Saturday, June 24, 2017

Allegiant Air offers perks for military members and veterans

Allegiant Air representatives say the airline’s latest program is a way to thank military members for their service.

The budget airline touted its “Allegiant Honors” program during a news conference Friday at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, 1453 Youngstown-Kingsville Road in Vienna Township. The program, which Allegiant launched on Memorial Day of this year, offers perks for veterans, as well as active-duty and reserve military members.

The benefits include waived add-on fees for one carry-on bag, up to three pieces of checked baggage and one pet in the airplane cabin. Those fees are otherwise $15 or $45 for a carry-on, between $20 and $50 to check bags and $100 for in-cabin pets, according to the Allegiant website. Additionally, active military members are eligible for priority boarding and will not be charged a cancellation fee if they switch or cancel flights due to a change in military orders.

Tim Chapman, an Army veteran and Farrell, Pa., resident, learned of the program when he arrived at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport Friday to fly to Orlando, Fla., with his family. Chapman said he welcomed the chance to avoid add-on charges.

“It saved me a lot of money,” Chapman said.

Customers can use a military I.D. to prove active-duty, reserve or veteran status. More information is available at

Allegiant offers flights at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport to Orlando, Fla., Tampa Bay, Fla., Fort Myers, Fla., and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

In other news, the regional airport has received $418,500 in federal funding from the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration. The money will go toward drainage, runway and lighting improvements, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, announced in a news release.

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