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Pets

Yes, pets are now allowed on shared itineraries.

Advanced pet reservations are not available for shared itineraries at this time.  On the day of travel, Customers must bring the pet to the airport in an approved pet carrier. Proceed to the airport ticket counter to book the pet’s reservation and pay the Pet Fare before going to the departure gate.

Animals are not allowed to travel in-cabin on international flights or any itinerary that includes an international flight.

Trained assistance animals and emotional support animals will be allowed to travel on flights to/from all international destinations with the exception of Jamaica. No animals will be allowed to travel to/from Jamaica on Southwest Airlines under any circumstances due to country-specific regulations. Passengers must provide current documentation to a Southwest Employee prior to traveling with an emotional support animal.

Yes, reservations for Southwest-only itineraries must be made in advance, as space is limited. Reservations must be made by calling 1-800-I-FLY-SWA (1-800-435-9792). Pets will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis on Southwest-operated flights until capacity is reached. However, from time to time, circumstances may allow for more (or fewer) than six (6) pet carriers per scheduled flight.

On the day of travel, Customers will need to go to the ticket counter to pay the Pet Fare prior to proceeding through security. 

Southwest Airlines will only accept small cats and dogs in carriers that can be stowed under the Customer's seat.

New Pet Fare Price: Effective 10/23/2013

  • Pets traveling prior to January 15, 2014 are subject to a $75 Pet Fare each way per pet carrier.
  • Pets traveling January 15, 2014 and beyond are subject to a $95 Pet Fare each way per pet carrier. 

Under no circumstances will we accept pets in the cargo bin. Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways only accept cats and dogs in-cabin.

Southwest's pet policy states that we will accept up to six (6) pet carriers per scheduled flight. However, from time to time, circumstances may allow for more (or fewer) than six (6) pet carriers per scheduled flight.

Customers will be permitted to travel with no more than one (1) pet carrier per person. Each pet carrier can have no more than two (2) of the same species of small cats or dogs per pet carrier.

No, animals assisting Customers with disabilities will not count toward the maximum number of pets permitted onboard.

Yes. Both animals will need to fit under the seat in front of the Customer. If both animals don't fit under one seat, the Customer may purchase a second seat and place the pet and carrier under that seat.

Your pet carrier must be able to fit under the seat in front of you. Pet carriers are limited to maximum dimensions of 8.5” high x 18.5” long x 13.5” wide.

Customers may bring a soft or hard-sided pet carrier that is leak proof and well ventilated. The pet carrier must be small enough to fit under the seat in front of the Customer and be stowed in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations.  The dog or cat must be able to stand up and turn around in the carrier with ease.

Yes. The pet carrier will count either as the Customer's carryon bag or personal item.

Customers can pay with accepted credit cards, cash, and the southwestgiftcard®. Southwest LUV Vouchers or unused travel funds will not be accepted for payment of a Pet Fare.

No, not at this time.

No. Southwest does not require a health certificate or any other documentation from the Customer's veterinarian for pets to travel.

No. Pets must be secured in the pet carrier at all times while in the gate area, during boarding/deplaning and they must remain in the carrier for the entire duration of the flight.  Failure to follow this requirement may result in denial of transportation of the pet onboard Southwest Airlines. This policy will be strictly enforced.

When passing through security, Customers will be asked to hold the pet and walk through the screening device while the carrier is x-rayed.

Customers traveling with pets will board with their normal boarding group unless they qualify for preboarding.

Yes, all airports have at least one designated animal relief area that Customers may take their pets to. Most are located outside of the security checkpoint, so a Customer on a connecting flight with a pet will need to enter through security to return to the departure gate. We will not "hold" a flight for a Customer to take a pet to an "animal relief" area.

No, Unaccompanied Minors cannot travel with a pet.

Southwest maintains an open seating policy; however, those traveling with pets may not occupy an Exit Seat or a seat with no under-seat stowage in front of them.

No, the fare is nonrefundable/nonreusable and cannot be applied toward future-date travel.

Customers traveling with a pet will be allowed to check a pet stroller/crate without a charge (this is in addition to the regular free baggage allowance).

Southwest Airlines does not assume liability for damage to pet strollers.

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