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Allegiant Air has just expanded their route network with service to 3 new cities and 44 new routes overall. The new flights make this the largest expansion in the airline’s history.
The 3 cities with new service are Chicago (Midway), Houston, and Boston. The new routes are widespread and generally seasonal for spring and summer travel.
With the new routes comes a new sale. The “Celebration Sale” lasts until Thursday at midnight, with $33 flights from the newly serviced cities. Many other routes are on sale for 25% off as well.
Allegiant is a low-cost carrier, meaning they have great budget fares, but expect fees for most services.They are mainly a leisure airline, for vacations in sunny destinations. Its route map is generally “north/south”, meaning you can reach vacation spots on your side of the country, but not the other. Only Midwestern cities like St. Louis, Kansas City, and Omaha allow flights to the southwest and southeast. Even Chicago flights don’t go out west, leaving Detroit as the furthest flights to Los Angeles.
All Allegiant flights are nonstop, so trips needing connections are best done with other airlines. Use the interactive route map to find where you can travel with Allegiant.
Allegiant also has a loyalty program, MyAllegiant Rewards. However, points can be earned only through their Allegiant World Mastercard (from Bank of America). The points are worth 1 cent, and the sign-up bonus is 15,000 points ($150), but the card has a $59 annual fee that is not waived the first year. Given the earning structure and lack of amenities, you’re probably far better off with a card like the Citi Double Cash Back, which earns 2% on all purchases at payment.
I have several friends who fly Allegiant often, and they find it typical of most budget carriers: it’s not necessarily a comfortable ride, but the trips are usually short and the price is right. Act fast if you want the new sale prices, as they end at 11:59 PM Thursday.
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For Allegiant, flying into/out of MDW is a big deal! For years, they have, on purpose avoided flying into both ORD and MDW in favor of Chicago Rockford (RFD) which is give or take 75 miles northwest of ORD!
RFD basically serves the local Rockford market and some far northwest suburban Chicagoland travelers (Elgin area), and a small amount of travelers from southern Wisconsin (Beloit, Janesville areas).
What I sense here is a ramp up of more Florida service by Allegiant from MDW as they get ready to open their new Sunseeker hotel near Punta Gorda.
Up until this point, Allegiant has never really cracked the greater Chicagoland market with their silly and tone deaf marketing campaigns of selling Rockford as Chicago…absurd
If Allegiant wants to wear big boy pants, they have to play in the big boy markets – and the move into MDW is a good step. Let’s see if Allegiant is able to keep the fares and pesky fees as low as RFD – where Allegiant (and any airline) gets a great deal on landing fees and rent as compared to other airports.
The new GRR-LAX and SFB-ABQ routes appear to be the longest stage length routes in the Allegiant system, after the already in operation CVG-LAX route. That’s a long time to be on an Allegiant aircraft..with 30″ inch seat pitch, unless you buy-up to their pricey legroom plus product with 34″ of seat pitch.
To be fair, no different than flying an Oasis-configured 737-800, 737 MAX (when and if they return), or the A319 and A321neo’s on AA. 30″ pitch on those aircraft as well. At least on AA, when it works, you can watch free movies and listen to iTunes on your phone or tablet. No WiFi on Allegiant.
DSM is really seeing an expansion of service. Allegiant had a prior announcement that it would become a focus city – and the press release confirms this.
I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point DL throws a wrench into Allegiant’s expansion at GRR and begins a few times a week nonstop flight on the GRR-LAX route (a hint of former NWA route planners now at DL playing in the weeds of DTW).