LAS VEGAS, NEBRASKA -- At McCarran airport in Las Vegas I registered to get a gate pass to escort my 85 year old mother to her departure gate D3 for Allegiant Air on June 24,2013 and assisted wheel chair. (My mother walks with a cane in unfamiliar areas and long distances is very tiring for her.) My mother is very proud and does not like to use the wheel chair.
Once we arrived at the gate she said she was OK without the wheel chair. About 15 min they told us there was a gate change so we were instructed to go to gate 6. It was a reasonable distance so we walked there. After about 10 min they said another gate change to D16 which I asked my mother if she was OK with the distance and she said she was OK. We get there and 15 minutes later they announce another gate change to D31.
Went to one of the agents and said this is the 3rd change and my mother gave up her wheel chair at D3 I am very frustrated and she does not get around easily. She offered to get a chair but my mother declined. So we walked it and it was quite a distance. We sat there for about 15-20 min and there are no signs no announcements when it's close to boarding time.
Again I ask an attendant when will my mom board she checks and says they are boarding at D6 so now we are under a time crunch. My mom is exhausted. When we get back to gate D6 they are boarding and tell the agent what they put us through. She said she was sorry not even looking into our eyes. My mother is finally boarded and I decide to wait until the plane departs just in case they de- board, which Allegiant is famous for.
It takes 45 min before the plan even moves. Once it moves I leave the airport. I call my mother later to make sure she arrived safely home. She did but said people needed water on the plane it was very warm while they were waiting for take off and the attendants said they had no water and the passenger should have got their water before boarding. I can't believe how rude this airline is. Las Vegas is hot and there should be a regulation that water always be available on board before the passengers can board. I am so glad I went with my mother to board she would have been so stressed alone.
EUGENE, OREGON -- THEY HAVE 22 COMPLAINTS W/ FMCSA. SCAM COMPANY, DO NOT USE THEY HAVE 22 COMPLAINTS W/ THE FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (FMCSA), check them out. They gave my daughter a contract for $1943.02 and after her things were loaded on a Budget Rental Truck, in Home Depot boxes the driver came back w/ a "new" contract for $3329.00!!!! This was for a small one bedroom apartment and they didn't even take everything.
We took all of her clothes, shoes and other things she needed since her things were going into storage, the rest we gave to her neighbors. I started calling and calling, no one returns your calls, you might get lucky if they p/u the phone, but you can forget it otherwise. I'm a Mother who puts up w/ nothing when it comes to my children, especially when my daughter is a Wounded Warrior who served in Afghanistan.
They are all about deceiving the public and taking your money, period. If you get your stuff back in one piece, you're lucky or lucky if you get it at all. Read the negative reviews, those you know are true and check them out w/ the Federal agencies, too. I had the Houston Police by our side when they showed up, here in Texas it's a crime to hold goods for more money, so we were lucky in that we didn't pay anymore than the original contract, but most people aren't. Not that I would have paid them anyway.
Oh and ** have threatened to take me to court if I filed any complaints w/ any agency against their company... WHATEVER!!! They write most of these reviews, look at the similarities and you'll see what I mean. Let everyone you know, not to use this company, it's run by criminals. They need to go to jail for good. PROUD MOM OF A MARINE SGT & NAVY PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS.
CALIFORNIA, CALIFORNIA -- Our winter wonderland getaway turned into a nightmare this January. While Allegiant has a lot of pros--great pricing, great ground crew, amazing pilots, and courteous on board staff we felt that there were enough cons that may never bring us back.
Canceled/delayed flights: Our trip out was canceled, our flight home was delayed by over two hours. Customer service: Each call into customer service will shave away 40+ minutes of your life. Poor compensation for canceled/delayed flights: Never in my life have I felt completely stranded by an airline when they canceled my flight. All we received was a flight voucher good for another flight. I had to fork out money for a hotel, new airline tickets on another flight, and more.
