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How to Make Money While Traveling Wherever You Want — I’ve Done It for 10 Years

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Scott:   I have made money while traveling for the past decade.  Here’s how I’ve done it.  And here are ways people I know have done it.  And I’ll give you other options too.  Don’t worry.  None involve you becoming an Instagram bikini model.

How To Make Money While Traveling
That’s me, Scott, about to indulge on unlimited beach-side cocktails at the all-inclusive Hyatt Zilara in Cancun. I paid $0 by using points from my Chase Sapphire Preferred card. I paid $5 for sunblock on my scalp. It was a good investment.

How to Make Money While Traveling

I’ll start with my personal experience.  Because of the work I’ve done, and with the help of our money-saving travel secrets, I’ve enjoyed:

  • a month living just a 5-minute walk to the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  • a 2-week cruise around the UK and Ireland to make my Game of Thrones sightseeing dreams come true
  • summer in Montreal (where I attended the biggest international comedy festival in the world)
  • a month in Portugal (loved Anthony Bourdain’s favorite seafood restaurant and explored amazing hill-top castles)
  • life with Finnish folks in Helsinki (with a side-trip to the must-see Tallinn, Estonia)
  • life with Polish people (where I saw the most amazing man-made creation and then the saddest man-made catastrophe)
  • life with Mexican amigos (where I learned the best small towns outside Cancun for true relaxation and island-style living)

And much more, including months in France eating entire fresh baguettes for breakfast, and weeks at a time in various countries throughout Europe and the Caribbean.

Also, while in Amsterdam — I’m not proud of this, but — I was walking around and nearly got hit by a trolley, car, and bicyclist at the same time.  Definitely look all ways before crossing the street there.  It’s crazy.

I don’t travel all the time.  But I can if I choose.  And to me, that’s the fun part.

OK, OK, Which Jobs Will Allow Me to Travel While Getting Paid?

US-based jobs that allow you to work from anywhere you want…

I edit, write, and do other work remotely for Million Mile Secrets.  But you can apply for jobs with different companies as a:

  • coder
  • online marketer (pay-per-click professional, email marketing expert, social media guru, etc.)
  • graphic designer
  • do you know what a “pivot table” is?  Then you can do stuff with Excel spreadsheets for management types

It’s not just our Million Mile Secrets writers who can work while traveling.  Our digital marketing professional also makes his money while traveling.

How To Make Money While Traveling
I visited Blarney Castle (just outside Cork, Ireland) but REFUSED to wait in the ridiculously long line to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. I’d be that guy who first disinfects it with anti-bacterial wipes anyway. That said, I’d visit again! Not to get the “gift of gab” but because of the gorgeous gardens nearby — they’re some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen — no offense to New Jersey, “The Garden State.”

US-based businesses you can start so you can make money while traveling…

Instead of being employed by one company, you can BE the company and earn work from various organizations.

The best freelance travel writers form strong relationships with various online publications because of their expertise and work ethic.  They can make 6-figure incomes.

How To Make Money While Traveling
You can get this traditional Lapland treat in Finland. It’s delicious sautéed reindeer with mashed potatoes and lingonberries. I’ve used credit card points to fly non-stop on Finnair.

But you can run other businesses online besides writing for travel blogs or writing your own travel blog.  I worked for myself and wrote about completely different topics before I joined Million Mile Secrets.  I’ve also worked in online marketing.

Some folks start websites to sell products from others companies online.  This is called affiliate marketing.  You are affiliated with those companies and they pay you a percentage of whatever you sell, whether it be clothing, fitness equipment, or memorabilia from the hit TV sitcom ALF.

Can you attract a lot of attention?

If you can get millions of people to watch your videos or listen to your podcast or read your blog, you’ll have an opportunity to sell space on your show or blog to advertisers who want to reach your audience.  But you do not necessarily need millions of people in your audience if your following is of a demographic that particular advertisers are struggling to reach.

You also don’t need millions of fans to sell your OWN products.  Your adoring fans may want to buy your self-published book, enlightening e-course, pay for private consultations, or pay to see you speak in person.

I’ve had friends who were and are performers.  They took gigs as entertainers on cruise ships as a way to make money while traveling.  And they have accepted paid shows overseas and stayed extra to enjoy exploring a new country.  Performers include the obvious like singers, dancers, comedians, and musicians, but there is also money for public speakers who are experts in various topics.

