When shopping for flights to your next destination of choice, you may find Allegiant has some of the most reasonable fares in your search results. With 23 destinations within the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Allegiant prides itself on offering low fares and nonstop flights without all the hassle that often comes with air travel.
Allegiant can be a great choice for regional travel where you don’t have many bags to take with you. Why is that? While its fares may be low, this airline charges fees for baggage that other carriers may allow on board for free. Here’s a look at Allegiant's baggage fees and how you can avoid them on your next trip.
What is Allegiant’s baggage policy?
Like most airlines, Allegiant charges fees for checked bags. It also charges for carry-on items that are not considered personal items. Here’s what you can expect when flying with Allegiant.
Personal items are defined as bags that are no bigger than 7 inches x 15 inches x 16 inches and can include purses, briefcases, and small backpacks. They have to fit under the seat in front of you, and each passenger is allowed one personal item at no charge.
You can also bring one carry-on bag for a fee, which can range from $10 to $75. A carry-on bag can have wheels and handles, but it must be able to fit in an overhead compartment and be smaller than 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches. Jackets, small umbrellas, food to be eaten during the flight, and diaper bags are free. Car seats, strollers, mobility devices, and medical aids can be checked at the gate if necessary for no charge.
Passengers are allowed to check up to four bags, which can be no heavier than 40 pounds and no larger than 80 linear inches. How much you’ll be charged depends on a few factors.
The Allegiant website provides a calculator to help you determine the baggage fees for both checked and carry-on bags. It asks for your home and destination airports as well as date of departure. Based on this information, you’ll get three prices that generally range from $25 to $50. The exact cost depends on whether you pay for bags at booking, pre-departure, or at the airport. The least-expensive fees apply when you pay at booking, while the most-expensive are charged at the airport.
For example, for a flight from Myrtle Beach, SC, to Louisville, KY, on July 12, 2019, the following fees would apply:
- Checked bag paid at booking: $25
- Checked bag paid pre-departure: $45
- Checked bag paid at the airport: $50
Additional charges for oversized or overweight bags will also apply. Expect to add $50 for bags that weigh 40-70 pounds and $75 for bags that are 71-100 pounds or larger than 80 linear inches. Oversized personal items or carry-ons can have a fee of $50 to $75 added.
How to avoid or reduce checked bag fees on Allegiant
No one wants to pay more for flying than absolutely necessary, especially when you get a great fare. There are some practical ways to cut through some of these baggage fees when flying with Allegiant.
1. Only take a personal item
Packing light is always a good idea when you travel. But when your airline charges for carry-on bags, taking only a small bag can save you quite a bit of money.
Forget bringing toiletries you can buy for cheap when you get to your destination; just about every town has someplace you can purchase travel-size toothpaste, deodorant, and other necessities at inexpensive prices. This simple step allows you to focus on packing only what you absolutely need, such as clothing and important medications. Also plan to use the shoes you wear during travel for all of your trip. These small sacrifices may be well worth foregoing a carry-on fee.
2. Pay for baggage during booking
Allegiant wants to encourage customers to pay for their bags during booking and discourage travelers from spending time at the airport sorting out their baggage. This is why Allegiant’s fee structure places the least-expensive option during booking and the most-expensive at the airport.
Your best bet is to thoroughly consider what bags you’ll take on your trip before you book your ticket. During the booking process, specify the number and type of bags you'll bring and then pay the fees along with the fare.
3. Bring your military documentation
Allegiant waives some baggage fees for active-duty military, veterans, and military families. They include:
- One free carry-on bag
- Up to three free checked bags
- Up to one free pet in the cabin
- Free oversized checked baggage
This policy applies to active and reserve duty members of the military and National Guard, U.S. military veterans, spouses, and dependents with valid identification.
4. Use a travel credit card
Though Allegiant offers a credit card you can use to earn miles that can be used toward flight purchases, it doesn’t provide a benefit for baggage fees. However, there are several general travel rewards cards available that enable you to either earn miles that can apply to travel expenses or provide an annual allowance toward purchases, such as baggage fees.
For example, the Chase Sapphire Reserve gives cardholders $300 per year that can be applied to travel expenses, including baggage fees. Alternatively, the Capital One Venture Rewards allows you to earn miles by using the card for purchases. Those miles can be redeemed through Capital One’s Purchase Eraser feature, which will generate an account credit for the specified travel purchase.
Baggage fees are never fun to pay, even when you get a great deal on your airline ticket. However, there are usually some ways to lessen the cost — and sometimes forego paying baggage fees all together. A little research and planning can really add up to travel savings for your next trip.