Pet Travel Options

We offer several options to get your pet to your destination, and we treat our four-legged friends with the same attention and courtesy our human passengers expect.

Note: Some states may require a health certificate for your pet. Your veterinarian, the U.S. Department of Agricultureopens in a new window, or the Department of Agriculture for your destination state may provide you with more information.

Carry On Your Pet

Dogs, cats and household birds* can travel with you in the cabin for a one-way fee*, collected at check in, to/from the following destinations:

  • U.S./Canada: $125 USD/CAD
  • Virgin Islands: $125 USD/CAD
  • Puerto Rico: $125 USD/CAD
  • Outside the U.S.: $200 USD/CAD/EUR
  • Brazil: $75 USD

CAD amount will be charged exit Canada, and EUR amount will be charged exit Europe. Fees established by the contract of carriage in effect at the time of ticket issuance will apply.

*Household birds are only permitted to travel on domestic U.S. flights.

Special cases:

For any travel to or from South Africa, Hong Kong or the United Kingdom — with the exception of service animals — pets must travel as cargo and are not permitted in the cabin.

For travel to Hawaii, pets are not permitted to travel in the cabin, and other restrictions may apply. See Pets to Hawaii for details.

*CAD amount will be charged exit Canada, and EUR amount will be charged exit Europe. Fees established by the contract of carriage in effect at the time of ticket issuance will apply.

The following restrictions apply to pets traveling as carry-on baggage:

  • Your pet must be small enough to fit comfortably in a kennel without touching or protruding from the sides of the kennel and with the ability to move around.
  • The kennel must fit under the seat directly in front of you.
  • Maximum carry-on kennel dimensions are determined by your flight. You must contact Delta Reservations to determine the appropriate kennel size.
  • Your pet must remain inside the kennel (with door secured) while in a Delta boarding area (during boarding and deplaning), a Delta airport lounge and while onboard the aircraft.
  • Your pet must be at least 10 weeks old for Domestic and International travel.
  • Your pet counts as one piece of carry-on baggage.Pet in Cabin fees still apply.
  • One pet is permitted per kennel with the following exceptions:
    *One female cat/dog may travel with her un-weaned litter if the litter is a minimum of 10 weeks old to 6 months of age.
    *There is no limit on the number of animals in the litter.

Exception: Two pets of the same species and size between the age of 10 weeks and 6 months may be allowed to travel in one kennel, provide they are small enough to fit into one kennel and are compatible. They will be charged as one pet.

Please note : Delta does not accept pets in the cabin to/from the following locations: 

  • Australia
  • Barbados
  • Dakar
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Jamaica  
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United Arab Emirates

Pets are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call Delta in advance at 800-221-1212 to arrange to bring your pet on board. To ensure the comfort of all of our passengers, Delta limits the number of total pets per flight.

Ticket Class

Number of Pets Allowed

First Class


Domestic Business or Domestic Delta One™


International Business or International Delta One


Main Cabin



Check Your Pet

Effective March 1, 2016:

Delta will only accept the following animals as checked baggage: (1) pets for members of the US military and their dependents with active transfer orders; and (2) service and emotional support animals that comply with federal regulations, including proper documentation based on current policies and procedures. All pets or other animals not meeting these exceptions and not able to travel as checked baggage will only be accepted for travel as freight through Delta Cargo.

Please be aware of the following information before booking your pet on Delta Cargo.


  • A separate booking from their flight itinerary is required.  Additional fees and charges may apply.
  • A pet shipped domestically via Delta Cargo cannot be booked until 14 days prior to departure.
  • Pets are not guaranteed to be shipped on a customer’s same flight or flight schedule. 
  • Shipping a pet requires dropping it off at a Delta Cargo location at least three hours before departure time at a location separate from passenger check-in.
  • Picking up a pet would also occur at a Delta Cargo location.
  • Delta Cargo only accepts international pet shipments from known shippers.  Delta suggests that international customers use a pet shipper approved by the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association. Customers would then need to follow acceptance procedures set by the shipper.

Customers with flights prior to March 1, 2016 must book pets as checked baggage at least 48 hours before departure.

The following animals are accepted as checked baggage for customers meeting the outlined exceptions, and you may transport two kennels per flight. (Giant-sized kennels may only be shipped as cargo; additional restrictions apply according to aircraft and class of service):

  • cats (except snub-nosed cats; see list of relevant breeds)
  • dogs (except pug or snub-nosed dogs; see list of relevant breeds)
  • household birds (domestic U.S. only)
  • guinea pigs (domestic U.S. only)
  • rabbits (domestic U.S. only)
  • hamsters (domestic U.S. only)
  • marmots (domestic U.S. only)

All other animals, including reptiles and primates (including lemurs, monkeys, orangutans, gorillas and chimpanzees), must be shipped as cargo.

Note: For any travel to or from South Africa, Hong Kong, or the United Kingdom — with the exception of service animals — pets must travel as cargo and are not permitted as checked baggage.
While the baggage area where your pet will travel is a temperature-controlled and pressurized environment, air travel is likely to be a stressful experience. To ensure your pet's comfort and safety — and your peace of mind — review Pet Travel Requirements & Restrictions for important guidelines.

Ship Your Pet in Cargo

Delta Cargo provides safe, reliable, year-round transportation for your pet and is designed to address the special needs of all warm-blooded animals that are shipped without their owners.

Learn more about shipping by visiting Delta Cargo.


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