Worst airline possible for so many reasons. Avoid at all cost. You are better off paying double to any other airline. I did arrive 40 minutes before departure at OAK because of bad traffic, but there were no boarding pass kiosks at the airport and no-one from Allegiant to be found. I had the Airport page an Allegiant representative several times and 25 minutes later one showed up to tell me we couldn't get on the plane. We could not get a boarding pass and missed the flight. They also charge extra $ for seat assignments when you book the flight. That is sneaky and slimy.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA -- I have never had a problem with Allegiant Airlines in Fort Lauderdale until April 29th. The young girl that I checked in with at front counter, Anicia ** told me that I had to pay in cash for my checked bag $50. I asked her to put it on my card she told me it has to be cash! So, I gave her cash. Then, I found out she also ran my card for $50 and I was told by other employees that they don't take cash.
So, this girl pocketed my cash! She needs to be fired!! And I will be looking into further action. She is a young black girl named Anicia. Beware of her as long as she works there, don't deal with her. So far, I'm not getting anywhere with the company, they keep putting me off. This is a real shame.
SPRINGFIELD,MO, MISSOURI -- I too have missed a flight on Allegiant Air. My mistake - but with an airline this small there is no room for error. There is no backup plan with this company. Our plane was there but we were late and there wasn't another flight to our destination for 4 days. No apologies, no sorry for the inconvenience; no you are late and cannot board the plane.
So if you want to save some money... Buyer beware-baggage fees, charge for seat assignment, soda and not sure about the tp-didn't use the bathroom! Good luck! As for me I will stick with SWAirlines where customer service is still available.
ILLINOIS -- Please know I thoroughly agree appalled by Allegiant Airline. I have an 85-year-old mother who is hearing impaired. She cannot speak on a phone. Allegiant would not allow me to make special arrangements for her on a flight that she is traveling alone on. The agent in customer service was the worse. For two days, I tried to reach their customer service for a total of over 1 hour and 45 minutes of waiting time.
When I got through, I was told that "Allegiant treats all of their customers the same." Such a script! I am appalled that Allegiant did not allow me to make special arrangements for her. I have done so with no problem on United, American, Southwest, British Airways, and US Air. Where is Allegiant's customer service?
Never again will my husband and I fly Allegiant Air. Someone had told us about this airline that had cheap non-stop flights out of XNA (NW Arkansas) to LAS (Las Vegas) so we decided to take ourselves on a fun vacation. I had never been to Las Vegas and was excited. Unfortunately had I known then what I know now I would have flown on a different carrier even if the flights were more expensive.
On Sunday we checked in at XNA 2-hours before our flight (per our confirmation) with one checked bag. When checking our bag in there were two women working at the counter. They mentioned that there was another flight going to Tunica before our flight and they “hoped” that our bag didn't end up on that flight (then they chuckled). First of all I didn't that was funny at all and second I was hoping they knew what they were doing. Our flight left on time and off we went. The pilot said “sit down, relax, and lower your expectations.” I should have known right then that this vacation wasn't going to work out as planned.
Our flight landed at LAS on time. We went to the baggage claim area to retrieve our bag and start the fun... NOT. Our bag never showed up, as well as three other couples who were on the same flight (and had also checked in about the same time as us). My husband told the Allegiant Air customer representative that our bag didn't show up and that we had a feeling that it had ended up in Tunica.
She pretty much ignored us and handed us a form to fill out. By the time we left the airport it was midnight. We still had to get a shuttle to the hotel (which I will never do again) and get checked in. We were exhausted and had no bag, no clothes, and no toiletries. We were told that Allegiant Air would call us as soon as they located the bag.
We had pre-paid to rent a Harley for 3-days starting on Monday. That would have been fun but we didn't have any of our motorcycle clothing. All we had to ride in was shorts, t-shirts, and sandals (not the safest). That day we never got a call from Allegiant Air. My husband called them and left two messages. We were still hoping our bag would show up so we held off on buying clothes, although we did buy the necessary toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.) to get buy.
On Tuesday afternoon we finally got a call from Allegiant saying that they had found our bag. They weren't going to send the bag to us in Vegas but would have it waiting for us when we returned to XNA. I was so upset! If they had listened to us in the first place they would have found our bag on Sunday night and would have had plenty of time to get it to us before our vacation was over.
