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For a limited time, the hugely successful Frontier Airlines status match is back, and it's better than ever. When originally launched in 2020, there were just 7 airlines from which you could match.
This year sees the addition of another 8 airlines, taking the total to 15, plus, Frontier has also added 15 hotel partners making it easier than ever to take advantage of this offer. The Frontier status match promotion is only available for a limited time, and is set to end on December 31, 2021.
Frontier's Status Match Offer
Are you looking for inexpensive domestic and limited international airfare? Is getting from Point A to Point B on nonstop flights a priority? Do you have friends or family with whom you'd like to travel, but they just aren't into miles and points?
If your answer is “yes” to any of the previous questions, you have until December 31, 2021, to get your application in for the easiest and most valuable airline status match I've seen.
Frontier is allowing a status match up to Elite 20K, Elite 50K, or Elite 100K MyFrontier Status. We'll get into why you should apply shortly. First, let's clarify who's eligible.
Who's Eligible for the Frontier Status Match
Any person with status in one (or more) of the 30 programs listed below is immediately eligible. If you have status in a program not listed, these are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis. For example, many with Caesars' Diamond Status have reported being eligible for the status match too. This is great news because there are interesting ways to obtain casino status.
If you took advantage of the Frontier status match in 2020, the T&Cs state you are not eligible for a repeat and you'll need to sit this promo out.
Which Programs Can You Match From?
The 2021 Frontier status match allows you to match from 30 different loyalty programs; 15 airline programs, and 15 hotel programs. Even if you've managed to pick up status for free (or as part of your credit card perks), there's a fair chance you qualify for Frontier status via this match.
Why You Should Consider a Frontier Status Match
You might be wondering why Frontier's elite status would be useful. Heck, you may be wondering why you should even consider flying Frontier. Well, check out these elite status benefits!
As a Frontier Elite 20K or Elite 50K member, you'll enjoy a host of benefits. However, Elite 100K is where things get really interesting! Free carry-on bags, priority boarding, and family (points) pooling are all nice, but Elite 100K also provides a complimentary Discount Den Membership (typically $59.99 annually). This alone will save you a couple of bucks per ticket—and sometimes much more.
The most valuable Elite 100K perk in my book is Family Status (which lets you add “The Works” bundle to your bookings at no charge). With this, you can score the following benefits for you and up to eight other members (family or friends).
Putting These Elite Perks into Practice
As an Elite 100K member, you receive flight flexibility and refundability—even on the least-expensive fares! That means you're eligible to get all of these elite benefits on bargain-basement airfares. Let's take a look at a couple of examples.
Flying Our Family of Four to Florida for Under $88 All-In
Frontier is known for offering some spectacular deals. For example, I've booked flights from my home airport of Cleveland to Tampa for $10.98 per person each way.
That means I can fly my family of four, round-trip, on a (fully refundable/changeable/cancelable) nonstop fare to Florida. Not only that but I can pick the best available seats and take multiple bags—despite paying just $22 round-trip per person. Getting all of these benefits would typically cost other families $1,287.80 round-trip. However, it costs my family just $87.84 round-trip!
Plus, if the trip didn't work out, I could change or cancel for a full refund as long as I cancel more than 24 hours ahead of the scheduled departure. Even if I bailed on the trip within the 24 hour period, losing $88 doesn't hurt much!
A $27.81 Round-Trip Ticket to Vegas with Free Bags and Seat Selection
Here's another example. Let's say I wanted to take a solo trip to Las Vegas for a few days.
The next second-cheapest flight on those same dates is from another discount carrier. But the price isn't even in the same ballpark.
We haven't even begun to discuss baggage and seat selection fees on these carriers yet. You can see the fare below is anything but basic!
With Frontier's elite status, concerns over the add-on fees when flying an ultra-low-cost carrier become a distant memory!
How to Complete the Frontier Status Match?
If you plan on flying Frontier even once through December 31, 2022, this status match should be on your radar. However, you don't have long. Applications close December 31, 2021.
If you are not already a Frontier Miles member, you'll need to sign up for an account before you can participate in this promotion. Frontier is also charging a $49 application fee to verify and process your status match.
Next, fill out the Fast-Track to status and submit. During the previous promotion, I received approval for my status match within 36 hours of application. Several Award Travel 101 members reported receipt of confirmation in just over 30 minutes, while others reported 48 hours.
For those looking to use their Incidental Fee Credits from American Express, this charge won't qualify since the status match is executed through a 3rd party. I didn't have the opportunity to attempt this with other travel credits to determine if they may be eligible.
This is a game-changer in my book for domestic and even some limited international leisure destinations. Even if you aren't a huge fan of Frontier, you could still get substantial value with just one flight.
One of the biggest complaints from travelers flying discount carriers is the surprise fees. With this offer, you can reduce or eliminate the fees entirely! If you can match to Frontier Elite 100K top-tier status, you can add refundable flights to your list of benefits. This might be useful as a placeholder while searching for alternative options or if you just want to lock in a cheap flight but aren't sure you can actually go.
Who knows? You might even be able to leverage this with one of the other carriers at some point too!
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