Also, there has yet to be a downturn in the “tourists-who-want-a-photo-with-a-parrot-on-their-shoulder” market.  So if you can train a colorful bird, you’ll always make money wherever you go.  (I knew a guy who did that, too.  Really.)

How To Make Money While Traveling
This is the prettiest boat parking lot I’ve ever photographed. The old harbor in Honfleur, France, with its 16th century townhouses has inspired artists like Claude Monet and Eugène Boudin.

You can pick up jobs in the various places you visit.

This isn’t my style, but I’ve met free spirits who have taken jobs such as:

  • front desk person at a youth hostel so they could live in New York City for a summer
  • cleaning snow off roofs in Helsinki, Finland, was how one Australian young man made money
  • work at a resort during their busy season

Cruise Ship Worker, English Teacher, Landlord, Pet Sitter, and More

I’ve been on a number of cruises, and while many crew workers are NOT traveling for the enjoyment — SOME are.  I got to know a bartender or two or ten during my time on cruises.  And some saw the job as a way to make money and see the world while meeting fascinating customers who speak too loudly while peppering them with questions about why they bartend on a ship.

I have an American friend who taught English in-person in Asia.  There are also jobs where you teach English online.  Teaching any course online could be a good way to make money while traveling.  (There are sites like that advertise to gain students and then pay you to teach them a subject.)

How To Make Money While Traveling
Mighty and mysterious prehistoric Stonehenge… no one is certain how it was built. I thought, “Bah, I don’t want to see a bunch of stacked rocks.” But I was wrong! It was really cool and I’m glad I visited.

Sites like help you find legitimate online jobs (though use common sense) that include social media management, accounting, virtual assistant work, search engine optimization, research, and website design.

I had a friend who worked as an online day trader and spent half the day on the beach.  He later quit to travel the world.  He used savings and — this part was key — he owned a rental property.  That income funded his travels.

  • If you own a home, you could rent it out while you travel.  Sure, strangers will sleep in your bed and use your toothbrush.  But it’s OK because you’ll probably forget that happened by the time you get back.
  • I’ve met young women who worked as au pairs so they could live in a new country for a time.
  • You may be able to make money while traveling to different spots as a pet sitter or house sitter.  And yes, there are apps for that.

Keys to Making Money While Traveling

You can decide to make just enough to get by.  Or you can really build your business or career by taking your work seriously like I do.

Here’s what I’ve done.  I try to AVOID running around to different places like 2 days here and 2 days there.  That’s too stressful for me.  And I usually don’t enjoy that kind of travel.

I prefer to pick a place and plop down for anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months.  I work full days or more.  And I use weekends and after-work hours (or before work hours depending on the time zone) to explore.  I usually live like a local in a regular neighborhood Airbnb apartment.  Then I bust out my points for an awesome weekend splurge at an upscale hotel.  And credit card miles help me affordably fly to the places I go.

Do Not Screw This Up If You Want to Work Online While Traveling

When your business is online, you absolutely 100% need reliable internet.  I’ve run into unexpected problems over the last 10 years, but I’ve never been without internet for long.  Because I always have a back-up and a back-up to the back-up.

How To Make Money While Traveling
Making a new friend in Mexico… He taught me how he drinks mezcal. 1. You drink the smooth but very strong liquor (similar to tequila but better) 2. You bite into the orange slice that’s coated with sal de gusano (worm salt) 3. Wash it down with beer. 4. You blurt out, “Guácala! … Que Rico!!” Translation: “Disgusting! (then when it hits you) “Delicious!!”

Do not assume a great hotel has great internet.  And do not assume the Airbnb that bills itself as having “fast Wi-Fi” will have reliable internet.  Here’s what to do if your work life depends on internet:

I usually rent an apartment on Airbnb and earn travel points by paying with my Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.  I used to just ask the host to take a screenshot of from their apartment.  For the work I do, 10 Mb download and 2 Mb upload is the minimum I need.  But beware!

I’ve learned it’s NOT merely the speed that matters when you are relying on internet for important work phone calls.  The connection must be steady.  Some internet works in spurts.  It’s 10 Mb one second and .1 the next!  Do you ever get that “buffering” message while watching a video?

That’s fine because you can pause and it’ll catch up.  But that doesn’t work when you’re trying to have a live conversation.

