In preparation for its anticipated merger with America West Airlines, US Airways has changed it pet policy to match that of America West.
Live animals will no longer be accepted for travel as checked baggage or as cargo on US Airways.
But the news is not all bad...
Carry On Still Permitted
Customers on domestic flights may continue to carry pets in cabin (cats, dogs, birds and tropical fish) provided they are in kennels or other approved containers, subject to certain limits.
Cost For Carry-On Cat
The animal carry-on fee will be reduced from $100 to $80 effective October 1, 2005.
On any flight, only two animals may travel in Coach and only one animal may travel in First Class. Animal travel is handled on a first-come, first-served basis.
US Airways will make an exception for ticketed reservations made before Aug. 17, 2005, to carry pets as checked baggage, which will be honored through Nov. 1, 2005. The policy change does not apply to the transportation of service animals.
US Airways currently is the nation's seventh-largest airline, serving 183 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and the US Airways Express partner carriers operate approximately 3,400 flights per day. For more information on US Airways flight schedules and fares, visit US Airways online at http://www.usairways.com, or call US Airways Reservations at 1-800-428-4322.
US Airways is a member of the Star Alliance, which was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer customers global reach and a smooth travel experience. The other members are Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, bmi, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Spanair, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways International, United and VARIG Brazilian Airlines. South African Airways and SWISS will be integrated during the course of the next 12 months. Overall, the member carriers offer more than 15,000 daily flights to 795 destinations in 139 countries.