Flying with Your Pet: Delta Pet PolicyReading Time: 4 minutes
Traveling with your pet is not easy. And it’s hard to come by accurate information regarding airline policies and fees for your chosen airlines. This article should answer most of your concerns regarding flying with your pet on Delta Airlines. If there is something you can’t find in this article about the Delta Pet Policy, feel free to post a comment.
If you own an emotional support animal, check out this article: Delta ESA Policy. We also have a downloadable PDF guide for Delta Airlines ESA Policy – check it out below.
Delta Airlines Pet Shipping: In-Cabin
In-cabin travel will cost:
- $125 USD each way for U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico
- $200 USD/CA/EUR for Virgin Islands and International
- $75 USD to Brazil
This is per pet carrier and is not paid at the time of reservation, but rather at the time of check-in.
Additionally, although pets are allowed on almost every flight within the United States, Canada, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, they are not allowed on flights to Hawaii.
The pets that are allowed to enjoy Delta in cabin travel are dogs, cats, and household birds, excluding of course snub nosed breeds, which are not accepted by Delta Pet Policy. Any pets in cabin must be small enough to fit naturally and comfortably in a pet carrier that will stow under the seat in front of you. The pet carrier will count as one piece of carry on luggage.
Anyone bringing a pet as a carry on will have to check in at the airline ticket counter. This will be where you pay, and therefore no passengers traveling with in cabin pets will be permitted to use either curbside or self service check in. It is advisable to leave yourself extra time before departure to ensure you get through the check in process with plenty of time before departure.
Delta Pet Shipping: Checked Baggage
With limited restrictions for military personnel and service animals, Delta Pet Policy states that certain pets will not be accepted as checked baggage after 2016, and instead those pets have to travel through Delta Pet Cargo.
Based upon your destination and what type of pet, it may be limited on how they can travel on the plane.
Delta Pet Cargo
Delta Pet Cargo is the only way for you to travel with a pet that does not fit within Delta Pet Carry On standards. Delta also does not accept any snub-nosed breeds of either dogs or cats for travel. However, they do accept non-snub-nosed breeds, as well as household birds, guinea pigs rabbits, hamsters, and marmots.
There are also temperature restrictions for pet safety, and pets cannot be shipped in cargo if there are extreme temperatures.
Delta Pet Cargo reservations cannot be made more than 14 days prior to the departure of your flight, and Delta Pet Policy does not guarantee that pets will be shipped on the same flight as their owners.
When shipping a pet through Delta Pet Cargo, the owner must drop off the pet at a Delta Cargo locations no later than three hours before the departure time of the flight. This is separate from regular check-in.
Additionally, you will need to pick up your pet at a Delta Cargo Location, and not at baggage claim or any other Delta run area.
For the following destinations, it is restricted for you to bring your pet onboard, so they can only travel in cargo. Note: Call and double check to see if your destination permits your pet.
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Republic of Ireland
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
- United Arab Emirates
- Hawaii (restrictions may apply)
Delta Emotional Support Animal Rights
Delta pet policy acknowledges passengers’ need for emotional support animals and has policies in place for their travel. There will be no additional fee for service animals or emotional support animals, however, Delta would like advanced notice of needed accommodations for the services dog/ESA and their owners.
Emotional Support Animals traveling in cabin will need to be either fit on the floor in front of your feet, on your lap, or in a carrier that will fit under the seat in front of you. Animals will not be permitted to occupy seats reserved for human passengers.
Additionally, any and all service animals will have to be extremely well behaved, and not serve as either a disturbance, and distraction, or a danger to any other passengers on the flight.
Proof will be required of the emotional need of passengers traveling with Emotional Support Animals in the form of a doctor’s, or mental health professional’s letter, on professional letterhead not more than a year old. The passenger’s mental health condition, or need, must also be recognized within the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.
Digital letters that are either signed or stamped will be accepted by Delta, however, the information needs to be verifiable through either an email address, a phone number, or both. This is also why licensing information of the mental health professional or doctor is required.
*Update December 2018: Emotional support animals under 4 months of age are not allowed to fly because of the lack in vaccinations. Delta also announced that ESAs are no longer able to fly on flights more than 8 hours long (make sure to do connecting flights!). Both changes will begin with tickets bought after December 18, 2018 and then a full ban from February 1, 2019 and on.
Delta Pet Travel Carrier Size and Restrictions
There is no one size of pet carrier allowed on a Delta flight, however, there are pet carrier size restrictions. The maximum size allowed however varies, and so it is important for you to contact Delta directly to find out the restrictions for your particular reservations.
As of March 1, 2019, Delta Cargo will not accept any crates over 24 inches (61 cm) in height with the exception of Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals and military bookings.
Since pet carriers must fit under the seat, you should look for carriers sized similar to a carry-on luggage.
Two pets of the same species, meaning two dogs or two cats, may share a pet carrier as long as they are generally the same size, each weigh less than 20 pounds, and can fit comfortably and naturally in the carrier together. In cases such as this, they will only be charged as one pet. Delta will not accept snub-nosed breeds of either dogs or cats on their flights.
There are certain iron-clad restrictions, however. For example, for pets traveling in cabin, the pet carrier does need to be able to fit under the seat in front of you, as stated in an above section. The carrier for in cabin travel can also be soft or hard shelled, as long as it is solid enough that your pet cannot escape. For cargo travel however, the carrier needs to be made of a solid material.
Delta limits the number of animals allowed on each flight. Pets are accepted on a first come, first serve basis (2 allowed in domestic first class and 4 in the main cabin for domestic and international flights – restrictions may apply).
It’s important to call Delta in advance and let them know you would like to bring your pet. For all other questions, Delta should be contacted directly.
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