Allegiant Air Baggage Fees Guide (Carry-on, Checked, Military) [2019]

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With ticket prices being as low as they are today, baggage fees and allowances are more of a reality. Allegiant Air is like any other budget carrier and charges each passenger to bring on a carry-on and checked bag with different allowances than other airlines.

In this article, I will explain baggage allowances, baggage fees when you fly, military baggage benefits, sporting equipment allowances, and how to report your baggage lost or damaged for Allegiant Air. 


What are Allegiant Air’s baggage fees?

Allegiant is one of the few ultra-low-cost carriers (ULCC) that operate domestically within the USA. That means, you only get a personal item for free while carry-on and checked baggage are subject to fees per segment.

Below, I go into detail on Allegiant’s baggage fees and allowances.


How can I avoid baggage fees of Allegiant?

Allegiant isn’t Southwest with its free baggage. In fact, their baggage fees range in price resulting in cheap to expensive. Luckily, if you’re a savvy traveler, you can avoid those pesky fees.

Credit Cards

Since Allegiant has no other option for fares and no other loyalty program to waive baggage fees. Your only choice to eliminate or reduce the cost of baggage fees is utilizing a credit card.

Chase Sapphire Reserve

The Chase Sapphire Reserve is one of the hottest travel rewards credit cards. It earns 3X the points on dining and travel and comes with a host of valuable benefits. One of these perks is a $300 travel credit that can be used on anything that codes as travel, including your baggage fees.

Capital One Venture

One of my favorite cards to use to cover miscellaneous travel purchases is the Capital One Venture card. It’s a popular credit card that comes with an early spending bonus of $500 after you spend $3,000 in the first three months.

It earns 2% cash back on all purchases toward travel, and the points can be used to cover virtually any travel purchase.


Allegiant Air personal item and carry-on restrictions

Every passenger can bring on a personal item for free, but carry-ons aren’t flying for free.

Personal item

You can bring one personal item onboard and can be anything that can go under the seat in front of you. Personal items must not exceed:

  • 7 in. x 15 in. x 16 in. (17.8 cm x 38.1 cm x 40.6 cm) maximum

As long as it fits under the seat in front of you while meeting the requirements, you can bring it for free. Examples of a personal item would be a briefcase, purse, backpack, food container, and a camera bag.

Carry-on

There’s no such thing as carry-on baggage flying for free when flying Allegiant. That means you will be subject to fees at booking, before check-in, or at the airport for carry-on baggage. If you decide to have a carry-on bag with you, the carry-on must not exceed:

  • 9 in. x 14 in. x 22 in. (22.9 cm x 35.6 cm x 55.9 cm) maximum

A roll-aboard bag, garment bag, or tote bag, not to exceed size requirements and must fit in the overhead bin.

Example of a personal item (briefcase) and a carry-on bag (hard shell roller bag)

Liquids

The same TSA standards apply to Allegiant flights arriving or departing from the US. You can review a list provided by the TSA of permitted and prohibited items which may be included in carry-on baggage including the 3-1-1 Liquids Rule.

If you don’t want to take out liquids, electronics, or take off your shoes, Pre-Check is a life saver for saving time and the hassle of security. Allegiant is one of the airlines that allows Pre-Check to their passengers. If you travel more than once or twice a year, Pre-Check can change the way you think about airport security when flying within the USA.


Allegiant baggage fees

Allegiant Air uses a variable baggage fee system, and it depends entirely on the route. That means, there will be cheaper routes and more expensive routes when it comes to carry-on and checked baggage fees. 

Each fee is per segment, and you can use Allegiant’s baggage fee calculator here.

A sample route and date using Allegiant’s baggage fee calculator

Allegiant carry-on fees

Fees for carry-on baggage while flying Allegiant range from $10 to $75 per segment per bag, when you add the carry-on and depending on the route.

  • At booking: $10 to $20
  • Before check-in: $45
  • At the airport: $50
  • At the gate: $0 to $75

Knowing if you will need a carry-on or checked baggage before you book your flight is vital as the fees are expensive when adding baggage at the airport.

Allegiant checked baggage fees

Similar to carry-on baggage fees, Allegiant checked baggage fees range based on when you add the bag and the route.

  • At booking: $15 to $30
  • Before check-in: $45
  • At the airport: $50

Note, you can only check up to 4 bags with Allegiant. Each bag has to weigh 40 lbs (18 kg) or less and 80 in. (203 cm) in height + width + length maximum. I go into specifications and allowances below.

Sample route prices

Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Syracuse (SYR)

  • At booking: $25 carry-on, $30 checked
  • Before check-in: $45
  • At the airport: $50

Newark/New York (EWR) to Savannah (SAV)

  • At booking: $20 carry-on, $25 checked
  • Before check-in: $45
  • At the airport: $50

New Orleans (MSY) to Pittsburgh (PIT)

  • At booking: $20 carry-on, $25 checked
  • Before check-in: $45
  • At the airport: $50

Orlando (SFB) to Austin (AUS)

  • At booking: $20 carry-on, $25 checked
  • Before check-in: $45
  • At the airport: $50

Milwaukee (MKE) to Tampa/St. Pete (PIE)

  • At booking: $20 carry-on, $25 checked
  • Before check-in: $45
  • At the airport: $50

Allegiant Air checked baggage allowance

The allowance with Allegiant Air checked baggage is:

  • 40 lbs (18 kg) and 80 in. (203 cm) in total size

If your checked baggage exceeds that above limitation, you will be subject to one or more excess checked baggage fee(s).