So if I’m staying somewhere a relatively long time, I try to get the Airbnb host to video call me on Skype for 5 minutes to give me a visual tour of the place.  I want to be sure the conversation isn’t “choppy.”

The host is often willing to do this because you’re paying a fair amount of local currency when you book someone’s place for a month or more.

Note:   Renting an Airbnb is a great way to use your Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card miles instead of money!

How To Make Money While Traveling
“Ironborn! Behold House Greyjoy!” Ruined medieval Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland is one of the impressive settings in the epic Game of Thrones series. I greatly subsidized this trip thanks to credit card points. And I had time to go because I work online.

My back-up is to know exactly where the local shops are that have good internet.  If I had to, I could work from there.  So I make sure to know their hours.

My other back-up is T-Mobile.  While traveling the US, Mexico, and Canada, I’ve been able to connect my computer to my phone’s internet and it’s been reliable.  In other countries, T-Mobile doesn’t let you do that.  But the included international 2G or 3G on your T-Mobile phone (check your plan) may be just enough to make phone calls over Wi-Fi.  (You can call 800 numbers for free on Skype.  And you can call any US number for free using Google Hangouts.)

How to Stretch Your Money While Working and Traveling

I keep my ongoing expenses pretty low.  My US apartment is modest.  At times I’ve lived with roommates to keep costs down.  My car is very impressive to ladies who admire a budget-savvy man.  I am VERY fortunate to be in good health, so I don’t have those bills to pay at the moment.

While living abroad, I do NOT eat at fancy restaurants all the time.  Sure, I pick the best places for date night or to splurge.  But day-to-day I live more like a local.

How To Make Money While Traveling
Worth the price! This is the most delicious seafood I’ve ever had. This is a place called Matt the Thresher in Dublin. And you know I earned 2X points by paying with my Chase Sapphire Preferred. 🙂

I go to the supermarket and cook at home.  I always use credit cards with no foreign transaction fees, like my trusty Chase Sapphire Preferred.  I use credit cards to earn miles and points whenever possible.  I research tourist-type deals in each place.  But I also try to meet local people and learn their insider secrets.  You can read forums all day but talking to a few people might net you better advice if you come to trust them.

For instance, when I lived in New York City, tourists who befriended me would get this suggestion from me, “Skip the long line and expense of going to the observation deck of The Empire State Building.  Because you can’t see the iconic Empire State Building from inside itself!  Instead, there’s free admission to 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar.  There you’ll witness a stunning view of Gotham’s famous 102-story Art Deco skyscraper.”

Then the tourist-person would reply, “Thanks Mister-who-speaks-like-a-travel-writer!”

How To Make Money While Traveling
This is February in the Bahamas. The sand is soft and white. This was a cruise ship stop. You can fly nearly free to the departure port city with airline miles you earn from credit card sign-up bonuses!

The best city tours I’ve ever done were free walking tours where the guides worked for tips.  You can find these on TripAdvisor.  I had great experiences with free walking tours in Budapest, Warsaw, and more.  When I want to see an important or fun tourist site that’s outside the city, I don’t take a cab.  I take an arranged bus trip to save money.

I’m not a fan of city buses and trolleys but I’ll do it if it’s a lot cheaper than a taxi.  It depends on the day and whether I’m valuing money or time.  Either way, I pay with my Chase Sapphire Preferred to earn 2X points per dollar on travel expenses.  And those points discount my next trip!

Do things that are awesome but happen to be cheap where you are

But don’t be so cheap as to miss out on once-in-a-lifetime experiences!  To me it’s all about value – not whether it’s cheap or not.  For example, I treasure a quality back massage.  (Dear Professional Massage Artists, thank you.  I am completely convinced we’d have world peace if every angry ranting dictator would just sit down for a good neck and shoulder rub.)  So if a massage happens to be a good deal where I’m living/visiting, I’ll go for it!  This was the case in both Poland and on the beach in the Dominican Republic.

I can’t remember the price of summer strawberries in Finland — but they were the best I’ve ever tasted.  So it was worth it.  And Fazer chocolate bars in Finland are the best big name chocolate I’ve ever had.  And just about every home has a sauna.  So I enjoy that and do less of things that are expensive there, like drinking in bars.

Bottom Line

My name is Scott, and I look forward to helping you travel while making money and sharing my secrets and tricks for Big Travel!

