Sorry it's been a bit since we posted, but this was an interesting development in the ever changing airline world of Allegiant.
The G4 (Allegiant) based Flight Attendants have been part-time, as has been customary with the other traditional Allegiant F/A bases. In Hawaii, however, full-time employees are eligible to receive health insurance benefits.
Allegiant has been notorious for putting their penny pinching, number crunching and Excel spreadsheet-formula prowess to work. It's a no-brainer that part-time employees are a cheaper cost than full-time employees.
Ever since the Flight Attendants unionized, it was just a matter of time before the Hawaii Full-Time flight attendant issue came to a head. After the Union filed a complaint, Allegiant did indeed cave in and is now providing heathcare coverage for their new full-time employees based in Hawaii.
So what does this mean for the savvy traveler? Not much. You'll still find cheap fares, like $118 non-stop in advance from Vegas to Hawaii. But expect Allegiant to pass that cost of paying for healthcare on to you, the consumer.
You can expect to see that cost in perhaps more ancillary sale pushes. There was news of some new cocktails and beverages to be served on the Hawaii flights. It wouldn't be far fetched to pay $10 for an alcoholic drink on a long-haul flight. The margins on a $10 drink are pretty good.
Until next time, keep your carry-on bag properly sized and under the weight limit!