American Airlines Pet Policy
If you are flying with American Airlines and you want to take your pet, you should learn about American Airlines' pet policy. Fortunately, American Airlines does allow you to bring your (small) pet(s) on your flight. There is a pet fee for bringing your pet and American Airlines needs to know that you will be bringing your pet before you arrive at the airport. There are also certain size and weight guidelines you have to follow in order to comply with the American Airlines pet policy.
First, only certain kinds of pets are allowed to fly with American Airlines. You may bring a cat, dog or other small animal that does not belong to the weasal family. Only two pets are allowed per passenger. If you want your pet to be in the cabin, you must make reservations with American Airlines to facilitate this prior to the day of your flight. Animals that travel in the cabin must weigh under 20 pounds. American Airlines pet policy is that no more than seven pets are allowed in the cabin on any given flight and the reservations are first come, first serve.
Additionally, there are restrictions about pets flying under certain conditions. For example, pets are not allowed on American Airlines flights that are longer than 12 hours. Pets must be in pet carriers and the carrier must must be covered. Your pet must have sufficient room to stand up and lie down. Pets are not allowed to be checked when the weather is extremely cold or extremely warm.
American Airlines pet policy includes charges for taking your pet on an American Airlines flight. If you are traveling with your pet in the cabin, the fee is approximately $125. If you are checking your pet as baggage, the fee is approximately $175. There is no fee if your pet is a "guide dog." If you are traveling with a guide dog, you will be required to present certification from your doctor to American Airlines.