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It’s underappreciated how much value there is in Frontier Airlines – when you have elite status with the low cost carrier. And it’s underappreciated how easy it is to have that status.
Bilt Rewards Vice President Richard Kerr knows: less than $20 per one-way flight for a family of four to Disney World, refundable and with free seat assignments, carry on bags, and checked bags.
— Richard Kerr (@KerrPoints) October 17, 2023
Frontier Airlines is offering to status match anyone
with a pulse who has status with an airline.. a hotel chain.. or even a cruise line.. even if that status simply came with a credit card that you hold. Depending on your current elite level they will even give you top tier in their program.
Frontier’s model is super cheap airfare, and a lot of add-on fees. But Frontier’s top level waives all fees and even makes tickets refundable. Basically their incredible 2020 offer is back but they’re willing to match against a lot more programs this time. And they’re even willing to give you a match if you matched in 2020 and matched again in 2021.
- Base-level status comes with a free carry on bag and seat assignment, and extra legroom seats if available at check-in as some of its benefits.
- Mid-tier status adds bonus miles.
- And top tier status offers checked bags and makes all tickets refundable, for everyone on the member’s booking.
They’ll match against 16 different airlines, 15 different hotel programs, and 15 different cruise lines. Southwest Airlines Companion Pass earned via credit card is good for top tier Frontier status. Hotel and cruise programs only match up to mid-tier (50k) but those who do this match may be offered a buy up to top tier. And you may also be offered a discounted All You Can Fly pass.
Key things to know:
- The offer runs through December 31, 2023
- Matched status lasts through December 31, 2024
- There is a fee to apply for the match. This is a fee-based airline after all! It’s on-brand! They’re giving you status, you may never use it, and they’re outsourcing processing of the match request so there are costs.
It’s $99 match to the 20k and 50k elite levels and $149 to match to top tier 100K status.
- If you did the 2020 or 2021 status match offers you can do it again for an additional $50.
You do have to enroll in the Early Returns program if you aren’t already a member. Match requests are processed within 72 hours, often sooner.
To give you a sense, the 75K tier (e.g. Platinum at a major legacy airline) generally matches to Frontier’s 100K level. I love that Hilton Gold which is pretty much a credit card giveaway will match to the mid-tier 50K level.
I really like Frontier’s credit card, if you like the status you match to at Frontier it’s easy to keep because they were the first to offer qualifying miles for card spend. You can earn 100,000 mile top tier status and make all tickets refundable through credit card spend alone. (Of course redeeming my miles on Frontier isn’t as aspirational as I might prefer.)
This offer could get pulled early, or be modified to limit matches to top tier, so you’ll want to jump on it. We’ve seen the most generous components of similar offers pulled after just a few days. Also bear in mind that if you do not have status with any airline or hotel, they have a separate status offer for that. But surely you have a credit card that gives you hotel status or some such, right?