East Valley Packers fans can pack their bags. Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air has named Green Bay, Wis., as its 13th destination for Williams Gateway Airport passengers.
Regular nonstop passenger service between Mesa and Green Bay will begin Nov. 15, with introductory fares of $99, the airline said Thursday. Flights will be on 130-passenger MD-80 jets and will operate twice weekly on Sundays and Thursdays.
The carrier has already announced plans to fly round trips from Williams Gateway to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Chicago Rockford and Peoria, Ill., Bellingham, Wash., Missoula and Billings, Mont., Stockton and Santa Maria, Calif., Fargo, N.D., Fort Wayne, Ind., and Sioux Falls and Rapid City, S.D.
The introductory price is available on a limited basis and regular fares spike during holiday weeks, said Allegiant spokeswoman Tyri Squyres.
Published prices don’t include taxes, security and airport charges.
That’s pretty standard. What’s not standard is charging fees for sodas, pillows and even special seat requests. It’s a trend internationally, but Allegiant likely is the Valley’s first fully “unbundled” carrier.
Lug your bag on board, and it’s free, but check it, and Allegiant charges $3.
Ask for a blanket, and Allegiant will sell it to you for $15. But it is new, nicely logoed and all yours. Take it with you and use it on future flights, she said.
A travel pillow will set you back $7. A soda costs $2. Snacks such as a bag of chips or beef jerky sell for $1 to $5.
Unlike carriers that overbook, Allegiant guarantees you a seat when you make a reservation, but if you want a specific one, the airline will charge $11 to save it for you.
Otherwise, Allegiant assigns seats at airport check-in, she said.
After Allegiant starts flying from the Mesa airport, it will charge local passengers a convenience fee — currently $8.50, Squyres said — for booking flights online or through the reservation center.
Tickets bought at the airport don’t incur a processing charge, but Allegiant won’t have people at the Mesa hub until it starts flying there Oct. 25, so it is waiving booking fees until then, Squyres said.
While many major airlines have tinkered with unbundling by charging for food or pillows or reservations made by phone, few low-cost carriers have priced everything a la carte.
Reservations can be made through the company’s Web site, www.allegiantair.com, or by calling (702) 505-8888.