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The United States has seen a significant increase in pet ownership over the years. As of 2021, approximately 70% of U.S. households own a pet, which translates to about 90.5 million homes, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA). With over 63 million dog-owning households and nearly 43 million cat-owning homes, it’s clear why the pet travel industry is expanding.

Traveling with pets is becoming more than a niche market; it’s a significant segment of the travel industry. Hotels and airlines are increasingly accommodating pet owners, but the demand often outstrips the supply, especially during peak travel seasons. Megan Hanson, a moderator for the Travel Forum at, notes that pet-friendly accommodations are one of the most sought-after amenities among forum users, particularly for those embarking on road trips with their dogs during the summer.

Accommodating Furry Guests: Hotels and Airlines Step Up

Major hotel chains like Best Western and La Quinta are leading the way in pet-friendly lodging, offering special rooms and amenities for travelers with pets. For an additional fee, guests can stay with their pets in designated areas designed to minimize the impact on other guests, such as dander and noise. Some establishments even provide pet recreation zones and sell pet-related products for added convenience.×280&!6&btvi=4&fsb=1&dtd=67168

Airlines have also made strides in catering to pets. Improvements in the handling of pets traveling as “baggage class” include climate-controlled areas, transport tags for crates, and trained handlers. Moreover, some airlines now allow small dogs and cats to travel in the cabin, although this service is often limited and subject to strict regulations.

Despite these advancements, Hanson points out that the supply of pet-friendly options has not kept pace with the growing demand. During peak travel times, such as the summer months, pet-friendly hotel rooms and airline accommodations can book up quickly, leaving many pet owners scrambli