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So Allegiant Airlines is an ultra low cost carrier (ULCC).  Similar to Spirit and Frontier here in the United States and a variety of ULCCs abroad like Ryanair, WOW Air, etc.  I’m familiar with the different schemes they have for adding / tricking you with extra fees for anything from seat selection, to meals, to bags, etc.  I think they have a space in any frequent traveler’s arsenal as an option, and I have no problem flying them if it makes sense.

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Seat selection on Allegiant

Allegiant of course charges you if you want to pick your seat.  While I was not quite as bold as I was a few weeks ago flying Frontier (results of my risky Frontier seat experiment still inconclusive), I still have no interest in paying extra for a seat assignment.  I am flying from Austin to Cincinnati with my 2 older boys, and so at the end of the day, if they stick us in 3 middle seats randomly throughout the plane, that’s fine.  Maybe I’ll get some peace and quiet 🙂

I was out driving around randomly at the 24 hour mark to check in, and cell phone coverage was spotty.  So I was able to periodically check the seat map, which showed something like this

Plenty of seats available but I couldn’t check in because I needed / wanted to add my son’s Known Traveler Number so he’d get TSA Pre.  I only had that info on my laptop so figured I’d wait till we got into the hotel

When we got into the hotel, I went to check in and noticed that they had already put us into seats (I’d heard that you can’t really check for seats – as soon as you go to the page within 24 hours then Allegiant will auto assign you a seat if you don’t pay for one.

Okay – not a big problem.  We’re near each other and at the end of the day, I assume whoever is sitting in 24E (the middle) would happily change out for my 24C aisle seat.  But when I went to check in, I got the following error

HELLO?!?!? YOU are the ones that put me there?  Why would Allegiant assign our party invalid seats?  And then they would not let me pick a seat without paying!

I am hopeful that they will fix things up if I call / show up at the airport but that’s still pretty annoying.  So until further information, I am declaring Allegiant’s the world’s dumbest airline! 🙂

Ever run into this problem on Allegiant?


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