Allegiant Air Baggage Fees & Tips To Cover The Expenses

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While Allegiant Air offers budget base ticket pricing, you’re likely to owe more than you might expect in baggage fees.  For example, Allegiant charges a fee for standard carry-on luggage, which increases the longer you wait to purchase.

It’s also important to note the max weight for a checked bag is 40lbs (compared to the general average of 50lbs) and the same time sensitive fees apply for purchasing checked baggage.

Allegiant Air’s baggage policy isn’t overly confusing, it’s just pricey.  Essentially, for the cheapest possible outcome, know the number of bags you’re planning to bring (keeping in mind the decreased weight allowance) and pay for them at your initial booking!

Allegiant Carry-On Allowance

1 personal item: FREE
1 standard carry-on: for purchase

  • At Booking: $13 – $22 (route dependent)
  • Pre-Departure: $45
  • At the Airport (ticket counter): $50
  • At the Gate: up to $75

Size Restrictions

  • Personal: 15″ x 16″ x 7″
  • Standard: 22” x 14” x 9″

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • 1 diaper bag: additional item allowed on the aircraft, in addition to the free baggage allowance

Stroller Check Policy

  • Each fare-paying passenger is allowed to take one car seat and / or stroller to the boarding gate to be checked free of charge.

Allegiant Checked Baggage Allowance

All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 40lb (18kg) and max linear dimensions of 80” (203cm).

At Booking
1-4 Bags: $18-$30 each (varies depending on route)

Pre-Departure
1-4 Bags: $45 each

At Airport
1-4 Bags: $50 each

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees

Overweight Fee 40-70lb (18-32kg): $50
Overweight Fee 71-100lb (32-45.4kg): $75
Oversized Fee: $75

Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?

Allegiant Air does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for luggage online or via the mobile app.

Here are the ways you can pre-pay:

Credit Cards That Reimburse You For Checked Bag Fees

Allegiant Air requires you to pay for every checked bag, but you can offset that cost with one of the cards below.

Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card - This no annual fee card comes with a 20,000 mile welcome bonus (worth $200) once you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening. When you use your card for travel purchases (e.g. baggage fees), use your miles to pay off all, or part of, your statement! This is why we like this card.
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Exclusions & Waivers

Active duty US military personnel: 1 standard carry-on bag free and 3 checked bags free (must weigh less than 99lbs & not exceed dimensions of 80 linear inches)

*Bag fee waiver applies only to baggage belonging to Active Military Personnel on the itinerary


To see more airline baggage fees and policies, click here.

FAQ

What size is a carry-on bag for Allegiant Air?

A personal item is included in the price of the ticket for Allegiant Air and must not exceed a maximum size of 15″ x 16″ x 7″. A carry-on piece must not exceed 22” x 14” x 9″ and this can be purchased separately. The cost depends on when and where you purchase your carry-on, ranging from $13-$75.

How much is a carry-on bag Allegiant?

Allegiant charges passengers to bring a carry-on item. If you add this at the time of booking then you will be charged $13-$22 (depending on the route), anytime between booking and departure will be $45, at the airport ticket counter you’ll pay $50 and at the gate it’s up to $75. Allegiant does not charge for a personal item.

What is Allegiant Air baggage fee?

Allegiant Air charges for checked baggage and how much depends on when and where you purchase this. If you add 1-4 bags at the time of booking then you will pay $18-30 each depending on the route. This will cost $45 per piece anytime between booking and departure and $50 per piece at the airport.

What does Allegiant charge for overweight bags?

Allegiant charges an excess baggage fee if your bag is overweight or oversized. Standard baggage allowance is up to 18kg (40lbs) and if you bag weighs between 18-32kg (40-70lbs) then you will incur a fee of $50. If your bag weighs between 32-45.4kg (71-100lb) then you will incur a fee of $75. If your bag exceeds max linear dimensions of 80” (203cm) then you be charged $75.

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16 comments

  1. Cheryl Simmons · November 15, 2018 · Reply

    Is the above picture stating that even if my carry on is the right size, if the handle comes at the top (with the suitcase vertical) it will cost me extra money?

