Here’s a Guide on How to Fly With Your Pets Without Paying a Fee

by Eat Sleep Travel

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Planning a trip, whether you are going on a much needed vacation or tending to work or other obligations, can be both costly and expensive.

JetBlue charges $100 each way to bring your pet onboard with you, so for a roundtrip flight, you’re looking at $200.

We’ve got some great tips below sharing how you can bring your pet on board for free, and what to do to ensure your pet has a great experience.

Our first tip is to sign up for one of these travel credit cards like the Amex Platinum card that comes with $200 in airline fee reimbursements.

You can then use your Amex card to pay for your JetBlue pet fees, and get them refunded. The Amex Platinum card $200 benefit resets annually, so you can only use it once per year.

But if you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve, it comes with a $300 annual travel credit, so if you have both cards, you’re looking at $500 in pets fly free credits!

Add bringing a pet onto your flight and the likelihood that you are going to get overwhelmed just skyrocketed. The truth of the matter is that bringing a pet onto a plane can be a real headache — but it doesn’t have to be.

More often than not, your pet will have to go in the back with the cargo, which means that you are going to have to pay for your pet to fly without even having them by your side.

There is, however, a way around this:

Turning your dog into an emotional support animal

Fly With Your Pets

An emotional support animal is a pet that helps alleviate some of the stresses and symptoms of mental and emotional disabilities while flying. No special training or experience is required for ESAs because they are simply there to be a companion and comfort.

Despite popular belief, a person does not need government approval in order to fly with an emotional service animal. All they need is the proper documentation. Typically, one must receive an official letter written by a psychiatrist, psychologist, etc. However, there are certain websites, such as CertaPet, which allow fliers to get that coveted letter online.

All you have to do is take a short, 5 minute screening to see if you are eligible. Once you have been approved, you will receive the following:

+Recognition that you are a patient under a licensed mental health professional’s care for a mental or emotional disability.

+Verification that you are significantly limited by a disability, such as depression or a similar condition, affecting your mental well-being.

+Prescription for an emotional support dog (also known as a companion dog), or other support animal, as a necessary reinforcement for your mental health.

This will guarantee that you can not only fly with your pet for free, but that your pet can fly with you on the airplane.

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  • Jenny

    What a wonderful article, my husband and I will be traveling with our dog to Thailand this fall.
    Might be checking out that CertaPet. Thank you for the advice.

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