Lately Frontier has been running occasional promotions offering 90-99% off the base fare of flights, and they’re now back with a similar promotion. This has the potential to be an excellent deal, though it’s probably not quite as great as it sounds, as I’ll explain below.
For tickets booked by tomorrow (11:59PM ET on Friday, December 29, 2017), Frontier is offering 99% off the base fare when using promotion code SAVE99. Now, as you’d expect, there are some restrictions.
Most significantly, this promotion is only valid for domestic travel on the following dates (one-way or roundtrip tickets qualify):
Jan. 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, 2018; and Feb. 3, 6, 7, 2018.
Even within the US, the following markets are excluded from the promotion:
Atlanta, GA to/from Denver, CO
Atlanta, GA to/from New York City, NY (LaGuardia)
Atlanta, GA to/from San Francisco, CA
Atlanta, GA to/from San Juan, PR
Atlanta, GA to/from Salt Lake City, UT
Atlanta, GA to/from Trenton, NJ
Nashville, TN to/from Orlando, FL
Cleveland, OH to/from Las Vegas, NV
Cleveland, OH to/from Fort Myers, FL
Columbus, OH to/from Denver, CO
Cincinnati, OH to/from Las Vegas, NV
Cincinnati, OH to/from Orlando, FL
Cincinnati, OH to/from Miami, FL
Cincinnati, OH to/from Phoenix, AZ
Cincinnati, OH to/from Fort Myers, FL
Denver, CO to/from Des Moines, IA
Denver, CO to/from Houston, TX
Denver, CO to/from Indianapolis, IN
Denver, CO to/from Orlando, FL
Denver, CO to/from Memphis, TN
Denver, CO to/from Miami, FL
Denver, CO to/from Milwaukee, WI
Denver, CO to/from Madison, WI
Denver, CO to/from New Orleans, LA
Denver, CO to/from Philadelphia, PA
Denver, CO to/from Tampa, FL
Des Moines, IA to/from Orlando, FL
Detroit, MI to/from Miami, FL
Detroit, MI to/from Fort Myers, FL
Grand Rapids, MI to/from Orlando, FL
Grand Rapids, MI to/from Fort Myers, FL
Indianapolis, IN to/from Las Vegas, NV
Indianapolis, IN to/from Fort Myers, FL
Indianapolis, IN to/from Tampa, FL
Las Vegas, NV to/from Orlando, FL
Las Vegas, NV to/from Miami, FL
Las Vegas, NV to/from Milwaukee, WI
Los Angeles, CA to/from Orlando, FL
New York City, NY (LaGuardia) to/from Miami, FL
Orlando, FL to/from Milwaukee, WI
Orlando, FL to/from Omaha, NE
Orlando, FL to/from Chicago, IL
Orlando, FL to/from Philadelphia, PA
Orlando, FL to/from San Juan, PR
Orlando, FL to/from Trenton, NJ
Miami, FL to/from Milwaukee, WI
Miami, FL to/from Chicago, IL
Miami, FL to/from Philadelphia, PA
Miami, FL to/from Trenton, NJ
Milwaukee, WI to/from Phoenix, AZ
Milwaukee, WI to/from Fort Myers, FL
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN to/from Fort Myers, FL
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN to/from Tampa, FL
Omaha, NE to/from Fort Myers, FL
Chicago, IL to/from Phoenix, AZ
Chicago, IL to/from Fort Myers, FL
West Palm Beach, FL to/from Trenton, NJ
Philadelphia, PA to/from Fort Myers, FL
Philadelphia, PA to/from San Juan, PR
Fort Myers, FL to/from St. Louis, MO
Fort Myers, FL to/from Trenton, NJ
Tampa, FL to/from Trenton, NJ
The savings do indeed seem to be 99% off the base fare, though keep in mind that Frontier has really low base fares and some hidden fees, so in reality you’re not actually paying a hundredth of what you’d otherwise pay.
For example, take a Chicago to Denver flight on January 30, where the “Non-Club Price” is $31 (you can join Frontier’s Discount Den Program for $50 per year).
Meanwhile with this sale, the price is knocked down to $25.
This represents savings of $5.94, given that the base fare is only $6. The “gotcha” when it comes to Frontier tickets is that the airline has a $19 one-way carrier interface surcharge, which isn’t discounted. This is still money that goes straight into Frontier’s pockets, and is just a way for them to avoid taxes on part of the airfare, since that qualifies as a fee rather than airfare.
This is potentially a great deal, though do keep in mind that Frontier charges for everything, from seat assignments to carry-ons to food and drinks. Travis shared his experience flying with Frontier recently, and as he cautioned, one of the biggest downsides to low cost carriers is their lack of frequencies in markets, so when flights are canceled or delayed, you have very few options.
Does anyone plan on taking advantage of this Frontier fare sale?
(Tip of the hat to Running with Miles)