Southwest Luvs Pets

Southwest Airlines makes it easier for you to bring Fluffy and Fido with you on your trip with a new pet policy that began Wednesday, June 17.

For $75 the "Freedom to Fly" policy allows passengers to bring small cats and dogs into the passenger cabin.

The pets must be in a carrier that fits under the airplane seat, and the carrier will count as a carry-on bag.

Another change, starting Wednesday there is a new $25 unaccompanied minor service charge. And all tickets must be non-stop or direct flights with no change of planes.

In the past the airline absorbed the additional costs associated with flying minors alone.

The fee for a third or overweight bag also changes on Wednesday. Instead of $25, the fee will be $50. Southwest contends it is still one of the only airlines that allows customers to check their first two bags without a fee.

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