What to Know Before Flying Allegiant Air (2024)

Ever consider flying with Allegiant Air? The airline currently flies within the U.S. and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. Allegiant often adds new routes at impressively low fares (think: $39 tickets). The drawback, however, is that you have to pay for every extra imaginable, from water on the plane to a full-size carry-on bag. If you're wondering whether or not to hop on an Allegiant Air flight, know what you're getting yourself into.

We've tracked down all the latest info on Allegiant Air and browsed Allegiant Air reviews to find out what passengers had to say about the airline. Here's everything you need to know before you fly.

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Fare Classes

Ticketing with Allegiant Air is straightforward. If you buy a ticket without purchasing any extras, you do not get an assigned seat — instead, the airline will randomly assign a seat to you. The other option is to purchase a specific seat before you fly. This will cost more, but you get to choose where in the aircraft you'd like to sit, which is useful if you are traveling with a friend, partner, or family members. Finally, you can purchase seats with extra legroom on select airplanes. This is called Allegiance Extra, and the seat provides an additional six inches of legroom.

Allegiant offers a bundle system to help make purchasing flight extras easier, but you will also have the option to not select a bundle and fly sparsely with only one personal item and an unassigned seat. There are three classes of Allegiant bundles: Basic, Bonus, and Total.

  • Allegiant Basic: Seat selection, one personal item, and a carry-on bag
  • Allegiant Bonus: Seat selection, priority boarding, one personal item, and a checked bag
  • Allegiant Total: Seat selection, priority boarding, one personal item, a carry-on bag, a checked bag, and priority boarding

All bundle classes include Trip Flex, which allows you to change or cancel your flights without having to pay extra fees.

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Flight Change and Cancellation Policies

If you don't have Trip Flex and you need to change or cancel your flight on Allegiant, the fee is $25. That fee applies to each leg of your itinerary (i.e., if you're flying round-trip, direct to a destination, you'll be charged the fee twice). The $25 fee will be charged each time you change or cancel your flight, and you'll be responsible for paying the difference in fare. Any change or cancellation must be made at least seven days before your scheduled departure.

Note that Allegiant's relatively low change fee of $25 was first instated as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic when the airline reduced the fee from $75. It was not intended to be a permanent reduction, so the price could go back up in the future. You can also purchase Trip Flex for your ticket, which allows you to change or cancel your flight with no fees up to an hour before your departure time. However, if you purchase a bundle, Trip Flex will be included automatically.

Baggage Policies and Fees

Every passenger, in booking their standard ticket, is allowed to carry on one personal item, free of charge. Allegiant recommends a purse, briefcase, or small backpack. It must be able to fit under the seat in front of you and be no larger than 8 x 14 x 18 inches. It's unlikely that you'd be able to bring a suitcase or a weekend bag as your free personal item. However, every passenger can pay for one carry-on bag that can be stowed in the overhead bins. The dimensions for this bag are slightly larger than your personal item (10 x 16 x 22 inches). You can also purchase checked bags — up to four per passenger. These bags can be no more than 50 pounds and 80 linear inches.

Fees for each of these options vary — if you pay when booking your ticket, the fee will be less than if you're paying for them at the airport. Your carry-on bag can cost from $10 to $75. Fees for your carry-on and checked bags vary in a similar realm. Often you're looking at $20 to $35 if purchased at the time of booking, $45 if purchased just before departure, and $50 if you're paying for the bags at the airport.

Finally, there are additional fees if your checked bag is larger than 80 linear inches and over 50 pounds. Depending on the size and weight, you'll add $50 or $75 to the checked bag fee for an overweight or oversized bag. If you have to check your bag at the gate, you may have to pay a fee of up to $75, but this does not apply to car seats, strollers, mobility aids, or other assistance devices.

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Boarding Order

Allegiant Air has four pre-boarding zones, followed by six general boarding zones. Here's how pre-boarding looks:

  • Pre-boarding: Passengers that require additional time or assistance
  • Priority boarding: Passengers who have purchased Priority Access in advance or have an Allegiant World Mastercard
  • Military boarding: Boarding reserved for active military personnel
  • Family boarding: Specifically for passengers traveling with young children and accessories like car seats and strollers

After these zones have concluded, Allegiant will move into general boarding with six zones. The first zone is the exit row. The next five zones are each associated with the planes numbered rows.

Seats and Legroom

The standard seats on Allegiant offer less than 30 inches of seat pitch, minimizing legroom for passengers. However, their larger seats deliver an additional six inches of legroom and 34 inches between seats. To grab the extra legroom seats, you'll select an Allegiant Extra seat when booking your ticket. Scott of Sanspotter says the width of the Allegiant Air seats is about 17 inches. He says that "legroom is increased to 34 inches in a 'Legroom +' row towards the front of the aircraft," and concludes, "the bottom line is, if you want a more comfortable seat, fly Delta, American, or United instead."

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Amenities and Entertainment

Food and Beverage Service

Food and beverages are available for purchase on Allegiant Air flights. Waters and sodas are $3. Beers and hard seltzers are between $4 and $9. You can get La Colombe and Dunkin Donuts iced coffees for $5. In addition to individual snacks and drinks, available a la carte, you can buy snack packs starting at $11 to have a mixed assortment.

Customer Service

Among Allegiant Air reviews, customer service quality is up for debate. While their planes are well-staffed, some reviewers point out that trying to work with staff on the phone or online before a flight (on a change, cancellation, or special request) can be challenging. "I have been trying to contact customer service for weeks now to obtain information about a return flight. It has been impossible," says Martin B. on TripAdvisor. "Allegiant's online chat and phone number are always busy. They have failed to answer multiple emails. I finally decided to book the return flight with another airline. I doubt that I will use Allegiant again in the future."

