Pets

Traveling to the U.S. with dogs / cats

Starting July 14, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a temporary suspension of dogs (carry-on or checked), including fully-trained service dogs, traveling to the U.S. from a country considered high-risk for dog rabies.

Only service dogs traveling to the U.S. from high-risk countries with an approved CDC Dog Import Permit may fly on American. Cats from high-risk countries will not be accepted as carry-on or checked pets during the suspension.

Carry on or transport your pet

Depending on animal breed and size, they can travel as a carry-on or be transported through American Airlines Cargo. Carry-on pets are limited to cats and dogs that meet the size, age and destination requirements.

We only accept checked pets at the ticket counter for active-duty U.S. Military and U.S. State Department Foreign Service personnel traveling on official orders. Fees and restrictions apply.

Fully-trained service dogs may fly in the cabin at no charge if they meet the requirements.

Service animals

Please contact Reservations before your trip so we can notify you of any requirements or travel changes that may affect you and your pet, like aircraft restrictions.

Reservations and ticket changes

Which destinations allow travel with pets?

You can travel with a pet on most flights up to 12 hours or flights to / from select locations:

  • Within the 48 contiguous United States
  • The U.S. and Canada*
  • Alaska
  • Central America*
  • Mexico*
  • Puerto Rico
  • St. Croix
  • St. Thomas

*Additional special restrictions may apply when traveling with pets to / from these destinations.

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Carry-on pets

On flights with American you can bring 1 kennel as your carry-on bag if:

  • You pay the carry-on pet fee
  • Your pet stays in the kennel and under the seat in front of you the entire flight

You can travel with your pet carrier and 1 personal item, but you will not be permitted to bring a carry-on bag in addition to a pet carrier and personal item. Instead, the kennel will replace your carry-on bag.

If your pet is too large to fly in the cabin, it must travel with American Airlines Cargo. Keep in mind, we only accept checked pets for active-duty U.S. Military and U.S. State Department Foreign Service personnel traveling on official orders, and the pet carrier must meet all kennel guidelines for checked-pets. If you don’t meet these requirements, your pet may not travel. Fees and restrictions apply.

Kennel guidelines for checked-pets

Pet strollers must be checked at the ticket counter, and all checked bag fees apply.

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Checked pets

We only accept checked pets for active-duty U.S. military and U.S. State Department Foreign Service personnel traveling on official orders. Up to 2 pets may be checked and they must meet the minimum age and health requirements of the destination. Since capacity is limited, we accept checked pets on a first-come basis.

When checking a pet, you need to:

  • Contact Reservations at least 48 hours prior to travel
  • Check in at the ticket counter with your official orders
  • Allow extra check-in time (at least 2 hours and no more than 4 hours before your flight)
  • Complete a checklist with an agent
  • Provide a health certificate

Reservations and ticket changes

To ensure the health and safety of your pet, the health certificate you provide must be issued by a vet within:

  • 10 days of your travel
  • 60 days of your return (travel on the same ticket)
  • 10 days of your return (travel on a separate ticket)

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Fees

If you’re flying with American Airlines, you can pay your pet travel fee at the airport or at a travel center with a credit card or paper voucher (where accepted). We don’t accept cash or checks for payment.

We don’t collect pet fees for other operating airlines on your trip (even if it has an American flight number). You’ll need to check in with each airline and pay your fees at check-in. To find out if you're on a partner airline, look for the words, "Operated by" on your ticket.

What's a codeshare?

Service Region Fee*
Checked pet for Active-duty U.S. Military and State Department personnel only* Within and between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean, Europe and from the United Kingdom $200 per kennel
$150 to/from Brazil
Cargo pet Varies Varies, Fees will be confirmed at time of booking.
Carry-on pet Within and between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (based on specific country's entry policy) $125 per kennel
Service animals All destinations No charge

*Fees shown apply for each destination without a voluntary stopover / connection of 4 hours or more. If your trip includes a voluntary stopover / connection of more than 4 hours, fees apply for each connection segment. All pet fees are non-refundable and apply per kennel, each way. Fees for transporting your pet with American Airlines Cargo may vary depending on the trip details and size of the animal and kennel.

Temperature restrictions

We have temperature restrictions to make sure checked pets and pets traveling with American Airlines Cargo aren’t exposed to extreme heat or cold:

  • In the animal holding areas
  • At terminal facilities
  • When moving the animals between terminal and the plane
  • On a plane awaiting departure
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