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Traveling with Jack Bauer…Or not

Frequent Flyer C

Jack Bauer sure will be happy this week.  Not only because this season of “24” is over (finally…it was way too suspenseful), but also because now his little furry friends can travel on Southwest Airlines flights.  For those of you who don’t know, Jack Bauer is my huge Maine Coon Cat. 

Beginning today, Southwest Airlines will offer special pet fares for your cats and dogs to travel with you in the cabin on all of our flights!

The Pet Fare will be $75 one-way ($150 roundtrip) and is open for small cats and dogs in carriers that can be stowed under the passenger’s seat.





Jack unfortunately is a large breed of cat and does not fit comfortably in a pet carrier…Jack will be staying home.

For those of you who prefer people to pets, don’t worry, we will be limiting the number of felines and canines in order to provide a comfortable environment for all onboard.

Here are a few other points to remember when traveling with pets:

  • Customers can travel with no more than one (1) pet carrier each. Each pet carrier can have no more than two (2) of the same species of small cats or dogs per carrier.  
  • Customers may bring a soft or hard-sided pet carrier that is leak proof and well ventilated. The pet carrier must be small enough to fit under the seat in front of the Customer and be stowed in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations.   The dog or cat must be able to stand up and turn around in the carrier with ease. 
  • So…can I still bring a carry-on?  The pet carrier will count as your carryon item. You may also bring one additional personal item on board.
  • Just call Southwest Airlines at 1-800-I-FLY-SWA and the Customer Representative will gladly create a booking for your pet.


For complete information about the Pet Policy click here.

Oh, and check out our furry friends that share the policy with you here: