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One of the most popular low-cost airlines in the US may very soon be at a standstill!
Allegiant Air pilots intend to strike unless the airline rectifies a scheduling system that is making family life difficult for them. It’s a “homemade” system that violates industry standards, and ignores pilot seniority and planned time off.
The airline is known for being concerned about little else than profit margin. It appears as though they couldn’t care less about safety, and they treat their employees poorly. It’s a little refreshing to see the pilots are fighting back.
Allegiant doesn’t have a particularly valuable points program (we do NOT recommend opening the Allegiant credit card). So this strike will probably NOT affect those of us in the miles & points community too much. Though it’s possible that lots of folks who planned to fly Allegiant will consequently book flights on airlines like American Airlines and Delta, and we could see fewer award seats available.
Admittedly, I fly on low-cost airlines like Allegiant and Frontier when their prices are crazy low. That’s because I’d rather save my miles & points for a more expensive route later.
I recently flew Allegiant to Florida to attend a wedding. The seats were comfortable enough, and I paid $37 one-way. My carry-on bag cost extra, but the price was still WELL below airlines like American Airlines or Delta.