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Today traveling with Fido has become more and more seamless thanks to pet-friendly programs at luxury hotels, on airlines and even public transportation which are offering more relaxed requirements for traveling with your pet.
Amtrak made headlines in June when Illinois became the test for their new carry-on pet program that would potentially and permanently allow furry companions to ride in better accommodations than in the past.
The U.S. Transportation Department is getting more involved. In January 2015, 27 airlines, as opposed to the previous 14, wi ll have to provide information on all on-board pets to ensure further safety. This is seen as a huge leap toward the changing times for pet travel considering, just a decade ago, only seeing eye dogs were permitted on board.
According to PetFriendlyTravel.com, most U.S. airlines now accept in-cabin pets when traveling domestically. JetBlue is regarded as the most tolerant of these with its JetPaws program that includes carrier bag tags and custom pet-travel products like travel kits. Pet owners can even earn 300 TrueBlue points on each flight segment traveling with pets.
“Things have changed a lot in the last five years,” says actress Giniger King (Nickelodeon’s “Haunted Hathaways”) who is public on social media for traveling with her yorkie Wrigley. “I’ve started feeling guilty when I don’t bring Wrigley along because it’s so convenient now.”
San Francisco based Kim pton Hotels, pioneered pet-friendly accommodations by allowing on-property pets since the company was founded in 1981. Their policy is pretty simple, if the pet can fit through the hotel doors, they are welcome. There is no size , weight or breed restrictions and never an additional charge. Each of the 60 hotels in the chain provides water bowls, treats, pet beds, toys and pooper-scooper bags.
The W Hotels of New York recently revamped their signature pet program, offering a new PAW (Pets Are Welcome) package that includes day passes to Fetch Club, NYC’s state-of-the-art canine spa; canine cocktails in the Living Room; in-room movie rental and W Hotel toy, plush dog beds and other amenities. They are also noted for recognizing in-house pet travelers through social media channels like Twitter and Instagram.