Frontier is compressing down to one elite status tier in their frequent flyer program.
Starting February 20, 2015, the EarlyReturns program will retire Ascent and Summit elite status and launch a brand new elite tier, Frontier Elite.
Status is earned by flying 20,000 miles or 25 segments during the calendar year.
- Priority check-in, boarding, and security
- Advance seat assignments
- Complimentary carry on bag
- Extra legroom seating at checkin only
- The ability to redeem extra miles for better award inventory
- Standby and same-day confirmed fees waived
- Unaccompanied minor fees waived
- Phone booking fee waived
Notice anything missing?
- No free checked bags for elites
- No more change fee waivers
- No more advance seat assignments for extra legroom seating
- Dedicated elite customer service
- Bonus flight miles
- Complimentary beverages
- Free name changes
- Guaranteed flight availability
How would you like to be an ‘elite’ on Frontier and pay for water?
And notice — you get free carry on bags. But companions on the same reservation do not appear to.
But don’t worry, they hate general members too. One additional benefit that elite members get is waived award redemption fee.
In October Frontier is introducing a fee to use your miles for ‘close-in’ travel. In this case ‘close-in’ means within six months. And guess what the even bigger joke is here? Unlike most other airlines Frontier only publishes their schedule about ~ 7 months ahead…
The fee is also waived for co-brand credit card holders.