Are you planning a flight trip with your four-legged family member? Select Delta Airlines for your journey. Count on Delta Airlines pet policy to be sure of a comfortable flight experience with your pet.

The airline assures that your pet is as comfortable and safe as you are. From curious whiskers to wagging tails, the airline understands that your fur buddies are important to you.

That’s why it has designed a customer-friendly pet travel policy. It is in the best interest of your furry -friends. Now, scroll down and learn more about flying with your pets on Delta flights.

What is Delta Airlines Pet Policy?

Before booking a trip for your pet, learn about the airline’s guidelines.  Here are the Delta Airline pet policy highlights to help you -

  • Delta allows small cats, dogs, and household birds in the cabin. Pay a small one-way fee at check-in.
  • The pet fees vary depending upon whether your pet is traveling as a carry-on or you are shipping your pet with Delta Cargo.
  • Pets can travel on both domestic and international Delta Airlines flights.
  • The airline doesn’t accept pets as checked bags.
  • Delta allows service animals in the cabin for eligible flyers.
  • The airline permits only dogs as service animals.
  • Confirm the booking for your pet in advance as the airline accepts animals on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Animals are accepted as checked baggage with active transfer orders for active U.S. Military or Active U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officers (FSO).

The Carry-On Pet Policy of Delta Airlines

Small cats, dogs, and household birds can fly in the cabin. However, there will be a small one-way fee for the same.

However, you must follow the Delta Airlines in cabin pet policy rules. Take a look at some of the major guidelines below -

  • Your pet must fit into a ventilated and small pet carrier.
  • Keep this pet kennel under the seat.
  • The age of your pet must be -
    • 10 weeks or more for domestic flights
    • At least 15 weeks old while traveling to the European Union
    • 16 weeks or more when flying from  another country to the United States
  • Only one pet is permitted per kennel.
  • Pets in kennels will count as your carry-on item. Therefore, you can bring one personal item on the flight in addition to a pet carrier.

Please note

As per the  Delta Airlines military pet policy, for active U.S. Military, the airline accepts animals as checked baggage.

Carry-on pet kennel guidelines

  • Your pet should comfortably fit in the pet kennel.
  • The pet carrier should be leak-proof and have ventilation on its three sides.
  • It should fit under the seat in your front.
  • The dimension of the pet carrier varies depending upon your seat. The maximum dimensions that suit all aircraft are 18” x 11” x 11”.
  • Your furry friend should stay inside the kennel throughout the flight.

Please note

As per pet policy of Delta, check out the dimensions of the pet kennel.

Are There Seating Restrictions with Your Pets?

Yes, as per the carry-on pet policy of Delta Airlines, you can’t select -

  • Flat-bed or Delta One seat
  • An emergency exit row seat
  • Bulkhead seats
  • Seats designated as “no stowage”
  • Center seats on the B757-200 aircraft
  • Rows 46-51 on the A330-200 aircraft
  • Rows 54-59 on the A330 -300 aircraft

Does Delta Charge a Carry-on Pet Fees?

Yes, you have to pay a Delta pet travel fee to fly with your furry friend. Here, take a look -

To/ From DestinationChecked pet fee
U.S./ U.S. Virgin Islands/ Puerto Rico/ Canada$95-$125 USD/ CAD
Brazil$75 USD
International$200 USD/ CAD/ EUR


Please note

You must pay the EUR amount to exit Europe and the CAD amount to exit Canada. As per Delta Airlines international pet policy, these charges are compulsory to bring your pets on the flight.

How to Make a Carry-on Pet Booking with Delta?

You must meet all the above requirements to make a Delta Airlines booking to travel with your pet. To confirm the booking,

  • Get in touch with the Delta reservations desk.
  • Share the booking details.
  • The agent will make the reservation for your pawed buddy.

Alternatively, call Delta Airlines to know more about its pet policy and get assistance on its customer service phone number to make reservations.

Carry-on pet check-in

Visit the Special Service Counter at the airport to easily complete the check-in process. According to the Delta pet travel policy, your pet must stay in the carrier at the airport. The designated relief areas and security checkpoints are exceptions to it.

Here are the important things to remember -

  • Pay the required pet fee and ensure a safe take-off with your pet.
  • You will get the cabin pet tag.
  • Take your pet out of the kennel at the security checkpoint.

Can I Ship My Pet with Delta?

Yes, Delta Cargo, the special shipping service of the airline facilitates you to ship your pets. Is your pet big enough and doesn’t fit in the pet kennel? You can transfer your pet with Delta Cargo. However, per the Delta domestic pet policy, you can’t book until 14 days before departure to ship pets on the Delta Cargo.

Here are some of the points that you need to know.

  • When you ship your pet on Cargo, you have to drop your pet at the drop-off location at least 3 hours before the flight departure.
  • You have to pick up the pet at the Delta Cargo location.
  • From known shipping companies, Delta Cargo allows only international pet shipments.
  • The health certificate of the pet is needed to ship them on Delta Cargo.

To ensure smooth shipping of your pet, keep these points in mind.

Summing it up

Ready to take your furry friend up high in the air? Know all the required guidelines, and take your pet hassle-free in the air. Delta understands that your pet is your best friend, and you can’t leave them alone at home while exploring new places.

Therefore, it offers the comprehensive Delta Airlines pet policy that has been laid down for your and your pet's convenience. To confirm travel with your pet, give a call at the phone number of the airline. Make a pet booking and travel stress-free.

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