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Allegiant Travel Company

December 23, 2014 13:59 ET

Allegiant and Make-A-Wish® Send Kids on Life-Changing Wish Experiences This Holiday Season

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - December 23, 2014) - Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is helping Make-A-Wish® grant wishes by providing travel for 33 wish kids this holiday season -- kids like 5-year old Jaylen, who was diagnosed with leukemia and wished to go to the Florida theme parks. The travel company, which provides air travel and send-off celebrations for Make-A-Wish kids, has flown over 150 wish kids like Jaylen to their wish destinations in 2014 alone. To expand its efforts to help grant wishes, the company will also be matching dollar for dollar employee donations, up to $5,000, from now until Jan. 31, 2015.

Jaylen's Make-A-Wish experience with Allegiant began with a warm welcome at the airport. Jaylen and his family were greeted by Allegiant employees at the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Ill. and treated to a special send-off celebration. Jaylen's wish experience can be viewed here

"Allegiant is proud to be a part of each community we serve, and working with Make-A-Wish has allowed us to have a positive impact on wish families around the country," said Brian Davis, Allegiant Travel Company's vice president of business development. "Allegiant team members are passionate about our relationship with Make-A-Wish and making wish flights a special experience for the families."

Over 70 percent of wishes require air travel. Since 2012, Allegiant has donated travel to over 250 wish kids and their families and over $250,000 in cash sponsorships.

"Allegiant is a terrific sponsor that plays an important role in getting wish kids to destinations for life-changing wish experiences," said Kathy Forshey, vice president, corporate alliance of Make-A-Wish America. "The Allegiant team members welcome each one of our wish kids and their families while traveling on their wish."

To learn more about Allegiant's relationship with Make-A-Wish, visit

About Make-A-Wish®
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 27,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 37 minutes. It has granted more than 254,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,200 in 2014 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at to learn more.

Allegiant, Travel is our deal.®
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. The company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars, and attraction tickets. All can be purchased through the company website, The company has been named one of America's 100 Best Small Companies by Forbes Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2014, AVIATION WEEK ranked Allegiant the Top-Performing Airline in North America for the third consecutive year. For downloadable press kit, including photos, visit: For downloadable broadcast quality video of Allegiant B-roll footage, visit:

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