Flying with Your Dog Costs a Small Fortune!

by Upscale Pup on January 11, 2009

flightI understand that the airline industry has to make money, but come on!

Recent price increases to buy your tiny pup the “privilege” to ride in their own airline approved pet carrier, shoved under your (already overcrowded) plane seat are simply ridiculous. So ridiculous in fact that even the airline personnel throughout our trip commented on how high the cost for a small dog to fly is!

My husband and I recently took a trip to Oregon from our Colorado hometown with our tiny Maltese, Daisy. Daisy is a three pound well-behaved little diva dog. She rides in her Sherpa pet carrier and never causes any trouble whatsoever. She is quiet, sweet, clean, healthy, and frankly a lot more well-behaved than the human children on a plane are! Her lovely disposition does not change the fact that the airlines demand a small fortune for her to fly with us.

Don’t make the same mistake that we did!

We booked our flight thru Expedia and didn’t realize at the time that because Expedia was trying to get us the cheapest itinerary, they booked us on two different airline carriers – United and Air Alaska to get us to our Oregon destination! Much to our dismay, EACH carrier charged us a separate, per way fee. United charged us $175 per flight and Air Alaska charged us $100 for a less than 30 minute flight – yes, EACH WAY, per flight!

Fortunately, our return flights were all on the same airline. Nevertheless, all the fees translated into a whopping $450.00 for Daisy’s “shoved under the seat” plane ride! Her flight cost more than ours did and she didn’t even get her own seat, much less a bag of dog treats from the flight attendants!

Daisy sure does love to travel and we adore all the attention she gets – so many people love to see her all dressed up and pampered with us on our trips, but in the interest of our saving hundreds of dollars, I think we’re going to drive next time!