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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-01-2008, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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In-Cabin Pet for Overseas

!!!ARGH!!!

I thought this would be more or less easy, cause I knew that Continental allows In-Cabin pets (ca. $200 round trip) which sounded great. So I planned on checking out some dates for flying to Germany in the summer and wasn't able to get a reservation for Pablo. So I call them and they say 'Sorry, no in-cabin pets allowed to GERMANY'. I ask 'Is it SPECIFICALLY Germany or any other European country?' 'I'll have to check each city you ask for' To make it short: they aren't allowed on (m)any other major cities. But hey! He can fly cargo for $600 and 14hours. NEVER EVER
I'm a little desperate, cause other airlines that would allow in-cabin pets like United or Lufthansa cost twice as much FOR ME and I'd have to pay for Pablo too.
This is so unfair, especially because they are considered 'hand luggage' but we still have to pay a fortune. That doesn't make any sense whatsoever.

Did anyone here by chance fly overseas with their dog?

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Where to Germany are you flying?!

Mini-meeting?!

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I was looking around at several airlines and I am not sure that any of them allow dogs in cabin when leaving the continent. If I recall correctly, even when going to Hawaii, I think they have to go in cargo. I'm not positive about that though.

I know a couple that took their Hav to France. (Sally, do you know if they took her in cabin or had to fly her in cargo??) I can try to contact them next week if you haven't found your answer by then.
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Suzanne, flying home to Berlin or at least trying to...

Just found this on the Lufthansa website

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The transport of cats and dogs in the passenger cabin on inner-German flights are free of charge as long as the free baggage allowance is not exceeded. When flying to destinations outside of Germany animal are considered excess baggage.
At least THEY understand the 'free hand-luggage' concept, LOL. I think I'll keep reading more on their website and call them. Will let everyone know.

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Yeah, fight them with their own weapons!!!

aj, Berlin is quite a distance in European view..... how long will you stay?

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OK, just called Lufthansa. It will cost $127 from here to Germany and EUR110 from Germany to the US. I can BOOK his flight with mine, but the fees will be collected SEPARATELY at the airport. That sounds wonderful. The downside is that my ticket will be $600 more with Lufthansa than with Continental and they have much longer lay-overs I may just have to fly on the 'cheapest and shortest' Lufthansa day and toss my date wishes out the window.

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So, will Lufthansa let him fly in cabin from the US to Germany? That earlier part you quoted made me think they only allow them in cabin when still in Germany and flying to other Germany destinations.

I am impressed that they allow them in cabin for free for the local flights. It amazes me that we have to pay extra in the US (also paying at the counter; cannot be paid in advance) and you have to keep them in your foot area. You loose space and pay extra for it! It just seems so backwards.
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Kimberly, sorry I should have mentioned WHY I quoted that passage. It's because I was impressed that they don't charge for local flights.

Here's what applies for us:

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On European and long-haul flights (apart from Canada, Mexico and the USA) the tariff for the animals is calculated based on the weight concept. On flights to Canada, Mexico and the USA the piece concept applies. The animal does not count as one of the free piece of baggage but will calculated in any case as an additional piece.

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Oh sorry - I did understand why you were quoting it.
I don't see any mention of where Pablo would travel though. Would he be in cabin with them or in cargo between the continents? (I am not understanding if the luggage count is specifying where he would be located.)
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Maryam, make doubly sure you check the shot and health requirements. My DD may be moving to Wales and she said it will take her at least 6 months to get her dogs papers in order to go. She will be on a work visa and there for an indefinite time. I have no idea what will be required.

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