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Should You Buy That Cheap Allegiant Air Ticket? (Video)

Discussion in 'Vacation Travel Information' started by MULTIZ321, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. MULTIZ321

    MULTIZ321 TUG Member

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    Should You Buy That Cheap Allegiant Air Ticket? (Video)
    By Maya Kachroo-Levine/ T&L/ Airlines/ Airports/ U.S./ Travel & Leisure/ travelandleisure.com

    "When deciding whether or not to grab that Allegiant Air flight deal, you first need to ask: Is it safe to fly Allegiant Air?

    In April, 60 Minutes aired a special about the airline’s not-so-hot safety record, reporting that 25 of their planes experienced some sort of mechanical issue in the last two years. (They also reported that Allegiant only has 99 planes, meaning nearly 25 percent of them have experienced an issue that could correlate to a passenger’s safety.) However, this doesn’t necessarily mean the airline is less safe, but rather means that Allegiant reports more events than competitors because their aircrafts tend to be older, and therefore need maintenance checks more often.

    On the plus side, Allegiant is actually updating their fleet to include newer airbuses. The only problem is while bringing in new aircrafts, Allegiant has had to cancel flights because their new planes are arriving behind schedule.

    While, admittedly, the first half of 2018 was a bit rough to Allegiant Air, it’s still a U.S. Department of Transportation certified airline that’s been operating since 1997. Allegiant currently flies within the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Their direct flights can be super affordable, and they’re even branching out and opening a hotel in Florida in 2019. If you’re wondering whether or not to hop on an Allegiant Air flight, you first want to know what you’re getting into. Are you actually more likely to be delayed because they’re looking into an engine issue? We looked through what passengers had to say about flying Allegiant, and here’s what you need to know before booking that ticket....."

    Richard
     
  2. PigsDad

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    I can only imagine what an Allegiant hotel experience would be like...
    • There's a "convenience fee" for booking your room online
    • A fee for paying with a credit card
    • The room rate includes a room. Want a bed? Extra. Bedding? Extra. Pillows? Extra. Bath towel? Extra. Bath mat? Extra. Toilet paper? Extra. Soap and shampoo? Go down to the lobby and purchase them from the vending machine.
    • To operate the shower, you must put quarters into the slot. There's also a dollar bill slot for hot water.
    • The check-in desk is only staffed starting 2 hours before bed time, and closes at lights-out.
    • Beds are 17" wide and 50" long.
    • No TV; no phones -- provide your own.
    • Only 1 in 3 rooms have a window, and of course there is an extra charge for a window room.
    • $150 change fee for any change in dates or people
    :D:D:D:D:D

    Kurt
     
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  3. Blues

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    My most "memorable" trip on Allegiant was supposed to be a quick down-and-back from Monterey to San Diego for a business meeting.

    Outbound - plane left 2 hours late. OK, it happens, but it really screwed up the timing for the meeting.

    Return - plane was 3 hours late. More to the point, when we returned to Monterey, the Allegiant desk was closed. There were dozens of frantic, screaming people waiting for their loved ones. No one at Allegiant had contacted anyone about the delay, and there was no information on their board or website. As far as those waiting knew, the plane had crashed. They were frantic; and then they were extremely p*ssed.

    (long ago, before ubiquitous cell phones and web access).
     
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    We've actually started flying Allegiant pretty frequently (the price can be 1/4 of other airlines and flies to/from the closest small airports). I think my daughter had one significant delay once....but flying into St Petersburg FL and catching an Uber home is quick & easy for her and the baby. As a veteran we also get free bags.....we usually don't pick seats unless we're flying with kids; and we don't need food or drink (it's an hour flight).
     
  5. pedro47

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    Sounds liked the majority of posters have spoken and the final answer is “. .”
     

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