Members of the U.S. military frequently have to move themselves and their families all over the country. Moving can be stressful to begin with, but that stress is compounded when a family pet is involved.
Alaska Air Cargo is helping to reduce moving costs for military personnel and their four-legged family members with a new discount, allowing active military members to ship their pets for $150 plus tax, no matter where they fly. The normal price to ship a dog on Alaska can range between $250 and $350 plus tax. Sometimes it can be as high as $600 to $700.
“Alaska Air Cargo is honored to be able to extend a discount to our military customers” said Betsy Bacon, managing director, Alaska Air Cargo. “Those who serve our country are deserving of our gratitude and this is just one way we can show how much we appreciate them.”
Any active-duty member of the military can ship their pet using the discount by showing their military ID.
“Many Alaska employees asked if it would be possible to honor our men and women in uniform by offering a discount,” Bacon said. “We thought it was a great idea, so we made it happen.”
Alaska Airlines’ policy on traveling with pets
Alaska Airlines no longer accepts Brachycephalic or “short-nosed” animals in the cargo compartment. Only pets in good health are permitted to travel.
All pets traveling in the cargo compartment are required to have a health certificate dated within 10 days of outbound travel and 30 days of return travel. A health certificate will not be required for pets traveling in the cabin with their passenger, however, many states have specific importation health and vaccination requirements. It is recommended to contact the State Veterinarian at your destination prior to travel to determine necessary documentation (such as health and cold weather acclimation certificates) and vaccination requirements.
For more information on traveling with pets on Alaska Airlines, visit alaskaair.com.