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How do you buy plane tickets for a dog?

I'm considering flying to see my son in Tyler, Texas. I haven't flown in decades, and never with a dog.

How does one go about buying a ticket for them as economically as possible? I know about Cheaptickets.com and Travelocity.com, but is there a better way? And how do you pay for the dog? They do charge for a dog, don't they?

And, do you have to get there even earlier? Or go through different checkpoints?

I'm looking at carryon dog bags, preferably ones that I can use in the car, too.

What else haven't I thought of?

I don't know if I'll be able to afford it, but my son is away from home, homesick, and has no idea when he'll be able to afford to travel himself. I also thought it would be good for me to visit him, instead of bringing him here, so that it might help to make his apartment feel more like a real "home" that family has visited.

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You could give a call to the carriers customer service number, and find out what how to do this.

I think it's a good idea to visit him and a family visit will add something to his new place.
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Hey, Sheri!

Airlines charge from $75 to $125 each way for a carry on pet. When you are making your own reservations, you need to do your pet, as well. Check the airlines website for their pet travel policy

At the security checkpoint, you take the pet out of its' carrier, remove any metal (collar, harness, leash) and put that through the scanner, while you walk through the scanner with the pet, in hand.

I hope you decide to visit your son in Texas - I'm sure it'll be a lot warmer in Texas than it would be in Washington..
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Thanks, I'll check with airlines. I thought maybe there would be a set price. Sounds pretty easy to get through to the gate, anyway.

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You have to book in advance but pay when you check in. Price and number of dogs allowed per flight vary by airline.
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Hey, Tom.... Continental required us to pay for Castro's fare on booking; so this must vary by airline as well...

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I fly with Moxie alot. When you book online there is usually a spot to indicate a pet. If you book on the phone, just tell the agent. Don't be surprised to pay $300 round trip, unfortunately. I like Travelocity for finding deals especially if you are flexible. If you fly on Tues. or Wed. and stay over a Saturday you get the best deals, especially if you are flexible. It sounds like a great idea to visit your son, he will love it and there is nothing like Mom and pup to warm a home!

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I'm not sure if Jet Blue is near you but they're having a special right now. They allow pets too. I think they charge $100 each way. I've found that you need to reserve ahead of time then pay when you check in.

Amanda - I was wondering about that. Nobody ever seems to check the paperwork when we bring Izzy. I'd be afraid that there would already be 2 animals flying then she couldn't come if they did catch us. Still not sure why the charge so much to bring a dog when people bring way too much carry-on luggage and they don't have to pay extra.

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Whooee!! Yikes, it is very irritating that it costs so much to travel with a pet when they don't take up any more room than your own feet! May have to wait awhile before this trip. Thank you all so much for your information!

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We have flown several times with Dude. The airlines also ask you to get a health certificate from the vet before flying. I have always done this, but they never have asked to see it! Make sure you have a bag that is airline approved. We have a sherpa bag.
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