Traveling with pets

Alaska Airlines provides Fur-st Class™ Care for your pets. Our pet travel program offers options for transporting top-notch care for your precious animal.

This page will answer most of your questions about traveling with a pet. You can review all of our policies regarding transporting live animals in our contract of carriage.

Traveling with cats and dogs to Hawai'i

Only cats and dogs can be transported into Hawai'i.

Hawai'i is the only rabies-free state in the US. The introduction of rabies would have dire circumstances for public health, Hawai'i's ecosystem, tourism, and lifestyle.

To maintain this unique status, there are strict guidelines and specific programs that must be completed before your cat or dog will be accepted into the State of Hawai'i. Animals arriving without proper documentation may be quarantined for up to 120 days in Honolulu at the owner's expense. Alaska Airlines is not responsible for any costs incurred should you arrive in Hawai'i without the proper health documentation.

View our breed restrictions, standard pet fees, kennel requirements, and other animal guidelines.

Hawai'i pet restrictions

Due to strong headwinds at various times of year, Alaska Airlines limits the number of pets accepted as checked baggage on flights to or from Hawai'i. This restriction does not apply to pets accepted for travel in the cabin.

  • February: No pets are accepted as checked baggage on flights to or from Hawai'i.
  • November 1 - January 31 and March 1 - April 1: Only 1 pet is accepted per aircraft as checked baggage on flights to or from Hawai'i. Please contact Alaska Airlines reservations for availability on your desired flights.
  • April 2 - October 31: Our standard pet allowance applies. Please contact Alaska Airlines reservations for availability on your desired flights.

Prior to Departing the US mainland

To Honolulu:
Visit hdoa.Hawaii.gov to obtain information on health and documentation requirements for transporting cats or dogs into Honolulu.

To Kona, Lihue, or Kahului:
In order to transport your cat or dog, an original Neighbor Island Inspection Permit (issued in the traveler's name) must be presented to an agent at check-in. Without it, we may deny transport of your animal.

The permit must be kept in your possession until after you have cleared agriculture in Hawai'i.

Visit hdoa.Hawaii.gov to obtain information on health and documentation requirements for transporting cats or dogs into Kona, Lihue, or Kahului.

Arriving into Honolulu, Kona, Lihue, or Kahului

When arriving into Honolulu, Kona, Lihue or Kahului, the gate agent at the aircraft door will escort you and your animal to the inspection station. Please have all documentation ready.