Flying to or from Hawaii but don’t want to put your pet in cargo?
Join Fly Pets Hawaii Facebook Group
If you have a beloved pet, the idea of moving across an ocean can be daunting. You may even decide it is not an option because you cannot put your beloved furry family member in cargo as “baggage”. Hold on! Don’t give up! There are new options that are rapidly expanding.
Thanks to the hard work of one woman, Katy Prochaska, who was moving with her animals from the US to Portugal in 2021 and could not (and would not) put them in cargo, there is now a powerful movement of people gathering to share costs of chartered travel that includes pets. Yes, if you are willing to do a little work, you too can fly next to your beloved pet and be confident they are safe the entire journey across an ocean!
Since Katy started a Facebook group in 2021 to gather other pet owners like herself, the group has grown to 30,000 members (just 400 shy at the time of this writing) in two years! Katy’s story was featured in the Wall Street Journal in 2022.
Katy’s group focuses mainly on going to/from the Eastern US to the UK and Portugal. But don’t despair if you want to travel to and from Hawaii or another location—there is more good news!
Two other groups have recently formed as sister groups: one specific to flights within the continental U.S. and one to and from Hawaii! There is no advertising allowed and all groups are non-commercial. These groups are set up with the mission to help pets and their owners travel together.
Flights aren’t cheap but you will not be shouldering the entire cost of a private charter (which used to be your only option) or forced to be on a long ocean voyage!
Prices vary depending on fuel charges, season/demand, type/size of plane, and the number of passengers and pets. The groups are made up of volunteers with a shared mission.
To and from Hawaii flights will vary from $6K-$12K per person and 1-2 pets depending on the variables. It could be cheaper or go higher. It’s all up in the air financially until people commit and flights are booked. But you can have a say depending on how committed you are to make this happen! The travelers with pets are the ones organizing the trips.
To ensure everything goes smoothly, groups are encouraged to draw up legal contracts with attorneys and have escrow accounts. If pets are going to Hawaii they will also need to prepare for the strict import requirements that can take time and planning—you cannot skip this. The Hawaii FB group can help answer your questions.
Additionally, a new air charter service will be launching soon after seeing the demand for charter travel with pets. Named K9 Jets, they are focused on flying from the U.S. East coast to London, Paris and Lisbon and back but hope to expand their routes in the future.
Those of us involved in these groups envision the day when traveling with pets in the cabin will be just another day of traveling like any other, but they will sit safely in the cabin with us, and putting them in cargo will be a thing of the past!
Hopefully we will see you and your furry friend on one of our upcoming flights! Happy Landing!
This is a guest submitted post from a member of our Islander Ohana that we are publishing as a courtesy for all pet lovers!
Not sure if this thread is still active but I am looking for basically the same thing as some people here: I have a bigger sized dog I need to get to the Big Island. Timing if flexible but looking to go around May 2012. I would super appreciate being looped into this network and to see if others are seeking the same. Mahalo! -alex
Hi All, like the rest of you here, I am not a fan of transporting my family pets in cargo so I am conducting some research with flying my two dogs (small) and a cat from Wash, DC to the Big Island of Hawaii (Kona). I was born and raised in Hawaii and I’m planning to retire to Hawaii by August 2022. I am taking a trip back there in March and will make my final move to Kona in Aug 2022. I’m currently working on ensuring that I get all the required quarantine documents/requirements completed as required to ensure there’s a smooth transition for my fur family. I’ll keep an eye on this thread for any updates or suggestions. Thanks all and good luck!
Sas – I am planning to move to Oahu sometime between Aug-Oct 2022. I want to get my 17lb Havanese there in as low stress conditions as possible and am interested in pairing up a charter flight. I think he can fit in one of the human cabin configurations but it just doesn’t sound too good to me. Let me know what you’ve found and maybe we can get enough folks to work something out together.
