Remember those $99 roundtrip airfares Allegiant Airline began offering just two days ago, to kick off its new Sioux Falls to Tampa connection?
The promotional deal was supposed to be good through today, but after receiving dozens of calls we decided to find out whether that deal was too good to be true.
The answer is both yes and no.
We decided to look at flights the first week of each month that leave on Monday and return Friday.
Our first flight leaves November 4th. But instead of the $99 offer, we found a $130 flight out, with a $95 return ticket.
Travel in December and it will cost you around $107 to get to Tampa and $95 to come back to Sioux Falls.
In January the ticket to Tamp is the cheapest we could find at just $90.50, but it's going to cost more to get back home, about $112.
By February the price is starting to climb, around 107-dollars to fly south, 158-dollars to return.
Flights in March are also higher. About $201 to get there and $206 to get back.
That adds up to $407.50, more than four times the $99 ticket deal.
The promotion ends after April, but again it's going to cost you more if you wait to fly.
Again just over $201 to Tampa. $206 to return to Sioux Falls.
So what happened to the promise of cheap tickets to Tampa? An Allegiant spokeswoman we talked to today says some seats are reserved at the $99 roundtrip price on every Allegiant flight from November through April.
That could be just one seat per flight or 20 seats.
The airline declined to say exactly how many seats were reserved for the entire promotion. What the airline will tell us is that they had a "phenomenal response" to the $99 deal, and sold well over 1,000 tickets, some at $99, and some far more.