Flying High at Low Cost

Jeremy Elwood, SBJ Web EditorWhen Allegiant Air started flying to and from Springfield in 2005, it touted itself as the low-cost alternative for direct flights to vacation spots.

But the company’s latest sale takes the low-cost carrier concept to the extreme.

Travelers who need to fly from Orlando, Fla., to Springfield, or from Springfield to Phoenix on Saturday can get their flight on Allegiant for – wait for it – 99 cents.

Yes, 99 CENTS.

In a news release, the airline said the steep, one-day-only discount is possible because the company needs to move a plane from one side of the country to the other to meet holiday travel demands.

“We selected Springfield because it’s been a great market for us in 2009 and this is a way for us to give back a little to that community,” Allegiant Vice President Robert Ashcroft said in the release. “It’s our own little vacation stimulus program.”

Granted, there are a few stipulations. You have to fly on Dec. 19, and the cost is only for a one-way flight.
Great if you’re running away from home, but if you plan on coming back, there will be the cost of the return flight.

And of course you can’t get away from federal airport security fees ($10), checked bag fees ($15 to $20 for the first and $25 for the second), or convenience fees ($14 if you book online, $24 if you book by phone – no fee if you book in person at the airport). But still, even $50 one way is pretty cheap.

If only they didn’t charge for drinks and peanuts …

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