Southwest Airlines Raises Pets Fee

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If you like to fly Southwest Airlines because of its convenient pet-travel fee, get ready for an increase in the cost that you're used to. The airline is raising its pets fee from $75 per pet carrier per flight to $95, according to the Associated Press.

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Southwest is citing rising costs as the reason behind the fee increase, which will go into effect on Jan. 15, 2014.

Despite the change, Southwest's pet fee remains less expensive than that of other airlines. A pet passenger will cost you $125 to fly with American, Delta, United or US Airways. Alaska Airlines and JetBlue charge $100.

Southwest's policy allows for a total of six pets per flight, taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Each passenger is allowed one pet carrier, although one carrier may carry up to two cats or two dogs.

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