Anybody know what process you have to go through if you are traveling with a pet while flying standby? Is that even possible? Trying to bring my dog with me so I can move him out to Colorado. We'll be on mainline United ORD-DEN. The United website says something about a $125 service charge but I can't get a hold of anyone over there for clarification. Any insight into what the process is would be greatly appreciated.
Some gate agents will tell you the pet needs to be prelisted with reservations. When you call reservations, they have no idea what to do about non rev pets and say let the gate agents handle it. Then the gate agents look at you crazy and the circle continues. This is rare but be prepared to quote the above policy. There is no known way to list pets for non-revs.Quote
Just a heads up. I was almost denied boarding with my mom's cat when they asked to see the vaccination records for the cat at the gate. Took a lot of convincing but the finally let me on, however they said the paperwork is required to have a pet in the cabin and next time I will be denied boarding. Don't know if that is true or not but you may want to ask united.
I tried to nonrev with my dog last year. 40 lb beagle. I had to get a vet bill of health in the last 90 days, including some shots I think. Either way 90$ for the vet. Then I took my dog to the freight side, not the terminal, where I was told the $400 dollar fee had no employee discount because I was express. Even though I was told the day before on the phone that employees got 75% off the $400. I spoke to the terminal manager, the same number I called the night before, and that supervisor. I was told "ya, uh huh, just pay it." So I told UA to give me my dog back and called Alaska airlines. They were extremely apologetic that I would have to pay a $100 fee to jump seat with my dog. Checking in at the gate, instead of cargo, the gate agent wasn't even going to charge me, but her supervisor made her charge. When I showed up on the plane to ask for a ride, the pilots were almost pissed when I told them I had to pay to bring my dog with me. When we got to sea the ca escorted me to a customer service center where he brought my case of a refund, that I never asked for, to the representative.
It's pretty sad when an airline you have no affiliation with treats you 10 times better than one you represent.
It's unclear from your post if the animal is small enough to carry in the cabin. If it's not, then unless you can assign a dollar figure to the animals worth to you... don't put it in the bin. Although Continental used to have the lowest (best) animal deaths in the bin among the major carriers, if it were me I would never put my pet in their bin. Some tropical fish sure, but not my dog.
Edit: by bin I'm referring to cargo