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Pets traveling in the cabin require a reservation to ensure no more than seven pets are booked on any single flight. To ensure your pet is accommodated, please make arrangements in advance by contacting Reservations.

Checked pets do not need a reservation.

Attention dog show participants: Capacity is limited therefore checked pets are accepted on a first-come basis.

Check In

Being prepared will help reduce stress for you and your pet. Please remember:

  • You must check in at the ticket counter Curbside or Self-Service Check-In is not allowed.
  • Allow extra time beyond normal check-in guidelines.
  • Checked pets will not be accepted more than four hours prior to your flight time.
  • You will be asked to complete a checklist with an agent. Here are a few of the questions as examples:
    • Are separate food/watering dishes securely attached and accessible without opening the kennel?
    • When was the last time the pet was fed and offered water?
    • Have you complied with all government requirements for international destinations?
    • Have you provided an original, valid health certificate for checked pets?
    • Can the pet sit, stand and rest comfortably without touching any of the sides of the kennel?

View a list of animal relief areas at select airports. If your airport is not listed, please ask for directions or assistance at our ticket counter.

Types of Pets Allowed

Cats and dogs are the only types of pets accepted on American Airlines. View breed restrictions for more details. We maintain the right to refuse acceptance of any animal that is exhibiting aggressive behavior.

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Allowed Travel Destinations

  • Flights within the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Croix
  • To or from the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central American and some destinations in South America provided the country of arrival permits entry

Carry-on pets are NOT ALLOWED to/from Hawaii or transatlantic/transpacific destinations or to/from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela

Visit our Special Assistance section to view guidelines for Service Animals.

Charges for Checked and Cabin Pets

For AA itineraries, charges are payable at the airport or American Airlines Travel Centers by cash, credit card or voucher. If not used, the refund is to the original form of payment.

AA does not collect pet charges on behalf of another operating airline in the itinerary (even those with an AA flight number). Charges are payable to each individual airline upon check in. To find out if you're on a partner airline, look for the words, "Operated by..." on your ticket.




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