Like your Havense, I worry about my Pom Koguma and want to get him to Kona with the least amount of stress as possible. Initially I had plans to take my two dogs but unfortunately I had to say good-bye to my Jack-Russell/Pug Kenji back in April due to unexpected health issues. I live in NOVA and while doing research found the company PenderAir (they are located in Chantilly). Their website indicate that all pets travel in climate controlled areas during flights so I’ve requested a quote and I’m waiting to hear back. If you haven’t heard of them, check out https://penderair.com. If I hear of other travel options, I’ll let you know
We are using a service called Pet Jets to fly from California to Maui end of June. They specialize in helping people pair up for shared private jets to fly you and your dog/cat.
They are also on Facebook where they post profiles of people looking to share flights.
Hope this helps
Hi Folks, have a similar situation. We have a smaller breed, Havanese, whom we want to bring to Oahu this year (2022). Looking to move around Aug-Oct from California to Hawaii. Anyone have success sharing a private charter flight? While he’s (Buddy) about small enough to fly in the human cabin I’m just not sure if that’s going to be comfortable for him – he’s on the larger side of that range (17 lbs).
Hi, We are looking to move to the Big Island sometime next year and we are in the planning stages. We have two Great Danes and a cat we will need to transport. We are looking at the option of a charter from California to the Big Island. We do not want them to fly cargo. They will be update to date on all their quarantine requirements. Any help and information is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Hey! we are looking to charter a plane too , maybe we could collaborate. We are looking to go from anywhere from cali hoping to find a few more people to join and do it all together.
we are looking between Jan 2020 to march 2020.
Hi Melissa, Did you succeed with this? I am seeking the same thing for me and my dog anytime in 2022.
We are looking to move to Maui in 2022 and have a dog so just curious if you have found any helpful information from the group?
Hi Anna, I have researched this and it appears the only option for us is to split the cost of a private charter (private JET) costs look to be approx. 50k. I am prepared to split this as many ways as we can find people. Would like to move sooner rather than later ie. Q1 of 2022. We are moving to Big Island. Everyone encountering this post can email me to coordinate and make this happen. email@example.com. – Alex
Hi Anna, we are also planning to move to Maui late 2022 or early 2023 if needed – just depends on the housing. Are you still planning on going and if so when are you looking at?
We are looking at booking through pet jet http://petjets.net/ they specialize in pairing people together for shared flights. You could reach out to them and let them know you are interested. We are also on their Facebook thread as well as other people looking to do the same thing at various times.
This is an old thread, but thought I’d post what I just learned. Alaska Airlines flies up to 40lb dogs in the cab. There was an HGTV Househunters that featured a DVM moving to Maui, I looked her up, called her, got the name, talked to Alaska (plus they have a great website), and found this out. Our dogs are 60 plus so not an option. We’re thinking Aloha Freight. They’re in a cargo plane, so no hold. And people seem to love them!
Thanks Marcia! We’re organizing something for charters. LMK if you’re interested and we’ll contact you directly.
Hi – we are looking to transport two Great Danes and our cat to the Big Island within a year and a half from California. I would love more information. I appreciate the help.
I’ll check my sources
Hello! I would love if you have any additional information on sharing charters to Hawaii. Please let me know if you have found anyway for people to connect etc. Thank you so much!!
-We are planning to move in sometime in the next 2 years (ideally late 2020 early 2021 but we are very flexible) we have 2 big dogs. I have found several pet friendly charters but none that are even close to affordable with out sharing the cost.
Dana, did you find a way? We are thinking of moving to Maui this summer. Flying out in May for two weeks to enjoy and look around. We have three dogs 45-55 pounds.
Dana, did you find a group charter? We are considering moving to Maui this summer. We have three dogs 45-55 pounds.
We are planning an extended trip to Hawaii, 6months and are brining our dog. We live in Vancouver, Canada and would love to explore the option of a shared charter. Our dog is a certified ESA but I think most airlines are not longer honoring that.
If anyone has any extra information or are planning a trip in the next couple of months Sept 2021-Jan 2021….
Any information or contacts would be so greatly appreciated.
The universe is calling us to Hawaii so we know we will be guided
Any updates on best charter companies? Did this workout for any past commenters? Looking to fly a Great Dane and a French mastiff across mid Jan 2018. Los Angeles area to Oahu/Hilo. Mahalo!
Thanks for asking. I followup with my contact.
