Small pets to be permitted on Southwest Airlines flights
Southwest Airlines has announced several policy changes, and one of them is sure to make a big difference to pet owners (at least, small pet owners). Our colleague Jane Engle has the details on the Daily Travel & Deal Blog:
For the rules, check out a cute video, featuring Ace the dog and an improbably enthusiastic kitten (this is a feline?) named Frankie, that Southwest posted on YouTube and its blog site. Or you can can read the details and a Q&A on the airline's P.A.W.S. (Pets Are Welcome on Southwest) page.
Southwest's program name recalls the JetPaws program that JetBlue Airways started in December. But there are differences. JetBlue, for instance, charges $100 each way, and it awards two frequent-flier points per pet for each flight. Southwest doesn’t give frequent-flier points to pets.
Travelers must make a pet reservation by phone beforehand, and the $75 pet fee must be paid in person at the airline's ticket counter. Each passenger may bring only one pet carrier on board; the carrier will count as the passenger's carry-on and must be stowed under the seat. The pet carrier may contain up to two animals -- but don't get crazy with species-mixing (it's either two cats or two small dogs, and they must be able to stand and turn around easily in the carrier).
-- Lindsay Barnett
Photo: Ray Kachatorian / For The Times