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Away’s Pet Carrier Review 2024: An Expert’s Breakdown

Written by: Ingrid Yeh

Last Updated on May 9, 2024 by Dogster Team

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Away’s Pet Carrier Review 2024: An Expert’s Breakdown

Our Final Verdict

We give Away’s Pet Carrier a rating of 4.25 out of 5 stars.

Quality: 5/5
Variety: 2/5
Ease of Use: 5/5
Value: 5/5

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What Is Away’s Pet Carrier? How Does It Work?

A modern travel and lifestyle brand, Away has been bringing innovative products that solve real travel problems since 2015. Designed by travelers for travelers, Away creates suitcases, bags, and accessories of the highest quality. With everything from their sleek design, first-rate materials, and thoughtful features, Away’s selection of high-performance luggage accounts for every functional detail—made for a more seamless travel experience.

The Pet Carrier by Away makes traveling with a beloved pet just as smooth and stress free for both pets and owners alike. Designed with thoughtful details—like plush sherpa bedding, water-resistant lining, breathable mesh panels, and multiple pockets and compartments for all your furry bestie’s travel essentials—The Pet Carrier is created with comfort in mind for your pet, and is a must-have for any traveling pet parent who loves bringing their precious fur child with them everywhere.

Not to mention, with its polished design available in either black or “coast” blue, traveling with a pet has never looked so stylish!

Perfect for pets weighing up to 18 lbs, this high-end carrier is carry-on ready and features a convenient trolley sleeve to easily secure with other luggage, as well as latches to fasten to car seat belts. What’s more, The Pet Carrier is airline approved, meeting Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements and certified by The Center for Pet Safety (CPS). So, you can rest-assured you’ll have a few major less things to worry about while on the go with your furry travel buddy.

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Away’s Pet Carrier – A Quick Look

Pros
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Airline approved
  • Comfortable sherpa bedding
  • Mesh panels for ventilation
  • Multiple compartments
  • Easily secures to other Away luggage and car seat belts
Cons
  • Only available in two colors

Away’s Pet Carrier Pricing

With its high-quality design and functional features, The Pet Carrier comes at the price of $225 USD. You can also customize your carrier with embroidery of up to three letters in a variety of colors for an additional $35 USD.

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What to Expect from Away’s Pet Carrier

The Pet Carrier was delivered to my doorstep in a large cardboard box with Away branding on the top lid. Inside the box, the carrier was wrapped in more Away-branded sealed plastic wrap.

Inside the carrier was a small pamphlet with instructions on how to buckle in The Pet Carrier to your car for road travel, as well as cleaning instructions. It also included instructions on how to assemble a pet hotel using the box the carrier came in—a nice touch by the folks at Away!

Away’s Pet Carrier Contents

away's pet carrier and its manual

  • Dimensions: 18.7” x 10.8” x 10.75”
  • Weight: 4.3 lbs with shoulder strap (3.9 lbs without)
  • Water-resistant nylon exterior with leather trim
  • Removable, washable plush sherpa bedding pad
  • Detachable, adjustable shoulder strap
  • Safety collar clip
  • Two latches to fasten to car seatbelts
  • Trolley strap to secure to other luggage
  • Two-way top and side openings
  • Retractable privacy screen
  • Mesh paneling for ventilation
  • Retractable privacy screen
  • Multiple pockets and compartments
  • Removable name card
  • Carries pets up to 18 lbs in weight

Quality

The Pet Carrier is definitely designed to exude high quality. Not only is it a sleek and snazzy looking carrier, you can tell it’s made of quality materials made to withstand the wear and tear of long travel days. Its exterior is made of a water-resistant nylon material, nicely complemented with leather detailing. The interior is lined with a plush sherpa material to provide your pet with a comfortable resting pad.

Other thoughtful details like the retractable privacy screen, mesh paneling for ventilation, various pockets and compartments, and two different entry ways for your pet’s easy in-and-out access all show the level of meticulous craftsmanship that went into making this carrier. For all of these reasons, The Pet Carrier deserves a 5 out of 5 for quality.

coco sitting on a dog bed beside away's pet carrier

Variety

The one thing I would have liked to see more of with The Pet Carrier is variety. Being only available in two colors—black and “coast” blue—makes the choices a bit limited for pet owners. Though there is the customization option available to embroider up to 3 letters on the carrier in your color of choice, because of the limited options available, The Pet Carrier scored a 2 out of 5 for variety.

Ease of Use

Hand in hand with The Pet Carrier’s high quality is its comfort and ease of use. Its lightweight yet sturdy design—weighing less than five pounds (excluding the weight of your pet)—makes it very convenient to bring around with you on the go.

