Frontier Airlines Launches Status Match Promotion

Frontier Airlines Launches Status Match Promotion

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Update: Note that for requests submitted as of December 8, 2021, hotel status can only be matched up to Elite 50K status, rather than Elite 100K status. Everything else about the offer remains the same. You can find the original post from last week below.

Frontier Airlines has launched a status match promotion. This has the potential to be quite lucrative, especially as you can match based on both airline and hotel status.

Frontier Airlines status match basics

Frontier Airlines is offering a limited time status match promotion (find the full FAQs here):

  • You need to apply by December 31, 2021
  • If you apply and are successful, your matched status will be valid within 72 hours
  • Matched status is valid through December 31, 2022
  • To be eligible you need to be a Frontier Miles member (you can register for free), and complete the elite status validation form
  • There’s a $49 application fee for a Frontier status match, intended to “verify and validate your application”
  • Those who took advantage of Frontier’s 2020 status match campaign aren’t eligible for this

What status will Frontier Airlines match?

Frontier Airlines is matching status all the way up to its Elite 100K level. What’s interesting is that Frontier is willing to match both airline and hotel status. Clearly this is clearly just intended to attract new customers who have the potential to be valuable, rather than exclusively poaching those who fly with competitors.

Here are the 15 airline frequent flyer programs that Frontier Airlines will match, along with how status maps over:

Here are the 15 hotel frequent flyer programs that Frontier Airlines will match, along with how status maps over:

What are the benefits of Frontier Airlines status?

Frontier Airlines is an ultra low cost carrier, so the airline ordinarily charges extra for just about everything beyond your seat and using the lavatory. Frontier Airlines has three elite tiers, and the perks are as follows:

By the way, are there frequent flyers more worthy of respect than those who earn Frontier Elite 100K status the hard way? At least with Spirit Airlines you have the Big Front Seat, while on Frontier you have to put in some hard miles on some very tight planes.

This has the potential to be a great deal

As you can see above, the perks of Frontier Airlines status are pretty significant, especially when you consider Frontier’s ultra low cost business model.

For example, Frontier Elite 100K members get a free carry-on, free checked bag, free seat assignments, priority boarding, and much more. This could easily get you more than $49 worth of value (which is the application fee) after just a single trip.

It raises an overall question I have about the economics of ultra low cost carrier frequent flyer programs. For example, about a year ago we saw Spirit Airlines overhaul its frequent flyer program, introducing (arguably) even stronger benefits than what Frontier has.

All the data I’ve seen at legacy airlines suggests that the average per transaction spending amount for elite members is higher than for non-elite members. So it’s not just that elite members provide repeat business, but they’re also spending more.

I would have to imagine that’s not the case at ultra low cost carriers?

  • When we’re talking about airlines where fees are often a multiplier of base fare, is there money to be made on top tier elite members?
  • Are top tier elite members booking more expensive last minute tickets to take advantage of these perks?
  • Or is the goal simply that status gives people something to aim for, and Frontier hopes that people use a co-branded credit card, recommend the airline to friends and family, etc.?

I’m sure the math checks out, it’s just such an interesting contrast to other programs.

Frontier’s elite perks are pretty robust for top tier elites

Bottom line

Frontier Airlines is offering a limited time status match promotion, which is an opportunity to match all the way to top tier Elite 100K status (and since we’re talking about Frontier, of course there’s a fee to apply). If you fly Frontier Airlines with any frequency this could be well worth it, as the $49 fee will potentially be made up for after a single trip.

Anyone plan on taking advantage of Frontier’s status match promotion?

(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)

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  1. Ryan Guest

    Tried matching from Hilton Diamond but it's only giving me 50K and now this message...

    "Upgrade to Elite 100k status for an additional $199.00

    The additional upgrade fee will be charged directly to your card used for your Frontier Status Match.

    If you choose to upgrade, your newly upgraded Frontier Elite 100k status will be processed within 72 hours, subject to your original status match application approval, and your new Elite 100k status valid until...

    Tried matching from Hilton Diamond but it's only giving me 50K and now this message...

    "Upgrade to Elite 100k status for an additional $199.00

    The additional upgrade fee will be charged directly to your card used for your Frontier Status Match.

    If you choose to upgrade, your newly upgraded Frontier Elite 100k status will be processed within 72 hours, subject to your original status match application approval, and your new Elite 100k status valid until December 31, 2022."

  2. Jaded platinum Guest

    I see no reason to pay to match status on an airline where the only benefit is I don't eat as much of the ticket cost when they delay a flight and I rebook on a real airline to avoid getting stranded for a week when they melt down....

  3. Paul Guest

    They changed the hotel matching requirements as of Dec 7th. Can't get 100k anymore, so likely not worth it if just hotel status.

  4. Cristiano Andrade Guest

    I do not have any immediate use for Frontier status, but I might use them along the year. So, I went thru the process to the point I was asked to pay USD49.00 application fee to get status match from Gol Diamond to Frontier Elite 100k. I am not sure if it applies only to Gol or not, did anyone experienced that?
    As I did not have any usage of this status on the horizon, I have just quit.

  5. Jess Guest

    I got matched to 100k Elite, but it's kind of ridiculous the benefits dont apply to my upcoming reservation in Jan. Acc to Frontier, I need to be Eite100k AT THE TIME OF RESERVATION to get free seats,bags etc etc, which IMHO is ridiculous if i have status at the time of travel. It shouldn't matter if I have status at time of booking or not.

