Travel with pet from NYC

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My daughter is looking for flights from NYC to Germany (preferably an airport not to far up in the North) taking her dog with her. It seems difficult however, to find an airline allowing him in the hold (weighing 36 kg including transport box) and the quote she got for sending him as cargo was more than US$ 2000.- . The transport box weighs 20 kg so she could reduce the combined weight to 26 kg by using a plastic one. Any recommendations? Is there a website like skyscanner that allows you to search for (preferably cheap) flights with pets in the hold? It´s bothersome having to ask each airline separately for their rules as it seems to take a few days to get an answer.

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What reason do they give for denying it?

 

My guess is it's because it's summer and risk of heat related injury or death is too high.

 

And of course the carrier needs to match the airline specification too. Oh and don't forget the requirements to have the correct paperwork for the pet which involves having the pet examined by a USDA vet

 

Every airline I know of has info about traveling with pets right on their website. 

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20 minutes ago, lisa13 said:

What reason do they give for denying it?

None

 

20 minutes ago, lisa13 said:

Every airline I know of has info about traveling with pets right on their website. 

I wish you were right. E.g. Singapore and Brussels Airlines took 2-3 days to give a (negative) answer.

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Did you try Lufthansa?

I think, they are very animal friendly.

40 years ago they even transported thousends of swallows from cold Germany to Italy:

 

 

https://www.nabu.de/tiere-und-pflanzen/voegel/artenschutz/schwalben/03542.html

"18. 10. 74. I'm sitting in a Boeing 727 from DEUTSCHE LUFTHANSA. Flight no. LH 306 from Frankfurt/Main - departure 13.00 hrs - to Genoa. On board: 140 passengers, also approx. 2000 swallows. They are smoke and meal swallows, which are flown from the rain-wet, cold Hessenland into the sunny south. Exactly 446 swallows come from the collection point of the DBV district federation "Kinzig" - Gelnhausen-Schlüchtern -" which we furnished in sea wood.

Why do I fly? There was so much back and forth, hips and bottoms, pros and cons of the "swallow action" - I want to see with my own eyes how our protégés survive the flight, how they arrive south of the Alps.

Approach. Very slowly the plane loses altitude. Experienced passengers are surprised. The thoughtful gliding down happens because of the swallows. Amazing, how much care the captain spends for our feathered friends. What had I read there at a door in the district freight sales management? WE DO WHAT. LUFTHANSA. Not only that. They do it with devotion. Great!

Excellent also the whole organization of things in Genoa. It is in the hands of Silvano Stefanacci, an "Assistant Station Manager", when we arrive. About 15 minutes after landing the "swallow boxes" will be opened. Everything happens - as already in Frankfurt when loading - unbureaucratically, engaged, almost lovingly."

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Here is a list of the airline poiicies.  https://www.pettravel.com/ They vary quite a bit.  Certain planes simply do not have the faciilities to take animals in cargo (pets have to have a special section, they are not just tossed in with the other luggage).  I mostly fly Delta and I know that most of their planes are incapable of taking pets except when they are small enough to go in the cabin.  Make sure you have all the paperwork you need.    https://www.zoll.de/DE/Privatpersonen/Reisen/Reisen-nach-Deutschland-aus-einem-nicht-eu-Staat/Einschraenkungen/Tiere-und-Pflanzen/Schutz-Tierseuchen/Regelungen-Heimtiere/regelungen-heimtiere.html

 

 

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43 minutes ago, jeba said:

None

 

I wish you were right. E.g. Singapore and Brussels Airlines took 2-3 days to give a (negative) answer.

 

like I said, you can find info about pet the animal/pet policy on the airline websites:

 

https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/de/travel-info/special-assistance/travelling-with-pets/
https://www.brusselsairlines.com/en-be/practical-information/travel-info/before-the-flight/travelling-with-animals/default.aspx

 

 

 

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31 minutes ago, lisa13 said:

Yes, but you can´t rely on it. Here is what Singapore airline wrote to me:

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Further to your query, we have checked with the relevant department the guidelines and found that
the carriage of pet as checked baggage into/out/transiting in Germany is now prohibited until further notice.  


We would suggest to contact any local Pet Movers (Airfreight Company) in your area for assistance in shipping your pets
thru cargo services. You may check with them on the updated requirements for carriage and procedures.   

Thank you for choosing Singapore Airlines.

Yours sincerely,

Stella Mae Mancao
Singapore Airlines – North America

 
In USA, please call our Reservations Call Centre at +1 800 7423333 (24hours/7days)

 

 

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3 hours ago, jeba said:

Yes, but you can´t rely on it. Here is what Singapore airline wrote to me:

 

It seems many airlines have been updating rules regarding pet transport. 

The answer from Singapore airlines is good-  Pet Movers are one company that specialise in this and know who will take your pet. ( daughter's pet).

yes, the cost can be high, but please do not go for cheap when it comes to a beloved pet. 

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Pet movers (or similar) seems to be the way to go when you are moving countries permanently.

For holidays, we never fly as we have a small dog, (10 kilos) and he is too heavy to come in the cabin.

So now, as a family we drive everywhere. Our last trip to Cornwall was 4000 km. and took 6 days travel there and back.

Preferable though to inflicting suffering on our pet and possibly even death which happens quite regularly due to neglect by the aurline personnel.

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