20 pounds. There is a fee for bringing your pet in the cabin.
  • Checked baggage and cargo policy: American Airlines allows larger pets to travel as checked baggage or cargo. There are specific requirements for the carrier and the health certificate that you need to follow, and there is a fee for this service.
  • Breed restrictions: American Airlines does not allow certain breeds of dogs to travel as checked baggage or cargo due to their breathing issues, including bulldogs, pugs, and Persian cats.

It’s important to note that American Airlines’ pet policy can change, so it’s always best to check their website for the most up-to-date information and requirements.

At a Glance


20 lbs max including the bag. 18 x 11 x 11 inches / 46 x 28 x 28 centimeters (length + width + height)


$125 each way


  • Not currently allowing in-cabin pets for EU destinations.
  • 49 US states (excluding Hawaii)
  • Canada
  • Alaska 
  • Central America
  • Mexico
  • Puerto Rico
  • St. Croix
  • St. Thomas

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