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Memorial Day Weekly Dog Travel Deals

Every week I look for travel deals that are cheap and great for dogs. For instance, I always pick airlines and hotel chains that I have personal flown or stayed at with Woof Woof.

Spirit Airlines versus Frontier Airlines on Pet Fees

Both Spirit and Frontier Airlines offer ridiculously cheap flights when on sale that can make up for pet fees. Spirit Airlines’ charges $110 per flight, while Frontier charges $75. $75 is the lowest fee charged by an airline in the United States that I’ve heard of. However, Spirit allows dogs up to 40 pounds that fit in their stated carrier dimensions. Woof Woof is only 15 pounds, but he’s tall. Thus, he even enjoys the roomier under-seat area.

Spirit Airlines Sales

Book by 11:59 PM EDT on May 23rd to get fares as low as $26 one way with membership in their $9 Fare club and $56 without. The sale is good for select dates in May, June and September. The $9 fare club helps you save money quickly and costs $59 to join. But that doesn’t you’ll ever get a $9 fare. But on a deal like the above, you’d make back the savings in one trip. They also offer the Discount Den for $59 for families. One kid under 15 flies free with each Discount Den member purchase. Spirit is a discount airline with a tremendous regional presence on the East coast. However, it does have destination on the West coast, in the middle of the country and as far away as South America.

Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines’ has a sale running through 1159pm tonight. Depending on the destination your flight could be in as little as in 3 days or towards the end of summer. Always, remember to mention that there is a dog traveling with you immediately, so you confirm space. EVen if you miss the sale, they always offer the Discount Den for $59 annually. Not only does it give you exclusive offers to sales, but you get the easiest companion offer to qualify for. One kid under 15 flies free with each Discount Den member purchase. I’m on their mailing list, and they send me a new sale offer every week.

Air Portugal 

Woof woof and I are both fans of Air Portugal. The flight attendant introduced to the captain. We paid a small fee to be upgraded to roomier seats on the way there, but they gave us the bulkhead where his carrier wasn’t confined to the under-seat area. Sales are flexible and on going. Through this link, you can plug in the city you are traveling from in Europe, North America, and South America to find the best deal for you. Pet fees aren’t cheap at $185 for an intercontinental flight. But that’s cheaper than larger carriers charge such Delta. And you’ll more than make up for the pet fee with cheaper fares and free food and wine on board. We only paid $377 per human for New York to Rome roundtrip.

Hotwire Year Round Memorial Day Sale

I love the Hotwire mystery hotel Hot Rate deals. You can get four star hotels for 2 star prices. Basically, hotels are discounting a portion of their inventory and only revealing that they did it when you book. These deals are always cheap, but they are even cheaper when there is a sale going on. Use code GETAWAY10 to get 10 percent off already low Hot Rate deals anywhere in the world. Just sure you set parameters that you only want pet friendly hotels. I also only pick hotels with high customer ratings and limit the search to neighborhoods that are close to near we need to be in each city.

Happy travels! Come back every week for a selection of canine welcoming travel options for cheap.

 

 

 

 

 

What You Need to Ask Pet Friendly Hotels

A hotel being pet friendly doesn’t tell you much about their policies other than that they may or may not allow your dog or cat. Often, pet friendly hotels may not be cat friendly. Before you book a pet friendly hotel, you’ll need to find out the answers to these questions:

Are you cat friendly?

If you are traveling with a cat, this is your most important question. Because cat allergies can be stronger than dog allergies, hotels that offer cats the ability to stay there are more likely to limit the number of pet friendly rooms. Especially with a cat, call first to make sure they’ll accommodate you.

What is your size limit for pets?

Weight limits can be as low as 25 pounds to as high as limitless. If you have a large dog, you will want to call first. The good news is some hotels will happily accept your Great Dane and even walk him for you. When you get on the phone, you never know what doggie perks you’ll find out about.

How much is the pet fee?

Fees may start at $0 and range up to $100 per night. Generally, fees are non refundable. Occassionally, fees are refundable as long as your pet doesn’t damage the room.

Can my pet stay in my hotel room alone? 

This is one of the most important questions you can ask, yet it has the widest range of answers. Some hotels may expect your pet to be crated when you’re not there. Some may not want your pet alone in the room at all. Others, will let you leave your pet in the room as much as you’d like, as long as he or she doesn’t bark or meow nonstop.

No matter what the hotel policy is, you’ll want to leave your cellphone number at the front desk. This way you’ll know if your pet is announcing they want you to come home to neighboring rooms. On top of making your pet happy by coming back when they are nervous, you’re  also avoiding the charges a hotel may charge you for having to rebook other guests who are disturbed by noise from hours of barking or meowing.

Can I verify your pet friendly policy online?

While I never recommend only looking online for a pet friendly hotel’s policy, I do recommend double checking hotel policies online. The reason is one hotel representative can tell you about a pet policy they don’t fully understand. If the pet policy isn’t posted online, ask the hotel representative how long they’ve been working for that particular location. As long as they’ve been there at least 6 months, you should be fine with bringing your canine or feline companion.

What do you need to bring with you?

Some hotels will provide pet beds, water bowls, and treats. Call ahead to find out what you should bring. If you are traveling outside of the country, bring a small bag of pet food with you that isn’t beef based. If you’re staying in a country for more than a few days, consider ordering pet food online and having it delivered to your hotel before you arrive. Wellness pet food is deliverable in the US, Canada, and across Europe via Amazon.

 

Woof Woof Flies WestJet

When Woof Woof flies in a carrier, it’s honestly not his favorite thing. But overtime as much as he travels, he’s gotten used to it. When he gets upset for a moment, I reach my hand in and pet him. Recently, I’ve added giving him Canadian bacon training treats. He reacts to the Canadian Bacon treat the same way my friend’s child does to getting to hear Imagine Dragons’ Thunder – instant good behavior to receive quick reward.

We were happy flight attendants let Woof Woof’s carrier protrude from underneath the seat. I would have hurt him severely as the height allowance under the seat on the plane we flew on was much less than what we’re used to. Woof Woof is only 16 pounds, but he is quite tall. The underseat area in front of me wasn’t. The reason why was safety equipment cuts down the underseat storage area on some of West Jet’s flights.

Before you fly, ask the reservations agent about how much underseat room is on your plane. WestJet notes on its website “space beneath the seat varies by aircraft type.” If you get to the airport and your dog doesn’t fit underneath the seat, let the flight attendant know why. DO NOT push your dog underneath to fit. Dogs can get crushed and suffer varying degrees of injuries if squeezed too tightly.