If you've seen the amazing deals from Frontier Airlines, you may be thinking: Is this legit? Well, the answer is yes! Even with a recent 5-hour delay, I would not hesitate to book another trip with Frontier Airlines.
"But it's too good to be true! What's the catch?!"
I'll admit, if you think the cheap prices are "too good to be true", you're right. Even if you get a great deal on the tickets, your Frontier Airlines flight might end up costing you more than expected. Below is everything you need to know to keep your Frontier Airlines experience closer to $40 rather than $140. If you go into it with the right expectations, you'll have a much more enjoyable trip!
What to Know Before Your Flight
Snacks and drinks are provided, but at a cost.
Other than a cup of lukewarm water, be aware that you'll need to pay for any refreshments on the plane. I always bring my own snacks and travel with my S’ip bottle. I take it through security empty, and then fill it up at one of the many water fountains on the way to my gate. That way, my water stays nice and cold the entire flight.
A checked bag can be cheaper than bringing a carry-on.
If you purchase baggage at booking, a carry-on is $35 and a checked bag is only $30. When we fly on Frontier Airlines, my husband and I each carry a small personal item with our computers, one change of clothes and our medication. My husband’s favorite backpack to travel with is his professional weekender.
Then, we check one shared 50-pound suitcase each way. Keep in mind these prices are added on each way, so this one shared suitcase costs us an extra $60 total.
Note that baggage prices go up quickly the longer you wait to purchase them. You can check Frontier's bag pricing here. It can get up to $60 per bag if you wait until departure, so be cautious!
Beware, your plane might not be as roomy as you are used to.
Remember to pack your own entertainment & electronics.
There is no wifi or onboard entertainment, so make sure you download your movies ahead of time and bring your own headphones. I never fly without my noise cancelling earbuds.
There are also no USB charging ports on Frontier Airlines, so I like to bring my travel back-up battery charger just in case.
Pre-Flight Packing Checklist
Booking Tips on Frontier Airlines
My Frontier Airlines Review
I actually wrote the majority of this article during my five-hour delay on Frontier.
I heard so many people around me say they would never fly Frontier again, and that our delay was proof that flying a low-cost carrier wasn't worth it. I disagree with them. I don’t think any of the major airlines would have handled our mechanical issue any differently. Would they have gotten us a new plane or a new crew quicker? Possibly, but I was recently delayed 33 hours by Delta/Air France and they are certainly not a low cost carrier.
Overall, I would definitely still recommend flying on Frontier Airlines, as long as you know what you're getting yourself in to.
If you follow my guide and know what to expect ahead of time on Frontier, I would certainly recommend them for shorter flights. Would I want to sit in their planes for a cross country trip? I don’t think so. I have flown on Frontier Airlines to Las Vegas twice, and I think the 4 ½ hour trip is about as long as my older body can handle. For someone closer to Hayley’s age, I would say don’t think twice!