Allegiant Airlines Review: Expect Everything, Carry Nothing


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Many say that Allegiant Airlines, the minibus of the sky, is so bad that it makes Spirit and China Eastern Airlines, the Greyhound of the sky, look good. Is it? Here is TPOL’s Allegiant Airlines review:

The booking process is a headache. First select where you hope to fly:

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Do you really think it’s this cheap to go to Vegas?

Then say no to the following:

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Do you need a car?
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Do you need a bad deal on a hotel?
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Do you need fake VIP?

You’re not done yet. The fun has only just begun:

Seats and bags? We charge for that.

Planning on sitting somewhere in this cramped plane? Allegiant charges for seat assignment. Though that’s become the standard across airlines, it doesn’t make it right.

Want to carry on a bag? That’ll be an extra charge you must prepay. If you aren’t crafty in trying to sneak in a bag that doesn’t fit under the seat in front of you it’s a $50 fee at the airport. Checking in the golf clubs for the prepaid rate of $25 was reasonable.

Forgot to print your boarding pass? That’ll be $5 buster.

Now let’s board the plane:

The a380 order is on the way.
The a380 order is on the way.

This review doesn’t include photos of the inside of the plane as I will leave that to your imagination. Needless to say there is no Wi-Fi, soft drinks are not included, and the seats don’t lie flat.

Still if you don’t get delayed, don’t get caught holding the bag like Frontier Airlines says, and if you arrive at your destination, I guess Allegiant might be OK.

There she is in all her glory.
There she is in all her glory.

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  1. If you buy your ticket at the airport, you save a $10-$15 per person per segment “passenger usage charge.” I’ve done this trick and packed light to fly some roundtrips for <$45

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