updated 4/17/2009 10:52:05 AM ET 2009-04-17T14:52:05

Book by: April 22–23, 2009
Travel by: September 30, 2009

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The deal
It appears that low-cost Las Vegas-based airline, Allegiant Air has been taking some lessons from European airlines, and is offering free flight packages as an incentive for budget-minded travelers. Although numerous international airlines have been promoting similar deals, it hasn’t caught on with many U.S. carriers — until now. Allegiant Air’s new offer allows a companion to fly free when the first passenger books airfare and two nights or more at one of the 30 participating Phoenix/Mesa hotels. This offer is valid for travel through September 30, from 15 U.S. cities, but tickets must be purchased by April 23.

The airline is also celebrating two of its new routes from Columbia, South Carolina to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, Florida with low introductory fares starting from an unheard of $29 each way! Additional rates are available to other areas in the Sunshine State from over 25 U.S. cities starting from just $39. This offer ends April 22, for travel through September 30.

The dollars
Allegiant Air announced that following one-way fares:

•    Columbia, S.C.-Orlando:  $29
•    Wilmington, N.C.-Orlando: $39
•    Greensboro, N.C-Tampa Bay: $49
•    Knoxville, Tenn. -For Lauderdale: $59
•    And more!

All fares listed are one-way and do not include taxes and fees. In order to receive the free companion air, both passengers must be flying the same itinerary.

The catch
Although Europe maybe rubbing off on them, some habits are hard to break. You’ll be paying extra for seat selection, and their flight schedule is difficult to navigate.

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