Talk to me about Frontier Airlines

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by RweTHEREyet, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. RweTHEREyet

    RweTHEREyet DIS Veteran

    Sep 4, 1999
    I have never flown them before, but they have a really cheap flight from RDU to MCO at the right time of day. Are you nickel and dimed to the point that it is better to just go with Southwest and their 2 free bags? Are they reliable?
  2. Denise W

    Denise W Disney Veteran

    Aug 19, 1999
    Have you done a search on here? I have seen many threads about them recently.
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  4. reisdawg

    reisdawg Mouseketeer

    Jan 3, 2008
    They are reliable as any other but do factor in the costs of baggage. I think they charge for overhead space and pretty much everything else so the true cost may be greater than your 'savings'.
  5. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

    Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina DIS Veteran

    Sep 12, 2008
    Frontier offers two packages that provide for all the "extras" you might need or want (upgraded seating, baggage, etc.) which will save you money *if* you would be buying those upgrades anyway. One is The Perks package, the other is The Works package. If you don't want to be nickle and dimed, these packages might be of interest to you.

    We have flown Frontier 4 times and have no complaints whatsoever. They have been just as reliable as any other airline we have used. We always buy either the Works or the Perks and have everything we need (including the best available seats on the plane.....TONS of room in the exit row!) aside from snacks, which we just bring with us.
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  6. iivye

    iivye DIS Veteran

    Jan 22, 2013
    We've used them once. We used backpacks and put them under the seats so no additional fees. We also didn't pay to pick seats but all three of us were seated together so we lucked out. Tickets were $20 each way so I have no complaints. I would fly them again.
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  7. rwdavis2

    rwdavis2 DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2007
    Be aware of how many flights per day out of your airport. The fewer the flights the less likely you can be quickly accommodated if your flight is cancelled.
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  8. kes601

    kes601 Earning My Ears

    Oct 29, 2018
    We flew them out of VA Beach over MLK Weekend. Had a late night flight on Friday and early a.m. flight on Monday. Both got in early, no complaints. We just packed a backpack and fit it under the seat. We did pay for seats as we wanted to be sure and sit together. We just booked them again for Pres. Weekend. Price for MLK weekend was $233 total for the 2 of us, this time it was $330 I think.
  9. writerguyfl

    writerguyfl DIS Veteran

    Jul 5, 2015
  10. TamaraQT

    TamaraQT DIS Veteran

    Apr 23, 2009
    I fly out of Philly and the price for Frontier with baggage fees and choosing my seat is either the same or cheaper than Southwest. In the end, my DH has decided that choosing a seat over having a "boarding position" is his preference. Southwest allows for 2 checked bags to fly free for each person, but we NEVER have more than 1 checked bag per person anyway. For a carry on, we each carry our own book bag and Frontier doesn't charge for that. Also, just to get a desirable boarding position, we always paid for Early Bird Check-In with Southwest. I think that cost has now increased to $15/pp. Which is MORE than the price of choosing your own seat on Frontier. So in the end, the cost of a Frontier flight with baggage fee and seat fee is still cheaper than the cost of a SW flight with EBCI fee. I will admit, Frontier has less leg and elbow room than Southwest but that's not important to us for a flight that is just a little over 2 hours long. Southwest used to very inexpensive from Philly to Orlando, but not anymore since Frontier started flying out of Philly. I still check Southwest flights just in case they are surprisingly low. The only way we will book SW now is due to an insanely low price and if the flight times are better than Frontier. For the last 5 years, neither was true so we fly Frontier with no complaints.
  11. Dis703

    Dis703 DIS Veteran

    Aug 24, 2010
    I started flying Frontier almost exclusively about 4 years ago. From Philly/Trenton I fly for anywhere from $50-100 RT to Orlando and similar prices to Myrtle Beach. I prefer the pricing structure because I only pay for what I need. I rarely ever check a bag and if we do I can get away with one large bag for all five of us so the extra $60 for that many people is minimal. For short trips I use a Vera Bradley Weekender bag that fits under the seat for free. I don't usually choose a seat either and so far so good in that we are always sat together. In the last 10 months I've flown them for 6 RT flights and only one had an issue of a delay. It was pretty bad, but they handled it well and we still got where we were going. They also issued us a food voucher while we were stuck at the airport and then without any request we each got a $75 voucher for a future flight so I flew down for free a couple weeks ago.

    Seats aren't comfortable and unless you pay for the upgrade most don't recline. But I've never found any airplane seat to be comfy so it's not a big deal to me. Flight attendants have all been very friendly and helpful. Customer service has been good. Their emergency cancellation policy came in very handy when we got the flu a couple years ago on the day of our trip. I was able to get a credit immediately and avoid a change fee.

    Flights are limited, so know that in advance. If they only fly once a day and it gets cancelled yes you may be stuck for a day or two. I'm usually fairly flexible in that regard though so I keep it in mind when booking. More popular routes seem to have less cancellations.

    All in all I'm very happy with them and recommend them to people all the time.
  12. jtopp

    jtopp driving the monorail in my dreams

    Oct 28, 2001
    Frontier from PHL to MCO is not a bad deal. All other things being equal, their cost is consistently less then the others available in that market, with all the basics needed to get from here to there. The seats are equally uncomfortable, but the trip is short in duration. Baggage charges are consistent with the competition (except for SW). All in all, it's just a seat on the big bus in the sky to get to Disney.
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  13. Wildthing76!

    Wildthing76! Earning My Ears

    Jan 19, 2019
    We flew with them in 2017 out of Dtw and it was good no issues and even got checked bags and was a good price for 3 of us , also a lot cooler than Deltas as that’s the only other one we have used.
  14. Wildtoad

    Wildtoad Earning My Ears

    Aug 7, 2018
    My seat was way uncomfortable. Tray table was about the size of my cell phone. Not a fan of Frontier but if you are not a frequent flyer and/or its a short flight with minimal luggage then go for it. The only airline I have totally sworn off is Allegient. Never flown Spirit but based on Yelp reviews probably never will.
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