Airlines and airplanes are sure getting a lot friendlier about traveling with pets these days. Honestly, it鈥檚 about time (why wouldn鈥檛 I wanna take this face everywhere I go?!). After JFK announced plans for an animal terminal that鈥檚 basically a pet sanctuary, we didn鈥檛 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聽is debuting Cuddle Class.

american airlines first class pets

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鈥檛 have to slum it under the seat anymore and you get more leg room! Ahhh, the elusive leg room.

american airlines first class pets

This is all really exciting news, right?! Like chase your tail around in circles exciting. But what鈥檚 the catch? There鈥檚 gotta be a catch. WELL, there鈥檚 a few. Currently Cuddle Class is only open to passengers flying from LAX or SFO to NYC (we鈥檙e gonna go out on a limb and say it鈥檚 JFK) on American Airlines鈥 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鈥檙e 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鈥檝e got the proper documentation from a vet (BarkPost has a great cheat sheet) because you don鈥檛 need to get denied by TSA. Now go earn your li鈥檒 pal their wings ;)

Would you pay extra to travel in style in Cuddle Class with your pet? Let us know in the comments.

(h/t Travel + Leisure; photos via American Airlines)