You can fly with up to two service dogs for free, as long as they meet some requirements.
Types of animals
We only allow service dogs flying with their owners, or service dogs in training who are flying with their trainers, on our flights for free. All other cats and dogs fly as pets. Any other type of animal needs to stay at home.
Learn more about the differences between service animals, therapy animals, and emotional support animals:
What you need to fly
If you’re traveling with a service animal, we require you complete a couple of Department of Transportation (DOT) forms. These forms will ask for your service animal’s weight, breed, vaccination information and vet information.
If you have a MileagePlus® account, you can sign in and complete these forms online and save them to your trip. If you don’t have an account, you can complete the accessible PDF versions linked below. Whether you fill out the forms online or as PDFs, you must print and keep them with you while at the airport and on the plane.
For international flights, as well as flights to Hawaii and Guam, the forms can’t be completed electronically. You’ll need to print and carry them with you during your trip.
How to fly
There are two parts to flying with a service animal: booking your trip and choosing the right seat on the plane.
Book your trip
The first thing you’ll need to do is let us know you’re bringing a service dog. How you do this depends on where you’re going.
For domestic flights
You have two options:
1. When booking your ticket check the service animal option when entering your traveler information.
2. When viewing your trip after booking your ticket, select the option to add a service animal.
For international flights
This includes flights to Hawaii and Guam.
Because there might be destination-specific rules for traveling with a service dog, you’ll need to call our accessibility desk at 1-800-228-2744 to add one to your trip.
Choose your seat
The U.S. government has stopped allowing dogs, including service dogs, into the U.S. from countries at high-risk for rabies. This includes the following places:
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- South Africa
If your service dog was vaccinated for rabies in the United States by a licensed vet, you may re-enter the U.S. from these countries if your service dog meets the following requirements:
- Has a rabies vaccination certificate issued from the U.S.
- Has proof of a microchip
- Is at least 6 months old
- Is healthy upon arrival
- Arrives at an approved port of entry
If your service dog doesn’t meet these requirements, you can apply for a CDC Dog Import Permit at least 6 weeks before your trip. Otherwise, your service dog will be denied entry into the country.
You can bring up to 2 service dogs on your flight or you can bring 1 service dog and 1 pet.
If you bring both a service dog and a pet on your flight, you must do the following:
- Buy an extra seat next to you to accommodate both animals.
- For your service dog, follow all policies for traveling with service animals. This includes notifying us you’re bringing one with you and completing the necessary forms.
- For your pet, follow all policies for traveling with pets. This includes keeping them in a carrier and paying pet fees.