Monday, January 30, 2012

Shipping Pets via Delta Cargo

When I started looking for ways to fly Talla to Iowa, I had a heck of a time finding any all-encompassing guide. To put it bluntly.... it sucked. It was stressful, and a few times I found myself wondering if it was even worth it. A friend of mine is considering shipping a dog via Delta, so I said I'd blog about our experience. Hopefully this helps!

Supplies you will need:

1. Plastic Crate - with a metal door, metal bolts (plastic nuts are fine), with ventilation on the sides and back.
2. Plastic Bowls - you will need two (2) of them. Often packaged and sold with the next item on this list.
3. Live Animals stickers - Talla's crate had four (4) of them. Also had red and white stickers indicating which end is up.
4. Zip Ties - Talla's crate had three of them securing her crate door, pretty heavy duty.
5. Dog Food - a couple ziploc bags of kibble is sufficient.
6. An Old Towel - or other absorbent bedding for the crate.
7. Health Certificate - must be issued within 10 days of tansport, usually costs about $100.
8. Live Animal Checklist - you'll fill this out at the airport, pretty self-explanatory.

At the airport, information on shipper and receiver will be filled out on paperwork. All information must match the drivers license information for both people. If Mary Smith (1234 Main St on her license) ships the puppy as Mary Jones (6789 Hometown Ave) you will have a big problem. Same with the receiver - even if you're picking up the puppy in a different city, you still need to put the receiver's name and home address on the paperwork.

Your first step is to read all of Delta's regulations concerning shipping pets as cargo. You will not be shipping Delta Dash. Delta's requirements can be found here, and a broader link with a ton of info can be found here.

Next, give Delta a call (888-736-3738.) You'll need to know which airport the dog will start from, and the "end destination" airport. Have the dog's weight, breed and height available. If you don't have crate dimensions, don't worry - they can quote it without. it's better to have dimensions, but if you don't know, don't fret. Ask for a quote to ship the dog. If someone else is putting the dog on the plane for you, ask if you can set it up so you pay on delivery... Delta will ship this way. You can call them as many times as you need, there's no obligation to book until you're ready. With Talla, I think I called Delta 2-3 times before I actually booked her flight. The folks on the phone are very nice and helpful, don't be afraid of them!

Once you're ready to book the flight, just call again. They'll give you your flight information, tell you to have the dog at the airport 1-2 hours before the flight leaves, and you're set!

Once the dog arrives at the airport, you'll need to find the Delta cargo area. If you're not sure where it is, just call the airport and they'll tell you where to find it. Be sure to bring your drivers license! You'll arrive, sign some paperwork, and they'll bring the dog out. Easy peasy!

I know there's probably some information I've left out - but if you have any questions, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer.

Talla says, "I'm proof that shipping dogs with Delta works!"
(Photo taken the day she arrived on a jet plane!)


  1. Good post. I know in Seattle and Portland the cargo areas (for all airlines) are often not on the airport grounds at all, but several blocks-up to a couple miles away. Dont ask me why.

  2. Thanks SO MUCH! This is exactly what we need :D

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  4. Apparently my airport is so small we don't even have a cargo department o.0

  5. This is exactly what I needed to hear from an insider and the number of Delta airlines. My dobes will be shipped soon! yay thanks so much for the insight on your experience, it helped tremendously.


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