We still had 2 more days in Vegas without clothing or our toiletries (meds included)! Finally we decided that we needed to buy some new clothes. After all, I didn't come to Vegas to do laundry every night in the bathtub!
Finally Thursday came and we headed home. I knew that Allegiant would make it right by us. I wrote a letter explaining our situation and sent it to their customer relations office with a copy to the VP. It took over 3-weeks to hear anything back from them even after I repeatedly left messages and sent e-mails.
What they gave us was a lousy check for $75! That's it! Certainly not enough for two people to replace clothing and toiletries for a 4-day vacation. They explained that they would pay up to $25 per day up to $100. I'm thinking that would have had to be for each ticketed passenger since you can barely buy a pair of pants for $75.
After another series of phone messages and e-mails I finally get someone with Allegiant to tell me that their policy for “delayed” baggage is per bag... not per ticketed customer (although they can't give me the link where that is in writing). Basically Allegiant Air is a cheap airline, flying cheap planes, and is totally lacking in the customer relations area. Never did hear back from the VP either. Southwest Airlines here I come!
My wife and her two sisters secheduled a roundtrip trip from Phoenix, AZ to Medford, OR. The flight was delayed because of "mechanical problems". They finally ordered pizza which was cold and then provided soda pop in very small cups. The outgoing flight should have arrived in Medford at 7:10pm. It did not arrive until about 1:30 AM.
It was the last flight at the Medford Airport but they could not quickly unload the luggage so everyone could go home. My wife's luggage was nowhere to be found. She was about to report it lost when it came up the baggage ramp. No other baggage had come up the ramp for quite some time. No compensation was offered for being over 7 hours late.
On the return trip we kept checking the airline's website for any delays, etc. None showing they went to the Medford Airport two hours early as the airline demanded only to find out that they had "Mechanical Problems" again. Same yucky, cold pizza and soda. Finally they were told they would depart about 1:30AM. As they went through the baggage check the ticket clerk "Scott" was very rude. One bag was 6lbs overweight. After having them wait over 6.5 hours (the plane did not depart until 3:30AM) they wanted to charge for the overweight. They had to repack the bags, which was not easy.
AFTER it was rearranged in total open view of everyone in the small ticket area, all closed up and within the weight limit, THEN the TCS came over to the ticket counter and demanded to hand search the baggage. A 62 year old US Citizen has just got to be a very high risk terrorist threat don't ya think??? After not finding ANYTHING they could confiscate, they reluctantly ticketed the bag and sent it on its way.
The plane did not take off until about 3:30AM!!! That's about 7.5 hours LATE. All the while their website had not shown that the flight was delayed or anything when I checked it at a little after 11PM (that was about an HOUR after it was supposed to land in Phoenix). I tried to verify flight status with the company but it was closed for the day. They did not have ANY phone numbers with a live person so I could find out what was going on. For all I knew the plane took off and had crashed.
When they finally landed about 5:30AM (again about 7.5 hours late) they parked the plane quite a ways from the terminal. There were thunderstorms in the area with lightning so they would not allow deplaning (good idea). They waited another half hour while the passengers were hopping mad along with the ground crew that had to turn the plane around and this was making them very late too.
The skies opened up and really unloaded just as they started to deplane (no covered skyways). Everyone was totally soaked as the distance to the first terminal was a distance away. Then they were drenched again as they have to go from the first building to the baggage area. Then a third drenching from the baggage area to the parking lot.
The first sister ended up having to miss her work day as she normally starts work at 4AM (plane didn't even arrive until 5:30 and deplane until 6AM and home by 7AM) so one more vacation day wasted. The second sister, after being up for 24 hours did make it to work but had to drive an hour to work without proper rest. The last sister has fibromyalsia and was in great discomfort with no sleep for 24 hours and all of the totally unnecessary aggravation finally collapsed into sleep within ten minutes of arriving home.
After all of this (total delay for BOTH flights 14 hours) broke the piggy bank and offered $25 vouchers off the next flight with them. I hope it is made of very low acid paper because it will ROT before we EVER fly this abomination of an airline again!!! Their rates may be low but their service (or lack thereof) is even.
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 representative 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 bull crap, 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 shut up. 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.