When flying with your dog, you should find a sturdy, well-designed, and well-made kennel that fits your dog comfortably. We put together a list of the best airline-approved pet carriers because they are expensive, difficult to find, and difficult to find. We highly recommend buying one online as it’s significantly cheaper and if you purchase in advance, you can test it out with your dog prior to flying.
Be sure to measure your dog before purchasing a carrier. There’s no universal size for clothes from different brands. The Guidance for Dimensions of Container at IATA (which is supported by all major airlines) will help you determine the size necessary.
Flying with a pet in a cabin requires a small pet carrier. Pet carriers with soft sides are less sturdy and firm, but do provide plenty of ventilation for your traveling pet. They are attached with seat belt in cars or fit under seats when flying.
1. AmazonBasics Soft-Sided Pet Travel Carrier
It’s lightweight, machine washable, mesh panels, and includes a shoulder strap. It’s highly reviewed by Amazon Basics. This no frills soft side carrier gets the job done and doesn’t break the bank. If your dog isn’t an escape artist and you’ll only be flying a few times, this kennel works well.
2. SLEEKO Pet Carrier Under Seat for Dogs and Cats
Under seat kennel for dogs and cats. It features a side section that zips open to create more room for your pet and has a hard case to protect it. Includes seat buckles for car travel, built-in mesh windows, and night visibility reflective straps. It is a bit more expensive at just under $40, but is worth every penny.
3. The Sherpa Deluxe Pet Carriers
We’ve used this brand for our cats when we flew or when we went to the vet. They have lots of ventilation with mesh sides and the shoulder strap adds versatility. These kennels are near 4.5/5 stars on Amazon. Traveling with “highly stimulated” pets requires locking zippers.
The carrier comes in a variety of colors, slightly bigger sizes, and has a rear pocket where treats, leashes, or any other items can be transported. It also has a spring wire frame that is flexible and bendable to fit under the seat.
4. PETS GO2 Pet Carrier for Dogs & Cats
This kennel is highly rated and collapsible for storage. It also has a removable fleece pad and expands on the sides for more space. It comes with a 100% money back guarantee.
The Original Airline-Approved Expandable Pet Carrier By Pet Peppy
This carrier is constructed of thick wire that prevents it from sagging on the sides. The sides expand to provide more room for your pet. A random colored bowl is included, as well as a shoulder strap and fleece bed at the bottom.