To earn money while seeing the world, you might consider working for a company that allows you to travel, starting your own location-independent business, working on a cruise ship, or gaining temporary employment at the places you go.

Here’s how I do it:  I secured a work-from-home job based on my previous education and self-made experience.  I mainly use airline miles to fly to Europe and the Caribbean.  This has saved me many thousands of dollars.  I prefer long stays in neighborhood Airbnb apartments.  Then I use hotel points for luxury weekend hotel stays that would cost ~$500 per night.

My favorite credit card is my Chase Sapphire Preferred.  The sign-up bonus is terrific, because depending on how you use it, you can get $625 worth of travel with no blackout dates through their portal OR $1,000+ worth of travel when you transfer to their top-notch airline and hotel partners.

And my favorite part about working at Million Mile Secrets is when you guys send us your amazing success stories and photos!  I get a rush seeing all the different ways you choose to travel with your miles!

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Flying can be stressful for both people and animals, but especially for dogs. It can be very stressful to check in at a congested airport and board a busy plane. Due to this, many pet owners prefer traveling with their cherished furry friends in the cabin of the aircraft as opposed to the pet cargo compartment. Owners are able to keep their dog company and offer comfort and assurance in this way.

Flying can be an incredibly stressful and overwhelming experience for both people and animals, but especially for dogs. Checking in at a crowded airport and boarding a busy plane can be an intimidating experience for our beloved furry friends. As a result, many pet owners choose to fly with their beloved pets in the cabin of the aircraft, rather than in the pet cargo compartment, so that they can stay close to their dog and provide comfort and assurance. This is a much more preferable option for many pet owners.

A medium-sized dog wearing a red bandana is sitting on the floor at a busy airport, looking up anxiously at its owner. The owner is standing in front of the dog, holding its leash and comforting the animal with a soothing hand on its head. The background features a bustling airport terminal with people and luggage moving around.

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14 Airlines That Allow Pets in Cabin on International Flights [2023]



Traveling with our furry companions has become increasingly popular, and many airlines have recognized the importance of accommodating passengers’ beloved pets. Instead of leaving them behind or entrusting them to a pet sitter, more and more pet owners are seeking airlines that allow flying with pets in the cabin on international flights. There are many airlines that allow pets in cabin on international flights. 

This article will explore several airlines that go the extra mile to ensure a comfortable and safe journey for both humans and their four-legged friends. From pet policies to cabin requirements for airlines that allow pets in cabin on international flights, let’s dive into the top airlines that warmly welcome dogs and cats on board.

The following airlines allow pets in cabin on international flights:

  1. Aegean Airlines
  2. Air Canada
  3. Air Europa
  4. Air France
  5. Alaska Air
  6. American Airlines
  7. Delta
  8. French Bee
  9. JetBlue
  10. Lufthansa
  11. TAP Air Portugal
  12. TUI Fly
  13. United Airlines
  14. Vueling

Related post:
Flying Dogs in Cargo: Will my dog be safe?
Airlines that Allow Flying with a Large Dog in Cabin [Pet Policies]

Which airlines allow pets in cabin on international flights?

Aegean Airlines Pet Policy.

  • Maximum weight: 8 kg (including carrier)
  • Maximum carrier size: 55 x 40 x 23 cm
  • Cost: 60 EUR (prices differ depending on time of year)

Additional information:

  • Transportation of dogs and cats to the UK is only permitted for flights to London Heathrow and only to be sent as cargo. 

Visit Aegean’s website for more information.

Air Canada Pet Policy.

  • Maximum weight: 22 pounds (including carrier)
  • Maximum carrier size: 27 x 40 x 55 cm (soft-sided crate) & 23 x 40 x 55 cm (hard-sided crate)
  • Cost: $100-118 CAD

Additional information:

  • Pets cannot travel with you if you:
    • Are an unaccompanied minor
    • Are seated in an exit or bulkhead row
    • Are travelling in Premium Economy
  • On flights operated by their Aribus fleet, pets may not travel in the First Class cabin. 
  • On Boeing 789 and 788 aircraft, the pet carrier cannot exceed H20 x W40 x L43 cm
  • On Boeing 777-300ER and 777-200LR aircraft, the pet carrier cannot exceed H21 x W38 x L43 cm

For more info, visit Air Canada’s website.

Air Europa Pet Policy.

