Allegiant Air Launches New "Fly Free" Program

Those looking for a $2.99 steak-and-lobster dinner should take notice.

Allegiant Air LLC later this month will be launching a "Fly Free" program allowing Las Vegas-bound passengers from MidAmerica St. Louis Airport to fly along a companion at no cost if they also book hotel reservations through the airline.

"Our customers in the Belleville area have told us how much they enjoy the convenience and value of flying Allegiant to Las Vegas," Allegiant President Maurice J. Gallagher said in a news release. "Our Fly Free fare promotion will now let them bring a friend along."

The promotion will be available for Allegiant passengers nationwide, but should also serve as a testament to the airline's strong metro-east debut, MidAmerica Airport Director Tim Cantwell said. Allegiant in April started offering flights to Las Vegas, a town notorious for cheap steak dinners.

"They're just trying to put more customers in the seats," Cantwell said. "It's more of a summer splash sale, but also a credit to the area because they know people here want to fly."

The Fly Free tickets will be available for trips between Aug. 24 and Jan. 31, excluding holidays. To qualify, a customer must purchase one airline ticket and hotel package at regular price to get one round-trip companion ticket for free. Guests must stay a minimum of two nights.

For example, a Monday-Friday Las Vegas trip during the second week of October would cost $800 for two people. The trip would include a four-night stay at Ceasar's Palace. The same trip would cost between $208 to $1,008 per airline ticket and $592 for the hotel room -- without the promotional deal.

Hotels available through the promotion include: The Bellagio, Venetian, Paris, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo, Mirage, Golden Nugget, Luxor, Circus Circus and 14 others.

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