After William Osborne’s son dies unexpectedly, he asks Allegiant for a refund of his airline ticket. It refuses. Why?
Allegiant Air is one of the more fee-happy airlines flying in America. So when Dagny McDonald contacted me about a medical emergency, a canceled flight and a missing refund, I didn’t have much hope for her case.
But that didn’t stop me.
Since Allegiant Air’s decision to start charging passengers for carry-on luggage last week, you’d think that everything needed to be said about this outrageous new fee had already been said.
“Are fees for carry-on luggage just the beginning?”
If you’ve ever asked yourself, “What will they think of next?” then here’s one possible answer: How about an airline ticket price that rises or falls with the price of fuel?
Sound far-fetched? Yes, but that isn’t stopping Allegiant Air from proposing it. Buried deep within a recent letter to the Transportation Department (PDF), the no-frills carrier drops a bombshell.
“Allegiant is considering a new pricing option for use on its website,” writes its chairman, Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr. “When making a purchase, consumer would be able to choose between a traditional “locked in” fare that would not fluctuate, and a lower fare that could change before the date of travel. That lower fare could be reduced further or could increase (up to a set maximum that would be clearly disclosed) depending on changes in fuel price between the booking and travel dates.”
In other words, Allegiant is prepared to offer you a cheaper ticket if you assume the risk of fluctuating oil prices. If energy prices rise, so does the cost of your transportation. If they fall, you could save money.
“Ridiculous or not? Allegiant proposes new airfare that changes before the date of travel”