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Allegiant Sale- $15 One Way Fares From PIE  
User currently onlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5821 posts, RR: 28
Posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2157 times:

Allegiant is offering $15 one way fares for 15 hours from PIE to 15 cities. The sale price is available until 9PM EST today (Thursday) .

I checked and yes the fares are still available in most of the markets as of this post for flights out of PIE in Dec, Jan and Feb.


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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26599 posts, RR: 75
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2138 times:

And now the fine print. First, using TYS as the destination, the $15 fare is only bookable on the outbound. It is $59 coming back. Second, you have to pay $8.50 for the "convenience" of saving Allegiant money and you time by booking online. After that, you have to pay to check a bag. Then you have to pay for even a soft drink on board. Not such a deal anymore.


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User currently offlineRJNUT From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2114 times:



Quoting N1120A (Reply 1):
And now the fine print. First, using TYS as the destination, the $15 fare is only bookable on the outbound. It is $59 coming back. Second, you have to pay $8.50 for the "convenience" of saving Allegiant money and you time by booking online. After that, you have to pay to check a bag. Then you have to pay for even a soft drink on board. Not such a deal anymore.

Yes it is!!!!


User currently onlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5821 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2111 times:



Quoting N1120A (Reply 1):
And now the fine print. First, using TYS as the destination, the $15 fare is only bookable on the outbound. It is $59 coming back. Second, you have to pay $8.50 for the "convenience" of saving Allegiant money and you time by booking online. After that, you have to pay to check a bag. Then you have to pay for even a soft drink on board. Not such a deal anymore.

Considering the lowest fares on TPA-TYS are about $150 to $375 RT on every other airline it still is a better deal on Allegiant even after the added fees.



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26599 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2097 times:



Quoting FATFlyer (Reply 3):

Considering the lowest fares on TPA-TYS are about $150 to $375 RT on every other airline it still is a better deal on Allegiant even after the added fees.

After just taxes and G4's fees, the price ends up at $150 without adding for checked baggage and the rest. Add for that, and NW's $201 RT looks a lot better.



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User currently onlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5821 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2053 times:



Quoting N1120A (Reply 4):
After just taxes and G4's fees, the price ends up at $150 without adding for checked baggage and the rest. Add for that, and NW's $201 RT looks a lot better.

Although that means taking a connection through MEM as opposed to Allegiant's non-stop. NWA would end up being 4.5 to 5 hours of travel time each way.

Although Allegiant has limited schedules some passengers prefer a non-stop over dealing with a connection.

It really becomes a personal choice.



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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2037 times:

They offered a the same deal from IWA only that it was $13 just prior to starting service.

User currently offlineAccess-Air From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1939 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2027 times:

Allegiant is not answering their Travel Agent Phones.....All phone numbers are saying they are out of service and I cannot book them online thru their website.....What is going on??/

I dont like this....Does anyone have an idea as to what is going on???

Access-Air



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User currently offlineMkirch72 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 198 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1934 times:



Quoting N1120A (Reply 4):
After just taxes and G4's fees, the price ends up at $150 without adding for checked baggage and the rest. Add for that, and NW's $201 RT looks a lot better.

Not true for several reasons:

1.) G4's flight is non-stop
2.) G4 flies out of PIE instead of TPA which means less time getting to the airport (for the 930k Pinellas County residents), less time parking, going through security, getting to the gate, etc. etc. All in all a much less stressful airport experience.
3.) Some of G4's planes may be older, but they have new seats which are a lot more comfortable than NW's seats and planes most of which are held together by duct tape and have seat cushions only in name (in my experience)
4.) Not everyone has to check a bag.
5.) Not everyone has to buy a snack on a short flight
6.) Does the NW $201 fare include all taxes and fees -- including the fee for an aisle seat or an exit row seat? And correct me if I'm wrong, don't you have to pay for food on NW?
7.) You don't have to deal with NW's surly employees.

Bottom line is G4's been growing and they seem to know what they're doing. I'm sold.


