- The airline company plans to begin selling work-from-Las Vegas travel packages at the end of August.
- The new packages that include nonstop airline tickets and a hotel room are pitched “fly, stay, work, and play.”
- Allegiant Air developed the strategy after conducting research that revealed some customers were interested in work-from-home destinations.
- The packages allow travelers to work from remote places while enjoying what Las Vegas has to offer.
Although Allegiant Air serves vacationers unapologetically, the coronavirus pandemic has forced the company to search for a new type of traveler.
Starting from late August, the Sin City-based airline plans to peddle work-from-Las Vegas travel packages that include nonstop airline tickets and a hotel room pitched “fly, stay, work, and play.”
Allegiant Air chief marketing officer Scott DeAngelo said Wednesday that the company was working with a leading Las Vegas casino operator to leverage the opportunities that the increase in remote working has created. He said that the number of individual travelers who pay to “work remote, but away from home” is rising beyond those of business travelers who pay on corporate cards.
The company targets professionals in bigger cities that it caters to, including Cincinnati, Rockford, Oakland, Indianapolis, Phoenix, and outside Chicago.
From McCarran International Airport, Allegiant Air caters to 58 cities. Besides, the Las Vegas Strip has several empty rooms, while the conventions and meetings business is down for the foreseeable future.
It makes sense to offer inexpensive travel packages under such circumstances, especially as summer vacation tails off and the airline competes with other companies in the industry for reduced numbers of travelers.
The airline’s air and room packages from Indianapolis to Sin City for one person’s four-night weekday stay at the MGM Grand in mid-September goes at $340. This price includes taxes but excludes seat assignment, baggage fees, and hotel resort fees.
From Cincinnati to Las Vegas, sample rates in mid-October for three-night stays at Flamingo Las Vegas and the luxe Bellagio start at $227 and $638, respectively.
DeAngelo added that the city’s casino-hotels have business centers, suites for meetings, dependable Wi-Fi, and all the other necessary amenities to cater to business travelers from across the globe. He insisted that properly set up properties were available. Therefore, visitors shouldn’t worry about having bad reception.
The greatest attractions in Las Vegas include gambling and a good range of restaurants and nightlife spots.
De Angelo said there was no need of guests being strapped in their studio apartments or home offices when they “could be working by day and playing by night.”
Hilarie Grey, Allegiant’s spokeswoman, likened this to WeWork’s workspace but with world-class dining, shopping, pools, and gambling available.
DeAngelo said his company got the idea of targeting remote workers after conducting research that revealed that 5% of its recent customers were traveling for a business-leisure combination. The customers also said they wanted to know what individual hotels and destinations pitch themselves as perfect work-from-home venues.
DeAngelo also added that working “from anywhere is the new normal.”
Brian Ahern, MGM’s spokesman, declined to comment on whether the company is partnering with Allegiant Air.