  • Maximum weight: 8kg (10kg including carrier) or 6kg on flights operated by ATR
  • Maximum carrier size: 55 x 35 x 25 cm
  • Cost: 27-55 USD within Europe and 165 USD long-haul

Additional information:

  • Prices subjects to possible surcharges for taxes in certain countries.
  • Dogs must be at least 3 months old to travel on medium and long haul flights.
  • Passengers are not permitted to bring pets in the Business cabin.
  • Pets in the cabin may not fly in an emergency or XL seat.

Visit Air Europa’s website for more information.

Alaska Air Pet Policy.

  • Maximum weight: 9kg / 20 pounds (including carrier)
  • Maximum carrier size: 43 x 28 x 24 cm (soft) / 43 x 28 x 19 cm (hard)
  • Cost: 100 USD each way

Additional information:

  • You may not occupy an emergency exit row, or any seat with an airbag safety belt.
  • On flights operated by their Aribus fleet, pets may not travel in the First Class cabin. 

Visit Alaska Air’s website for more information.

American Airlines Pet Policy.

  • Maximum weight: 9 kg / 20 pounds (including carrier)
  • Maximum carrier size: depends on flight (call the airline for specific restrictions)
  • Cost: 125 USD each way

Additional information:

  • Pets are not permitted to fly in cabin on international flights over 12 hours, or transatlantic flights.
  • Due to the lack of under-seat storage space, carry-on dogs are not permitted in First or Business on the following Boeing planes:
    • 777-200
    • 777-300
    • 787-8
    • 787-9

For more info on additional restrictions, visit AA’s website.

Air France Pet Policy.

  • Maximum weight: 8 kg / 17 pounds (including carrier)
  • Maximum carrier size: 46 x 28 x 24 cm (soft carriers recommended)
  • Cost: 30-125 EUR international

Additional information:

  • Pets are not permitted to fly in cabin on international intercontinental flights.
  • Pets are not permitted to fly in cabin in business on international flights.
  • Each passenger may travel with only 1 pet.

For more info, visit Air France’s website.

Delta Pet Policy.

  • Maximum weight: No limit, but pets must fit comfortably in carrier under seat
  • Maximum carrier size: depends on flight (check the under-seat dimensions on your aircraft here)
  • Cost: 125 USD within North America, 200 USD international and 75 USD to Brazil

Additional Information:

  • The following age restrictions apply:
    • Pets must be at least 16 weeks old for travel to/from the U.S.
    • Pets must be at least 15 weeks old for travel to/from the EU.
  • For any travel to or from the following destinations, pets are not permitted in the cabin:
    • Australia
    • Barbados
    • Dubai
    • Hong Kong
    • Iceland
    • Jamaica  
    • New Zealand
    • Republic of Ireland
    • South Africa
    • United Kingdom
    • United Arab Emirates

For more info on additional restrictions, visit Delta’s website.

French Bee Pet Policy.

  • Maximum weight: 8 kg / 17 pounds (including carrier)
  • Maximum carrier size:43x35x20cm
  • Cost: 50€ each way

Additional information:

  • Sub-nosed animals are not permitted on their flights
    • Breeds include: pugs, bulldogs, boxers, Pekinese and shih tsus
  • Category 1 (attack dogs) and Category 2 dogs (guard and defence dogs) are not permitted to be taken by any one under the age of 18, or by adults subject to guardianship. 

For more info, head to French Bee’s website.

JetBlue Pet Policy.

  • Maximum weight: 9 kg / 20 pounds (including carrier)
  • Maximum carrier size: 17″L x 12.5″W x 8.5″H
  • Cost: 125 USD each way

Additional information:

  • For any travel to or from the following destinations, pets are not permitted in the cabin:
    • London
    • Jamaica
    • Barbados
    • Trinidad & Tobago
    • St. Lucia
    • Cayman Islands

For more info, head to JetBlue’s website.

Lufthansa Pet Policy.

  • Maximum weight: 8 kg / 17.6 pounds (including carrier)
  • Maximum carrier size: 55 x 40 x 23 cm
  • Cost: 60 EUR international within Europe and 80-110 EUR international outside Europe

Additional information:

  • You must complete this form before boarding your flight.
  • You are not able to fly into the UK with a pet. 

Visit Lufthansa’s website for more information.

TAP Air Portugal Pet Policy.

