Frontier Airlines returned to Memphis fairly recently and earlier this month I had the opportunity to fly them on a one-way ticket from Los Angeles to Memphis via Denver as they had by far the best price for my date. As it had been a number of years since I’d flown them I was a little surprised about the pricing for carry-on bags that do not fit under the seat. I’d heard the company had become more like low-cost carriers but I didn’t realize this included the carry-on baggage charges. So when I priced things out, it was cheaper to check my bag than to carry it on.
Now Frontier is raising prices for checked bags if you don’t pay for them before you reach the airport for flights beginning on May 1, 2015.
If you try to carry your bag on and it won’t fit or there’s no room and it must be gate-checked, the fee increases from $50 to $60. That’s the largest price increase.
If you pay for your first checked bag online during the check-in process, the fee increases from $20 to $25. If you pay for that same bag at the airport the price increases from $25 to $30. The fee for a second checked bag at the airport changes from $30 to $35. There is no change in the price for checked bags paid for before check-in.
There are a number of different prices charged depending on WHEN you pay for the bags (online before check-in, online at check-in, at the ticket counter/kiosk, at the gate) and HOW you pay (online, in person, via phone). Check the Frontier Airlines website for your exact situation.