I am delighted that SWA is now accepting small animals! I have had a dog for almost 4 years now & I had to fly USA3000 when I traveled with my pup. They discontinued flights last summer & I was bummed. This summer I had a Southwest credit from a previous trip out west that I used toward a flight up north. I made arrangements for someone to care for my dog, but those fell through a week before I was to leave. Anyone that has a pet knows that boarding an animal at a kennel can get expensive, especially since I would be away for 3 weeks to visit family. Also, I did not want to be away from my pup for that long. A few coworkers had mentioned that Southwest accepts pets, so I went online to find out for sure. This couldn't have happened at a better time since my flight is on 6/23! He has a reservation & is ready to go. The low pet fee compared to other airlines is definitely a plus!!
As for people against the animals on board... I'm sorry that you all have allergies & some more severe than others. My experience with flying with my 4 legged friend has been nothing but pleasant. People don't even know he's there. One time a lady at the luggage carousel saw him then commented on how she didn't even know there was a dog on the plane & what a great passenger he was. I let people know seated around me that I do have a dog & most people don't mind. I have NEVER had bathroom issues with my dog, nor experienced it with other animals aboard a flight. My dog travels better than most children.
Kudos again Southwest keep up the great job. Now offer frequent flier miles for pets & we'll be all set! 🙂
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