Why We Pulled Allegiant Air from our Budget Airfare Guide

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Last Sunday, 60 Minutes aired an in-depth report, based on a 7 month investigation, highlighting a litany of negligent safety issues and practices at Allegiant Air that’s just too troubling to ignore.

Allegiant Air is a low-cost airline in the U.S. that serves small markets throughout the country. It owns 99 aircraft, most of which are second-hand planes, purchased from foreign airlines. And it flies 12 million passengers a year.

While the ticket price may be good in some instances, according to aviation expert John Goglia, a former member of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, Allegiant is on a slippery slope to an accident of deadly proportion.

"I have encouraged my family, my friends and myself not to fly on Allegiant," Goglia told 60 Minutes.

“I hate to make comparisons," he added, "but we've seen that before in airlines that are no longer with us, that had experienced a number of accidents and killed a bunch of people. I don't wanna repeat that. So I try to push on Allegiant to clean up their operation.”

Allegiant Air refused to speak to 60 Minutes during its investigation and tried to bar reporters from accessing its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety records, a lack of transparency that is another major red flag.

Given this, we have removed Allegiant Air from our Budget Airfare Guide for the time being.

We hope to restore it in the future, when it has truly cleaned up its act.

Luckily, there are plenty other budget airlines to choose from, including a few that earned one of our Oscars for Best U.S. Airline awards.