  • Maximum weight: 8kg / 17.6 pounds (including pets and carrier)
  • Maximum carrier size: 40 x 33 x 17cm 
  • Cost: cost varies – check here

Aircraft Restrictions:

  • Pets are not permitted to be carried in Executive Class on long haul flights. 
  • You are not able to fly into the UK with a pet. 

Visit TAP Air’s website for more info.

TUI Pet Policy.

  • Maximum weight: 8kg / 17.6 pounds (excluding carrier)
  • Maximum carrier size: 55 x 40 x 20 cm (soft-sided crates only)
  • Cost: 50 EUR

Additional information:

  • On all long-haul international flights, pets are not allowed in the cabin.
  • On all non-European destinations in combination with Antwerp, dogs or cats are not allowed

Visit TUI’s website for more information.

United Airlines Pet Policy.

  • Maximum weight: No limit, but must fit comfortably in carrier under seat
  • Maximum carrier size: 46 x 28 x 28 cm (soft-sided) / 44 x 30 x 19 cm (hard-sided)
  • Cost: 125 USD (+ 125 USD service charge for each stopover of more than four hours within the U.S. or more than 24 hours outside the U.S)

Additional information:

  • Pets are not permitted in cabin on the following aircrafts:
    • Boeing 757-200
    • Boeing 767
    • Boeing 777
    • Boeing 778
  • United doesn’t allow pets to fly in-cabin on international flights to and from:
    • Australia
    • Cuba
    • Guam
    • Federated States of Micronesia
    • Hawaii
    • Hong Kong
    • India
    • Ireland
    • Marshall Islands
    • New Zealand
    • Palau
    • Panama
    • Philippines
    • Singapore
    • South Africa
    • Tahiti
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • UK

Visit United’s website for more info.

Vueling Pet Policy.

  • Maximum weight: 10 kg (including carrier) or 8kg on flights operated by Iberia
  • Maximum carrier size: 45 x 39 x 21 cm (soft-sided crates only)
  • Cost: 50 EUR international

Additional information:

  • Vueling doesn’t allow dogs to fly in-cabin on flights to and from:
    • UK
    • Ireland

Visit Vueling’s website for more information.

Prepare for flying with a pet in cabin on international flights.

1. Select an appropriate, cabin-approved travel carrier.

As mentioned above, different airlines and aircrafts have different size restrictions for carriers. Be sure to check the restrictions for your specific airline, and aircraft.

For example, Delta recommends a soft-sided kennel with maximum dimensions of 18” x 11” x 11” since this fits most aircraft types.

We would recommend using a soft sided carrier as they usually give your pet more space. 

2. Get your pet used to it’s travel carrier.

When flying with a pet in cabin, they will need to stay in its travel carrier for the duration of the journey. So, it’s very important that you spend some time to get your dog used to its travel carrier.

When first introducing your pet to its carrier, take it slow. Lure your dog into their carrier with plenty of treats, and let him/her play and sleep in there as much as possible. You want to avoid forcing your pet into the carrier as this may stress him or her out and may cause a negative association to the carrier. 

3. Train your pet to stay calm.

Your pet will need to be calm and well behaved when flying in cabin. If they show disruptive behaviour, they risk being sent into the cargo area of the plane.

4. Exhaust your pet before the flight.

Try to exhaust your pet a little by increasing the level of activity before your trip. A sleepy pet will be less prone to getting stressed out on the flight, and will likely be better behaved on the flight. 

5. Limit access to food and water before the flight.

When flying with a pet in cabin, your pet won’t be able to go potty. So, it’s a good idea to limit your pet’s access to food before the flight. Additionally, some animals may experience motion sickness if they eat just before a flight. If you are flying in the morning, then feed them the night before. Air Canada suggest feeding your dog four to six hours prior to departure, as a full stomach may cause discomfort during travel. 

Line the bottom of your pet’s travel carrier with a pee pad, just incase they do have an accident.

6. Familiarise yourself with the airport that you are departing from and arriving to.

Most airports will have a dedicated area for pets and service animals to rest. It is actually a legal requirement that all U.S. airports have pet-relief areas available for working animals and pets to rest. Take some photos of the airport maps, so you don’t have to wander around on the day trying to find a resting place.

7. Bring along your pet’s favourite comforts.

To maximise comfort and minimise stress, pop your pet’s favourite blanket or toy in the travel carrier with them. If your pet suffers from separation anxiety, you could even pop one of your t-shirts in the carrier.

