Allegiant Air Review

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Allegiant offers low base fares but charges for almost all amenities. Travelers beware: Most fees are charged by segment. A layover typically means paying twice for baggage and other perks.

Allegiant Air wins decent ratings at Airline Quality, where Allegiant Air reviews commend the staff's friendliness and professionalism, clean aircraft, and fast and efficient baggage handling. Other reviews are less complimentary, however. At Viewpoints, passengers assert that it's often difficult to get help at the airport when you need it because staffing and on-the-ground services are limited, getting a boarding pass is not guaranteed if you don't arrive at the airport far enough in advance, an opt-out approach to avoiding automatic charges for certain items when booking online is a rip-off, and extra fees mount up fast. Similar gripes are shared in reviews at Epinions.

Allegiant Air offers an incentive to check bags when purchasing a ticket online. If you take the bait, the fee ranges between $14 and $35 for each bag for each leg of the trip (depending on all the airports involved) compared to a flat $35 rate for the first two bags ($50 for bags three and four) when checking luggage at the airport. The weight limit at Allegiant is 40 pounds, with a $50 surcharge for each overweight bag for each leg of the trip ($75 if the bag weighs between 71 and 100 pounds). Oversized bags also incur an extra fee. Nothing is free once you board, with payment required for snacks and beverages, as well as seat selection and pre-boarding privileges; if you choose not to pay to select a seat, seating is first come, first served based on check-in time. Seats are 17 inches wide with 30 inches of pitch. Allegiant Air flies to 71 destinations and focuses on vacation hot spots.

There's little that makes Allegiant Air stand out, although its checked-baggage fees seem excessive. If you're on a route that requires a stop-over and you've got more than one bag, you could wind up paying almost as much for your luggage as for your seat. Some travelers like the service and value the no-frills approach, but the fees and limited route system might make you wary.

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