The Frontier Airlines pet policy 2023 includes options for flying with small dogs or cats in the cabin, but no pets are allowed to travel in the hold as checked baggage or cargo. For cats and dogs to fly in the cabin, they must be at least 8 weeks old. Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) are no longer accepted under the Frontier Airlines pet policy 2023 due to changes in US laws. However, trained and registered Assistance & Service Dogs, including Psychiatric Service Dogs, may fly in the cabin free of charge. If you’re importing a dog to the USA, your dog’s age and vaccine requirements depend on the risk of rabies where your trip starts. Be aware that there’s currently a ban on dogs arriving in the USA from more than 100 high risk rabies countries. Check out pet travel reviews for Frontier Airlines, or leave your own Frontier pet travel review if you’ve flown your pet in the cabin! Read on for the full Frontier pet policy for 2023.
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Table of contents
- Does Frontier Airlines Allow Dogs & Cats in the Cabin?
- Restricted Frontier Airlines Pet Travel Routes
- Does Frontier Airlines Allow Pets in the Hold as Checked Baggage or Cargo?
- Frontier Airlines Assistance & Service Dog and Emotional Support Animal (ESAs) Policy
- Pet Travel Documentation & Vaccines
- Are Pets Safe on Planes?
- Related Pages
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Does Frontier Airlines Allow Dogs & Cats in the Cabin?
The Frontier Airlines pet policy 2023 accepts small dogs and cats to fly in the cabin within their travel carrier. Other species permitted to fly in the Frontier Airlines passenger cabin on domestic flights within the USA are:
- Small Domestic Birds
- Guinea Pigs
However, only cats and dogs can fly in the cabin on international routes to and from the Dominican Republic and Mexico.
The following species won’t be accepted for transport by Frontier Airlines under any circumstances:
- Large Birds (eg. parrots, macaws, cockatoos, birds of prey)
- Reptiles (inc. snakes)
- Rodents (inc. mice, rats & squirrels)
The travel bag or kennel must also meet the Frontier Airlines specifications outlined in their pet travel policy. The maximum dimensions for your cat or dog’s travel carrier are L 18″ x W 14″ x H 8″. A soft pet travel bag is recommended by Frontier.
On the flight, the travel bag will be stowed underneath the seat in front of you, you can’t remove your cat or dog during the flight for safety reasons.
One pet is permitted per passenger to fly in the Frontier cabin as carry-on luggage. The maximum dimensions for your pet’s carrier is 10”x 16”x 24”, for them to be allowed to fly with Frontier Airlines.
If you have a pet carrier, you’re also allowed either a personal item with dimensions of 8”x 14”x 18” or a carry-on bag of up to 10”x 16”x 24”. But, an additional fee will be charged for the carry-on bag.
- Pets must be able to stand and sit up, turn around normally and lie down in a natural position in their kennel, without touching any side or the top of their travel bag.
- Soft-sided collapsible kennels have to be secure, padded, made of water-repellant material and have nylon mesh ventilation on 2 or more sides.
IATA Regulations for Cats & Dogs Flying in the Cabin
While you need to ensure that your pet’s travel crate meets the maximum dimensions set by Frontier Airlines to fly in the cabin, remember that you must also adhere to the Live Animal Regulations (LAR) set by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This includes calculating the minimum inner crate dimensions allowed by the IATA LAR for your cat or dog to fly in the cabin. In addition, the airline pet travel carrier must adhere to the criteria set by the IATA LAR, in terms of ventilation, design etc.
If you’re new to pet travel, check out 8 IATA Compliant Airline Pet in Cabin Carriers.
Cost of Flying a Pet in Cabin with Frontier Airlines
It costs $99 one way to take your pet as additional carry-on baggage in the cabin.
Restricted Frontier Airlines Pet Travel Routes
While other species are permitted on some routes with Frontier Airlines, be aware that only cats and dogs can fly in the cabin to and from the Dominican Republic and Mexico.
Due to government pet travel rules, you can’t fly your cat or dog in the cabin to certain countries. These rules are in place in some pet friendly destinations that are currently rabies free, in order to protect their borders. For example, when flying to the UK (Scotland, England, Wales & Northern Ireland), all pets arriving on a plane must travel as cargo in the hold.
At present, the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) has extended the ban on dogs travelling to the USA from more than 100 high risk rabies countries. If your dog has visited any of these countries in the last six months, the same rules apply.
Does Frontier Airlines Allow Pets in the Hold as Checked Baggage or Cargo?
Frontier Airlines doesn’t accept pets as checked baggage, or cargo, in the hold. The holds of their aircraft aren’t suitable for transporting live animals.
Check out other airline policies if your cat or dog has to travel in the hold of the plane. You can also read about the differences between flying a pet as checked baggage or cargo. Remember to purchase a suitable IATA transport crate if your pet needs to fly in an airline hold.
Frontier Airlines Assistance & Service Dog and Emotional Support Animal (ESAs) Policy
As of 11 January 2021, the Frontier Airlines pet policy no longer recognises Emotional Support Animals (ESAs), therefore no new ESA reservations will be accepted. Emotional Support Animals are now subject to the standard Frontier Airlines pet travel policy.
Only professionally trained Assistance & Service Dogs can fly in the cabin free of charge if they meet the requirements. A service animal is defined as a dog that’s individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a qualified individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability, including but not limited to:
- Visual impairments
- Hearing impairments
- Mobility impairments
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Trained and registered Psychiatric Service Dogs are therefore permitted to travel with Frontier Airlines.
Pet Travel Documentation & Vaccines
Are Pets Safe on Planes?
If you’re worried about your furry travel companion’s wellbeing when flying, check out our comprehensive post regarding pet safety on planes. While in the USA, a monthly report is provided for airline pet incident rates, there isn’t an equivalent in Europe at the moment. Note that the airline pet incidence reports submitted in the USA are only for cats and dogs flying in the hold, and don’t include any in cabin events. Therefore, there is no data for Frontier Airlines as they only carry pets in the plane cabin.
No doubt, at some point your trip will involve a car ride, so have a look at our 12 Essential Pet Car Safety Tips too. Should your cat or dog suffer from motion sickness, we’ve also compared some of the treatments, strategies and medications for pet travel nausea.
It’s important to be aware that you can’t sedate or tranquilize your cat or dog for their flight.
In addition, to protect your pet’s health and wellbeing in a new country, be sure to keep your cat or dog safe from vector-borne diseases. In particular, Heartworm from mosquitoes and Leishmaniasis from sandflies pose a serious pet threat in Southern Europe.
And don’t forget the all important Essential Pet Travel Accessories!
Prior to booking, always view the Frontier Airlines pet travel policy on their website for any recent changes. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, some airlines are frequently amending their rules for pets on planes.
Have a safe and wonderful trip, and remember to leave a pet travel review for Frontier Airlines if you fly your pet cat or dog in the cabin!