Last Updated:
08 Jan 2018

About US Airways

US Airways is a major U.S. airline owned by the American Airlines Group. US Airways no longer has its own baggage rules, and operates exclusively under the American Airlines baggage rules. The airline is a member of the Star Alliance.

Looking for US Airways Checked Baggage Policies?

View the 2018 US Airways Baggage Policies page for information about carry-on, checked, and excess baggage fees.

US Airways Pet Policy 2018

1 small domestic dog, cat or bird per passenger is allowed in the passenger cabin for USD125 each way.

For tickets purchased before November 15, 2011, the pet fee is USD100 each way.

When you travel with a pet, please check in with an agent at the airport. If you're on a codeshare flight, please check with that airline for carry-on pet policies and fees.

Rules and regulations
Pets in cabin count toward your carry-on baggage allowance. Pets must remain inside their approved container under the seat directly in front of you.
Carry-on pets are not allowed on transatlantic flights or flights to/from Brazil, Tel Aviv, Barbados or Hawaii.
Only dogs and cats are allowed to/from Mexico and Costa Rica. Please contact the appropriate embassy or consulate at least four weeks before you travel. Call 800-428-4322 for more information.
Contact an embassy or consulate

Approved carriers
US Airways accepts hard-sided carriers up to 17 inches long (43 cm) x 16 inches wide (40 cm) x 8 inches tall (20 cm) and soft-sided carriers up to 17 inches long (43 cm) X 16 inches wide (40 cm) X 10 inches tall (25 cm).

On US Airways Express flights, pet carriers must not be more than 15 inches long (38 cm) x 17 inches wide (43 cm) x 8 inches tall (20 cm); on CRJ aircraft, not more than 16 inches long (40 cm) x 17 inches wide (43 cm) x 8 inches tall (20 cm) and on DH3 and DH8 aircraft, not more than 15 inches long (38 cm) x 16 inches wide (40 cm) x 10 inches tall (25 cm).

Carriers must be leak-proof and escape-proof.
Carriers must be ventilated on at least 2 sides, but not allow any part of the animal to protrude outside of the container.
Carriers must provide room for the animal to stand up and turn around.
Carriers can be made of metal, wood or hard plastic/composite. Exceptions are made for soft-sided containers made specifically for pet carriage.

For the safety of your pet, US Airways does not accept any animals in cargo compartments.

Dogs, cats and birds are allowed as checked baggage on nonstop US Airways Shuttle flights in the BOS/DCA/LGA markets only. Connections are not permitted, you must travel on the same flight with your pet and you should call US before you travel.

Beginning March 1, 2012, US Airways will no longer accepts dogs, cats and birds as checked baggage on US Airways Shuttle flights.

Animal relief areas
There are designated animal relief areas in Charlotte, Philadelphia and Phoenix.
Phoenix: Terminal 4, west side, level 1 (outside baggage claim)
Charlotte: Across from Queen Charlotte's fountain (outside baggage claim)
Philadelphia (departing flights road): Between terminals A-West and A-East; between Terminal B/C ticketing and the Airport Communications Center; after Terminal E and F
Philadelphia (arriving flights road): Adjacent to Terminal A-East baggage claim; along the Commercial Vehicle Roadway adjacent to the Terminal B and E baggage claim

Service animals are welcome on all US Airways flights. There is no charge for trained service animals.
The number and type of service animals are not limited as long as they fit on your lap or in front of your seat. Aisles may not be obstructed.
If the service animal sits your lap, the animal must be no larger than an infant child
Additional restrictions apply on flights outside of the continental United States
If you're traveling with a service animal and you'd like special seating such as a bulkhead seat, please call 800-428-4322/TTY 800-245-2966 at least 24 hours before your flight. Because of safety regulations, if you're traveling with a service animal, you may not sit in an exit row.

There are animal relief areas in Charlotte, Philadelphia and Phoenix. See Animal relief areas mentioned above on this page.

To show that an animal is a service animal, you must have one of the following:
I.D. card for the animal
Presence of harness or tags
Other written documentation, or;
Credible verbal assurance of the passenger using the animal

Emotional support or psychiatric service animals
Please call 800-428-4322/TTY 800-245-2966 at least 48 hours before your scheduled departure if you're traveling with emotional support or psychiatric service animals.

To travel with an emotional support or psychiatric service animal in the cabin, you must provide documentation dated within one year from the date of the scheduled initial flight on the letterhead of a licensed mental health professional (psychiatrist, psychologist or licensed clinical social worker), or from a medical doctor specifically treating the passengers mental or emotional disability.

Documentation must state:
The passenger has a mental or emotional disability recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders -- Fourth Edition (DSM IV)
The passenger needs the emotional support or psychiatric service animal as an accommodation for air travel and/or for activity at the passenger's destination
The individual providing the assessment is a licensed mental health professional, and the passenger is under his or her professional care.
The date and type of the mental health professional's license and the state or other jurisdiction in which it was issued

Hawaii pet quarantine information
Hawaii is a rabies-free state. If you're traveling to Hawaii with a service animal, emotional support animal or psychiatric service animal, you must have a health certificate issued within 14 days prior to travel. You must also contact the Hawaii Department of Agriculture to get a Neighborhood Island Permit before leaving the mainland if you're traveling to Maui, Kauai or the Big Island.

US Airways will only permit service animals, emotional support animals and psychiatric service animals in the cabin for travel to/from Hawaii.

When the service animal, emotional support animal or psychiatric service animal is a bird or for information on requirements for allowing the previously mentioned animals to enter the state of Hawaii without quarantine, please contact the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Animal Quarantine Station
99-951 Halawa Valley Street
Aiea, HI 96701-5602
Phone: 808-483-7151
Visit the Hawaii Department of Agriculture's website

UK animal quarantine
The United Kingdom is a rabies-free country and its rules governing the entry of animals into the country, including service animals, are strictly enforced. In the past, all animals traveling into the United Kingdom were subject to quarantine for six months.

Now, if you meet certain requirements, it is possible to transport a service dog or a service cat in the cabin on a flight into the UK, without a six-month quarantine upon arrival.

When making a reservation, or no later than 72 hours before departure, you must notify US Airways of your intention to transport a service dog or a service cat in the cabin on a flight into the UK.

At the gate, prior to departure from the U.S., and upon landing in the United Kingdom, you must present a date-stamped official veterinary certificate, signed by a veterinarian licensed by an approved country or an EU pet passport demonstrating that the animal has received:
A microchip implant readable by an ISO-compatible scanner or by another scanner compatible with the implanted microchip provided by the passenger.
A vaccination against rabies.
A rabies antibodies blood test. This test must be completed at least six months before the animal's initial entry to the UK.
Treatment for certain parasites.

The passenger is responsible for the costs and fees associated with the UK's Pet Travel Scheme.

For detailed current information about compliance procedures, go to the UK's Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) website.

Useful Links

  1. US Airways Carry-on Allowance 2018
  2. US Airways Baggage Allowance 2018
  3. US Airways Excess Baggage Fees 2018 © Copyright 2011 - - Privacy - Disclaimer
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