RT Cunningham


Allegiant Air Could be the Best for American Military Veteran Travel

Allegiant Air I actually believe Allegiant Air is the best airlines for American military veteran travel. That is, if you’re traveling on a route they service. While the major carriers offer discounts to active duty military people, Allegiant goes a step further. I’ll get to that in a minute.

My wife, Josie, and I recently returned from a visit to an aunt in Temple Hills, Maryland. We had roundtrip tickets with Allegiant Air.

Allegiant Air and Military Discounts

I’m not going to emphasize the discounts offered by the major domestic carriers (American, Delta, United). Josie and I will be using American Airlines to fly from Eglin AFB, Florida to Honolulu, Hawaii in a couple of months. As merely a retired military veteran, I won’t get any discounts at all.

Allegiant, on the other hand, supports all American military veterans and their dependents. At least, that’s the way I read it on their honors page. Their business model, as explained on their Wikipedia page seems to allow them more flexibility than other airlines.

My Baggage Mistake with Allegiant

This is a mistake I found out about on the return flight. The representative at the gate explained it to me. All a veteran needs is a military or veteran ID card of some kind.

Before I bought the tickets (actually, our aunt paid for them), I paid $37 (I think) for a single carry-on bag both ways. For whatever reason, I thought they were just like the other carriers. Because I didn’t do the proper research, it was $37 too much.

We both had personal bags in the form of small backpacks, mine with a laptop inside. We also had one carry-on and that was it. According to their page, we could have had three checked bags for each of us and one carry-on for each of us, all of it free. As it was, I didn’t take enough cold-weather clothing with me to Maryland.

Air Routes

Allegiant doesn’t service a lot of airports, relatively speaking. Their website has an interactive map to show which ones it does. I wish I could fly all the way to Honolulu with them. Apparently, that option was actually available from 2013 to 2017, according to press releases I’ve read. The Airbus 319 planes have plenty of legroom for passengers.

From what I understand, I have to pay $30 for each checked bag through American. I don’t see the option at their website to pay for them in advance. I guess it’s a good thing I have a debit card with a VISA logo to pay for them at the checkout counter.

There may be other airlines like Allegiant, with their service to veterans. I’m not inclined to research a bunch of airlines to find out which ones. I don’t intend to fly domestic again after I get to Honolulu. My next trip, after that one, will be from Honolulu to some place in the Philippines. It’ll probably be the Clark airport (CRK) but if things go right in the next year or so, it could be the Subic airport.

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By RT Cunningham
December 2, 2018
Travel and Transportation