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26599 posts, RR: 75
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1926 times:



Quoting Mkirch72 (Reply 8):

1.) G4's flight is non-stop

One potential plus. NW, an airline I don't particularly care for, offers a good frequent flyer program with worldwide coverage.

Quoting Mkirch72 (Reply 8):
2.) G4 flies out of PIE instead of TPA which means less time getting to the airport (for the 930k Pinellas County residents), less time parking, going through security, getting to the gate, etc. etc. All in all a much less stressful airport experience.

And the 1.2 million in Hillsborough County?

Quoting Mkirch72 (Reply 8):
4.) Not everyone has to check a bag.

And? Many do, particularly with newer rules.

Quoting Mkirch72 (Reply 8):

5.) Not everyone has to buy a snack on a short flight

Not all their flights are that short, and I wasn't talking about food.

Quoting Mkirch72 (Reply 8):
6.) Does the NW $201 fare include all taxes and fees -- including the fee for an aisle seat or an exit row seat? And correct me if I'm wrong, don't you have to pay for food on NW?

One, G4 charge similar fees for selecting any seat ahead of time. Second, I was talking about drinks, not food.



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User currently offlineNational757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 720 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1866 times:



Quoting Access-Air (Reply 7):
All phone numbers are saying they are out of service and I cannot book them online thru their website.....What is going on??/

Not sure what you are talking about..both the website and phone numbers are functioning normally



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User currently offlineBohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2715 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1852 times:



Quoting Mkirch72 (Reply 8):
Some of G4's planes may be older,

I didn't realize Allegiant's MD-80's are older than a NW DC-9.  duck 


User currently offlineExFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1781 times:



Quoting N1120A (Reply 9):
And the 1.2 million in Hillsborough County?

About a 15-20 minute difference, not a big deal. Parking's quite a bit cheaper at PIE, too, so a 15 minute drive to save, say $50 on the airfare and another $3 to $8 a day on parking (depending on whether you use short-term or long-term) could be a pretty good deal, especially if you have a whole family flying. Whether or not it's worth giving up the NW FF miles, etc, is a personal call.

Admittedly, for visitors going to Tampa Bay there's also the consideration of rental car fees, which a quick and highly unscientific Orbitz check suggests may be higher at PIE.


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26599 posts, RR: 75
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1779 times:



Quoting ExFATboy (Reply 12):
About a 15-20 minute difference, not a big deal.

The post I replied to suggested greater convenience for those on the PIE side and I pointed out which side had more people.

Quoting ExFATboy (Reply 12):
so a 15 minute drive to save, say $50 on the airfare

Except that you don't end up saving $50



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User currently offlineNational757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 720 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1762 times:



Quoting N1120A (Reply 1):
hen you have to pay for even a soft drink on board

Having direct non stop flights from their hometown airports directly to a vacation destination delivers value that exceeds the couple of dollars one has to spend on a can of soda.

No hassles with connecting in a different city, changing aircraft, etc. Once you factor that convenience into the price of a ticket, the Allegiant airfare is a bargain..even with the added service fees.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 9):
offers a good frequent flyer program with worldwide coverage.

Which doesn't mean anything to leisure, once a year vacation travelers Allegiant specifically targets.

Do you have it "in" for Allegiant? You seem to be very negative on the airline.



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26599 posts, RR: 75
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1736 times:



Quoting National757 (Reply 14):

Do you have it "in" for Allegiant? You seem to be very negative on the airline.

I am negative about any airline that nickel and dimes people.

Quoting National757 (Reply 14):
Once you factor that convenience into the price of a ticket, the Allegiant airfare is a bargain..even with the added service fees.

So now the fare is a convenience fee? This was a thread about a pricing point, which I showed wasn't as good as people suggested.



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User currently offlineAccess-Air From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1939 posts, RR: 13
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1730 times:

Nevermind guys....everything is back to normal...I guess Allegiant purposely diconnected their phoens so that people would not tie up their phones booking those 15 dollar fares.....Later in the afternoon everything was back to normal....
In this day and age I kind of get nervous about airlines.....In the 18 years I have been a travel agent I have seen many airlines go belly up and more than often with no notice!!!