Allegiant Air excess checked baggage fees

If your baggage exceeds 40 lbs and/or 80 in. in total size, you will have to pay excess checked baggage fees.

  • Overweight fee 40 lbs to 70 lb (18 kg to 32 kg): $50
  • Overweight fee 71 lbs to 100 lb (32 kg to 45.4 kg): $75
  • Oversized fee: $75

These fees go on top of the regular checked baggage fees.

So, if your bag weighs more than 40 lbs, you will be subject to the baggage fees you paid at booking, before check-in, or at the airport and the excess checked baggage fee of $50. That means it can cost you more than $100 if you add checked baggage at the airport and it weighs more than 40 lbs.

Again, knowing if you need to check baggage or have a carry-on bag is key before you book. It can be cheaper to check two bags instead of paying the overweight fee on one bag.


Sports baggage on Allegiant flights

Sporting equipment is treated just as regular checked baggage with the same maximum weight and size requirements along with the same fees.

If you check sporting equipment like skis or a snowboard, as long as it weighs less than 40 lbs and smaller than 80 in. total in size, you won’t be subject to excess baggage fees. So, you will only have to pay the standard checked baggage fee that is shown above.

Some examples of sporting equipment are:

  • Bowling equipment
  • Golf equipment
  • Hockey stick and equipment
  • Scuba equipment
  • Skateboard
  • Archery equipment
  • Fishing equipment
  • Shotgun, rifle, or handgun

To learn more about checked sporting equipment, please refer to Allegiant’s FAQ at the bottom of the page explaining how to check sporting equipment.


Allegiant military baggage policy

Allegiant does offer substantial benefits that make the flying experience easier with less out of your pocket if you’re eligible.

Benefits for active duty or reserve duty and the National Guard:

  • Up to 3 pieces of checked baggage (up to 100 lbs each)
  • 100 lbs weight limit for checked bags
  • No charge for oversized checked baggage
  • One carry-on bag
  • Up to one pet in cabin free

With any of these benefits, one must show proof like an active military ID at check-in.

Benefits for U.S. military veterans and spouses or dependents of U.S. active duty or reserve military, and National Guard:

  • 3 pieces of checked baggage
  • 40 lbs weight limit for checked bags
  • No charge for oversized checked baggage
  • One carry-on bag
  • Up to one pet in cabin free

All these benefits will be added at check-in to get the fees waived.

For veterans and dependents, you must have an ID that shows proof of being a veteran or military dependent ID at check-in. If you’re in the military or veteran, check out our comprehensive guide to military discounts and benefits here.


When can I check-in bags for Allegiant Air?

Allegiant recommends checking in your baggage as early as two hours before the departure time.

If you want to arrive earlier, you can check-in your baggage up to three hours before departure as most airport check-in counters will be open at that time.


Allegiant Air pet policy

Allegiant allows you to travel with a domesticated dog or cat in a carrier that fits under the seat.

The carrier cannot be any bigger than 9 in. x 16 in. x 19 in. and no more than two animals in one carrier. Each passenger can have a maximum of one carrier.

To add on a pet, it will cost you $100 per segment, and you must contact Allegiant at 1 (702) 505-8888

Note: Allegiant doesn’t allow animals to be transported in the cargo hold.


Allegiant VS Frontier and Spirit Airlines baggage fees

When it comes to ULCC, Spirit and Frontier lead the pack with Allegiant the little brother that is sometimes forgotten. However, you might be surprised that Allegiant is possibly cheaper in fees compared to his older brothers.

When comparing the three airlines for carry-on baggage fees, you will find that Allegiant, for the most part, comes out cheaper than the others. We used the Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Syracuse (SYR) route for this example.

 AllegiantFrontierSpirit
At booking$25$35$37
Before check-in$45$38 (web check-in $40)$45
At the airport$50$50$55

For checked baggage, Allegiant is the same price for the first bag at booking, but if you’re checking in more than one checked bag, you will come out on top with Allegiant as Allegiant doesn’t charge a different amount for 2nd, 3rd, or 4th checked bag.

 AllegiantFrontierSpirit
At booking$30$30 (2nd bag $45; 3+ bags $85)$32 (2nd bag $42; 3+ bags $87)
Before check-in$45$38 (2nd bag $45; 3+ bags $85)$42 (2nd bag $52; 3+ bags $97)
At the airport$50$50 (2nd bag $55; 3+ bags $95)$52 (2nd bag $62; 3+ bags $102)

And remember, this was just one sample route we used for Allegiant. There are other routes that are cheaper in baggage fees. Plus there are other ways for people to avoid or reduce Frontier and Spirit airlines baggage fees.

If you’re comparing all three airlines, I highly suggest you read up on our Spirit Airlines baggage fees and Frontier baggage fees articles.


What if my bags are lost or damaged?

If your bag or is lost or damaged by Allegiant, you need to visit the Allegiant Baggage Service Office to fill out the Delayed Baggage Report within 4 hours of your arrival.

If you are unable to perform the report at the airport, you can file the report via the customer service form on their website here.


What if I lost an item on Allegiant?

Allegiant recommends you to filed the lost and found report via this link here.

However, if you are still at the airport, find an Allegiant help desk or employee, and they will help you out.


Final word

Allegiant is no Southwest when it comes to baggage fees, but it does provide cheap budget fares between unique city pairs that might work for you. I hope this article helped you out on your Allegiant flight, and if you care to share your experience, please share in the comments below.

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