United Airlines Pet Policy


Almost all the major airlines, allow pets to be taken along on flight in some form or another. So, United Airlines is no exception either. Consequently, they have their own United Airlines Pet Policy. Now, this part can be a bit confusing, this is why we decided to help you out. In this blog, we shall be United Airlines' pet policy for traveling. With this being said, let's get right into it:


Pet Reservations


United Airlines usually don’t accept any more than 2 dogs on any given flight, with some exceptions. This too is mostly fulfilled on a first-come-first-served basis. Meaning that, if you are planning to take your pet, dog, or otherwise on a United flight, you should contact that customer service of the same as soon as you can.

If you wish to make a reservation for your dog, United Airlines accept reservation for as much as 30 days before the day of travel. However, make sure to inform them at least 5 days prior to the day of travel, otherwise, you won’t be able to reserve a seat for your pet.

Mentioned below is the number through which you can make a reservation for your pet.



United Airlines pet policy in cabin


Much like other major airlines, united airlines also allows small pets inside the cabin. However, this spot is only limited to small dogs, which includes the likes of dogs, cats, rabbits, etc. Another condition you should meet is, your pet should remain inside the carrier which is to be placed underneath the seat.

Furthermore, you also receive an agent during the check-in who will be providing your pet a tag, which is attached to their carrier. Speaking of the carrier, only one adult cat or dog is allowed in a single carrier.

This is not all, you also have to pay a certain amount of fees. This usually amounts to around $125 on any given united flight. It is recommended that you check this price as it is subject to policy change.


Pets in Cargo


In case your pet doesn’t qualify as a small pet, he or she won’t be allowed to be sited in the cabin. But not to worry, you can take your pet along with you through cargo. United airlines work with American Humane to constantly improve their pet cargo transport quality, which is known as PetSafe.

Needless to say, PetSafe is also subjected to the same United Airlines pet policy. Through this service, you are allowed to send your pet through an airport-to-airport system. More than 300 destinations are covered under the PetSafe program.

But even here, there are few conditions. The first is that your pet should be no more than 350 kg in weight. And the rate of the service depends on the weight, species, as well as departure country.

For instance, a pet under the weight of 5 kg from the United States to Various Destinations domestically as well as other parts world would cost you anywhere around $201 to 417. Similarly, if the pet weight falls between 136 to 350 kg, it would cost you $963-2410.

If you wish to make a reservation for your Pet, you can contact PetSafe Desk, through the number mentioned below:



Age Requirements


As per the United Airlines pet travel policy, the pet must be as much as 4 months old and also fit in the carrier comfortably. Now, the definition of comfortably goes as follows, the pet must be able to stand and turn around with ease.

The pet airline carrier counts as a piece of carry-on luggage itself. Plus, only one pet is allowed per carrier. Nevertheless, if the passenger desires they can buy a second ticket, where they can accommodate their pet’s carrier.

Other Restrictions

Last, United Airlines no longer accepts emotional support dogs on flights. The dog breeds that are no longer accepted on United flights are

  • the Affenpinscher
  • American Bully
  • American Pit Bull
  • Terrier/Pit Bull
  • American Staffordshire Terrier/"Amstaff"
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Bulldog
  • American Bulldog
  • English Bulldog
  • French Bulldog
  • Old English Bulldogges
  • Shorty Bulldogs
  • Spanish Alano/Spanish Bulldog/Alano Espanol
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chow Chow
  • English Toy Spaniel/Prince Charles Spaniel
  • Japanese Chin/Japanese Spaniel
  • Lhasa Apso, Mastiff
  • American Mastiff
  • Boerboel/South African Mastiff
  • Bullmastiff
  • Ca de Bou/Mallorquin Mastiff
  • Cane Corso/Italian Mastiff
  • Dogo Argentino/Argentinian Mastiff
  • Dogue de Bordeaux/French Mastiff
  • English Mastiff
  • Fila Brasileiro/Brazilian Mastiff/Cao de Fila
  • Indian Mastiff/Alangu, Kangal/Turkish Kangal
  • Neapolitan Mastiff/Mastino Napoletano
  • Pakistani Mastiff/Bully Kutta
  • Pyrenean Mastiff
  • Presa Canario/Perro de Presa Canario/Dogo Canario/Canary Mastiff
  • Spanish Mastiff / Mastin Espanol
  • Tibetan Mastiff
  • Tosa/Tosa Ken/Tosa Inu/Japanese Mastiff/Japanese Tosa
  • Pekingese
  • Pug
  • Dutch Pug
  • Japanese Pug
  • Shar-Pei/Chinese Shar-Pei
  • Shih-Tzu, Staffordshire Bull Terrier/"Staffys"
  • Tibetan Spaniel


United Airlines also doesn't accept the following cat breeds:


  • Burmese
  • Exotic Shorthair
  • Himalayan
  • Persian

These are the pets that aren’t allowed on the flight as per United Airlines Pet Policy.