Delta’s New Pet Tracker Service isn’t for Every Dog and Cat

Ever sit on a plane and wonder how Fifi or Spot is doing down below with the checked-bags? Unfortunately, you’ll keep wondering until you land unless you ship your pet as cargo with Delta and use the new Pet Tracker system.

Delta $50 Pet Tracker for Cargo Animals

Delta Air Lines now offers a GPS-based tracking servicefor pets shipped via Delta Cargo. As a Delta spokesman told FareCompare, “It is not for customers who choose to fly with their pets as checked-baggage.” There is a fee, of course: $50.

Why Ship Pets as Cargo

Say an animal is too big for the cabin – typically 15+ pounds – the usual alternative is to transport the pet as checked-baggage. However, Delta does not allow short-snouted animals in checked-baggage including common dog breeds like Boxers, Bulldogs and more. The only other Delta option for these pets is to travel as cargo and that’s where Pet Tracker comes in.

Note: Cargo transport is typically a little more expensive than Delta’s standard $125 pet fee.

How Pet Tracker Works

As Bloomberg reports, a Pet Tracker GPS-type gizmo is attached to an animal’s crate and “the device notes location, ambient temperature and other factors, including how the crate is positioned. If the temperature rises above 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29 Celsius), for example, it will shoot an alert to Delta’s call center.” We are also told that Fifi’s and Spot’s owners can see all this for themselves by visiting the website.

What Airports Offer the Pet Tracker

At the moment, the Pet Tracker option is only available at these ten airports:

  • Atlanta
  • Cincinnati
  • Detroit
  • Los Angeles
  • Memphis
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • New York (LaGuardia)
  • Salt Lake City
  • Seattle
  • Tampa

If you’ve tried Pet Tracker or plan to, we’d love to hear what you thought of it.


Updated: April 2, 2015