great news for people shipping dogs!!!
i just contacted continental airlines and not only do they offer the cheapest rates and best service but they also have no temperature restrictions!!! that means i can ship my 100lb dog to stt for around $400 in the middle of july!!!!!!!!
thank you so much i was wondering about my critters, thanks again.
that was such a relief for me! here i was scrambling to find someone to take my doggie for a few months until the temps cooled. who knew!!
Wow! I bet this will be great news for a lot of people.
Continental does not fly into stx. I thought the furthest they went was puerto rico, but I guess I'm wrong. Continental has had air conditioned cargo holds for at least several years. You'll find a wealth of information about shipping dogs if you read through the posts.
Continental will only fly from Newark to STT. Continental does not fly to STX. They fly to San Juan, PR, but from there to STX is a small plane and not Continental.
The flight out of Newark is usually 9 am, so you have to either get there the night before or really early. Good luck.
I just called Continental's pet/cargo division and they are telling me that the only way a pet can fly into STT with them is if the pet is small enough to ride in the cabin. That they do not offer pets as checked baggage or cargo into STT. Hmmmm??? Can you give me the number you called Erin? This would also be good news for me.
When you call any of the airlines you are almost guarnteed to get a different answer each time. Most of their csr know little about pet transport.
American Airlines flew my 70 lb dog plus crate ( 90Lbs total) from STX to San Juan for 100.00 dollars and for another 100.000 flew her to Olandio. 400.00 dollars sounds a bit expensive to me. But I had two different airlines. If you get the same airline it's only 100.00 dollars for the whole trip. Explore some more.
here is the number i called:
1 800 575 3335
i called twice just to make sure and i got the same answer both times! let me know what you find out! also, the reason it is so expensive is the total weight of dog and crate is 135 lbs...
here is a link to their site
Best friends of ours just fly out of STX today to move back to the states 🙁 According to my friend,
American Eagle was fabulous! They were able to ship their dog with no problems. They flew to San Juan and on to Miami without any problems. They're dog was approx. 60 #'s and had the large crate. They had an approximate wait at the STX airport of 1-1/2 hours. Their "baby" was in his kennel in the A/C (new to him) in the customs office while they waited for their flight. I called my friend and she said the people at the STX airport we great! Good to hear since so many of us are dog lovers and they truly are our "babies".
As far as my friends go, I wish them the best of luck in their new adventure!
I just called their "Dedicated 24-hour Live Animal Desk (800.575.3335 or 281.553.5052)" and was told that they do not ship animals to the USVI because of some kind of embargo. I am planning a move to STT within a few months and am watching this thread closely. I have a 90 pound sweetie and am concerned about the logistics. Anyone with recent experience please keep the info coming.
Thanx - I love this board
I called continental as well and was told they do fly dogs to Puerto Rico.
From there you can most likely take a charter flight to the USVI. I am planning the same in Aug.....
congasan - it may be that the person you talked to was confusing the BVI's and the USVI's. It's a common occurrence, but the two island identities have different regulations.
It also might be a heat embargo....most airlines (not continental) won't fly animals during the summer months or once the heat rises over a certain temperture. It usually ends in mid September.
oh man! i sure hope that the person you spoke with thought you meant the bvi! i called twice and got the same answer... guess i will call again today (for the third time) just to make sure... i'll let you know what i find out.
If you can get your "baby" to San Juan cheaper call Four Star airlines in San Jaun, they are very helpful in carrying animals to the islands. They will carry them on the postal plane, and the pilots are extremely nice.They took very good care of my dog and cat and even told me that they liked them both.
People reading this thread, there is a much better one with lots of information on it. The thread was about moving your dogs in summers. You will just have to go a couple of pages back or do a search. If you are planning on traveling here soon I would recommend reading it. Traveling with your dogs is always stressful, its hard not to worry about them in even optimal conditions. But moving a dog over 25 lbs in summer is a challenge. Good Luck.
My company does animal charters to and from the Virgin Islands. If you have any questions or need any general knowledge questions regarding shipping animals answered - Feel free to email me.
I just met a lady from Malibu, Ca. She has Arabians. She told me to check out "jetpets" for shipping all animals.
Just an FYI,
what is your company? What can you tell me? Do you have a website?
I called American about shipping my Macaw, They said they shipped year round but if the temp. could reach higher than 85 or lower than 40 at any time during the flight they couldn't accept pets. The worst part is you can't find out until just before it's time to drop them off.
Chuck try night flights between may through august. Whe we came down 5 years about they wouldnt fly pets at all during that time. I suspect you have just started your research, because there are other ways besides American that you can get your pet down here. Try booking a flight through Continental to puerto rico or stt, as Continental has air conditioned cargo holds then see if cape air, sea plane or one of the smaller airlines will allow you to fly with your pet the rest of the way. There are several ways you can do it, but I personnally wouldnt risk my pets in summer on American.