How You Can Earn Frequent Flier Miles on Cat Transport
The summer travel adventure begins! Pets are becoming even more a part of the family, and you can carry them with you while traveling. The only way to earn frequent miles on cat transport is through booking a flight with airlines that offer this program.
However, traveling with your pets does not mean you can reserve a separate seat for them. Instead, you need to shop around for a frequent flyer program for your pet. Unfortunately, there aren't many programs out there. To save you the efforts and time of looking for one, this post will cover some of the options you have. Keep in mind that you can only accumulate more flyer miles by using these airlines often.
Well, let's get right into it.
3 Airline Programs
1. JetBlue JetPaws Program
If you need to enjoy a smooth trip with your furry friend, JetBlue is proud to offer the JetPaws program for pet owners. With this program, a special bag-tag is attached to your pet carrier for identification. Also, it helps the airport officials to know that your pet is cleared for travel. You will also be given Petiquette, a handy list of manners and etiquettes for pet travel.
You'll earn 300 TravelBlue points on each flight segment when you travel with your pet. You need to register for a free TravelBlue membership to help you track your points. As of 2017, a minimum of 5,000 points is required for a single ticket. Ensure you have ID tags, necessary vaccination documentations, pet license, and approved pet carrier when planning your trip.
2. United Airlines - PetSafe Program
United Airlines offers you the PetSafe program for convenient cat transport. This program focuses of transporting animals that are not eligible to travel in the cabin. You will need to use an approved carried that meets the United's requirements.
PetSafe program is an airport-to-airport pet transportation service. It includes a 24-hour customer service to help address any questions pet owners may have. You also enjoy the ability to track your pet from the origin to destination.
With this program, you'll earn 500 MileagePlus award miles for every shipment. Other standard shipments offer 1,000 miles. Points may be used for hotel accommodation, eat, shop or board a cruise. Passengers can also use them for upgrades, such as getting premium cabins and travel add-ons.
3. Virgin Atlantic - Flying Paws Scheme
To enjoy this program, you will need to be a Flying Club member. Virgin Atlantic allows you travel with your pet to any part of the world in the hold. Just like the cabin, the hold is air-conditioned and heated. You'll need to ensure that your pet is cleared to board the plane before booking your ticket. Passengers are also required to make sure that their flight has enough space. You can do this by contacting the Virgin Atlantic's shipping department.
The bonus miles for transporting your pet with Virgin Atlantic depends on where the pet is flying to. For example, those going to Miami, New York, Dubai, St Lucia, Boston, Newark, Orlando or Antigua will be rewarded 1000 miles. Pets flying to Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles receive 2000 Flying Club miles. The Flying Paws program has been running since 2003 and has transported more than 15,000 pets.
You can spend the miles on reward flights, gifts, travel destinations, and chauffeur service. Virgin Atlantic also has partners that offer you more ways to spend your miles.
Requirements for Flying with Pets
Whether your cat is traveling with you or alone, it's important to learn and understand the requirements beforehand. Pets can either go in the cargo or passenger cabin.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allows airlines to decide whether passengers to fly with their pets in the cabin. If you're allowed to have the pet in the cabin, it must have a carrier. The carrier should be enough to fit underneath the seat without blocking the path for other passengers.
During the entire time of the flight, the pet must remain in the carrier. You're responsible for complying with all the applicable state and country entry requirements. Cat transport is likely to be rejected if your pet is younger than eight weeks old. You will need to check with your desired airline to learn more about specific requirements. For example, the United airlines don't permit the transportation of pets to, from and through destinations such as Micronesia, Hawaii, and Australia.
Below is a list of the best cat carriers of 2017:
How to Prepare for Cat Transport
Start by choosing an airline that offers flyer miles for pet shipment. Find out about their requirements and the process for shipping a cat. For example, Virgin Atlantic only accepts to send pets if the booking is made seven days before the departure.
Get your ticket early. Some airlines have a limitation on the number of pets that are allowed on one flight. So, you want to be among the first to book to avoid missing out on your desired flight.
Find out the documents the airline requires. For example, you may need vaccination documentations and a veterinary certificate. Some destinations have different criteria for pet approval that can take months to complete. Get your pet acclimated for distant travels. For instance, you want to ensure it gets used to in-carrier travel in your car. Try placing the carrier or kennel on the floor of the car so that it can get used to the vibrations.
Avoid sedating your cat as some airlines will reject transporting sedated pets. Your vet may recommend certain anti-anxiety medications, but keep in mind that they might have risks. Don't feed our pet for at least five hours before the flight. You can give her water before the flight, though.
It's possible to get frequent flyer miles on cat transport by using airlines that offer such programs. At the moment, the number of these pet miles programs is few and far between. Make sure to start researching early enough before making plans for your pet transport. Visit your vet to find out what you need and get a document highlighting the essential requirements from the airline.
Keeping in mind that the more you fly with your pets, the more flyer miles you earn. Should you need further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us.