5 Tips for Travelling with your Pet

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  • Contact the carrier in advance to reserve space and find out their rules.
  • Book a direct flight. Avoid travelling in extreme weather or busy travel times.
  • Make the right arrangements for your pet. If you're planning to keep your pet under the seat they must be small enough to stand up in the carry-on bag. If they're too big, the airline will force you to put them in cargo AND sell you a very overpriced kennel to do so!
  • Make sure the captain and flight attendants know your pet is on board.
  • Make sure your pet gets on and off the plane! If at all possible, insist on watching your pet be loaded in and out of cargo.

Pet Friendly Hotels near JFK Airport

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Sheraton Hotel JFK Airport

Sheraton Hotel JFK AirportOne of the top-rated hotels near Kennedy International Airport, the Sheraton at JFK is also one of just 2 hotels located close to the airport which allow pets. The rooms are clean, the staff is excellent, the on-site restaurant is reasonably priced and tasty and there's a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport that leaves every 30 minutes. If you're travelling with your pet and want to stay as close as possible to the airport, this one should be a no-brainer.

rates and availability - Hampton Inn

Howard Johnson Express Inn JFK

Howard Johnson Express JFKThe pet-friendly Howard Johnson Express is just 2 miles from JFK airport but a world away from the Sheraton in visitor feedback. Former guests have panned everything from the questionable quality of the neighborhood, to the staff, to the cleanliness (or lack thereof) of the rooms, to the shuttle (which doesn't run after 10 PM). However, if your biggest concern is the bottom line, it IS one of the cheapest of the Kennedy airport hotels.

rates and availability - Hampton Inn

Best Western Mill River Manor

Best Western Mill River ManorSituated in Rockville Center, just under 7 miles from JFK on the south shore of Long Island, the Mill River Manor is an older hotel with an unassuming appearance but consistent rave reviews from visitors for its cleanliness and attentive staff. Not the cheapest hotel around if you're pinching pennies, but it's reasonably priced (usually less than the JFK Sheraton), and an excellent value for the money - AND they accept pets! The Mill River Manor is within just a short walk of the LIRR. The immediate neighborhood also boasts no less than 40 restaurants within walking distance - something to suit every taste and budget!

Insider tip: Some of the rooms at the top get a beautiful view of the sunset every evening.

rates and availability - Hampton Inn

Comparison of hotels near JFK airport that accept pets
  Sheraton Hotel JFK Howard Johnson JFK Best Western Mill River Manor
Miles from Airport 2 2 6.9
Avg. Guest Rating
3.5 / 5 2.5 / 5 4 / 5
Rates Check
Airport Shuttle   Yes  
Free Parking Yes Yes Yes
High Speed Internet Yes Yes Yes
Wireless Internet Yes   Yes


Yes Yes surcharge
Restaurant Yes   Yes
Room Service Yes   Yes
24 Hour Front Desk Yes Yes Yes
Pets Allowed Yes Yes Yes
Express Checkout Yes Yes Yes
Fitness Center Yes   Yes
Jacuzzi / Spa Tub Yes    
ATM/Banking Yes   Yes
Dry Cleaning Yes Yes Yes
Business Services Yes Yes Yes
Conference Rooms Yes   Yes
Cable TV Yes   Yes
Coffeemaker Yes   Yes
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* Room rates vary according to the dates of your stay, and are subject to change. Please see hotel details pages for current pricing and availability.