MERRILLVILLE | A lucky local resident will win two roundtrip tickets to Orlando courtesy of an Allegiant Travel Co.’s “campaign stop” at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza on Thursday.
Allegiant, Gary/Chicago International Airport and WLJE-FM hosted the “Vote for Vacation” event, in which the first 100 people who attended received a “tax break” coupon worth $21.60 – the amount of federal taxes for roundtrip airfare - to use on an Allegiant flight out of the Gary airport.
Everyone who registered to win the two roundtrip tickets also will be entered into a national drawing for four years of free flights through Allegiant.
The 6 to 10 a.m. event drew over 125 people early on, said Allegiant spokesman Carl Zablotny.
“This is the first time we’ve done this,” Zablotny said. “Because everyone is so fatigued from the elections and politics this year we decided to do something fun. People love it. Every where we’ve gone we’ve had a terrific reception.”
The tour is making 75 stops with three different buses through September at sites in U.S. from where Allegiant flies.
The next stop for the local Allegiant tour crew was South Bend. From there it will head to Grand Rapids, Mich.
Tina Pearson, of Crown Point, registered to win the trip because she has a young child who loves Disney World. Pearson hopes Allegiant “takes off” in Gary, recalling the great experience she had using a previous airline out of Gary.
“It was awesome,” she said. “I hope this one lasts.”
Salmon Ruiz, of Calumet Township, stopped by after hearing about the promotion on the radio while driving nearby.
“I decided to take a shot at the trip,” he said.
Airport Interim Director Steve Landry said the whole point of airline’s local stop was to let people know Allegiant is flying out of Gary airport.
“They plan on being here for awhile, and it’s what we need to let people know,” he said.