Travel With My Emotional Support Animal – Airlines Pet Policy

Those who own pets have a fairly clear understanding of the advantages that come with them. The companionship, the support, playfulness, and everything in between having emotional support animals can be immensely beneficial.

However, at times, owning such pets can become a challenge, especially if you want to travel with them. Luckily for those who qualify for an Emotional Support Animal, and the benefits that come with them, it can make traveling a much easier venture.

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Having a legitimate ESA certification letter from a medical professional not only gives you new opportunities to bring your pet with you when you are traveling, but it also grants various advantages that those who do not have one can enjoy.

Regardless of which advantages, that may apply to you, here are a few ways in which having an ESA certification can make travel much easier and more efficient.

ESA Can Travel With You

One of the difficulties when it comes to transporting an animal is that airlines have a strict animal policy on their commercial flights.

At times, pet owners may be forced to check in their pets the same way they do with their luggage, leading to a great deal of anxiety both for the individual, as well as the animal in question.

If you have an Emotional Support Animal letter that is legitimate and credible, distributed to you from an actual mental health professional or licensed MD, nearly all airlines are required by law to allow the animal onboard the airplane with you.

However, as mentioned, this letter must be legitimate in the eyes of the airline company, as many online services that give you an ESA provide illegitimate ones that are not certifiable and justifiable by mental health professionals or any doctor.

As such, airlines can determine whether the letter is real or not by simply looking at a few indicators.

These include things such as the specific mental or emotional disability you may be suffering from, the legitimacy of the mental health professional or Medical Doctor through their license numbers, as well as the date and type of health professional that is listed on their license, and ensuring that they are certified to practice within the USA.

If all of these components check out, and you have gotten a legit ESA letter, the airline is legally bound to abide by the claims that are made on the ESA letter and allow you to bring your pet onboard the airliner with you.

No Pet Travel Fee with ESA Letter

When it comes to traveling with an animal, many airlines not only make it difficult for the requirements to do so to be met, but they simultaneously tend to tack on outrageous fees to justify the travel.

However, these can be avoided when such travel emotional support companions have the proper and legitimate ESA documentation to do so, specifically in the form of a credible ESA clinic.

Traveling with a pet can be a difficult experience unless your Emotional Support Pet letter is up to date and can be certified by the airlines.

The benefit of having a proper emotional pet certification is that, under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) [1*] , the airline is required by law to not only allow the animal to board the airplane with their owner but that they simultaneously are forbidden to charge a travel fee to the passenger.

In doing so, these fees can range from $90 to $300 for a single one-way flight, making it a financial struggle for many to bring their pets on board. However, with a legitimate ESA letter, the airline may not charge owners any fee, and this can be avoided on all of the legs of the trip which you may be taking.

Boarding Benefits with ESA Letter

Have you ever been sitting, waiting at the gate, for your section for the plane to be allowed to board? Oftentimes, given the number of people trying to travel, you can find yourself waiting quite some time until you are finally allowed to board the plane.

For those who have a legitimate ESA letter that has been certified by the airline, these hassles can be forgone, as the requirement to board among the first people on the plane is another thing that is required by the law.

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Given the difficulties of managing a pet when you are traveling, those who own emotional support animals will be given the privilege and opportunity to board the plane at the same time as some of the first people.

These people include those who are traveling first class, elite flying members that are signed up with the frequent flyer program, and others who are sitting towards the front of the plane.

This helps you ensure that you and your emotional support animal get a spot that works best for you, as well as ensuring that no space-related issues arise while you are attempting to bring the animal onboard.

These benefits are crucial for pet owners, especially considering the extra baggage that the pet may represent, leaving more room and advantages to finding a place to put your pet on the trip.

Emotional Support Pet Policy by Airline

  •  Southwest Pet Policy

Southwest Airlines will charge you $95 per pet fare each way via southwest pet policy. That’s a $190 round trip that will be added to your expenses just to get your pet to travel with you.

Receiving an ESA letter will help avoid these extra expenses and bypass southwest pet policy rules and charges. Should you have any questions regarding the southwest pet policy, please feel free to contact us at (415) 966-0848.

At EZCare Medical Clinic, our staff will help you to complete all needed Emotional Support Animal documentation in accordance with Southwest Airlines’ pet policy.

  • JetBlue Pet Policy  

JetBlue airlines will charge you a pet fee of $125 each way via JetBlue pet policy. If you add that up, we are looking at roughly $250 round trip that you will be paying out of pocket to get your pet to travel with you.

To avoid these extra costs via JetBlue pet policy rules, you can get evaluated for an emotional support animal letter here at EZCare Clinic.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (415)-966-0848 or via email at [email protected].

  • Alaska Airlines Pet Policy

For travel on Alaska Airlines, PenAir, and Ravn Alaska, expenses are listed for $125 for one way and $250 for a round trip.

Just like any other major domestic airline, Alaska Airlines’ pet policy not only charges a fee but requires the pet to be present while going through security officers at the checkpoint.

If you provide a verified ESA letter present and shown, not only will the cost will offset but provide the opportunity for your pet to fly wherever you sit in the cabin. Should you have any further questions regarding Alaska airline’s pet policy, please feel free to contact us at (415)-966-0848 or via email at [email protected]

  • Lufthansa Pet Policy

Lufthansa has a slight, different approach when it comes to fees and charges that are added for bringing your pet along.

The good thing is that each passenger may bring 2 pets onboard instead of one.

According to Lufthansa’s pet policy, traveling domestic routes within Europe is a charge of 60 euros or $69 for one way flight per pet. If you are traveling to North Africa, Central Asia, and Eastern Mediterranean coastal countries, we are looking at roughly 80 euros or $92 one way per pet.

Routes to/from Japan are 70 euros or $100 one way per pet. Short international flights are 90 euros or $103, medium international flights are 100 euros or $115, and long international flights are 110 euros or $126 per pet.

Lufthansa is one of the largest Alpha German airlines in the entire world, so fees for Lufthansa pet policy will be fluctuated depending on the flight itinerary and situation.

To avoid these costs, you can receive an ESA letter to counter Lufthansa’s pet policy fees. Should you have any further questions regarding the Lufthansa pet policy, please feel free to contact us for more help.

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Overall, when looking at the ways that an Emotional Support Animal letter can make traveling on an airplane much easier and more efficient, it is clear that the benefits are plenty.

If one is in possession of an ESA letter that is legitimate and certified by a credible doctor licensed to practice medicine in the USA, it affords them an array of advantages that make flying with their pet much easier.

Whether this is the exemption from pet travel fees, allowing the animal to fly in the main cabin with the owner, or the benefits of being able to board the plane with the first group of passengers, having an ESA letter can provide a wide array of advantages that may otherwise not be able to be provided to animal owners.

Before flying, make sure you have a legitimate ESA letter, and that you’ve contacted the airline before your flight so that everything goes smoothly and according to plan.

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