Can You Take Pets on Board a Flight Within Europe?
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
While many European airlines look favorably on pets flying in cabins with their owners, the UK is unique in that it does not. Major British airlines, including British Airways, Flybe and Virgin Atlantic, will only allow approved assistance dogs in the cabin with passengers. All other pets/animals have to travel in the cargo hold. Whether in the cargo hold or in the cabin, these airlines will also usually require:
- The animal be microchipped
- Carry an EU Pet Passport
- Have had certain recent vaccinations
Fortunately, assistance dogs travel free of charge where permitted to be in the cabin with the passenger. If you are transporting an animal in the cargo hold, there will usually be a fee associated with this. This fee may differ based on the dimensions and weight of the animal and its travel cage.
Low-cost carriers like EasyJet, Jet2 and Ryanair do not allow pets to be transported in the cargo hold and will only allow assistance dogs in the cabin on certain flights and in certain circumstances.
Mainland European carriers are a bit more generous in what they will allow in the cabin. Both KLM and Lufthansa allow small dogs or cats in the cabin provided they weigh less than 8 kilograms (about 17 lbs.), including their carrier. So if you are determined to fly with your small dog or cat in the cabin of your next flight to mainland Europe, consider choosing a full-service mainland European carrier rather than a British airline or a low-cost option.
Regardless of whether your pet will be in the cabin or cargo hold, you should contact the airline well in advance to determine their policy — don’t leave this until the last minute. Most airlines will have a written policy on their website. Some breeds of dog may be prohibited from flying if the airline considers them to be dangerous, or if their breed may find it difficult to fly.
Featured image by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images
Welcome to The Points Guy!
WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points
TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,650
CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners
*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.
- Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases within your first year of account opening.
- Earn 2X points on dining including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel. Plus, earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
- With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
- Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
- Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
- Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.