If your pet is flying domestically within the continental U.S., Puerto Rico or into Hawaii, has a combined weight (pet and kennel) of less than 100 pounds, and uses a kennel no larger than 36L"x26W"x28H", then they will fly as Priority Parcel Service (PPS).Calculate your PPS rate
If your pet is flying internationally, out of Hawaii, or exceeds the PPS weight and container restriction, then they will fly as ExpediteFS.
Please note that an additional $85 peak surcharge per air waybill will apply to the Animals rates.
If you transport animals more than once a month, set up an account and apply for a credit account.Create an account
At Cargo terminals: Credit card, debit card, or customer credit account.
At ticket counters, baggage service areas and global: Credit card, debit card and customer credit account.
All active members of U.S. military forces receive a discount of 50% off of our published rates for transporting pets domestically and internationally.
To receive the 50% discount, you must provide a scanned copy of your government ID and either Permanent Change of Station (PCS) or Temporary Duty (TDY) orders when you book your pet. When you drop off your pet, make sure to bring both your military ID and documentation with you so we can verify it.
We stand behind our family of products. In the event your pet does not travel on its booked flight due to circumstances within our control, we will refund 50% of the freight charges for PPS or 100% of the freight charges for ExpediteFS, provided they are dropped off within required time limits and have met all required documentation.
No refund will be paid if the delay was caused by weather conditions, mechanical problems, termination, diversion, postponement or delay of any flight because of force majeure, strikes, riots, civil commotion, international conditions, any governmental regulations, order demand or requirement, shortage of labor, fuel facilities, or labor difficulties or for any other reason beyond our control.
If, for any reason, we cannot complete the contracted travel or if the customer does not accept delivery of the animal at its final destination, the pet may be returned to its original location, and the shipper will be responsible for any and all related charges.
In the unlikely event that an animal becomes ill or injured while in our care, we will obtain veterinary attention to ensure the pet's safety and security. Should the consulting veterinarian determine that the diagnoses or conditions were pre-existing, the customer will be responsible for reimbursing American for the cost of veterinary care and any other related expenses, such as the feeding and housing of the animal(s).
When you sign our Customer Acknowledgment Form, you authorize American to transport your pet to a veterinary clinic, animal hospital or similar facility for care in the event of an emergency. You also acknowledge and agree that American won’t be liable for any loss, damage, delay or expense arising from injury to or illness of your pet. You further acknowledge and agree that you will reimburse American for charges and fees American incurs with respect to veterinarian care for injuries to or illnesses of your pet.
Comfort stops are provided at local kennel facilities for pets that need to lay over between connections. While your pet is at a comfort stop, the kennel will provide a well-being check to ensure your pet's health and welfare. Your pet will have the opportunity to relieve themselves. Crates that have been soiled will be cleaned and any soiled bedding will be thrown away. Depending on their travel schedule, your pets will be given water and food.
We require a comfort stop for all dogs if:
Comfort stops for cats are only required if the itinerary is longer than 24 hours, but are otherwise optional and at the request of the customer.
If your pet needs a comfort stop, you will be charged for the comfort stop fees based on the connection city.
Extreme temperatures are tough on our beloved animals, so we'll only provide animal transport when temperatures are safe and appropriate. Temperature restrictions are based on the actual or forecasted temperature(s) for each flight departure time and flight arrival time for each station on the itinerary.
We transport warm-blooded animals when ground temperatures are between 45 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. This applies to origin, connection and destination cities.
We will NOT transport warm-blooded animals when ground temperatures are higher than 85 degrees Fahrenheit or less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit. This applies to origin, connection, and destination cities.
If ground temperatures are between 20 and 44 degrees Fahrenheit, then we require that you provide a letter of acclimation signed and dated by a licensed veterinarian. The letter of acclimation must state the exact lowest temperature between 20 and 44 degrees Fahrenheit that the animal may be exposed to. This applies to origin, connection, and destination cities.
We've provided a letter of acclimation you can give to your veterinarian, but if you'd like to provide one in a different format, please make sure the letter states that "the animal(s) in this shipment is acclimated to a temperature of [insert exact temperature between 20 and 44 degrees Fahrenheit]."