Hi Kat, I am looking for a flight with my dog to hawaii in June. How do I find out more?
This post is a little old now, but I came across it when researching ways to get our dog to Maui. I would be happy to share in the cost of an empty leg to Kahului. We are flexible in timing, would just need 30 days notice to file the papaerwork for the “neighbor island permit” that is required for the dog to enter. Mahalo!
Hi Kat, I’m also looking for similar information on flying my dogs to Honolulu. I would do LAX-HNL (although I’m coming from NYC). If anyone has had experience with private charter, I’d be interested in hearing your experiences…pricing…etc… Additionally, if anyone would be traveling in 2018 and interested in a share, let me know. Thanks! firstname.lastname@example.org
Am happy to know that one can transport pets without any hustle. I advised some friends to charter a private jet when they needed to move to another country. They said they couldn’t leave the pets behind, though it was tricky for them. Eventually, they were happy to make it through a private jet.
Looking to share a private charter from LAX- Oahu. I have three dogs an four cats, and I just don’t feel comfortable flying them cargo. I am open on my dates, but will enough time to get the required shots.
Please contact me if interested in sharing the cost.
Looking to share a private charter to Oahu. We have two dogs and really do not want to fly the in cargo. We are flexible with the dates, they will have finished their quarantine 12/5. So, anytime after Dec 5th would work for us. We live in Austin, but are willing to drive to Los Angeles to share a jet to Oahu.
I have 2 cats. Hoping to go either end of December or mid January 2017 if you have not gone as yet.
Hi fellow pet lovers. My name is Shari & I have 5 pets to fly over should I be the candidate selected for a job. Can you share how this plane sharing is going? My email is email@example.com. I’m guessing this will need to happen by the end of September.
Hello, I need to get my dogs from Texas to Oahu around mid-September. Is there anyone else with a similar need?
Amanda. We live in TExas and are planning to move our dogs out to Oahu in December. Did you already get your dogs moved or are you still looking for options?
I am moving FROM Hawaii to Arizona end of 2016 – early 2017. Willing to stop in almost any state though and drive to Arizona. Anyone interested in leaving Hawaii want to coordinate something?
This is ridiculous that we have to do this.
Cole – just reaching out to see if you found someone to share a charter flight with and if there is room for 2 more dogs and 1-2 people. We are willing to drive and meet somewhere in the west as well. Our dogs will be eligible for entry after Dec 5th and we are flexible with a date to move them. Hoping to coordinate a December flight.
I too am interested in chartering a plane to Hawaii with others because I have two dogs and would like to make the flight as smooth as possible for us all.
Please contact me as this may be a good venture to accomplish.
Moving to Hawaii depends on securing this position on Oahu. Still need to get confirmation.
Please keep me in mind to share the flight. Will be leaving from Chicago.
Hello! Moving from California (east bay – inland from San Francisco) to Maui mid July or August 2016. I have 2 cats (named Maui and Shaka) and would like to go in on a charter flight with others. I have spoken to XOJets and Wheels Up and waiting for call back from NetJet. Looks like fee will be approximately $45,000 to $55,000.
Is anyone interested or does anyone have a flight scheduled already around this time? Open to other options / suggestions also.
P.S. It is great find other people that love their pets as much as we do!
We’re moving with 5 animals around December 1, 2016 and are in Denver. Really would love to find a cheaper way to get them there than $50,000! If flying from West Coast was easier and more people were leaving from there, we’d gladly drive out to California to fly from there!
PS We’re flying to Maui.
Hi Lee! Would August, 2016 work?
We’re looking to move late 2016 as well. We’re in AZ but would also drive to west coast for less expensive options. We have one dog 43 lbs (Border Collie/Aussie Shepherd – senior).
Let us know,
Stephanie and Robert
Hi Lee and Stephanie, I am looking to fly our great danes first week of December as well. Have you guys decided for sure if you will get the private plane? We are seriously looking into it and have already done our shots and they will cleared in December to fly.
Lee & Stephanie – Did you arrange a charter yet? Is there room for more? Our 2 dogs are eligible for entry on December 5th. We are flexible with the departure location, as we are willing to drive west. We are also flexible with dates – anytime in December after the 5th.
