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According to a report by travel service, Next Vacay, demand for pet-friendly airlines skyrocketed 950 % over the past 12 months, with Alaska Airlines and JetBlue topping the list.


Pet-Friendly Airlines

Pet adoption spiked as stringent lockdown measures were implemented during the height of the pandemic. This was primarily due to people having more time on their hands to care for a pet.

According to Insider’s Marguerite Ward, they also felt more isolated and lonely.

Now, two of the most pet-friendly airlines in the United States, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue seem to be setting the standard on handling pets during travel.

Alaska Airlines, according to reports, has one of the cheapest pet rates as well as one with the most flexible policies.

They allow dogs, cats, rabbits, and household birds to travel in the passenger cabin.

JetBlue, on the other hand, offers a complimentary program called JetPaws to passengers who are new to flying with their pets.

It is intended to assist pet owners with handy tips and information regarding traveling with their pets.

Furthermore, passengers who travel with their pet can obtain 300 JetBlue points per flight.

Founder and CEO of Next Vacay, Naveen Dittakavi, said in a press release:

“There are many reasons why travelers choose to take their furry companion with them on their flight, whether they’re traveling for business, vacation, or visiting family over the holidays.”

“In fact, traveling with pets is more common than ever before. We found that there was a 950% increase in searches for ‘pet-friendly airlines in cabin’ in the last 12 months.”

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This boost in pet ownership is being accompanied by a rise in demand on global travel, as restrictions in many places loosen and vaccination rates improve.

Pet-friendly airlines seem to get a sure-fire benefit from this demand.


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