We don’t know about you, but we dread having to leave our pets behind on vacation. Sometimes it’s necessary to arrange for someone else to take care of Fido and Fluffy, but sometimes it just makes so much more sense to bring them with you! After all, if you’re visiting family, renting a vacation apartment, or spending more than a few days away, we want our cuddly companions along for the ride. (And we don’t want to pay for two weeks of dogsitting, yikes.)
Unfortunately, flying with your pet is no easy task. It’s best to drive, but that’s not an option for international travel! If you have to fly, many airlines will charge you a Great Dane-sized arm and leg for the privilege. Other airlines just can’t be trusted to keep your pet safe and sound. It’s even worse when you want to travel overseas and navigate a maze of different legal requirements for pets—from microchips to pet passports and banned breeds.
Thankfully, Compare The Market has created a handy guide to international travel with our animal friends. First, you can check popular destinations for their approach to pets crossing the border. Then you can pick one of the ten best international carriers for pets.
The final list of ten best airlines are rated with a combination of cost and accessibility:
- Air France
- British Airways
- TUI Airways
- Thomas Cook
- Turkish Airlines
- Aegean Airlines
- Air Europa
All ten carry pets, don’t charge an excessive amount, and you can carry your pet inside the cabin if they weigh in under 8 kilograms—that’s around 18 pounds. Just don’t try and fly easyJet or Air Emirates—neither carrier allows any pets.
If you’re still worried about the safety of your pet while you fly, especially if they’re trapped in the hold, check out this digital pet monitor designed for air travel!