Delta Airlines Pet Policy

Delta Airlines

Pet Policy


Delta Airlines Pet Policy


1. What is Delta Pet Policy?

Delta Airlines is a renowned Atlanta-based American Airline. Under Delta Pet Policy, it allows the passengers to fly with their pets in the cabin and as cargo. It should be noted that pets are allowed on a first-come, first-serve system. Delta Airlines has limitations for the number of total pets on each flight, permitting 2 pets in first class, 2 pets in business class, and 4 pets in the primary cabin of majority of their flights.

2. Is it safe to ship my pet with Delta Cargo?

Yes, it is very much safe and reliable to ship your pet with Delta Cargo. If the pet owner is not flying with pet in the flight or if the size of the pet is big and doesn’t get into the carrier, you must avail Delta Cargo Pet Service. There will be a dedicated flight itinerary for such pets. To reserve the pet under Delta Cargo, you need to get in touch with Delta Pet Center.

3. How much does it costs to reserve a pet?

As per Delta Pet Policy, the cost to reserve a pet is $125 USD each way. On Delta International flights, the pet reservation fee is $200. The cost of pet reservation from Brazil is $75 each way. Keep in mind that the cost of pet reservation is also influenced by the height, weight, and carrier size of the pet.

4. Does Delta Airlines allow pets in a cabin on international flights?

Yes, Delta Airlines accepts pets in cabin on international flights. They allow pet travel under Delta Pet Policy on a first come, first-serve system. It lets only 2 pets to travel in the first class, 2 pets in the business class, 4 pets in the main cabins, and up to 4 pets in other economy class flights.

5. How do I reserve a pet on a Delta flight?

The pet reservation with Delta Airlines is quite convenient. You just need to visit the Delta Reservations or dial its toll-free numbers to reserve your pet on a Delta flight. It accepts a few pets that can get into the cabin on the flight. However, the larger pets are shipped in cargo; you will get the pet once the plane lands at the destination point.

6. What methods of transport does Delta Air Lines provide for my pet?

Delta Airlines allows your pet to travel via three methods that include:

  • Pet travel in the passenger cabin
  • Checked as baggage in the temperature-controlled and pressurized area of the flight
  • Shipped as cargo in the temperature-controlled area

7. Does my pet qualify for travel in the passenger cabin?

To see whether your pet is qualified for travel in the Delta Passenger cabin, read the following criteria:

  • The pet must be ideally small to fit perfectly in a kennel or carrier under the seat in front of you. Confirm the maximum carry-on carrier dimension at Delta Reservations toll-free number 1-800-221-1212.
  • The pet must stay inside the carrier (with door locked) while in a Delta boarding space, a Delta airport lounge, and while onboarding.
  • The pet should be comfortable in the kennel during travel.
  • The pet must be minimum 8 weeks old.
  • You’re flying within the United States (except Hawaii), Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, and the Caribbean.
  • Only domesticated pets like dogs, birds, and cats are accepted under Delta Pet Policy.
  • The carrier is particularly designed for animal travel. Its dimensions are decided according to the type of the aircraft. Reach out to Delta Airlines for details.
  • You must have all important health documents of your pet needed at the destination.
  • You are not allowed to travel with more than one pet per flight.

Here is some exception too- 2 pets of same type may be accepted in a single kennel. They must be ideally small to stay inside the kennel comfortably. They should be compatible, of the same breed, species, and size.

8. Does Delta limit the number of pets allowed in the cabin per flight?

Yes, Delta Airlines has limitations to the number of pets in the cabin per flight. Read them below:

  • 2 pets are accepted in the First Class
  • 2 Pets are accepted in the Business Class
  • 4 Pets are accepted in the Main Cabin

For more information about Delta Pet Policy, get in touch with Delta Reservations at 1-800-221-1212.

9. What are the pet carrier requirements at Delta Airlines?

Apart from the weight and size of the pet carrier, Delta Airlines and the USDA mark the following requirements:

  • The pet carrier should be designed with sturdy plastic, metal, wood, or any hard material. It should have strong and solid roofs. Cardboard carriers are not accepted.
  • Features wheels that can be converted inoperable (only for wheeled carriers)
  • Features ergonomic handles outside to prevent any direct contact with the pets.
  • Should be securely closed, but not locked.
  • Should have labels with text “Live Pets” at least 1” tall on the top of the crate and on at least 1 side.
  • Should have labels of upright arrow showing carrier’s right position. You can get these labels from Delta Cargo Service.
  • Should have absorbent bedding.
  • Should have two dishes for food and water. The dishes should be attached to the inside of the carrier door which must be handy to agents of the Delta Airlines without opening the door.
  • As per Delta Pet Policy, the feeding instructions should be attached to the carrier’s top. It should also contain the information about the consignee and shipper.

The carrier should not be designed using wire mesh, cardboard, welded mesh, or collapsible material.

10. What health documentation is required?

As per Delta Pet Policy, there is no health certificate requirement for your pet in the cabin.  However, a health certificate is needed when travelling with pets as cargo as well as checked baggage. Your veterinarian or the Department of Agriculture of your destination place may give you more details.

A health certificate must be obtained within 10 days of travel. The certificate must have the following information:

  • Name and address of the Shipper
  • Tattoos or tags given to the pets
  • Age of the pet being shipped. As per the USDA regulations, the age of the pet must be at least 8 weeks (10 weeks old to travel in cabin) and fully weaned before domestic flight, minimum 16 weeks old before U.S. flight from other countries and minimum 15 weeks for European flights
  • Health status of the animal (if shipper is aware about the pregnancy of the pet, it must be mentioned on the health certificate)
  • List of administered inoculations (when applicable)
  • Veterinarian’s Signature

Date of the health certificate

11. How old does my pet have to be to travel?

Here is the age criterion for your pet to be eligible for travel under Delta Pet Policy.

  • For domestic travel, your pet must be minimum 10 weeks old.
  • If you are travelling to the U.S from any other country, the age of your pet must be 16 weeks.
  • If you are travelling to the EU countries, the pet’s age must be minimum 15 weeks.

If your pet meets this criterion, you can happily fly with them in Delta Airlines.

12. How many pets can fly in a single kennel?

Usually only one pet can fly in a single kennel except following cases:

  • A single female dog or cat may fly with her un-weaned litter. Her litter should be 10 weeks to 6 months old.
  • No restriction on the number of pets in the litter.
  • Two pets of the same size as well as breed between 10 weeks to 6 months of age may be accepted in one kennel as long as they are ideally small and compatible to stay inside the kennel. They will be counted as 1 pet under Delta Pet Policy.

Please note that pets in cabin carriers/kennels will be counted as your single carry-on stuff. Additionally, you are allowed to carry one more personal item while onboarding.

13. What Size will Pet Carrier Fit Under an Airline Seat Delta?

Maximum pet carrier dimension are decided by the flight as the area under seats are different in every aircraft. It is suggested to get a soft-sided carrier with maximum size of 18” x 11” x 11” as it fits most of the aircrafts.

14. Does Delta Have a Weight Limit for Pets?

No, there is no weight restriction for pets under Delta Pet Policy. The small pets are allowed in the passenger cabin while the larger ones are shipped in cargo.

15. How can I Confirm the Reservation For My Pet?

Here is how you can confirm your pet reservation under Delta Pet Policy with Delta Airlines:

  • Reach out to Delta Reservations at least 48 hours beforehand of your flight.
  • Visit your
  • Buy a carrier that matches the Delta carrier requirements.
  • Check-in with all formal details at the ticket desk.
  • Give additional check-in time
  • Complete the checklist.

Provide the health certificate.