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Flying with a cat to the US.
« on: October 31, 2018, 04:11:51 PM »
I bought a ticket for my fiancé to fly to California from Ukraine using CheapoAir.com. I got a nice 2 hop flight with an appropriate layover of a few hours in NY to process her visa. Then I called the next day to arrange for her car to travel with her. Although Ukrainian Airlines was friendly and charged a fee of only $113 JetBlue said the cat cannot fly. Cheapoair cancelled my ticket and charged me a $250 fee, which apparently was generous, since i was just past the 24 hour mark.

I thought this would be a routine matter as so many pets fly these days.

How do I even buy a ticket for this cat? Can I do it through third party booking or do I have to pay the big bucks by booking directly with the airline?

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Re: Flying with a cat to the US.
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2018, 04:21:17 PM »
I bought a ticket for my fiancé to fly to California from Ukraine using CheapoAir.com. I got a nice 2 hop flight with an appropriate layover of a few hours in NY to process her visa. Then I called the next day to arrange for her car to travel with her. Although Ukrainian Airlines was friendly and charged a fee of only $113 JetBlue said the cat cannot fly. Cheapoair cancelled my ticket and charged me a $250 fee, which apparently was generous, since i was just past the 24 hour mark.

I thought this would be a routine matter as so many pets fly these days.

How do I even buy a ticket for this cat? Can I do it through third party booking or do I have to pay the big bucks by booking directly with the airline?

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Re: Flying with a cat to the US.
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2018, 05:01:07 PM »
I bought a ticket for my fiancé to fly to California from Ukraine using CheapoAir.com. I got a nice 2 hop flight with an appropriate layover of a few hours in NY to process her visa. Then I called the next day to arrange for her car to travel with her. Although Ukrainian Airlines was friendly and charged a fee of only $113 JetBlue said the cat cannot fly. Cheapoair cancelled my ticket and charged me a $250 fee, which apparently was generous, since i was just past the 24 hour mark.

I thought this would be a routine matter as so many pets fly these days.

How do I even buy a ticket for this cat? Can I do it through third party booking or do I have to pay the big bucks by booking directly with the airline?

https://www.certapet.com/jetblue-pet-policy/

https://www.jetblue.com/traveling-together/traveling-with-pets/

You may have been given bad information.


Hopefully you can tell the difference between a car and cat.  :laugh:

Your fiancé needs to organize a so-called pet passport. It records all inoculations and treatments. What is the age of said feline? Most animals you see onboard are flying domestically, where control is less stringent.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet_passport

KLM has a long history of transporting animals from the largest to the smaller ones.

It is worth noting a 'few hours' in JFK can be VERY tight. I will assume she departs from JFK as well for the West Coast. The translator can only meet her in general arrival hall. After she checks back in she is on her own after security control.
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Re: Flying with a cat to the US.
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2018, 07:24:18 PM »
Hopefully you can tell the difference between a car and cat.  :laugh:


Of course I can. One ends with a "t", the other ends with an "r"!

My fiance took care of all of the readiness. She got the shots and travel documents and kitty visa, as it were.

Thanks, Andrew, for those links. JetBlue told me I cannot add a cat booking because I bought an "interline" ticket, which, apparently, means one ticket including two different airlines. Later the story became there are already 3 pets booked on this flight, with a maximum of 4 allowed. The last slot is a wild card slot, given on a first come, first served basis. The agent talked me out of playing the cat lottery.

I guess my question is this: Can I book a comprehensive trip through a third party organization like justfly.com and get a ticket for the cat?

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Re: Flying with a cat to the US.
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2018, 07:41:28 PM »
Hopefully you can tell the difference between a car and cat.  :laugh:


Of course I can. One ends with a "t", the other ends with an "r"!

My fiance took care of all of the readiness. She got the shots and travel documents and kitty visa, as it were.

Thanks, Andrew, for those links. JetBlue told me I cannot add a cat booking because I bought an "interline" ticket, which, apparently, means one ticket including two different airlines. Later the story became there are already 3 pets booked on this flight, with a maximum of 4 allowed. The last slot is a wild card slot, given on a first come, first served basis. The agent talked me out of playing the cat lottery.

I guess my question is this: Can I book a comprehensive trip through a third party organization like justfly.com and get a ticket for the cat?

In simple words for this sort of flight think KLM. KBP > AMS > JFK > LAX. Presently the flights are between $ 610 and $ 560 round trip at the end of November to JFK, I doubt adding LAX as a final destination will add that much to the cost.

Curious does the putty kat have an international animal document/passport? Further why are there two stops between KBP and JFK, or was that not clearly indicated?