Please note that if your health certificate also includes an acclimation certificate, there is no need to complete the letter below. We only need one certified acclimation statement.
We will not transport warm-blooded animals if the actual or forecasted temperature(s) is outside of the range provided by the veterinarian in the acclimation letter. We will also not provide transport if the maximum amount of time that the animal may be exposed to temperatures below 44 degrees Fahrenheit is less than 45 minutes.
Cold-blooded animals are exempt from the American Airlines Cargo temperature restrictions. Please package all cold-blooded animals in accordance with the IATA Live Animal Regulations, which include heat or cold packs as needed. Learn more about the IATA regulations here.
If there is a change in temperature that is outside our acceptable range while the animal is in our care, we may contact you to pick up your pet in order to ensure its safety. If temperatures become unsafe at one of the connecting points during travel, the animal will be taken to a local kenneling facility — at no charge to you — for a comfort stop to play, eat and sleep until temperatures return to a safe range.
Our system has the capability to check the temperatures at departure and arrival times for each station in your pet's routing. The best way to determine the temperatures is to visit our Facilities page and view current conditions. You'll find the hourly temperatures for each station in your pets routing. These temperatures are identical to our system, however our stations have final say on temperature restrictions based on our system of record.
Sparky the Dog will be flying from Los Angeles to Rochester, NY, with a layover in Chicago. Sparky will be dropped off at 5 a.m. for the following flights:
AA 1200 LAX-ORD 6:55 a.m. – 1 p.m.
AE 4089 ORD-ROC 2:55 p.m. – 5:35 p.m.
First, check the hourly forecast at LAX for the time frame of 6 a.m. to 7 a.m.
Then, check the hourly forecast at ORD for the time frame of 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Finally, check the hourly forecast at ROC for the time of arrival, the 5 p.m. hour.
The heat and ventilation capability within much of our fleet allows us to accept pets for transport. However, for the safety of the animal, we will not transport animals on the following aircraft types: Airbus 319, 320, 321, 321E, 321H, 321S, 321X, 32Q and 32B, excluding New York JFK to/from LAX and San Francisco (SFO). Tropical fish, lobsters and other “aquatics” are accepted across our entire fleet.
To ensure the well-being of all animals, the following breeds and mixes of brachycephalic and snub-nosed dogs and cats will not be accepted for travel due to the risks associated with their hereditary respiratory issues. We also cannot accept historically aggressive breeds for safety reasons.
If the animal is a mixed breed, then this form must state the predominant breed with the word "mix" or "mixed."
Affenpinscher, American Bully, American Staffordshire Terrier, Boston Terrier, Boxer (All breeds), Brussels Griffon, Bulldog (All breeds), Cane Corso, Chow Chow, Dogue De Bordeaux, English Toy Spaniel, Japanese Chin, Lhasa Apso, Mastiff (All breeds), Pekingese, Pit Bull, Presa Canario, Pug (All breeds), Shar Pei, Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Terrier, Tibetan Spaniel
Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, Persian
At the recommendation of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Airlines will not accept household dogs and cats that have been sedated or tranquilized. Pets that have been given sedatives or tranquilizers are at a higher risk of respiratory and cardiovascular problems at high altitudes. American Airlines will not knowingly accept a dog or cat that has been or appears to have been sedated.
Our recommended alternative is to acclimate your pet to its travel container as far in advance of the trip as possible. Veterinarians recommend leaving it open in the house with a chew bone or other familiar objects inside so that your pet will spend time in the kennel. It is important for your pet to be as relaxed as possible during the flight.
Some veterinarians also recommend herbal stress relievers, like lavender and chamomile, to ease your pet’s anxiety. Please make sure to ask your veterinarian if using these natural alternatives is safe for your pet.
If you plan to sedate or tranquilize an animal other than a household dog or cat, federal regulations require that you present the following information at check in:
Make sure your animal meets applicable government regulations and complies with the U.S. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Wild Fauna and Flora. Specific guidelines for the acceptance, care, handling and container requirements are published in the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animal Regulations Manual. Unless there is a more restrictive policy, we adhere to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) guidelines in order to keep your animal as safe and comfortable as possible.
The information contained on this website is for general reference and guidance only. Please go to the USDA's APHIS website for detailed instructions and information.