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chelseapalmer
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July 9, 2013 9:42 pm  

Hi Everyone,

I was hoping for some help or suggestions with pet relocation. We are flying into STT from Atlanta and our two dogs are flying in on a cargo plane due to heat restrictions and their size. They are 60 and 50 lbs. I was originally told through Cape Air we can get on a flight from STT to STX without trouble because the dogs are in the same family. However, not the case apparently and so we have booked two separate flights ( one for me and one dog, and one for my boyfriend and other dog). But I'm afraid they won't fit into their kennel restrictions of 27x20x19. I will have to check through all this but am sort of in a panic now so I am just curious if anyone has any other ideas. I also looked at the ferry and it says the ferry is not running from st Thomas to st. Croix now?? So please if anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate it so much!!!! Thank you so much!!


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July 9, 2013 10:52 pm  

We flew a dog with a large crate on Cape Air once. It only works if the flight is not full, because the crate displaces 2 passengers. Cape Air booked us and the crate on a full flight, so it was bound to cause problems. See the details at https://www.vimovingcenter.com/talk/read.php?4,99254,140728#msg-140728

You could do a private charter flight from STT to STX. With all the people and animals you've got, it's almost worth it.


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July 9, 2013 11:30 pm  

Thanks so much!


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July 10, 2013 10:31 am  

We had similar issue with our 135 pound dog from STT to STX. Had a twin engine plane waiting for us as we arrived on American. Transferred 2 people, dog crate, and bags for a pleasant 25 minute trip. No hassles and it was over before we knew it!


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July 10, 2013 11:54 am  

Check and see if the seaplane is full or not. I personally know of a 50 lb dog flew in May from STX to STT on the seaplane.


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July 13, 2013 11:52 am  

Hello I see you flew your dogs using a cargo plane due to the heat restrictions. We will be moving soon to STT we have a 50 lb basset hound. can you tell me what cargo company you used to fly your dogs and what was your departure location. Were you able to fly with them? We are hoping for a flight with our dogs that is non stop and will travel the eastern seaboard within reason to make that happen.

Thanks in advance for the information we are looking for


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July 13, 2013 12:17 pm  

We moved to STX from Arkansas. Drove two vehicles to Jacksonville to ship to STX. Rented a car, headed to Miami where we took AA non-stop to STX. The temperature was right at the limit for AA, but we were on every flight. That was in November.


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July 13, 2013 1:23 pm  

Heat restrictions are mainly for late spring (May) thru summer - Oct. Nov. Best to check with the airline you plan on flying with to see what their restrictions are on size, breed, kennel size and paperwork as well as restricted dates due to heat related issues.


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July 13, 2013 5:09 pm  

it looks like we will be traveling either at the end of AUG or early SEP, I did see an American airlines flight that leaves at 5:50 pm and arrives at 830pm. looking at the hourly temps for those hours its all below 84 degrees. so that should work but I was hoping to avoid the drive from Virginia to Miami to find a flight that arrives after dark when the temps are lower.


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July 13, 2013 5:40 pm  

it looks like we will be traveling either at the end of AUG or early SEP, I did see an American airlines flight that leaves at 5:50 pm and arrives at 830pm. looking at the hourly temps for those hours its all below 84 degrees. so that should work but I was hoping to avoid the drive from Virginia to Miami to find a flight that arrives after dark when the temps are lower.

I don't want to add to your jitters but I do think you should check the STT temperature averages you're looking at. The average daytime August/September temps at the airport are 89F which is higher by several degrees than many other areas of STT. So it all depends on from where the temp is taken. Several years ago the Humane Society was able to have a dog adopted by visitors during the August "Barktoberfest" at Bolongo. It was this family's last day, a big rush of combined effort got the dog's health certificate and everything else, she was transported to the airport and the temperature the minute she arrived (it was around 6PM as I recall) and was getting checked in was one half of a degree below the cut-off and off she went! That half a degree was key!

If you realize that this will be cutting it too close, consider leaving your dog stateside with family for a couple of months and then have him sent down when the temperature drops and you're all settled in. It would be awful to get to the airport and then at the last minute find that he won't be accepted on the flight!


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July 14, 2013 3:32 am  

Were flying them with delta. Its their PetFirst program. Youll need to call for the details but there are alot of restrictions, kennel requirements and things to look into. We were able to get our flight and theirs within a few minutes of each other so check into that as well.


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July 20, 2013 6:50 pm  

We just shipped our 2 dogs here from California. One is a 70lb German Shephard and the othr one a 37lb cattle dog. They used XL Petmate Vari Kennel 500series (39x26x30) and Large 400series (36x25x27). According to the airway bill we got their collective weight with the kennel was 83 and 59 lbs.

Our family dropped them off in LA , we used United Airlines Cargo because they only charged overall fee (not per leg like Delta). They, as far as I remembered, didn't have temp.restriction but cargo is temperature controlled. We flew the dogs to Puerto Rico because there are more airlines and bigger planes flying between PR and STX vs. STT and STX.

We flew to PR to pickup the dogs and then we basically went to Seaborne counter in the airport.It's better if you talk to the counter ppl directly than on the phone to make a reservation. Sometimes on the phone they will say our dogs are too big, or we have also been told that we need to just show up to see if we can get on a flight that isn't full. So we talked to the counter lady about flying our two dogs to STX and she was very helpful. She asked the weights of the dogs, and gave us flight options. We ended up staying a night in PR so we can get on the morning flight to STX which uses a bigger plane (our two kennels actually fit through the cargo doors and they stay in the cargo area during the flight no problem). Cape Air does not have bigger planes like Seaborne. The lady booked our ticket and we showed up early next morning to check in. When we checked in,they didn't even weigh the dogs but that might just be depending on who's working.

So I would suggest you just come and talk to the Seaborne counter - in my experience they are very nice and try to accomodate your needs. And try to take the bigger Seaborne planes.


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