    • Hi Cheryl, we’re not quite sure what you’re asking – the featured image is simply an image for the purpose of getting the point across that this is an article about baggage fees.

      That being said, when measuring your case, the dimensions include all wheels and handles, with the handle in the collapsed position. It’s very likely Allegiant will make you fit your bag in their sizer before considering it a carry-on that will fit so I would either call them directly to inquire or air on the side of caution. Hope this helps.

  2. stephanie mccance · December 12, 2018 · Reply

    Is there any way to change that you want to have a checked bag when you already selected carry on when you booked the flight?

    • Hi Stephanie, have you tried logging in on allegiantair.com and accessing your flight confirmation that way? I can’t confirm with 100% certainty but there may be a way to add baggage from that angle. (You may have to create an account if you haven’t already…)

      Otherwise, we suggest contacting Allegiant’s Customer Service directly at 1 (702) 505-8888. Hope this helps!

  3. If my bags are overweight I know there will be a fee. Can I use cash to pay for it? Or does it have to be a credit card?

    • Catherine Luther · April 12, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Sarah,

      Allegiant Air doesn’t specify on their website if they accept cash payments for baggage fees. Many airlines only accept card payments, so we recommend you contact their Customer Service department on (702) 505-8888 to check their policy for the airport you’re departing from.

  4. Heather · April 26, 2019 · Reply

    Can you pay to check baggage at the airport with cash or do I need a credit card?

    • Hi Heather, it’s become increasingly more common for airlines to refuse cash as a form of payment at the airport. Unfortunately, this varies from airline to airline and from airport to airport, so the only way to confirm is to call Allegiant’s customer service line (1-702-505-8888 from the U.S.) and inquire with them directly.

  5. Hi Erin

    The carry on maximum baggage dimensions are 9✖️14✖️22.
    My case is 10✖️14✖️22. How strict is Allegiante air with over size carry on and what re the over size fees? I paid $30 for the carry on option.

    • Hey Tim, Allegiant is notorious for being pretty darned strict… BUT I’ve never heard of them taking out a tape measure. If you can shove that bag in the little sizing frame then you get to take it with you. Some people’s become just a little more compact taking into account give at the zippers. Good luck!

  6. Susan Lansdiwn · June 15, 2019 · Reply

    Can a CPAP (medical machine) go free as another personal item?

    • Christy Rodriguez · June 15, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Susan! Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a CPAP machine is not considered carry-on luggage and does not count toward your carry-on quota. So yes, you can bring your CPAP on for free and still be allowed your second personal item.

      Thanks for reading!

  7. Sylvia · June 23, 2019 · Reply

    I have 2 sons that want to take fishing poles. I have read both u can take, just no hooks & also has to be checked under the plane. Does anyone know the rules on taking fishing poles with you?

    • Hi Sylvia! This is what Allegiant states online in their published contract of carriage:

      “Each piece of sporting equipment will be considered a checked bag with all applicable fees applied per person, per bag, per segment. All Baggage Fees are non-refundable except as provided in Article 65 below. Each bag must weigh 40 lbs or less and the outside measurements of each bag must not exceed eighty (80) inches. Applicable fees will be applied for those bags exceeding the weight and size limits. The total number of bags allowed may not exceed 5 per passenger.

      Sporting Equipment – The following sporting equipment will be considered as an additional checked bag when in a container acceptable to Carrier:

      8. Fishing tackle box and fishing rod: so long as the rod is encased in a cylindrical fishing rod container suitable to Carrier for withstanding normal checked baggage handling without sustaining damage to the rod.”

      Hope this helps! If you’re still confused, we suggest calling Allegiant’s customer service directly for clarification! 🙂

  8. Natasha Butler · June 23, 2019 · Reply

    I purchased my ticket with kiwi and I need to add baggage.

    • Hi Natasha, we’re not sure what you’re asking here? Do you mean you need to know how to add baggage? Did you attempt the instructions above under the “Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?” section?

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