When you hear about changes a travel entity is making, it’s usually bad news for the traveler.
- Hawaii raises rental car fees for tourists
- U.S. passports get 2nd fee increase in 2 weeks
- National raises this fee for rental cars
But every once in a while a change happens that makes things cheaper for passengers:
- That time when United, following Delta & American, dropped a bag fee
- Or when Delta quietly lowered this fee
- And when the TSA changed this PreCheck price, for the better
Occasionally though, it’s not so much a matter of an entity offering a price decrease or the elimination of a fee, but allowing passengers to bring more with them, without any extra fees attached to it. So it’s like the extra is FREE!
Allegiant Airlines is based in Las Vegas. The ultra low cost carrier recently announced a significant improvement (read: increase) in their bag policy.
Effective March 31, 2023, Allegiant is offering up to a 25% increase in their baggage allowance.
Personal sized bags were previously allowed to be up to 16″ x 15″ x 7″. Their new maximum size will be 18″ x 14″ x 8″.
Carry on bags were previously allowed to be up to 22″ x 14″ x 9″. Their new maximum size will be 22″ x 16″ x 10″. You’ll still have to pay to be able to bring a carry-on bag onto the plane, but the amount you can bring will be about 25% more, without any increase in price for the same.
Checked bags previously could only be up to 40 pounds. Allegiant says that effective March 31, the maximum weight can be 50 pounds. Same as with carry on bags, you’ll need to pay for that checked bag – and you can bring up to 4 of them – but each one can be about 25% bigger, without paying anything more than the current rate.
The updates for both personal sized and carry-on bags are already on Allegiant’s website. The update for checked bags should be on their website as of March 1st.
I’d like to put it out there that this increase makes Allegiant’s max size for personal bags significantly larger than United’s.
Of course, we’re still talking about Allegiant Air, an ultra low cost carrier that nickels and dimes you for practically everything except using the lavatory, and has a less-than-stellar track record for cancellations, delays and on-time arrivals (they do OK for bumping passengers and mishandled bags, though). But still, any time an airline offers “more,” and doesn’t charge for it? I think that’s a time for a little happy dance.
H/T: Butler County Journal News
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