6 Things To Know Before You Fly Allegiant Air

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If you’re looking to book a cheap flight, Allegiant Air may be an option. Allegiant is an ultra-low-cost airline that serves smaller and midsize markets.

In this article, I’ll cover everything you need to know before you fly Allegiant Air.

Team Clark has been researching major U.S. airlines so that you can save money when you fly.

Thinking of Booking an Allegiant Air Flight? Read This First

Allegiant Air sees itself not just as an airline but as a travel company. That’s why if you book a flight on allegiantair.com, you’ll see fares with options to bundle them with hotels and car rentals.

If you’ve never flown Las Vegas-based Allegiant and are thinking about booking a flight on the carrier again soon, here are some things to know.

  1. Where Does Allegiant Fly?
  2. Why Is Allegiant So Cheap?
  3. What Fees Does Allegiant Charge?
  4. Is Allegiant Safe to Fly?
  5. How Do Customers View Allegiant Air?
  6. How to Save on Allegiant

1. Where Does Allegiant Fly?

Compared to other airlines, Allegiant has a limited flight schedule and typically flies to and from underserved markets.

Allegiant serves more than 100 airports in the United States, many of those in the Midwest and in New England. See Allegiant’s route map here.

2. Why Is Allegiant So Cheap?

Allegiant’s flight schedule isn’t packed. Though it flies to 100+ airports, some routes fly only once a week. Also, Allegiant flies to many secondary airports where landing fees are less expensive.

And you won’t find the amenities on Allegiant that you find on many other carriers. You will find plenty of add-on fees.

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Allegiant’s three fare classes are:

  • Basic: This refundable fare charges you extra for everything except a personal item, which I’ll touch on later.
  • Bonus (bundled option): This nonrefundable fare charges you for a checked bag and priority boarding.
  • Total (bundled option): This nonrefundable premium fare is more like flying a major airline. Allegiant advertises “Total” as “the best deal.” Depending on your needs and wants for a flight, it pays to do the math to determine whether this really is the best deal for you.

3. What Fees Does Allegiant Charge?

If you purchase a basic flight on Allegiant, you can expect to pay fees for the following:

  • Seat Selection
  • Carry-On Bag
  • Checked Bag
  • Food
  • Priority Access
  • Boarding Pass Printing
  • Flight Changes

Check out the rest of the carrier’s list of fees here. One of the major expenses of an Allegiant flight is bag fees.

What Are Allegiant’s Baggage Fees?

Allegiant’s baggage fees are a bit different from other major carriers. For one thing, Allegiant charges for carry-on bags. You can however bring a personal item on board for free.

Allegiant’s bag fees vary depending on the route and when you add the bag to your flight. 

Here’s a summary of what you’ll pay for baggage fees on Allegiant as of April 2021 according to its website:

  • $0 for a personal item (Maximum size: 7 x 15 x 16 inches)
  • $18 to $45 for a carry-on bag (Maximum size: 9 x 14 x 22 inches)
  • $20 to $45 for a checked bag (Maximum size: 80 linear inches)

You’ll be charged additional fees for more bags and/or those that weigh more than 40 pounds. See Allegiant’s baggage policy for details.

4. Is Allegiant Safe To Fly?

Allegiant had a reputation in the past of having an older fleet — and making a lot of emergency landings and aborted take-offs because of mechanical issues.

In place of its older McDonnell Douglas MD-80 planes, Allegiant has switched to an all-Airbus fleet and has not made any headlines recently related to safety concerns.

5. How Do Customers View Allegiant Air?

Allegiant Air came in seventh out of the top nine major U.S. airlines in rankings from the American Customer Satisfaction Index report that was released in December 2020:

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AirlinesApril through September 2020Previous Period % Change
Southwest Airlines801%
Delta Air Lines793%
Alaska Airlines780%
JetBlue Airways76-3%
United Airlines761%
All Others746%
American Airlines73-1%
Allegiant Airlines72-3%
Frontier Airlines683%
Spirit Airlines673%
Airlines (Average)761.3%

Customers have complained of trying to reach someone at Allegiant to help with flights and other issues.

Here are some channels you can use to try to reach Allegiant.

6. How To Save on Allegiant Air

Allegiant is a budget airline, but when you consider the fees, the fares may not be as cheap as you think. Here’s how to save money when flying with Allegiant:

Pay for Your Bags Ahead of Time

Bag fees paid at the airport are $50 each way per passenger, per bag. You can cut that fee in half (or more) by paying it earlier.

Better yet, money expert Clark Howard wants you to pack light.

Compare Prices on Allegiant’s Fare Calendar

Screenshot via allegiantair.com

When you book on its website, use Allegiant’s fare calendar to find the best price.

As an example, a flight that costs $94 on a Thursday costs $64 if you can move it three days later to a Sunday (see calendar above).

Choose the Cheap Seats

Because all seat assignments on Allegiant cost money, save by buying a more affordable seat toward the back of the aircraft.

When I booked, I saw seats for $17 near the front of the aircraft, but the seats farther back were as cheap as $7.

Have you flown Allegiant Air? Tell Team Clark about your flying experience in the comments below!

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