From: LAX, California, USA
To: Seattle, Washington, USA
Pets: Congo African Grey, 23 years old; Yellow Nape Amazon, 24 years old
I'm out of my mind finding out the best airlines to fly my parrots to a sanctuary in Washington. Alaskan airlines needed a health certificate and was double the price of United. I do not care about price, I just want them to be okay in their travels. United had some very bad reviews—they requested no health certificate and the cost was $150. All of this frightens me and I am trying really hard to do the best by them. Is it better to fly them or how else could I transport?
Thanks for your question—it's completely understandable that you're feeling nervous about moving your birds. To start, please take a look at this overview of bird travel tips for information about securing the right travel crate, etc. Luckily, flying domestically is not as complicated a process as flying internationally, but as you know there is still a good amount of preparation involved.
For your information, we often use United to move pets and have used them for successful bird relocations, as well. If you'd like some help, please give our office a call or fill out our online consultation form.
Please let us know if we can be of further assistance, and good luck with everything!