Airlines and airplanes are sure getting a lot friendlier about traveling with pets these days. Honestly, it’s about time (why wouldn’t I wanna take this face everywhere I go?!). After JFK announced plans for an animal terminal that’s basically a pet sanctuary, we didn’t know how flying with our furry friends could get any better. Looking to top and/or affiliate itself with that flying pet news, American Airlines is debuting Cuddle Class.
American Airlines, the third-ranked US-based airline company in satisfaction, recently revealed the introduction of a new component to its First Class offerings: Cuddle Class. What exactly is Cuddle Class? Oh, nothing really, just a way for your portable dog/cat to not only fly with you in First Class but have their own compartment adjacent to your cushy seat. Meaning they don’t have to slum it under the seat anymore and you get more leg room! Ahhh, the elusive leg room.
This is all really exciting news, right?! Like chase your tail around in circles exciting. But what’s the catch? There’s gotta be a catch. WELL, there’s a few. Currently Cuddle Class is only open to passengers flying from LAX or SFO to NYC (we’re gonna go out on a limb and say it’s JFK) on American Airlines’ fleet of A321T planes. Also, your furball must still fit into a 19 x 13-inch carrier and you gotta pay the $124 carry-on pet fee (no fee if they’re a service/support animal, FYI), which is actually the standard pet fee, so really your pooch/feline would be getting a bargain upgrade.
Before making your fab way to NYC with your four-legged buddy, make sure you’ve got the proper documentation from a vet (BarkPost has a great cheat sheet) because you don’t need to get denied by TSA. Now go earn your li’l pal their wings ;)
Would you pay extra to travel in style in Cuddle Class with your pet? Let us know in the comments.