Lee – Did you find a charter flight for December and is there room for more? I am trying to move our 2 dogs. We are coming from Texas, but can drive to west coast departure location as well.
We are moving to Hawaii during the summer of 2016 and we would like to share a private jet with a few other pet owners. We can be flexible with the timing so that it can work for everyone. Net jets has a company called executive jet. They fly to Hawaii and if we can fly on an empty leg it would be about $60,000 for a mid sized jet (which is what is needed to fly to Hawaii) It can hold several people and pets. If we can share with several other pet owners it would be great! We are flying into Kona on the big island and we have 2 dogs that are about 35 lbs each. If anyone would like to consider this, it would be great!
Unfortunately my senior dog who the flight was for passed. Best of luck to everyone.
Also we need to verify this but I heard that the quarantine may not be as bad as it sounds because you can elect to do the quarantine time at home as along as the dog doesn’t leave the home during that time period. If that’s true and I had known that I probably would have just done that and not the direct release program with sending the blood work and having to wait all that time to leave. Please verify for yourself though.. Rgds
Michael, Zenia, Adrienne, Shauna, Ray, Anthony and anyone else interested in trying to make this happen around june 2016 please email me so we can start a group email conversation. (email removed by request – Vern) Too difficult to plan on here..regards
We won’t be ready to move until late 2016. In case you get delayed with moveing, please keep us in mind for sharing a jet. we have one dog 43lb Border Collie/Aussie Shepher senior.
Stephanie and Robert
moving to Honolulu Hawaii in aug-late 2016 (flexible on date) with 1 large dog, please contact me if there is a chain going around
Looking to share a jet to Hawaii with our dog late 2016.
Not sure how recent these post are. My fiancee and I have an English Bulldog, due to his breed we are left to seek private jet service or we even thought of taking him on a cruise. We plan to move to Oahu mid June 2016.
We live in Sacramento area, we are willing to go to LA or San Diego area if necessary. Any tips, feedback or people interested in sharing a private/charter jet. Let me know.
I am relocating from San Diego to Oah by August 1st, 2016, probably right around there. Would like to stay in touch in case your travel plans can be pushed out. Open to the idea of sharing a private charter with other people and their furry friends! I have a 13 year old cattle dog and am uncomfortable with cargo travel for her.
Sorry for the delay. Here is my email firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s keep in touch when the time comes, hopefully we can find something that works out.
We might be relocating to Oahu from southern Ca also around june 2016 and are looking to do this with our 2 dogs as well. I will know for sure if we are relocating within one week. I would like to keep in touch.
Hiy wife and I are looking to move later in 2016. 2 dogs 25 and 40 lbs each. W a private would be great if we can afford it!
Hi! We’re planning on moving to Hawaii late 2016. Have one dog 43lbs (Aussie Shepherd/Border Collie). Looking to share a jet.
It doesn’t show the date of people’s posts so I can’t tell if there is anyone currently looking to do a jet share for 2015/16. I contacted Tanya and she said her post was from 2012 and she’s on Maui. I’m ready and looking to do this. Please let me know if anyone else is out there. Thank you
I am starting a project called , simply, PetJet
I am partnering with the Aussie gent who founded Go! airlines here in Hawaii. He plays polo regularly at PoloInParadise in Mokuleia.
We will offer minimal or no cost transport of any pet , anywhere to or from
Forever endeth the dark ages of plastic carrier confinement in an unheated cabin in a jet liner designed for the pet’s loved ones aboard
The SimpleSolution is a HeartsForAnimals.org (( in Laie, OAHU ))
Dedicated Air travel exclusively for the maximum comfort and kindness
Of every pet’s loved ones
Please see the heartsforanimals.org website or email me directly at email@example.com
Please spread this virally. It’s about TIME for this to be the status quo,
The norm. The Renaissance of Pet Travel.
Thanks for this, I hope it takes off! Aloha!
Hi, yes, I have a dog and I’m interested in flying to hawaii 2016.
