Florida as we know is a poplar destination for tourists and it will always cost you serious dough to purchase tickets flying out of Richmond. I will share with you how a family of three can get to Florida for almost free!!
Allegiant Air is a lesser known American low-cost airline owned by Allegiant Travel Co. that operates scheduled and charter flights. They flight in and out of many popular destination and you can check the entire list here . This article focuses on outbound flights from Richmond. You can also check out their interactive route map here
How to Book?
Allegiant air fly’s out of Richmond to Tampa Bay area (PIE). I put in random dates for travel as you can see in the screenshot below
There are limited option as Allegiant air operates only couple of days a week out of Richmond so to enjoy the savings your schedule has to be flexible. I am able to score departing tickets from RIC to Tampa Bay area (PIE) for $75 and a return from PIE to RIC for only $69. You can play around with the website, punch in different dates and most one way fares are in the range of $60-$90 which is a great deal.
How to book this deal for free?
If your schedule is flexible you can easily get a return ticket from RIC-PIE for approximately $150. However, if you apply for the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card and spend $3000 in purchases within the first three months you will earn 40,000 miles sign-up bonus which equates to $400 in travel credit and also the credit card earns 2X miles on purchases everywhere which really helps you earn travel credit that much quicker. Taking in consideration the sign-up bonus of 40,000 miles and the $3000 you will have to spend to earn that bonus your total miles after completing the minimum spending is 46,000 miles (2X earning on $3000) which is $460 in travel credit that can be redeemed for any travel expenses such as airline, hotel etc.
Let’s say you purchase three return tickets from RIC-PIE at an average cost of $150 per return ticket – your out of pocket total cost will be $450. But if you charge the tickets on Capital One Venture Credit card your total cost will now be $0 as the earned bonus (46,000 miles of $460 travel credit) can be used to offset airline expense. The Capital One Venture card also has several added benefits such as no annual fees the first year (second year $59), no foreign transaction fees, the miles never expire plus 100% free Capital One® Credit Tracker to see your monthly credit score anytime. I think these are some great benefits along with travel rewards this card offers.
Potential drawback of flying Allegiant?
As I mentioned before Allegiant is a low-cost airline. They offer you cheap airfare and if you are a light traveler you will not have to pay anything extra. However, Allegiant will charge you baggage fees and the details are here. But, you can charge the baggage charges to Capital One Venture card and later on redeem it for a travel credit essentially not paying anything for it either.\