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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.

Allegiant Air Airbus A320s, from Airbus.com

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.

You’ll be better served with a 2% cash back card; or meet the minimum spend for the bonus and then cancel after 1 year.

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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