Ideally my timeframe is around the end of November to beginning December 2015 but if there’s a delay I could probably wait a few months too. I looked into the cost of a charter from van nuys to Maui and the best I’m finding is approximately 35k to 45k which is calculated at an approximate charter rate for a super midsize at $3500 per hour times 11 hours for the roundtrip. Even though the charter company is calling it a “one-way” the price isnt. It’s pretty much the same as a roundtrip because your price is including paying for the plane to fly back to van nuys which they then turn around and try to sell as an “empty leg”. Since I’m looking to go from Maui to van nuys with my 2 dogs and you would be paying for roundtrip anyway it seems that coordinating with me to take the return back to van nuys would reduce everyones costs. Hope this works out. Thank you.
My husband and I are also planning on moving to Hawaii. Our dogs had the blood test done and it was received on 5/30/2014 by Kansas state university. We are planning on selling our home but were also concerned about how to get our pets to Oahu! I know the test is good for 36 months and not less than 120 days, so we still have time. We haven’t put our house on the market yet because we also have the same problem with getting our pets there! We have a Shepard, a Bichon Frise and 2 Maltese.
People interested in charter share with pets to Hawaii? I’m in Portland and am flexible with dates. Just need to go by November when my dogs rabies paperwork expires.
Hi, finally our tests came back for our dogs and we are wanting to fly to Maui from southern California beginning of January 2014. I have received a quote of $40,000 for a 1 way trip out of van Nuys to Maui. Anyone interested in this time period that might want to share the flight please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (we will be travelling with 3 small/medium size female dogs)
I’ll see what I can find out as well regarding prices. My husband asked me if I know of any cruises that will allow pets on to Hawaii?
Does anyone here know of other forums where people are looking to charter a plane to Hawaii? I can seem to find anything? Here’s my email address email@example.com
An update on the charter prices. Spoke with one company and they quoted $55,000.00 to $60,000. That would be for a 15 seater aircraft. They said that the pets could be in cages and on the floor and then we could possibly sell all the other seats to other passengers. Would work out to $4000 per person if all seats could be filled. Will keep checking around to see if I can get better prices.
Spoke with New Flight Charter and they said it depends on date of travel, pets, and how many passengers and what type of aircraft. He said we are looking anywhere from $35,000 to $65,000.
I’ve contacted these charters and they either do not fly to Hawaii or do not accept pets:
Jet Suite, Linear Air
We are still planning on departing from California for Maui around the beginning of December. April, you need to start the process asap. From once the lab receives your dogs blood samples there is a 120 day waiting period. I spoke with a vet in Maui who will meet us at the airport and I feel a little more confident about how the process works now. Let us stay in touch and perhaps we can work this out. I still have not had any response on charter prices from southern California. Will try again.
Hi everyone who responded to my post
If all goes well with the test results for our dogs, the earliest we would be able to leave for Maui is roughly the end of November or beginning of December. Does anyone have an idea of what a charter might cost out of southern California, San Diego or Los Angeles?
Hope that we can put something together and that we get a few more people interested.
Thanks for the response
Where you able to find anything out regarding charter prices? My husband and I got lucky and sold our home the first day on the market. Now we are in the process of buying a home in Oahu. I know we will be driving our vehicles to Cali and flying from their to Oahu. I am pretty open to the end of the year if anyone else needs extra people. Question? Everyone tells me to get started on the paperwork now. Does that mean take the papers to the vet, get them to make sure dogs are current on all vaccinations and such? We just didn’t want them to do the blood work yet until we were certain on a home first. We are shooting for the 5 days or less program.
Hello everyone! My husband and I are in the process of selling our home in Houston. Once that is taking care of we are hoping to get a group of people who are interested in charter plane to Hawaii. We have 2 shih tzu dogs.
Hi April, which island are you looking to move to?
I am sorry that I forgot that bit of info. We are moving to Oahu. Is it true that it takes 4 months to get all the paperwork approved? To me the most stressful thing is timing. Selling the home, figuring out when to begin the paperwork for the dogs, getting a group of ppl to charter there. Ughh! I wish Pet Airways would hurry up and fly to Hawaii!!!!