Which dog and cat breeds are not allowed in cabin on international flights?

Unfortunately, some airlines have restrictions on the dog and cat breeds they permit on their flights.

This is because of their anatomical abnormalities, short-nosed breeds may be more vulnerable to changes in air quality and temperature in the cargo hold of a plane.

Only certain airlines have these breed restrictions, so while you may not be able to fly with one airline, you may be able to fly with another. However, it’s important that you are confident your pet is healthy enough to fly. 

The following brachycephalic and snub-nosed dog breeds are often not allowed in the cabin on international flights:

  • Affenpinscher
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Boston Terriers
  • Boxers
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Bulldogs (all breeds)
  • Cane Corso
  • Chow Chow
  • Dogue De Bordeaux
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • Japanese Chin
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Mastiff (all breeds)
  • Pekingese
  • Pitbulls
  • Presa Canario
  • Pug
  • Shar Pei
  • Shih Tzu
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Tibetan Spaniel

The following brachycephalic and snub-nosed cat breeds are often not allowed in the cabin on international flights:

  • Burmese Cat
  • Exotic Shorthair Cat
  • Himalayan Cat
  • Persian Cat

Documents required for taking pets in cabin on international flights.

The documents required when flying with a pet in cabin will vary depending on which airline you are flying with, and where you are flying from and to. 

You will need more paperwork when traveling internationally, in most cases you will usually require the following:

  1. Microchip certificate
  2. Rabies vaccination certificate
  3. Animal health certificate
  4. Additional vaccination certificates
  5. Rabies titer test results
  6. Parasite treatment certificate

a) Microchip.

Many airlines require microchip documents when flying with a dog or cat in cabin. Not only is it usually a requirement, it is in your best interest. If your pet was to go missing whilst abroad, then you are far more likely to be reunited with a microchip.

Your pet can get microchipped at your local vet or a charity, such as RSPCA.

b) Rabies vaccinations.

If you want your take dog or cat on flights, it is likely that he/she requires a valid rabies vaccination. Particularly when you are taking your pet on an international flight as this is a requirement for entering most countries. 

Most countries require dogs and cats to have their rabies vaccination between 30 days and 12 months prior to importing.

c) Animal health certificate.

Most airlines will require an official animal health certificate issued by an accredited veterinarian when flying with pets in cabin.

In most cases, your health certificate will also need to be endorsed by the country’s authority responsible for the import and export of animals. For example, if you are traveling from the US, you will need your documents endorsed by the USDA. If you are traveling from Canada, you will need to have your documents endorsed by CFIA.

They are normally valid for 10 days.

d) Additional vaccinations.

Depending on where you are flying to, your pet may also require additional vaccinations or treatments.

For example, Turkey requires that all dogs are vaccinated against parainfluenza, leptospirosis, parvovirus, bordetella, hepatitis and distemper before being allowed into the country.  

e) Rabies titer test.

Some countries require pets to have a rabies titer test before entering. This is usually the case when you are traveling from a country that is considered high risk for rabies.

If your pet requires a titer test the process is as follows:

  1. Your pet will have a blood sample taken at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination.
  2. Your vet will then send the blood sample to an approved blood testing laboratory.
  3. Your pet’s blood test results must show a rabies antibody level of at least 0.5 IU/ml.
  4. You must wait 3 months from the date the blood sample was taken before you travel.
  5. The vet will give you a copy of the test results.

f) Parasite treatment.

To enter many countries, dogs are required to be treated against internal and/or external parasites before entering. This includes treatment for tapeworm, fleas, ticks, nematodes and cestodes. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I have to pay extra to fly with my dog in cabin?

You will yes. The amount you pay however, will differ between airlines as they charge different amounts. The charge also depends on where you are flying to and from. International flights usually cost more.

Can I fly with my pet in cabin on international flights?

You may be able to, depending on which airline you are flying with, and where you are flying to and from. Some airlines allow dogs and cats in cabin on international flights, such as Aegean Air. Southwest, however, do not let pets in cabin on international flights.

Can I fly with my puppy or kitten in cabin?

This depends on how old your puppy is, and which airline you are flying with. Different airlines have different restrictions on the age of pets that can fly in cabin. Some require puppies and kittens to be at least 8 weeks old, where others require them to be 16 weeks old.

