If you have been following this blog very long, then chances are you know that we are based out of Louisville, Kentucky. There is so much to see and do in Louisville that the possibilities are seemingly endless.
The biggest downfall, however, is the lack of affordable flights out of the Derby City. Seriously, guys, an affordable flight is like a unicorn in this town.
Until Allegiant announced that they were coming to Louisville.
Starting May 24th, 2017 Allegiant will be offering non-stop service from Louisville to: Sanford, Daytona, Destin, Fort Lauderdale, Punta Gorda, Savannah, St. Pete and Tampa Bay.
I have heard some chatter from both ends of the spectrum but this is what you need to remember:
Allegiant is a budget airline, and they have never claimed to be anything but a budget airline.
We flew out of Cincinnati (just about an hour and a half from our house) for our last trip to Disney, so that we could try out their non-stop flight from CVG to SFB.
It is important to note that if you are traveling to see Mickey and his friends in Walt Disney World, Allegiant only flies into Sanford, Florida. Just about an hour from Walt Disney World.
Our flight from Cincinnati to Sanford was about as uneventful as, one hopes/ expects for a flight to be. It was, believe it or not, the first flight either of my kiddos had been on.
We prepared our kids for security and the bit of wait that is normal with flying. They handled it like champs and we even arrived in Florida about 15 minutes ahead of our scheduled landing.
Our Flight Home
Our flight ended up being delayed 4 hours. We were alerted by both text and an email. The biggest hiccup in the delay was the fact that I was unable to get anyone on the phone. My hope in calling was that we could make a decision as to if we could stay at the Magic Kingdom longer or if we needed to head to the airport.
Upon arriving at the airport, we were given one meal voucher for each member of the family and our gate was prepared for us with drinks and blankets.
Things to know about Allegiant Airlines:
- Bags are an additional fee
- There is no fee to fly without choosing your seat, if you choose a seat there is a nominal fee.
- When it comes to snacks and drinks, water is available at no charge and other options are available for purchase.
- Fare start as low as, $31(!) one way
- Depending on the area, there may only be one or two flights per day.
Overall, our experience was mostly positive and for the cost of the flights, it makes flying affordable for my family. No being trapped in the car for 17 hours with two very bored children, was worth every second of that 4-hour delay.