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Woof Woof’s Weekly Dog Travels Deals

All dog travel deals are for airlines and hotels Woof Woof has experienced himself.

Kimpton Hotels

There is no better hotel chain out there for dogs than Kimpton. Woof Woof was treated almost like a human at the Kimpton in Downtown DC. He wasn’t my dog, but a hotel guest in his own right. I was surprised they didn’t offer him his own key. But they did offer him a dog treat and no pet fee.

While Kimpton is normally on the pricier side, this weekend they are offering 15 last minute deals. You could stay in Miami for as low as $116 per night. And it’s as pet fee free as any other Kimpton.

The deals are truly for last minute trips as the last night you can take advantage of this deal is June 5th.

Air Canada

Air Canada is one of my favorite airlines for dog travel to and from Canada. They generally have more under seat room than West Jet, and their in cabin fees are much cheaper than American airline carriers. Your pet can fly with you among over 50 US cities and Canada for only $50 to $59 each way, half the cost of most US airlines.

Sales are going on across Canada. Woof Woof’s favorite city of Kelowna, a beautiful town on a lake. Plus, West Kelowna has lots of walkable farm paths.  is on sale starting at just $200 each way. Toronto starts at $104. For Toronto, neighborhood is everything. Woof Woof liked walking around lakeside and the Bloor-Younge area.

Jet Blue

Jet Blue actually gives dogs 300 frequent flyer miles for flying. You can’t get more pet friendly than that. The fee is $125 for an in cabin pet. Jet Blue flies among quite a few cities. Unfortunately, a few Caribbean islands don’t accept pets.

Now, for the sales. Go to New Orleans as early as June 10th for $84 each way for your human ticket. New Orleans is extremely dog friendly. Traveling to Mexico City starts at $134 each way.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Get The Details on Hotwire’s Latest Hotel Sale

The year Woof Woof and I spent traveling couldn’t have been done without the help of Hotwire Hot Rate hotel deals. Hot Rate hotels are hotels where you get a discount for not knowing the name before you’re booking. But you are given important details such as star rating, whether the hotel is pet friendly and customer ratings.

We often got rooms at Sheratons for the price of Motel 6 rooms. What could be better than that? From May 22nd to May 24th, get an extra 10 percent off Hot Rate Deals anywhere in the world with the code GETAWAY10. So the 4-star Helsinki Finland hotel that we paid $65 a night before the $35 pet fee, would have been under $60 before the pet fee was charged at the hotel.

Happy travels. 🙂

What Airbnb Hosts Need to Know About Being Pet Friendly

 

I’ve stayed in dozens of Airbnbs with my mini schnauzer, Woof Woof. Most have been wonderful experiences. We even had one host sort through guest requests hoping one would have a dog. He didn’t have the time to have a pet, so he loved the idea of having one that stays a few days and has someone else to take care of them. He would walk Woof Woof, with my permission, when I wasn’t home.

If you are an Airbnb Host – or thinking about becoming one, here’s what you need to know about accepting pets.

  1. Be specific in house rules. You can have a wonderful experience hosting pets and still choose the kind of pets you’re willing to accept. For instance, you may list that you only accept dogs of a certain size, such as under 25 pounds. You can also decide whether or not you accept cats, birds or rodents. Pet-friendly refers to all pets, so you want to be specific. Samples of what you can say are only small dogs, accepts dogs and cats, or message me first if bringing a pet other than a small dog. You can also set behavioral guidelines. You may decide to have quiet hours after 11p including barking, meowing, or a bird chirping. Thus, after 11p, dogs and cats should be with their human traveler at this time. A bird may be soothed by their human being home, too. You can also decide whether or not you expect a pet to be crated or caged when alone.
  2. Don’t use Instabook if you aren’t willing to accept all pets. Instabook is a feature on Airbnb that you’ll automatically accept all guest requests. It’s helpful for saving time if you don’t want to take the time to screen guests, but it may mean you could host a cat when you’re allergic. You could also have a Great Dane show up at your door when you have a small apartment. Someone could have pet rats that occasionally get loose and run around your home. Clear house rules will help you use this feature well, because potential guests will know about your pet preferences first.
  3. Talk about your own pets in the house rules. Is your dog playful? Does he or she get territorial? Will she be confined to one area? Is there minimal barking? Guests look at the description of the other pet, so they know or not their pet would be a good fit for your household. When guests arrive, you may need a ritual ready for introducing new pets based on how your pet bonds with other dogs. Some dogs bond over a walk or a play date at the park. For others, it’s just a quick sniff on leash. It may also be getting treats at the same time with their new friend. But you also have an older pet may be intimidated if the other dog jumps that may just want to chill in its room. Always remember, you’re inviting someone to share your home. You can and should ask questions beforehand about pets or be very specific in house rules. The result is a better experience for everyone.

To sign up to be an Airbnb host click here: airbnb.evyy.net/QKQvz.

 

 

Check Out My Latest Post on Nerd Wallet on Pet Vacations

When you decide to go to a new locale, you want to know cool stuff your dog can do with you. My favorite activity in the whole piece was a theme park called Dinosaur World. There’s nothing more exciting for your canine friend than bone exhibits. Check it out.

 

Woof Woof’s Lessons from Staying in Airbnbs for a Year

They say a dog knows every scent in their home well. Woof Woof knows the scent of my luggage. When in a new Airbnb, he knows wherever our luggage is happens to be our room.

For the year we stayed primarily in Airbnbs, he was comforted by that familiarity. He got to play in dog parks in 17 states, 7 countries, and 2 Canadian Provinces.

He met over a dozen different Airbnb hosts from college students to Michelin star chefs. He’s heard Woof Woof spoken in at least 5 languages. In case you’re curious Voof Voof is how you spell Woof Woof in Norwegian.

But it wasn’t all fun and sniffs. We both had to learn the best ways to live with other dogs and people we didn’t know. I learned how to introduce the idea of him coming by text, how much time to give someone to make sure they read the message that essentially says a well-behaved canine guest will be staying with them, and when I should and shouldn’t dog sit another guest’s or the  host dog. Hint: never before you’ve seen them play together nicely with two adults present.

I’m so excited to share our travel tips with you here and biweekly on Woof Woof’s Instagram account.