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is not currently available on Allegiant Air flights.

In-flight Programming

There is no in-flight entertainment on Allegiant. You will not find magazines or in-flight movies, TV, or music onboard.

Allegiant Air Credit Cards

Allegiant Air has one credit card offering, in partnership with Bank of America. It's called the Allegiant World Mastercard. With the card, holders earn points that can be used toward Allegiant Air flights, as well as priority boarding and one complimentary beverage per flight. The annual fee is $59 and upon sign-up, cardholders get 15,000 points (which is equivalent to $150 redeemed with Allegiant).

What to Know Before Flying Allegiant Air (2024)

FAQs

What is required to fly with Allegiant? ›

TSA requires government-issued identification for all passengers over eighteen (18) years of age. If a passenger appears to be eighteen (18) years of age, it is recommended they bring photo identification. Allegiant requires age verification for all passengers under the age of 18 who are traveling alone.

How strict is Allegiant with carry-on bags? ›

For your safety, all carry-on and personal items must fit completely underneath a seat or in the overhead bin space and must not exceed the specified baggage dimensions which may be verified prior to boarding. The carry-on bag exterior dimensions must not exceed 10 in. x 16 in. x 22 in.

What is the Allegiant 311 rule? ›

Generally, when you fly with Allegiant Air, it follows the Transporation Security Administration 3-1-1 rule to carry our liquid items especially. It has restrictions to take your Liquid item, which must fit in a quart-sized, resealable bag and go through the checkpoint quickly.

What is not allowed on Allegiant Airlines? ›

Examples: paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gases, oxygen bottles, and radio-pharmaceuticals. Traveling with a Portable Electronic Device (PED)? Restrictions apply for electronic devices and batteries. Please see the Electronic Devices section of the Restricted Articles table for additional information.

How do I get my boarding pass for Allegiant? ›

Get Your Boarding Pass – 3 Options
  1. FREE: Print your boarding pass at home. Click here.
  2. FREE: Download the Allegiant App to check in on your mobile device and get your boarding pass. Download App.
  3. $5: If a ticket agent prints your boarding pass(es), you will pay a $5 charge (no cash please) per boarding pass.

What is not allowed in a carry-on bag? ›

Firearms, ammunition, and fireworks are prohibited, as are all knives and safety razors (including pocket knives and Swiss Army knives). Straight razors and replacement blades for straight razors are also not allowed. Most tools also cannot be packed in carry-on luggage, as they have the potential to cause harm.

Can I bring my own snacks on Allegiant Air? ›

TSA-Compliant Snacks

You can also avoid the in-flight munchies by packing a small bag of nuts, dried fruit, or popcorn. In case you forget snacks, don't panic! Allegiant has a large in-flight menu.

Can I bring a backpack and purse on plane? ›

Most airlines allow passengers to bring on both a carry-on and a personal item like a backpack, laptop bag, purse, briefcase, shopping bag, etc. The general rule of thumb is that your personal item is smaller in dimension than your carry-on bag and it can fit underneath the seat in front of you.

Is toothpaste considered a liquid? ›

Each passenger is limited to one quart-size bag of liquids, gels and aerosols. Common travel items that must comply with the 3-1-1 liquids rule include toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash and lotion.

Do you need a mask to fly Allegiant? ›

No, passengers may wear masks if they choose but it is not required. Travelers are advised to book in advance through the Allegiant Air Web site or customer call center. Airline tickets for same day travel may be purchased at the airport ticket counter based on availability.

Do you have to check in at counter for Allegiant? ›

Plan to bring a printed paper boarding pass with you to the airport or use the free and paperless Allegiant mobile app. (Don't forget to bring your government-issued ID as well.) There are 3 ways to check in for your flight: mobile, online, or at the airport.

Does a blanket count as a personal item Allegiant? ›

Airlines allow a person to usually carry on one personal item. A personal item is usually defined as a laptop, briefcase, purse. However, a blanket is not classified with these items. In addition to a personal item, the passenger is allowed to take a jacket, a newspaper, a hat, a book, a blanket - a blanket!

Are sodas free on Allegiant? ›

For your convenience, Allegiant offers a variety of sodas, juices, alcoholic beverages, snacks and merchandise onboard every flight for purchase with a credit card.

Is a purse considered carry-on? ›

In conclusion, a purse is not a carry-on but a personal item. Personal items are considerably easier to travel with because they are smaller, so your purse may be easier to carry than a carry-on. You just need to be mindful that you'll have a spot to store your purse under the seat in front of you.

Can I bring a purse and backpack on Allegiant? ›

A purse, briefcase, laptop computer, small backpack, small camera or food container. The item must be stored completely underneath the seat in front of you. There is no charge for one personal item, provided it does not exceed size requirements.

What forms of ID do I need to fly Allegiant? ›

All passengers over the age of 18 must present an acceptable form of identification such as a driver's license or passport. Click here for the TSA's latest list of acceptable forms of ID. Minors traveling alone may be requested to present their birth certificate or other identification with birthdate as proof of age.

What documents do I need to fly on an airplane? ›

Acceptable Identification at the TSA Checkpoint
  1. Driver's licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent) ...
  2. State-Issued Drivers License or State-Issued ID.
  3. U.S. passport.
  4. U.S. passport card.
  5. DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)

Do the airlines require a Covid test to fly? ›

US Welcomes Back Foreign Travelers

As of June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer require air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the United States to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight.

What do I need at the airport for my flight? ›

Items needed for check-in counter:
  • Passport (when traveling internationally)
  • Flight information. Paper ticket (less and less common), OR. E-ticket with a confirmation number—usually sent via email if ticket is purchased online or through a travel agency, OR. Printed itinerary with a confirmation number.

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