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New Allegiant credit card gives you free drinks, but is it worth $59?

by on Thu September 1, 2016 • 5 Comments
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Allegiant Airlines is a unique discount airline that’s carved out a business flying people from cities that don’t have a lot of airline service to sunny vacation destinations like Las Vegas and Florida.

Now, there’s a new Allegiant World MasterCard from Bank of America with a $59 annual fee that could save you a lot of money on your next Allegiant trip, thanks to a buy one, get one free airfare benefit.

Buy one, get one free airfare

When you book an Allegiant vacation package that has 4 or more hotel nights, or 7+ car rental days, you’ll get free airfare for your traveling companion. There’s no restriction on what type of airfare you need, or special flights. Just get your hotel or car rental through Allegiant, and stay 4 nights in the hotel, or have a car rental over 7 days, and you’re good.

If you fly Allegiant on a trip like that once per year, this benefit alone is worth the $59 annual fee on the card, and more. In this example from Austin to Las Vegas you’ll save over $150 in airfare.

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Just make sure you book the trip with your Allegiant credit card while logged into your account on AllegiantAir.com. If you don’t, the free airfare benefit won’t apply.

If you’re thinking about booking an Allegiant trip, try applying for this card, and you should receive it in about a week after getting approved, and you can then use it to get the buy one, get one free airfare feature.

The card also offers these Allegiant benefits…

Free drinks. Every time you fly Allegiant and show your card, you get a free beverage onboard. This is the first time we’ve seen an airline card specifically offer a free drink onboard every flight.

Priority boarding. Just flash your card to the gate agent, and you can board first on Allegiant flights. Adding authorized users to your account is free, so you could give friends and family the priority boarding and free beverage privileges even when you’re not flying, as long as you trust them as authorized users on your credit card account.

What points does it earn?

The card earning is okay, but not spectacular. You earn:

  • 3x points on Allegiant purchases
  • 2x points on dining
  • 1x points on everything else

The card has an introductory offer of 15,000 points after you spend $1,000 on the card in the first 3 months of holding it.

The myAllegiant Rewards program for Allegiant is pretty straightforward. Every point is worth one penny off an Allegiant trip. So, 10,000 points = $100. There are no blackout dates or restrictions on flights, and you can use as little as one point at a time, so you won’t get stuck with leftover points.

You won’t earn Allegiant points when you fly – you only earn them for purchases made with the credit card, so this is basically a ‘cash for Allegiant flights’ points program.

And you can’t join the Allegiant points program unless you have the Allegiant credit card.

Since you don’t earn any extra points from actually flying, and the points are worth a straight one cent each, you’re better off using another card to earn points from your spending, like the no annual fee Citi Double Cash or the Barclaycard Arrival Plus.

They earn double points on everything and you can use the points for Allegiant flights, or any other kind of travel, or in the case of the Double Cash, anything you want since it’s straight up cash back.

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50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee, then $95

Annual Fee

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5 thoughts on New Allegiant credit card gives you free drinks, but is it worth $59?

  1. Ron Ridenour

    Now, when I use a credit card to purchase a ticket on Allegiant I am charged a service charge for using credit! Since I shall be using Allegiant’s card will I still be charged a service fee?

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  2. Ron Ridenour

    If my wife and I are flying and I show my Allegiant credit card, and only I have a card, since she is on my itinerary, does she likewise get priority boarding?

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