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How to save money when travelling with your pets

Traveling with pets can be costly due to expenses like pet fees at hotels, pet sitters, and airline regulations. Here are tips.

07-06-24 14:42
travelling with pets
How to save money when travelling with pets. Image: Kashaeva Irina/Shutterstock

With travel season upon us, many pet owners are looking to bring their furry companions along for the adventure. 

However, traveling with pets can quickly become expensive. Between pet fees at hotels, pet sitters, airline regulations, and more, the costs add up fast. 

Fortunately, there are some smart strategies you can use to save big money while still letting your pet join in on the fun. 

Jason Higgs, Senior Deals Strategist at Bountii, shares three tips that could save you money on your next trip with your pet.


When planning your trip, it’s crucial to research pet-friendly hotels and vacation rentals thoroughly. 

“Many hotels charge additional fees for pets, which can range from $20 to $100 per night. To save money, compare the pet fees across different accommodations and look for special deals. Websites like BringFido or PetsWelcome can help you find the best options,” said Jason.

Additionally, consider negotiating with Airbnb hosts. Sometimes, hosts may be willing to waive or reduce pet fees, especially if you have a well-behaved pet or are planning an extended stay. 

A polite inquiry explaining your pet’s good behavior and your commitment to maintaining the property can go a long way.

By shopping around and negotiating, you could potentially save $100 to $200 on accommodation fees over the course of a week-long trip.


Pet-sitting and walking services can add up quickly, especially if you’re planning a longer trip. Instead of paying for these services, look for activities that you and your pet can enjoy together. 

Many destinations offer pet-friendly parks, hiking trails, and even beaches where your pet can run and play.

“Engaging in activities with your pet not only saves money but also enhances your vacation experience. Look for local pet-friendly attractions and plan your itinerary around them. This way, you can spend quality time with your pet while keeping them active and happy,” Jason explains.

By avoiding pet-sitting and walking services, you can easily save $100 to $300, depending on the length of your trip and the frequency of the services you would have needed.


If you’re flying with your pet, be sure to check the airline’s pet policies well in advance. 

Different airlines have varying rules and fees for pet travel, and being informed can help you avoid unnecessary costs. 

Check if your pet can fly in the cabin with you, as this is usually cheaper than having them travel in the cargo hold.

Ensure you have the correct size carrier that meets the airline’s requirements and is comfortable for your pet. Some airlines have strict size regulations, and having the wrong carrier can lead to additional charges or even prevent your pet from boarding.

Inform the airline about your pet’s travel plans as early as possible. Some airlines limit the number of pets per flight, and booking early can secure a spot for your pet without incurring last-minute fees.

By carefully planning and adhering to airline regulations, you can save $50 to $100 on pet travel fees.


  • Health Check: Ensure your pet has a vet-certified clean bill of health before traveling, especially when flying. This can prevent unexpected medical expenses.
  • Pet Insurance: Consider purchasing pet travel insurance to cover any unforeseen issues.
  • Pack Smart: Bring your pet’s food, toys, and other essentials to avoid buying them at higher prices at your destination.
  • Local Deals: Look for local pet-friendly deals and discounts at your destination.

“Implement these tips and you should have a wonderful vacation with your furry friend without breaking the bank,” says Jason.