BARK Air Launches First Class Pet Flights (But At a Jaw Dropping Price)

BARK Air lets your dog fly first class, but the cost is stratospheric. Would you splurge for your furry friend?
Updated May 8, 2024
Fact checked
pets on vacation

We receive compensation from the products and services mentioned in this story, but the opinions are the author's own. Compensation may impact where offers appear. We have not included all available products or offers. Learn more about how we make money and our editorial policies.

Imagine your pup strutting through a private terminal, ready to board an exclusive jet unlike any commercial airline. BARK Air, a new private jet charter service from BarkBox — the dog treat and toy subscription company — makes this a reality, for a cool $6,000 one-way ticket.

We explore if it is just a whimsical perk for the super wealthy, or a genuine way to step up your travel game with your pet.

If you’re over 50, take advantage of massive travel discounts and trip-planning resources

Over 50 and love traveling? Join AARP today — because if you’re not a member, you could be missing out on huge travel perks. When you start your membership today, you can get discounts on hotels and resorts, airfare, cruises, car rentals, and more.

How to become a member today:

  • Go here, select your free gift, and click “Join Today”
  • Create your account (important!) by answering a few simple questions
  • Start enjoying your discounts and perks!

An AARP membership not only unlocks discounts that could save you hundreds on your next trip, but you’ll also have access to deals on vacation packages, guided tours, and exclusive content to help plan your next getaway.

Important: Start your membership by creating an account here and filling in all of the information (do not skip this step!). Doing so will allow you to take up to 25% off your AARP membership, making it just $12 per year with auto-renewal.

Become an AARP member now

Canine comfort at a cost: What a $6,000 BARK Air flight includes

Karoline Thalhofer/Adobe puppy on leash

$6,000 is a serious chunk of change for a pet flight. But when you consider the service's exclusivity, it starts to make sense (for some).

Private terminals for pre-flight zoomies, dedicated attendants, and a stress-free environment for your furry friend – these are luxuries traditional airlines simply can't offer.

The airline prioritizes pup comfort with a "Dogs Fly First" flight prep featuring calming pheromones, music, and dog-approved colors.

To further ease anxiety, the airline will provide calming treats, noise-canceling ear muffs, and calming jackets.

Plus, check-in is a breeze compared to traditional airlines – you can arrive just 45 minutes before takeoff and skip the stressful TSA checkpoints entirely.

Routes and pricing

Vladimir Borovic/Adobe woman waiting for her airplane and using mobile phone

If you’re considering booking this luxurious travel experience for your pup, there are a few key details to know beforehand. The service opened for booking travel from April 11, and the first flights will take off from New York on May 23.

Flights are currently limited to specific routes between small private airports in New York (Westchester County Airport), Los Angeles (Van Nuys), and London (Stansted Airport).

Don’t forget, the price tag reflects the pampering, with one-way fares costing $6,000 and roundtrip fares reaching $12,000. The New York to London route cost $8,000 one way.

Each ticket includes one dog and one human companion, according to the BARK Air website.

Walking the walk: A CEO's commitment

Chalabala/Adobe A mostly unseen person stands in front of a flight board in an airport, with one hand holding onto the handle of their suitcase.

So where did this idea come from? BARK Air's CEO, Matt Meeker, took a firsthand plunge into traditional air travel by flying in a dog crate, placed in a standard cargo hold, on a flight from South Florida to New York City.

Through this flight, Meeker said he personally experienced the stress pets endure. This firsthand empathy fueled BARK Air's mission to create a travel experience that prioritizes your pet's well-being, ensuring their journey is as comfortable and enjoyable as yours.

Earn a $250 travel bonus with this incredible card

There's a credit card that's making waves with its amazing bonus and benefits. The Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card has no annual fee and you can earn 25,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening.

You can earn additional points just by using this card for your everyday purchases — unlimited 1.5 points per $1 spent on all purchases. The 25,000 bonus points can be redeemed for a $250 statement credit toward travel or dining purchases.

If you want to travel and dine out more, the Travel Rewards card can help you get where you want to go.

The best part? There's no annual fee.

Click here to apply now.

Bottom line

Chad McDermott/Adobe airport travel with luggage

For many pet owners, the anxiety of ensuring their pet's safety during travel is a major concern. This is especially true for larger breeds or breeds with restrictions on cabin travel. BARK Air eliminates this worry, offering a safe and comfortable space for all canines, regardless of size or breed.

While BARK Air caters to a niche market right now, it could be a trendsetter. As pet ownership continues to rise and people invest more in their furry family members, similar services might become more common.

It is possible that more affordable options could emerge, giving pet parents ways to travel more, without compromising on the quality of their pet’s travel experience.

Editor's Note: Generative AI tools helped write this story.

Easy-to-Earn Unlimited Rewards


Card Details

  • Earn 25,000 online bonus points after you make at least $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening - that can be a $250 statement credit toward travel purchases
  • Earn 1.5 points per $1 spent on all purchases
  • Longer intro APR on qualifying purchases and balance transfers
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Apply Now
  • Earn unlimited 1.5 points per $1 spent on all purchases, with no annual fee and no foreign transaction fees and your points don't expire as long as your account remains open.
  • 25,000 online bonus points after you make at least $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening - that can be a $250 statement credit toward travel purchases.
  • Use your card to book your trip how and where you want - you're not limited to specific websites with blackout dates or restrictions.
  • Redeem points for a statement credit to pay for travel or dining purchases, such as flights, hotel stays, car and vacation rentals, baggage fees, and also at restaurants including takeout.
  • 0% Intro APR for 15 billing cycles for purchases, and for any balance transfers made in the first 60 days. After the Intro APR offer ends, a Variable APR that’s currently 19.24% - 29.24% will apply. A 3% Intro balance transfer fee will apply for the first 60 days your account is open. After the Intro balance transfer fee offer ends, the fee for future balance transfers is 4%.
  • If you're a Bank of America Preferred Rewards® member, you can earn 25%-75% more points on every purchase. That means instead of earning an unlimited 1.5 points for every $1, you could earn 1.87-2.62 points for every $1 you spend on purchases.
  • Contactless Cards - The security of a chip card, with the convenience of a tap.
  • This online only offer may not be available if you leave this page or if you visit a Bank of America financial center. You can take advantage of this offer when you apply now.
Bank of <span class='whitespace-nowrap'>America<sup>®</sup></span> Travel Rewards credit card
Apply Now

on Bank of America’s secure website

Read Card Review

Intro Offer

Earn 25,000 online bonus points after you make at least $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening - that can be a $250 statement credit toward travel purchases

Annual Fee



Why we like it

Author Details

Maneesha Tiwari With more than seven years of experience managing content and editorial teams, Maneesha is passionate about news and how to help her audience navigate the ever-changing landscape of personal finance. She previously served as a journalist for Reuters, where she covered the stock market.

Want to learn how to make an extra $200?

Get proven ways to earn extra cash from your phone, computer, & more with Extra.

You will receive emails from Unsubscribe at any time. Privacy Policy

  • Vetted side hustles
  • Exclusive offers to save money daily
  • Expert tips to help manage and escape debt