Written on: 19/08/2010
I would encourage others to use a different airline. Honestly, I would give Allegiant 0 stars. This was the worst flying experience of my life. My husband and I were flying from Appleton, WI to Las Vegas. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 2:15 pm. We boarded the plane, and sat in the extremely warm cabin for half an hour because they couldn't get the jet walk away from the plane. We finally left, but 45 minutes into our flight they decided to turn our plane around and head back to Appleton because an engine light came on. (Keep in mind that Allegiant had many different airports between Appleton and Vegas that we could have stopped at. In the end, the light turned off on our way back to Appleton). Once arriving back at our original place of departure they had us all get off the plane with all of our belongings. They hoped it would be okayed quickly and that they would only have to refuel and board us all again. In the mean time, they put out sodas for us, even though everyone had already bought food and refreshments from the stand in the airport. At 5:40 they announced that they were ordering us pizzas and that they were sending a plane from Vegas to come and get us. Why didn't they send a plane from Vegas (or somewhere closer) as soon as we had to turn around?! The staff informed us that we would be leaving at 9:15 pm. An entire day of our short vacation was deleted. While my husband and I waited the 3 hours in the airport, we tried calling Allegiant to get some sort of compensation for our time. They don't have a phone number listed, so we tried chatting with a customer service representative on their website. The rep said that she could not do anything for us and that she did not have a number we could call. As we finally boarded the plane, Allegiant informed us that we would all be receiving a $25 flying voucher per payment (meaning that my husband and I would only get $25 to split among the two of us) to use on a future flight. Someone commented how that was nothing, and the Allegiant representative at the gate said that we could call the company and talk to them about it. When I mentioned that they won't give us a phone number, she assured me that I could call the flights and reservations number and I would be helped. In reality, she was just trying to get all of us to be quiet. My husband tried calling the number, but the woman said the she could not help us. All complaints needed to be sent via snail mail. I understand that Allegiant had no control over faulty equipment. However, I have a huge problem with them thinking that 7 hours of my time is worth soda, pizza, and a $12.50 voucher! By the time we landed in Vegas we only had two days there. Allegiant had no problem sending us home on time though, at 8:15 in the morning. Because of their arrogance, inability to provide a viable contact method, and penny-pinching ways, I will never fly with Allegiant again.