We are actually looking to move to Maui. We have already started the process for our dogs and they are approved to go by August, but we are not looking to probably late October. But there is still steps when we do get ready to leave that we will need to do in order for them to get a direct release at the airport. You should start by going to hdoa.hawaii.gov this has all the information and paper work you will need to get your pets approved to go. Once you get their blood samples approved you cannot arrive within 90 days so I would start as soon as possible. Plus their are requirements on their rabies vaccines. Just make sure you read everything carefully, it can be a little overwhelming.
Hi April, my sister is moving to Hilo on Big Island beginning of Feb 2016 from San Diego. She has 5 dogs that she will be taking over with her. Her dogs have started the quarantine process of 4 months and they will be released to travel beginning of February. $1200 per dog for all blood work, shots etc. One good thing is the dogs are quarantined in the comfort of your own home and not locked up in a kennel in Hawaii for that amount of time there. Now she is concerned about them traveling in the cargo area of plane and is going to check into a pet airlines. It has been very expensive and stressful for her and I don’t blame her for wanting to take her babies with her. If you know of an airlines for dogs that is reasonable please advise me and I can inform her. Thank you and good luck.
Hi, we are planning on moving to Maui later this year, probably around end of November to December some time. We would have 1 person and 3 dogs (small females). Would be interested in hearing from anyone that might be considering a flight charter during that time.
Hi Tanya, my husband, 2 dogs (pug & shitzu), are looking to relocate to Maui in the fall also, and finding a safe flight for our pug has been a nightmare so we have been considering chartering a flight too depending on the costs. We we’re actually looking more at late october, but would consider changing that. Would be interested in talking to you more about sharing a flight.
Hi Jennifer. Sorry for the delayed response. It would be great to have another person on the flight. Our timeline for the charter would be around mid June. Here’s the problems I’m facing though. We can only afford a charter if we get an empty leg flight (this is an empty plane that is scheduled to fly to Hawaii to pick up passengers and fly back). All the companies I’ve talked to don’t seem to think it will be hard to find an empty leg but the problem is they don’t usually get scheduled until a week or two before the travel dates. That puts us in a bad situation for getting the dogs over if a flight doesn’t become available as the cargo flights fill up a month or more ahead of time. Unfortunately I dont think a charter will work. What I’ve decided to do is book a flight for my dog to go cargo and then hope a charter becomes available. I can always cancel the cargo flight if needed. I hope this helps. Good luck.
I was wondering if you need anyone else for your charter and what is your current timeline? Since you have to go through HNL, does your charter then take you to Kauai?
Thanks Vern. I’ll check those sites out.
Amy, I see I have my work cut out for me. I’m interested in finding other individuals to share charter costs too. My time frame is behind yours as I am just now starting the dogs medical requirements and paperwork. I know you have put a lot of work in research so any tips you can share would be greatly appreciated.
Good luck Wanda. We’re just beginning the charter research but I’m sure we’ll be posting things here as we find out more.
Amy-Thanks for reaching out to this website. It would be wonderful to get another family or two. There must be others out there like us. Saying a prayer this works out.
Id like to fly private with my 2 dogs from Maui to California (ideally la area) and share in the cost of this. Thanks
Hi, are you still looking for others?
Thanks Vern. I really appreciate you posting this for me. I think social media is the only way this will ever work. I didn’t mention it before but we’ll be leaving from Southern California. It will most likely be a June timeline since some of the other dogs won’t be done with quarantine until then but if we have enough interested parties maybe we could do a May flight and a June flight. No harm in dreaming big. We don’t have a firm price range yet but have been give estimates of everything from $35,000-$60,000. We’re all doing more research now and hope to have a more solid price soon. If we catch a break and find an open leg flight the price will be more like $35k which would be about $7000 each if we have five people sharing. Considering the cost to ship a pet cargo plus our individual ticket costs that price isn’t too bad. Not to mention the peace of mind of having our beloved pets with us on a private jet. I could think of worse things.
Yep, no problem. I hope someone can help. I won’t be much help other than posting it. I did change the original post to include that you were thinking to leave from LA or San Diego. Good Luck! Aloha, Vern
Have you seen these, or, which companies do you know about already?