Here is a KLM link > https://www.klm.com/travel/us_en/prepare_for_travel/travel_planning/pets/index.htm <
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Re: Flying with a cat to the US.
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2018, 09:36:39 PM »
Maybe get one of those 'emotional support' cards for the cat?  :biggrin:

Seems like that's a pretty easy way to avoid all the messing around. Hell, you could probably get a bomb on a plane if you claimed it was for emotional support.  :laugh:
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Re: Flying with a cat to the US.
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2018, 12:17:12 AM »
If the story changed then you were being lied to.
If I were you I'd not book flights with complications through an aggregator, at the least, I'd use the airline's own website or call centre.
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Re: Flying with a cat to the US.
« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2018, 03:11:22 AM »
If the story changed then you were being lied to.
If I were you I'd not book flights with complications through an aggregator, at the least, I'd use the airline's own website or call centre.

This is the one.

You need to deal directly with the airline and avoid a 3rd party making up their own policy. It'll probably cost a bit more but would've saved you $250 from the get go.

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Re: Flying with a cat to the US.
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2018, 06:31:45 AM »
It's hard to believe that this could be as complicated as it is. She did some checking and apparently this is the process. Buy a ticket from the first airline if they have space for an animal (there is a max number allowed). Call the second, or next airline and see if they have a ticket with space for an animal. If the answer is no, call the first airline and beg for a refund. So in the year 2018 this is the most efficient way to do it apparently.

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Re: Flying with a cat to the US.
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2018, 06:43:46 AM »
It's hard to believe that this could be as complicated as it is. She did some checking and apparently this is the process. Buy a ticket from the first airline if they have space for an animal (there is a max number allowed). Call the second, or next airline and see if they have a ticket with space for an animal. If the answer is no, call the first airline and beg for a refund. So in the year 2018 this is the most efficient way to do it apparently.

I am not sure what is so difficult. FLY ONE AIRLINE! Book directly with said airline, think KLM to AMS > JFK perhaps Delta onwards. Book directly with said airline, pay for puttins.

Yes it might cost you a bit more but everything can in fact be done on line.
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Re: Flying with a cat to the US.
« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2018, 08:26:25 AM »
It's hard to believe that this could be as complicated as it is. She did some checking and apparently this is the process. Buy a ticket from the first airline if they have space for an animal (there is a max number allowed). Call the second, or next airline and see if they have a ticket with space for an animal. If the answer is no, call the first airline and beg for a refund. So in the year 2018 this is the most efficient way to do it apparently.

I am not sure what is so difficult. FLY ONE AIRLINE! Book directly with said airline, think KLM to AMS > JFK perhaps Delta onwards. Book directly with said airline, pay for puttins.

Yes it might cost you a bit more but everything can in fact be done on line.


Also, if you call the said airline they will talk you through it, Lufthansa I have found for one are very good for helping out and working round problems on the phone. But you have to have your act together first, they don't have crystal balls, yet!

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Re: Flying with a cat to the US.
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2018, 09:56:17 AM »
It's hard to believe that this could be as complicated as it is. She did some checking and apparently this is the process. Buy a ticket from the first airline if they have space for an animal (there is a max number allowed). Call the second, or next airline and see if they have a ticket with space for an animal. If the answer is no, call the first airline and beg for a refund. So in the year 2018 this is the most efficient way to do it apparently.

I am not sure what is so difficult. FLY ONE AIRLINE! Book directly with said airline, think KLM to AMS > JFK perhaps Delta onwards. Book directly with said airline, pay for puttins.

Yes it might cost you a bit more but everything can in fact be done on line.


Also, if you call the said airline they will talk you through it, Lufthansa I have found for one are very good for helping out and working round problems on the phone. But you have to have your act together first, they don't have crystal balls, yet!

Check out their photos of animals flying.

https://m.facebook.com/DeltaPrivateJets/

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Re: Flying with a cat to the US.
« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2018, 11:02:59 AM »
I think that perhaps somebody is trying to cheap out on this, hence the problems.

Here's a tip for you Justadude, take responsibility for stuff. Chances are that you have more money, more experience of traveling intercontinental. Don't leave it to your woman.

Call her up, tell her that you'll sort it out and meet her at the airport where she lands at the USA.

Then get on the web, find who can book her in a through flight and sort out the cat stuff. Be the man she expects and, right now, needs you to be.
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Re: Flying with a cat to the US.
« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2018, 02:59:26 PM »
I don't think there is one airline that flies all the way.

Yes, cheaping out.

Today I shifted the burden to her. I told her to buy the tickets and I will reimburse her. This is likely more evidence that I am a bad person.