Don't Go Alone. Travel With Your Parrot

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So you want to travel with your companion parrot, eh? Looks like you’ve got some planning to do. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of pet-friendly airlines that allow birds to fly in the cabin and/or cargo.

The following airlines have clear travel policies regarding birds on their websites. But, buyer beware:

Pet policies are subject to change at any time and pet embargoes can be enforced without notice.

Always call the airline to confirm their pet policy before booking a ticket. Then call again to confirm before checking in.

Book confidently, Bird Brains. Go fly like the wind!

Click the images below to view respective pet policies directly.

Alaska Air Pet Policy

Alaska Air

Cabin travel: Yes
Cargo travel: Yes – see this page for specifics.
Number of birds permitted: Up to 2 birds of the same species and similar size may travel in the same carrier, provided no body parts protrude from the carrier, and nobirdie is in distress.
Species permitted: Small household birds that can comfortably fit within their carriers beneath the seat in front of you may travel in the cabin.
Fees: 100 USD.
Carrier size restrictions: 17″ length x 11″ width x 7.5″ height. Must fit beneath the seat in front of you.
Customer service: 1-800-252-7522

Delta Pet Policy

Delta

Cabin travel: Yes
Cargo travel: Yes
Number of birds permitted: 1
Species permitted: Small household birds are permitted in the cabin so long as they fit comfortably in a carrier beneath the seat in front you without touching or protruding from the carrier’s sides. Exceptions may be made for two compatible birds of the same species that can both fit in one carrier.
Fees: 125 USD. Fee includes your parrot’s carrier and a personal item.
Carrier size restrictions: Depends on the airplane. Contact customer service to determine a proper size carrier for the species accompanying you.
Customer service: 1-800-221-1212

Spirit Airlines

Cabin travel: Yes
Cargo travel: No
Number of birds permitted: Up to 2 birds of the same species and similar size may travel in the same carrier, provided no body parts protrude from the carrier, and nobirdie is in distress.
Species permitted: Small household birds that can comfortably fit within their carriers beneath the seat in front of you.
Fees: 110 USD.
Carrier size restrictions: 18″ length x 14″ width x 9″ height. Must fit beneath the seat in front of you.
Customer service: 1-801-401-2222

Frontier Airlines Pet Policy

Frontier Airlines

Cabin travel: Yes
Cargo travel: No
Number of birds permitted: 1
Species permitted: Small household birds are permitted in the cabin. Call ahead about green cheeked conures or birds of a similar size; these may pass as small household birds. Large parrots such as macaws, cockatoos, and birds of prey are explicitly prohibited.
Fees: 99 USD. Fee includes your parrot’s carrier and a personal item.
Carrier size restrictions: 18″ length x 14″ width x 8″ height. Must fit beneath the seat in front of you.
Customer Service: 1-801-401-9000

Aeroflot

Cabin travel: Yes
Cargo travel: Yes
Number of birds permitted: 1
Species permitted: Small household birds that can comfortably fit within their carriers beneath the seat in front of you may travel in the cabin. All other parrots must travel in cargo.
Fees: Begins at 87 USD, and increases depending on route and size of carrier.
Carrier size restrictions: 17″ length x 11.5″ width x 10″ height.
Customer service: 1-866-879-7647

Air India Pet Policy

Air India

Cabin travel: Yes
Cargo travel: Yes
Number of birds permitted: A maximum of 2 animals are permitted per aircraft. To assure your parrot’s space, you’ll need to book way ahead of time.
Species permitted: Small household birds that can comfortably fit within their carriers beneath the seat in front of you may travel in the cabin. All other parrots must travel in cargo.
Fees: Varies depending on route.
Carrier size restrictions: 18″ length x 18″ width x 12″ height. Must be a soft carrier.
Customer service: 1-888-634-1407

Japan Air Pet Policy

Japan Air

Cabin travel: Yes
Cargo travel: Only for domestic flights.
Number of birds permitted: One bird per carrier. Whether or not they can be accommodated depends on the aircraft. To make a pet reservation, call in advance.
Species permitted: Small birds that eat seeds, fruit, or insects.
Fees: Depends on route, species, and the size and weight of the parrot and carrier.
Carrier size restrictions: Depends on the aircraft. Must be a rigid carrier.
Customer service: 1-800-525-3663

Turkish Air

Cabin travel: Yes
Cargo travel: Yes
Number of birds permitted: 2 birds of the same species and similar size are permitted to share one carrier. The total combined weight including the carrier must not exceed 30 pounds.
Species permitted: Parakeets may travel in the cabin, while parrots that are too big to fit within their carrier beneath the seat must travel in cargo.
Fees: Begins at 70 USD for cabin, and 140 USD for cargo. Fees increase depending on route.
Carrier size restrictions: 15″ length x 11.5″ width x 9″ height. Must be a soft carrier.
Customer service: 1-800-874-8875

Vueling Air Pet Policy

Vueling

Cabin travel: Yes
Cargo travel: No
Number of birds permitted: Each passenger can travel with one pet, and only two pets are allowed per flight.
Species permitted: Any species other than birds of prey may travel in the cabin. They must fit within their carrier beneath the seat in front of you.
Fees: Begins at 60 USD, and increases depending on route.
Carrier size restrictions: 17″ length x 15″ width x 8″ height. Must be a soft carrier.
Customer service: View contact page.

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