Access-Air



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User currently offlineNational757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 720 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1723 times:



Quoting N1120A (Reply 15):
So now the fare is a convenience fee?

Whoa slow down there buddy. You have implied in your posts on this thread that the NW and G4 fares on TYS-Tampa Area are roughly similar even with the Allegiant price point and I simply stated that when you factor in the convenience of G4's non stop flights, Allegiant is the better value. If you look at G4's load factors, people in TYS would tend to agree. There isn't any nonstop convenience "fee" with the Allegiant's fare as you suggest, just added value one cannot receive from flying to a hub and then continuing to their final destination on Northwest.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 15):
I am negative about any airline that nickel and dimes people.

Oh you mean charging for services customers actually use? Airlines are not charities. You think the thousands of gallons of fuel are donated free of charge to the airlines by the oil companies?

Oh and I have this feeling, despite your negativity, Allegiant will somehow survive and continue to grow.  Smile



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User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1661 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1706 times:



Quoting National757 (Reply 17):
Oh you mean charging for services customers actually use? Airlines are not charities. You think the thousands of gallons of fuel are donated free of charge to the airlines by the oil companies?

Oh and I have this feeling, despite your negativity, Allegiant will somehow survive and continue to grow.

I must say National757,,,you hit it right on. I for one think it is great that they don't charge you for things you don't want. Especially since you can now buy pop and snacks in the airport, why should I have to pay for someone else to have soda and pretzels.

I have flown Allegiant before and I think that the few other charges they put on is ok. I like flying through the NW Worldgateway just as much as the next A.netter, but:

1. Fly from the airport 5 minutes from my house
2. Direct non-stop
3. Don't pay for things I don't want
4. No hassle of long security lines
5. Don't deal with the craziness of MCO or TPA
6. 15 minutes from jetway to car or vice versa

Allegiant is a GREAT airline, and offer some great perks of utilizing small airports which are passed on to the passenger. I can now only hope that they will introduce LAN-FLL in the near future and in 7-8months, hopefully fuel prices will decrease so LAN-LAS can return which I hear is very popular.

On a side note to National757:

Welcome to my RM list.



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User currently offlineExFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1700 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 13):
The post I replied to suggested greater convenience for those on the PIE side and I pointed out which side had more people.

I know, and you make a fair point - PIE is not materially more convenient than TPA. Conversely, the reverse is also true for the larger population on the Hillsborough side - it's just not a material difference either way.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 13):
Except that you don't end up saving $50

Actually, you could save more - using your example from Reply 4, I just threw a trip going from Tampa Bay to Knoxville on Dec 7 and returning on Dec 14 into Allegiant's site and into Kayak. Allegiant would charge (rounding the cents up) $118 base fare, $21 taxes, and $9 "convenience fee", for a total ex-checked bags or sodas of $148. For the same dates, lowest fare on any other carrier (NW in this case) was $276. That's a savings of $128 before baggage fees (which I couldn't seem to get to without going to the point of putting my name in the reservation system) or beverages, and not taking into account parking's cheaper at PIE.

I've never flown Allegiant, don't own stock in them, have no brief for or against them, except a slight grumpiness over them moving the corporate HQ out of Fresno years ago. My point is just that depending on dates and destinations, you can save a significant amount of money on Allegiant even after all the fees. And it's non-stop. If you're travelling with a family, the savings and non-stop convenience are significant.

On the other hand, for a single person going TYS-PIE, if my quick and dirty survey of rental car prices at PIE (vs TPA) is accurate, the savings might not amount to much if you check a bag, and you get to the point where the FF miles might be worth the connection time.

And yes, I find the nickel-and-dime fees irritating, too...Allegiant's "convenience fee" for using the frickin' website is ridiculous, even Skybus doesn't do that as far as I know.

But again, it all boils down to total fare at the end of the day. The consumer just has to crunch the numbers, factor in the non-cash variables (connection, hassle, FF miles, etc), and make the call.

[Edited 2007-11-16 09:08:02]

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