Can I fly with a large dog in the cabin?

Unfortunately, unless your dog is an official service dog, only small dogs are permitted. Most airlines require that pets and travel carriers must have a combined weight of no more than 8kg. There are however some semi-private airlines that will allow large dogs in cabin.


Traveling with your pet is a wonderful opportunity to create lasting memories. Thankfully, several airlines have recognized the importance of allowing pets in the cabin on international flights and have established comprehensive pet policies to accommodate furry travellers. Whether you choose Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines, or JetBlue Airways, you can rest assured that your dog will be treated with care and enjoy a safe and comfortable journey by your side.

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4 Things to Know About Pet Travel Insurance



Traveling with your pet can be so rewarding; but it can also be a huge hassle. Between ever-changing airline policies regarding emotional support animals, to needing to shell out a few hundred dollars for a round-trip flight for your furry friend, traveling can get complicated (and costly) fast.

And that’s if everything goes according to plan. If your pet gets sick or injured while traveling or you have to cancel a trip for an unexpected surgery, things can get really hairy. So it pays to make sure that not only you and your trip are covered by travel insurance, but your pet is, too. Here are four things to know about pet travel insurance.

1. Pet travel insurance vs. pet health insurance

First things first, is pet travel insurance different from pet health insurance? In short, yes. Pet health insurance covers your furry companion’s healthcare needs, whereas pet travel insurance is offered by businesses hired to relocate your pet and only applies to what happens between the beginning and end of a trip.

Pet health insurance covers needs like vet visits, surgery, injuries and dental work. Like your own health insurance, you will pay a monthly or annual premium and can expect deductibles of varying amounts depending on your level of coverage.

Pet travel insurance, on the other hand, only covers your pet during a set period of time. This is usually from point to point and when your pet is traveling unaccompanied, like when you are hiring a service to relocate your pet. The most important distinction is only businesses can buy pet travel insurance, not the pet owner.

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“Pet flight insurance” doesn’t exist.

Fortunately, many pet health insurance policies may cover some travel cancellation and health care costs for your pet if your trip gets interrupted because your pet gets sick or injured. To find out if that’s the case, be sure to read your individual policy for details.

2. Pets aren’t covered under most normal travel insurance and trip cancellation policies

Travel insurance and trip cancellation insurance is a handy thing to have when the unexpected happens, as it can help reimburse travel costs if you have to cancel a trip or call it short due to an emergency. Unfortunately, travel insurance and trip cancellation coverage don’t typically cover pets, only human travelers.

In fact, trip cancellation insurance rarely considers pet emergencies, deaths or overbooked pet reservations on an airline as valid reasons for cancellation — though there may be exceptions made in the case of registered service animals.

That said, if you still want the option to cancel travel plans and get reimbursed for your investment in the case of a pet emergency, there may be a way: You can select a travel insurance policy with “Cancel For Any Reason” coverage, which would include pet emergencies.

3. Some pet insurance only covers your pet in the U.S.

While there are some pet health insurance companies that offer cat and dog travel insurance coverage in the form of health care treatment when you’re away from home, not all provide coverage in all places. Some may only cover health issues and care within the U.S. and Canada, while others may reimburse you for services abroad, too (though they may be limited to certain countries).

So before you pick a plan, make sure to read the fine print to know if your pet is covered wherever you plan on traveling together, especially if you’re headed overseas.

» Learn more: How to fly with a dog

4. Pets may require additional info to fly

Do pets need insurance to fly? Generally no, though depending on the airline, you may be required to bring other information and documentation with you when you travel with an animal. Check with your specific airline before booking to ensure you’re following protocol and you don’t miss your flight for lack of appropriate paperwork.

If you’re traveling internationally with your pet and your destination country allows four-legged visitors (not all do), you’ll need an international health certificate and will be required to adhere to any specific requirements set forth by that country.

You can check the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service site from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for regulations by country.

Pet travel insurance considerations, recapped

Traveling with a pet can be complicated and costly, but pet insurance can bring peace of mind whether you’re road tripping across the country or flying around the world.

Just make sure before you head off on your adventure to check and make sure that your pet’s health insurance policy covers veterinary treatment where you’re headed, find out whether your travel insurance offers coverage for trip cancellation or interruptions insurance because of sick pets, and consider getting a “Cancel For Any Reason” policy so you can change your plans for any and all pet-related reasons.

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