Frontier Airlines is known for their super-low fares. We’re talking base prices as low as $19 one way!
The thing is, Frontier’s prices are “unbundled,” meaning anything extra — from choosing your own seat to baggage — is a separate fee. If you’re not careful, that cheap trip can quickly turn into an expensive one.
Here’s what you need to know to save the most.
1. Bring your own snacks.
Frontier charges for all food and drink products on flight — except for water. If you ask, a flight attendant will bring you a cup of water free of charge. As for snacks, you’re on your own.
2. Pay the extra fee to choose your own seat if flying with a group — and especially if you have kids.
If you don’t pay to choose your own seat, you risk having your group separated on the flight. You can always ask other passengers to switch you seats, but that can be a hassle.
Seat fees are usually around $6 when you upgrade at the time of booking. If you wait until the day of your flight and buy the upgrade at the airport, you could end up paying $11.
3. Sit in the Kid Zone for discounted seat upgrades and easy access to changing tables and restrooms.
Frontier’s new Kid Zone is a designated area on planes that’s designed to make it easy and affordable for families to sit together. Aisle and window seats are available at a discounted rate, and middle-seat selections are free.
Sitting in the Kid Zone also gets you convenient access to changing tables, restrooms, and quick assistance from flight attendants. These seats are limited and available on a first-come, first served basis.
4. There’s even a fee for carry-on bags.
One personal item that’s no bigger than 14″H x 8″W x 18″L is included with the base price. And it has to fit under the seat in front of you (think purses, totes, computer bags, briefcases, kids’ backpacks, diaper bags, and food for the flight).
If you’d like to bring a carry-on bag that’s no larger than 24″H x 16″W x 10″D or heavier than 35 lbs, expect to pay at least $30. Checked-bag fees start at $25, and bags can’t be heavier than 50 lbs.
To avoid paying a carry-on bag or checked luggage fee, wear your bulkiest clothing and shoes on the flight and roll up clothes tightly before stuffing them into a gallon-size zip bag that can fit into your purse or tote bag.
5. Get priority boarding if you pay the carry-on bag fee.
There’s an upside to paying that carry-on bag fee: priority boarding. Get Zone 1 boarding when you purchase a carry-on bag upgrade.
6. Save up to 50% by paying the checked or carry-on bag fee online ahead of time.
Plan ahead and pay the extra bag fees online at least 24 hours before your flight to save up to 50%. If you wait to purchase at the gate, it’s $60!
7. Families with kids under 3 board first.
To give you extra time to get settled in, Frontier lets families traveling with children under age 3 board first. And if you have an infant under age 2, he or she can travel for free as long as they sit in your lap.
8. When traveling with infants, bring a diaper bag in addition to your one personal item.
Stuff some clothes into your diaper bag if you can! And if you’re bringing a car seat or stroller, both can also be checked for free.
9. Bring your own entertainment.
There are no outlets to recharge smartphones and laptops, no Wi-Fi, no movies, no music, and no in-flight magazines on Frontier airlines.
10. Kids get free trading cards and printables.
Free trading cards are available for kids on the plane; just ask a flight attendant for free Frontier animal trading cards.
And before you leave for the airport, head to Frontier.com for a free certificate that flight attendants will sign for kids, free maps, and activity printables that will keep kids entertained on the plane.
11. Join the Discount Den program to save on family flights.
Discount Den members can score flights as low as $15 one way! (Now, that’s crazy.) The catch? You’ve gotta pay a $49.99 yearly membership fee.
However, that fee is nothing when you factor in the savings you’ll receive if you frequently fly Frontier. Colorado residents who travel out of Denver, Frontier’s home airport, should really consider the membership. So should those with families who fly often. The membership is good for up to six people on your itinerary.
12. Use Frontier’s mobile app to check in and get your boarding pass.
13. Save 30-50% when you bundle.
Instead of paying each fee separately with the base fare, buy a flight bundle. Frontier gives you two bundling options:
The Works: Save up to 50% when you buy this bundle at the time of booking (actually, this is the only time it’s available for purchase). Starting at $49 one way, The Works bundle includes a free carry-on bag, a free checked bag, priority boarding, a seat-select option, free cancellation, and free flight changes.
The Perks: Save up to 30% by adding The Perks bundle after you book. Get a free carry-on bag, free checked bag, priority boarding, and a seat-select option starting at $49 one way.
14. Use coupon codes to save even more.
You should also check their Online Deals section before solidifying a purchase — there are some killer prices there if you have flexible trip dates!