    1. Ram Guest

      Hi Jess,
      Not to worry much, I was flying DFW-SLC-DEN-DFW while my status match was approved. After I reached SLC, check my status updated on the App and showed it to Gate agent and they appreciated my business and upgrade me to 1A on both DEN and DFW legs. you can do the same. Go to airport and they will be able to get you all the benefits.

    2. flyernok Guest

      @Jess: I also had an existing reservation before the match posted. I called the Reservation line and the rep took care of it and stayed on the line to verify it went through while I chose a Stretch seat.

  6. dan Guest

    since an outsourced co. charges the fee, we assume that the $49 would not be coded as frontier & not get reimbursed with the amex plat card, or a CC that issues an annual travel credit?

  7. Mike Guest

    Matched and approved via my HH Diamond status from the Aspire credit card. They don't care if it's status earned from a credit card benefit. Still waiting for my account to update though.

    1. chapman Guest

      What did you use that showed your account number and diamand status?

  8. James Guest

    Are the elite benefits (like seat assignments) only for the elite, or would they apply to another on the same record?

    1. Puzzles Guest

      Seat assignments free for others at 50k.

      All the good perks (bags, refunds) can be shared with 7 others on same itinerary if you got 100k status (“the works”).

  9. Rob Guest

    You could sign up for the Wyndham Business Card and get Wyndham Diamond status and match it to 100k. Seems too easy.

  10. 305 Guest

    Anyone with an Amex Platinum and even authorized users can match into Elite 50k just by virtue of the free Marriott/Hilton Gold status attached with the card. No brainer if you fly Frontier at least once a year

    1. askmrlee Guest

      You can actually get Wyndham Diamond through Hilton Gold which means Frontier Elite 100K.

    2. mowogo Member

      I've heard reports are Wyndham hasn't been as friendly matching lately.

  11. mowogo Member

    Top tier hotel status matches to Elite 100k, which makes flying Frontier comparable to most domestic flying unless you are purchasing F. And you can get your snacks in the terminal if you want to save some money. I don't need wifi, and this offer basically makes their $20 tickets cost $20. Add in the ability to work remotely and this definitely gives me an opportunity to expand my travels in 2022. Is it fancy,...

    Top tier hotel status matches to Elite 100k, which makes flying Frontier comparable to most domestic flying unless you are purchasing F. And you can get your snacks in the terminal if you want to save some money. I don't need wifi, and this offer basically makes their $20 tickets cost $20. Add in the ability to work remotely and this definitely gives me an opportunity to expand my travels in 2022. Is it fancy, no. But then except for a few special routes the domestic experience isn't that good anyway. In looking at flights that I still had to book, I found that this will save me quite a bit of money.

  12. Lance Guest

    I have same question -- anyone know if acquired status gets you a bag for a previously booked flight? While I don't fly Frontier overly often, adding a bag to my existing flight and perhaps 1 more planned and the $49 pays for itself.

    As to the comments of "bah, I can't be bothered to fly Frontier" from others, first off, congrats on making the 1% -- no grudges held, but for some of this...

    I have same question -- anyone know if acquired status gets you a bag for a previously booked flight? While I don't fly Frontier overly often, adding a bag to my existing flight and perhaps 1 more planned and the $49 pays for itself.

    As to the comments of "bah, I can't be bothered to fly Frontier" from others, first off, congrats on making the 1% -- no grudges held, but for some of this in the peanut gallery and living in small regional markets with kids to sent to and from out of town college, Frontier's low rates can make sense. FWIW...

    1. Mike Guest

      I got approved for 100k and my status has been updated in my account, however, as of now benefits don't seem to apply for my existing reservations.

  13. Jerry C. Guest

    @Miles - So far, I've only found Alaska for a status challenge, but they note that "status earned through a promotion don't qualify." Drat.

  14. Miles Guest

    The big question is who will match Frontier status? Can I parlay this into status on an airline I would actually fly?

    1. Andrew Guest

      Alaska will match Frontier status into Alaska MVP Gold 75k and then Air Canada will match Alaska MVP Gold 75k to Aeroplan 50k (for Star Alliance Gold).

    2. Mike Guest

      Incorrect, Alaska asks to see how many miles you've flown on their status match page. So you can't just keep chain matching.

    3. mowogo Member

      I matched because I live in Denver and this makes them a very attractive airline since it fixes most of the pain points of flying a ULCC for $49 for 2022.

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Paul Guest

They changed the hotel matching requirements as of Dec 7th. Can't get 100k anymore, so likely not worth it if just hotel status.

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305 Guest

Anyone with an Amex Platinum and even authorized users can match into Elite 50k just by virtue of the free Marriott/Hilton Gold status attached with the card. No brainer if you fly Frontier at least once a year

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Ryan Guest

Tried matching from Hilton Diamond but it's only giving me 50K and now this message... "Upgrade to Elite 100k status for an additional $199.00 The additional upgrade fee will be charged directly to your card used for your Frontier Status Match. If you choose to upgrade, your newly upgraded Frontier Elite 100k status will be processed within 72 hours, subject to your original status match application approval, and your new Elite 100k status valid until December 31, 2022."

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