PetFinder Rates Top Airlines

Flying the friendly skies with a furry friend can be a challenge. See the top 5 pet-friendly airlines for 2011.

To help pet parents navigate through the many airline policies, released its annual review of pet-friendly airlines outlining the best options for traveling in-cabin with animal companions. chose the airline that proved to be top-notch in six categories. The following are the top 2011 airlines according to

  1. Pet Airways: Most Pet-Friendly Overall and Best for Big Furry Friends   
    The only airline with a sole clientele of “pawsengers,” Pet Airways tops the list for “Most Pet Friendly,” due to their outstanding policies and first-class treatment of pets. Pet Airways not only accommodates smaller animals such as cats, rats and guinea pigs, but also the dogs of all sizes. Pet parents of Mastiffs, Newfoundlands, Great Danes, Great Pyrenees and all those Mixed Breeds in between can rest assured that their colossal canine can fly comfortably.  

    Want to learn more about Pet Airways? Watch the exclusive DogChannel video>>

  2. JetBlue: Best Amenities for Pets (and Pet Parents)
    For the second year in a row, JetBlue’s superior JetPaws program landed the airline in top place for the pet-friendly amenities category. The customer-focused airline provides travelers with a pet carrier baggage tag, a travel “petiquette” guide, 300 TrueBlue points each way, and a comprehensive e-booklet with pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, parks and animal hospitals in some of JetBlue’s major cities.  

  3. Frontier Airlines: Best for Transporting Pet Variety
    Frontier allows the most diverse variety of pets in cabin, including domesticated dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and small household birds. 

  4. WestJet: Best for Budget-Conscious Consumers
    Included in’s review for the first time, WestJet tops this category allowing small dogs, cats, rabbits and birds to travel for $50 each way in-cabin.  Coming in a close second, AirTran Airways allows domesticated dogs, cats and birds to fly in cabin for $69 each way.

  5. Frontier Airlines: Best for Flying Multiple Pets in Cabin
    Another exceptional airline in this year’s review is Frontier Airlines which allows up to 10 pet containers on each flight. While only one pet container is allowed per person, if you have nine other human friends traveling with you, the entire group can travel with up to 10 small four-legged friends. Remember to book your reservation in advance so the whole family can fly together! 

“As the proud parent of a huge pet family, I know how important it is to find a way for your pets to travel safely and comfortably with you, whether across the country or across the state,” said Betsy Banks Saul, the co-founder of“We hope that this list can be a resource for those traveling with pets this summer.”
For more information on traveling with pets, click here.

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