trying to get my dog here (STX)
I know I have seen a lot of threads about shipping animals, but when I try to search it, I can't find anything! I went back 1 year. What I need is current info on shipping a mid sized dog (45-50lbs.) to STX. Any suggestio0ns?
If you google "pet travel airlines" you'll link with the policies of different airlines which is the first thing to do. There are general restrictions on summer travel because of overheating issues, breed restrictions and container specifications amongst other things. Good luck!
At this point you will most likely have to wait until fall unless you use a private company or know someone with own plane. 😉 Both AA and Delta fly pets here. You are lucky in that your dog is small enough not to have to worry about the size of the crate and weight restrictions.
Call the airline to find out requirements directly from them, especially the airline you plan on using to travel.
No animals allowed in cargo during hot summer months.
Check directly with the airline you plan on purchasing your ticket from.
Restrictions apply to flying animals in cagro during summer months due to heat.
It is feasible, but harder, to fly a crated dog in summer months on regular airlines. Restrictions vary by airline.
For example, the Delta Pet First program allows it. More info at http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/special-travel-needs/pets/pet-travel-options.html and http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/special-travel-needs/pets/pet-requirements-restrictions.html . Temperature restrictions apply to animals checked as baggage, but not in the Delta Pet First program.
Cape Air lists no restrictions by temperature.
A few years ago, in the summer, we flew a crated dog from STX to SJU (accompanied, on Cape Air) and SJU to ATL (un-accompanied, on Delta Pet First),
You can also try taking early-morning/late night flights to avoid the heat restrictions. If you can get the San Juan, Seaborne and Cape Air don't have heat restrictions so those are relatively easy to fly over to STX on.
United does not have heat restrictions except for certain breeds. The fly to San Juan and again, you can take Seaborne of Cape Air from there.
Air Propel is a company that books pet travel. One benefit is that they can group people together for charters. I have some friends using them to get animals off island this summer. http://airpropel.com/
Thank you all for the info!