Allegiant Raises Change Fee, Tightens Cancelation Policy

An annoying trend continues: The latest member of the Rising Fees Club is ultra-discounter Allegiant Air.

See Allegiant passengers burst into song

Change Fee Rises to $150 Round-trip

The Las Vegas-based carrier is raising its change fee – the penalty you pay to cancel a flight or make any changes to a ticket – from $50 to $75 – or $150 round-trip. Until recently, that’s what the old boys network of airlines had been charging until American, Delta, United and US Airways all raised their change fees – to an even $200.

Allegiant charges for carry-on bags, too

Shorter Cancelation Period

There are more changes in stores for Allegiant flyers, though. The airline has had a fairly generous policy that allowed changes to be made to flights right up until 24 hours before departure, but beginning this fall, no changes will be allowed during the entire week before departure unless you pay the change fee – or pay for the airline’s Tripflex travel insurance.

Both these changes go into effect Oct. 30.

Singing a Different Song

Would those passenger stuck on Allegiant earlier this week still be singing “I Believe I Can Fly” had they known about this? Or would we be more likely to hear something along the lines of Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive“?

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Published: June 14, 2013