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USAir Cabin Pet?

I always go to Florida to visit my parents the week between Christmas and New Years and use my miles so I book with USAir. I decided to book my flight really early this year because I'm planning on taking Timmy with me and thought I needed a reservation to do this. I called USAir and spoke to the representative who said they don't take reservations for cabin pets, they allow 6 per flight. The procedure is to go to the ticket counter at arrival and take care of him then. Has anyone tried to do this and found out your pet was over the limit? I'm afraid I'll get to the airport and find out I can't take him, then what do I do? Am I being overly worried? The rep told me they don't normally ever have a problem operating this way, but I'm always leery with USAir.

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I would be really nervous also. 6 are a lot of pets but there's a lot of people traveling on Christmas... so you never now. If you need to travel with USAir, you will need to go to the counter VERY, VERY early so you have more chance to get him in the flight. I have traveled with my pets many times but always with reservation. Good luck !!


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I flew US Air from Tampa, Florida airport with Sergio in his Sherpa bag to D.C.

I went to the Sherpa website and printed out a guarantee that I wouldn't have any problems with the size of the bag.

http://www.sherpapetgroup.com/gob_usairways

At the ticket counter, US Airways personnel were very nice and quickly gave me my pet ticket. It is an extra $125.00 to bring the pet on the flight under your seat. The pet carry on also means that you only get one other carry on item. The only person who gave me a hard time was at the gate when I was boarding. The US Air personnel saw that I was carrying a small purse, and I had a back pack, and the Sherpa bag. She wanted to check my back pack and not allow me to carry it on, but I simply put the small purse in the back pack!! Again, checking the back pack would have meant an extra charge for me, and more money for them.

I doubt you'll have any problems getting on the flight with your pet in the proper carry on bag with US Air, or any approved airline, for the extra $125.00!!!

Relax, I'm sure you'll get on your flight. Just arrive at the airpot earlier than you usually do and go directly to the US Air ticket counter with your little Havanese.
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Oh, and what are the odds that there will be six other people traveling on that flight with you so that you won't get to take your pet on board with you? Just get there earlier. Most airlines operate the same way. I think Delta is the only one that allows reservation for a pet.
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When I went to get Bumi, I just purchased a carrier from Walmart that matched the airline's requirements.
I am surprised that USAir said no reservation is needed, most airlines charge for this and it would make sence for them to charge you now for the pet, rather than wait for the day of the flight. Especially since it will be during the holidays and airports are crazy at that time.
This are US Airways requirements:

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1 small domestic dog, cat or bird per passenger is allowed in the passenger cabin for $125 each way.

For tickets purchased before November 15, 2011, the pet fee is $100 each way.

When you travel with a pet, please check in with an agent at the airport. If you're on a codeshare flight, please check with that airline for carry-on pet policies and fees.


Rules and regulations
•Pets in cabin count toward your carry-on baggage allowance. Pets must remain inside their approved container under the seat directly in front of you.
•Carry-on pets are not allowed on transatlantic flights or flights to/from Brazil, Tel Aviv, Barbados or Hawaii.
•Only dogs and cats are allowed to/from Mexico and Costa Rica. Please contact the appropriate embassy or consulate at least four weeks before you travel. Call 800-428-4322 for more information.
Approved carriers
US Airways accepts hard-sided carriers up to 17 inches long (43 cm) x 16 inches wide (40 cm) x 8 inches tall (20 cm) and soft-sided carriers up to 17 inches long (43 cm) X 16 inches wide (40 cm) X 10 inches tall (25 cm).

On US Airways Express flights, pet carriers must not be more than 15 inches long (38 cm) x 17 inches wide (43 cm) x 8 inches tall (20 cm); on CRJ aircraft, not more than 16 inches long (40 cm) x 17 inches wide (43 cm) x 8 inches tall (20 cm) and on DH3 and DH8 aircraft, not more than 15 inches long (38 cm) x 16 inches wide (40 cm) x 10 inches tall (25 cm).



1.Carriers must be leak-proof and escape-proof.
2.Carriers must be ventilated on at least 2 sides, but not allow any part of the animal to protrude outside of the container.
3.Carriers must provide room for the animal to stand up and turn around.
4.Carriers can be made of metal, wood or hard plastic/composite. Exceptions are made for soft-sided containers made specifically for pet carriage.

For the safety of your pet, US Airways does not accept any animals in cargo compartments.

Dogs, cats and birds are allowed as checked baggage on nonstop US Airways Shuttle flights in the BOS/DCA/LGA markets only. Connections are not permitted, you must travel on the same flight with your pet and you should call US before you travel.

Beginning March 1, 2012, US Airways will no longer accepts dogs, cats and birds as checked baggage on US Airways Shuttle flights.

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I use to travel with my shih tzu to my Dad's house in Arizona, I never had trouble from Los Angeles or NC, I would always go very early, gosh it use to be $50, times are changing!

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$125.00 pet fee is just one way.
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I am surprised that USAir said no reservation is needed, most airlines charge for this and it would make sence for them to charge you now for the pet, rather than wait for the day of the flight. Especially since it will be during the holidays and airports are crazy at that time.
This are US Airways requirements:
I know I was bummed they don't take reservations. I have had some bad experiences with USAir, but they are just about the only show in town at least for direct flights to Ft. Myers. Don't worry they'll get my money, they just won't take it till the day I leave. I don't know why they do things this way seems like if they took care of a reservation for the dog when I made my reservation they would get the money sooner and potentially lesson the chance of a negative experience for their customers, but USAir has never done anything to impress me in the customer service department. I LOVE to be organized and not have surprises in general but I really wanted the least amount of worry in this area since it's going to be the first time I travel on a plane with him. I guess I'll just have to bite the bullet and cross my fingers, and get there early, yuck.

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I would try calling again. What you find out from one person could be totally different with the next. We have family friends who travel to St. Maarten every Christmas with their yorkie. They have had to bump to another flight in the past if there were too many reservations for dogs. I know they were able to make reservations for her this last Christmas on USair. Maybe they have changed their policy since then.


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I would try calling again. What you find out from one person could be totally different with the next. We have family friends who travel to St. Maarten every Christmas with their yorkie. They have had to bump to another flight in the past if there were too many reservations for dogs. I know they were able to make reservations for her this last Christmas on USair. Maybe they have changed their policy since then.
I'll have to call again and see what they say. I will just be too paranoid to have four tickets and the chance Timmy won't get on the flight. It is a very busy time to travel so I don't know how easy it will be to get bumped and put on another flight since they're probably all booked. Maybe St. Maarten is considered an international flight.

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