Its trolley sleeve allows it to slip on and secure easily to all other Away luggage (and most other luggage in general), so that you can move about that much easier, giving you one less thing to handle on those long travel days. Another impressive feature is the fastening latches that use the seat belts for road travel—whether for short car rides or long road trips. The Pet Carrier sits upright and sturdy and attaches to the car seatbelt, as well as to your pet’s collar, making it a secure and convenient car seat for them.

All these thoughtful design and functionality features earned The Pet Carrier a 5 out of 5 for its extreme ease of use.

coco sitting in the pet carrier from away

Is Away’s Pet Carrier a Good Value?

While priced higher than most pet carriers in the market, The Pet Carrier is a great value for the money. With its high-quality design and high-performance functionality, you are getting a top-of-the-line product that is sure to provide both you and your pet comfort, ease, and convenience while on the go. Especially as it is airline approved, you can enjoy the peace of mind of knowing your carrier is cosigned by both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and The Center for Pet Safety (CPS), meeting all their requirements and safety standards.

For these reasons and more, The Pet Carrier’s score of 5 out of 5 for value is well-deserved.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where does Away ship to?

Away currently ships everywhere in the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Puerto Rico, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

How much does shipping cost?

Away offers free UPS Ground shipping for all orders to the contiguous US, along with some faster shipping options as well.

UPS Ground to the contiguous US: Free
UPS Ground to Alaska, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico: *$15 for accessories; $25 for bags or suitcases
Faster: *$25 for accessories; $35 for bags; $50 for suitcases
Fastest: *$35 for accessories; $80 for bags and suitcases

*Shipping fees listed for accessories are per order, if purchased without a bag or suitcase.

All prices are listed in USD.

coco sitting comfortably in away's pet carrier

What is the return and exchange policy?

Away products can be returned within 100 days of purchase. This does not apply to personalized items made to order, for which Away’s limited warranty still applies. A return/exchange form can be found at awaytravel.com/contact-us. Standard shipping fees will not be refunded, only expedited shipping fees. All returns must be shipped in a box.

What is Away’s warranty for The Pet Carrier?

All of Away’s products are protected by a limited one-year warranty, guaranteeing repair or replacement of anything that breaks within the first year from purchase. Personalized items cannot be returned or exchanged, but are still covered by this warranty. More information about Away’s warranty can be found at https://help.awaytravel.com/#cat-warranty.

Our Experience With Away’s Pet Carrier

coco sitting in away's pet carrier at the backsear of the car

So far, Coco and I are thoroughly enjoying The Pet Carrier. Being both an avid traveler and an animal lover, I made the choice to purposely hold off on getting a dog for many years while I was traveling around the world—solo most of the time, as that’s when I felt most free and unrestricted. When I adopted Coco a couple years ago, there was quite a bit of adjustment for me with regard to my traveling. Whether it was finding a trusted sitter to watch her while I was away, or finding a way to safely and conveniently bring her with me, there were suddenly quite a few more things to consider whenever planning to get away.

Fortunately, The Pet Carrier by Away has provided a solution to some of my newfound obstacles. Now I can rest assured that if ever needing/wanting to bring Coco along for the ride, I have a solid and dependable carrier that makes it possible to do so as seamlessly as possible. It’s extremely well designed with so many thoughtful touches that make it so functional and easy to use. My favorite function is how easily it secures to the seat belts in my car, giving Coco a sturdy yet comfortable car seat for car rides (her favorite).

While I have yet to take Coco with me anywhere by air travel, knowing that I now have a reliable airline-approved carrier that is lightweight and specially made for smooth, stress-free travel with a pet makes me more excited to plan a trip that I can bring her with me on soon. That, plus knowing that she’ll be both secure and comfortable in The Pet Carrier for her first time flying gives me a few less major things to worry about.

Coco wasted no time getting comfy and familiar with The Pet Carrier—even going inside and setting up camp there on her own a few times! As a small-ish Chihuahua-Terrier mix weighing in at 15 pounds, it is perfectly designed for a dog of her size. She is a big fan of the plush sherpa-lined interior, and its spaciousness for her to comfortably move around within. Though she has another car seat already, she now happily chooses The Pet Carrier over it for car rides—with much enthusiasm.

Knowing how much Coco loves The Pet Carrier for everyday car rides and errands around town (as I bring her just about everywhere with me), it gives me immense peace of mind knowing that she will easily adapt to it for her first-ever air travel trip—whenever and wherever that ends up being. For a traveling dog mom like me, The Pet Carrier by Away is well worth its bang for buck.

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In Summary

With The Pet Carrier, bringing your precious pet along for the ride is made smooth and stress-free—whether by plane, train, or car. True to Away’s mission of creating a more seamless journey for travelers, from packing to unpacking, The Pet Carrier provides the same level of comfort, convenience, and peace of mind to both pets and their owners alike.

With many thoughtful design features and high-performance functionality, The Pet Carrier is specially made to fit in perfectly with the way you already travel—but with your furry friend in tow!

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