Today I booked a flight on JetBlue to go to Chicago for a week in mid-February. When I called them to add Beverly to the reservation, I learned that they increased their pet fee from $50 each way to $75 each way. Although I don't like it, I can live with paying $100 to bring my little muffin along, but $150? For that price she should have her own seat and not be forced to sit in a bag under mine.
Anyway, after browsing around the net, I learned that airline pet fees are waived if your animal is a certified service animal or an "emotional support" animal. According to American Airlines, an emotional support animal is a "service animal that provides emotional support to an individual with a mental health-related disability." For you pet to be qualify as an ESA, you must provide proper documentation, i.e., a letter on letterhead from a mental health care professional (physician or psychologist) that states...
- the passenger has a mental health-related disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, and learning
- the passenger is under professional care for said mental health-related disability
- having the animal travel with the passenger is necessary to the passenger's treatment