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Allegiant to charge to stow carry-ons overhead



Published: Fri, April 6, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

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VIENNA

Allegiant Air, which offers flights to leisure destinations through the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, has instituted a new baggage policy.

The policy now requires customers to either stow their carry-on bag below the seat in front of them or pay $15 to $35 to stow it overhead.

Carry-on fees will be $15 on most routes, the company said, but Dan Dickten, director of aviation at the local airport, said he didn’t know what the fee would be for flights here.

Allegiant becomes the second airline to charge for carry-on bags.

The maximum $35 fee will be for passengers who pay their fees at the airport. The lower prices will be charged for fees paid during the booking process. Previous bookings will not be affected.

According to an email from Allegiant, the maximum size for a carry-on that will fit under the seat is 7 inches high by 15 inches wide by 16 inches deep. Examples are purses, briefcases, laptops, etc., Allegiant said.

Carry-on bags that can go in the overhead bin, which now cost up to $35, can be no larger than 9 inches high by 14 inches wide by 22 inches deep and have a maximum weight of 25 pounds. Examples are roll-aboard bags, garment bags, etc., Allegiant said.

Checked bags cost $15 to $35 and can be up to 80 linear inches (meaning total of height, width and depth) and up to 40 pounds, Allegiant said.

Dickten said the bottom line regarding Allegiant is that it’s “still a good service. It’s still a good deal.”

Dickten added that he is in talks with Allegiant regarding adding more flights to the local airport. It currently offers flights to Orlando/Sanford and St. Petersburg/ Clearwater in Florida and Myrtle Beach, S.C.


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1observant1(74 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Dickten said the bottom line regarding Allegiant is that it’s “still a good service. It’s still a good deal.”

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
In the past I have flown Allegiant Air several times for travel to Youngstown, Ohio from the Tampa Bay area. Let me just say that I have never been a great proponent of this lousy airline's service and obscene methods of squeezing every last nickel out of their customers ($10 for a reserved seat, $5 for priority boarding, $15 booking fee unless you book at the airport, $2 for a glass of water in flight, etc., etc. etc), however, due to the convenience of flying directly to Youngstown, I capitulated and used Allegiant, even though the fares aren't as low as everyone thinks.
Just for example, on my most recent trip to Youngstown, March 21, 2012, to attend a funeral, the fare was $178.79 (not that attractive for a one way ticket). The fare for the return flight would have cost me $215.00 on Allegiant Air. So instead of caving in to this ridiculous fare, as well as their crummy service, I opted to use a shuttle service to drive to Pittsburgh ($32.40 plus a $5 tip for the driver) and flew back to Tampa on United Airlines for $124.10 for a grand total of $161.50 (I even had a free glass of orange juice on the plane).
Even though I never held this two-bit airline in high esteem, I have recommended Allegiant Air to friends and family because of the convenience, as mentioned above. So now, what do they do? Instead of improving service, they've decided to screw the customers out of more money by charging for carry on bags. But rest assured, their spokesman, Brian Davis has really shown how generous Allegiant Air can be by stating that passengers will be allowed to carry on a briefcase or a purse-- FOR FREE.
You can bet that I will never fly Allegiant Air again, nor will I recommend it to anybody.
Given Allegiant Air's arrogance, I doubt that it matters to them.

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2valleyred(1093 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Observant, I find your attack on Allegiant humorous. I have flown Allegiant in the past and thought their service was as good as AirTran, which I flew on just last month to Southwest Florida.

Allegiant remains a good service and remains cheaper, much more often than not, than the other carriers at CAK-CLE-PIT.

And I hope you enjoyed your one-stop flight with United from Tampa into Pittsburgh. I find it funny how you fail to mention that the United flight you flew on was not nonstop. The only nonstop flight out of Pittsburgh to Tampa is on Southwest Airlines.

Every Allegiant flight to Tampa is NONSTOP and CONVENIENT.

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