Increased Baggage Fees on Frontier Airlines

Frontier logoFrontier 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.


Hat tip: Expert Flyer, USA Today

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Frontier Airlines No Longer A Membership Rewards Partner Effective March 2015

Over the weekend I got my monthly statement for my American Express card that earns Membership Rewards points and it had this notice at the top of the statement:

Effective March 5, 2015 Frontier Airlines will no longer be a point transfer airline in the Membership Rewards program.  Any Membership Rewards points transfers for Frontier Airlines must be made by March 4, 2015.  These transfers will be considered final, non-refundable, and subject to the EarlyReturns program terms and conditions.  To transfer points to Frontier, please visit

This doesn’t impact me as I haven’t flown Frontier in years and only once.  Back before the recession they had daily service between Memphis and Denver.  Now, the service is no longer daily and not on Saturdays, which is when I’d want to travel them for ski trips, which is disappointing.  My one experience with them was flying to San Francisco (via Denver) and I quite liked the leather seats in their regional jets.  But that was many years ago and now, of course, I much prefer to fly up front or at least in an Economy Plus-style seat with more legroom.

So if you’d plan to transfer your Membership Rewards points to Frontier, now’s the time to do so!

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