Southwest Airlines, the largest carrier at Houston's Hobby Airport, said today customers will be allowed to bring small dogs and cats in the cabin for a $75 fare each way as part of a series of new fee changes.
Starting June 1, 2009, Southwest will allow passengers to transport pets as long as they're in carriers and fit under the seat. The carrier will count as the customer's carry-on bag.
Other fare changes announced today by the Dallas-based carrier include a $25 charge each way in addition to fare prices for unaccompanied minors, and it is doubling the fee for third bags for overweight luggage weighing 51 to 70 pounds, to $50 per bag. The fee currently is $25 per overweight or excess bag.
Southwest still does not charge for the first two pieces of luggage weighing 50 pounds or less. Both new fees take effect June 17, 2009.
“We are proud to offer an outstanding service for our young customers traveling alone but realize that the extra service does come at a cost to the company,” Gary Kelly, Southwest's chief executive, said in a statement.