New No Annual Fee, 50,000 Point Offer for Frontier Mastercard

Frontier Airlines won’t offer you business class award tickets to the Seychelles. But if you live in a Frontier Airlines city, and you’re reasonably likely to fly them, the credit card can be a great deal because every purchase on the card counts towards elite status with $1 of spend earning 1 elite qualifying mile.

And Frontier’s elite program offers real benefits – top tier 100,000 mile flyers see no fees at all, which is impressive with a fee-based ultra-low cost carrier.

Barclays and Frontier have done better than any other airline card, I think, working with what they’ve got and ensuring that the Frontier Airlines World Mastercard really rides on the rails of the loyalty program.

And they’ve just announced their best-even initial bonus offer: no annual fee the first year, and 50,000 points after $500 in purchases within 90 days. When the card was first revamped two years ago the offer was 40,000 miles. Most recently it has been 50,000 miles – but both with both offers offers the card’s $79 annual fee has applied in the first year, so this new offer is ‘$79 better’.

Earning with the card is: 5x miles on purchases at flyfrontier.com; 3x miles on restaurant purchases; 1x miles on all other purchases. Additionally, spend $2500 on the card each account year and receive a $100 flight voucher. This covers the card’s annual fee, and provides an extra ~1% rebate value on that $2500 spend.

The card has no foreign transaction fees and comes with Zone 2 boarding when flying Frontier. It also gives you access to family pooling of points with up to eight people.

But the real value comes in earning elite status through card spend. You can earn standard elite status after $20,000 spend on the card in a year, or a combination of flying and card spend to earn 20,000 total qualifying miles.

  • Priority check-in, zone 1 boarding and priority security
  • Free carry on bag
  • Advance seat assignment, including extra legroom seats at check-in if available
  • Call center fees, close-in award booking fees, unaccompanied minor fees, same day confirmed change fees, standby fees all waived
  • Spend extra miles for last seat award availability

A 50,000 mile level — achievable through flights or spend or a combination also now provides “family seating and seat assignment for the cardmember and eight travelling companions on the same reservation.”

Spend $100,000 on the card or fly 100,000 (or a combination) and receive ‘the WORKS’ bundle including up to 8 travel companions on the same reservation.

  • Free carry on bag
  • Free checked bag
  • Free seat selection including extra legroom seats
  • Free refunds and flight changes


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Free refunds. No one matches that. Look, you’re not going to get first class upgrades. Frontier doesn’t have a first class. They don’t have inflight internet either. They’re an ultra-low cost carrier. But they’re cheap to fly, and doubly so for elites who get many of those extra fees waived. So this is a strategically useful play for a certain type of customer.

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Comments

  1. I got this one some time ago. Not a huge Frontier fan (lifetime AA with around a million miles and also lifetime DL with a decent chunk of miles). However, I do fly Frontier some on cheap, short-mid length flights and had accumulated some miles. They expire after 6 months inactivity and there isn’t a dining program (like most other airlines) I can use to keep the miles alive.

    Therefore I decided to burn a 5/24 slot (I frankly have the key Chase cards I want/need right now anyway) on it. Not using this card to earn miles but the 40,000 I got (under previous promotion) was well used for a couple of long flights. I do like that Frontier charges a flat 10,000 miles each way regardless of distance domestically (at least that I could find) so got good value. Also, just having the card means no payment to redeem miles. Couple that with the status match they had earlier and I got free seat assignments (even to ones in first couple of rows with extra room) and carry on bag w no fees.

    Frontier isn’t everyone’s choice (and typically not mine) but I’m retired with lifetime status on AA/DL so don’t have to fly them if I don’t want. When I can get a roundtrip CLT-PHL for under $50 on Frontier for a quick trip to Atlantic City I take advantage. IMHO, it is all about knowing what to expect and dealing with it – when I fly Frontier I don’t expect the same experience as DL/AA first class but they get me there cheap and that is what I’m seeking. The card is, IMHO, a good way to keep miles alive at a minimum

  2. It’s unclear from the article, will I get status from the sign-up bonus or do I have to actually spend $20k/50k/100k?

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