One of my favourite airlines to fly with my small dog in Europe is Vueling. This low-cost airline is based out of Barcelona, Spain, flying to over 100 destinations. Small pets up to 8kg are allowed in the cabin for a small fee, with an easy booking process. Read on to find out more about flying Vueling with a dog…
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Can My Dog Fly with Vueling?
Vueling permits small pets to fly in the cabin, but does not handle the flying of larger dogs in the hold.
The main factor as to whether your dog is allowed to fly with Vueling comes down to their weight. The maximum weight of your pet plus their carrier is limited to 8kg on Vueling flights.
Your pet needs to fly in an approved, non-rigid pet carrier that doesn’t exceed 45 x 39 x 21cm in dimensions.
Prior to our first flight on Vueling with our dog, Schnitzel, we checked the dimensions of our existing soft pet carrier bag (that roughly matched the maximums), but we weren’t sure whether it was “approved”. In reality, when we turned up to check-in to our flight, the check-in staff barely looked at his carrier.
Find out more about buying a pet carrier for your pet to fly in the cabin
It’s also a requirement of the Vueling pet policy for pets to travel with their immunisation records (for a domestic flight) or their passport (for international flights). Again in reality, this isn’t always checked. It’s more likely to be checked if you are flying in or out of the EU.
For Vueling’s full pet policy, click here. Note that Vueling permits cats, birds (excluding birds of prey), fish and turtles/tortoises to also fly in the cabin, as well as dogs.
The Cost to Fly a Pet with Vueling
The ticket prices for pets to travel with Vueling are quite low and straight-forward. On domestic flights, a single flight per pet costs €40. On international flights, as well as flights to and from the Canary Islands, a pet costs €50.
How to Book Your Pet to Fly with Vueling
One of my favourite things about flying Vueling with my dog is how easy it is to book his flight. Unlike most airlines, there is no need to call up the call centre to book your pet’s flight. Instead, you can book their flight online, although there’s also the option to call up if you’d prefer.
To book your pet on your Vueling flight, start your booking like normal, selecting the flight and adding your contact details. Then at the “Customise your flight” step, where you can also select to add a seat or luggage, select to add your pet to your booking.
At the bottom of the page there is the option to add pets, with the applicable price listed. Just click the button to add a pet and select the passenger for them to fly with. Only a single pet is able to be added per passenger.
One important note when booking the flight, is you have to book a Basic fare (the cheapest fare). This is probably because with an Optima fare (the next most expensive one) seat selection if included.
When flying with a pet on Vueling, you cannot select your seat in advance or check-in online: you have to check-in at the airport in person, with an appropriate seat selected by check-in staff.
Also note that only two pets are allowed per flight. Luckily I haven’t come up against this limit when flying my dog, but I recommend booking in advance or being prepared to be flexible about the exact flight.
Arriving at the Airport for Your Flight
As noted above, when flying with your dog on Vueling, you’ll need to check-in in person at the airport. Because of this, make sure you arrive at the airport with plenty of time before your flight.
At the check-in counter, appropriate seats will be allocated. Your dog in its carrier may also be weighed and their pet passport checked. However, I have not always had this happen when flying with Vueling.
When passing through the security check, you will need to take your pet out of their carrier bag and either carry or walk them through security. Their carrier bag needs to go through the screening machine. You may also be asked to remove your dog’s leash and collar, depending on the airport.
Onboard a Vueling Flight with a Pet
While your dog may be allowed to walk around the airport on their leash, on Vueling flights they need to stay in their carrier bag at all times. If they aren’t already in their carrier bag, just before boarding put your pet in their bag and zip it up. Don’t unzip the bag until you have disembarked.
Onboard the flight, place your pet in their carrier bag on the floor. The carrier needs to be placed in between your legs or under the seat in front of you – the reason for the small maximum dimensions of pet carriers.
When flying with my dog on Vueling, we’ve been most comfortable when the flight hasn’t been full, and my husband and I have been able to take advantage of a spare seat, so neither of us loses our leg room. However, we’ve also flown on full flights and have made do, although it is a bit cramped.
Our Experiences Flying with Vueling
The first time we flew with Vueling, we were trying to get from Barcelona to Paris. Our first plan had been to take the train (about a 6 hour journey), but all the 2nd class seats were sold out, and the 1st class seats were quite expensive. It was a lot cheaper to fly with Vueling, and the flight was only two hours.
It was the first time that we flew with our dog in the cabin, but the whole experience from booking the flight to onboard the flight went quite smoothly. Barely anyone even knew our dog was on the flight, as he only let out a single bark!
Since then, we’ve flown with Vueling five more times. We’ve flown with our dog on Vueling from Malta to Barcelona, Barcelona to Canary Islands, Canary Islands to Malaga, Malaga to Marseille, and Paris to Copenhagen. As you can see, we enjoy flying with our dog on Vueling!
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