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Incredible Frontier Status Match Ends December 31st

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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.

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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.

Frontier Status Match
I'm ineligible because I matched last year

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.

Airlines

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Hotels

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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!

Get these Frontier elite status benefits through a status match
Frontier's 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).

Frontier's add-on bundles

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.

Frontier elite status can be a huge help in saving on cheap flights
That's the total price for FOUR passengers!

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!

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Bundled fare benefits

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.

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Basic R/T fare to Vegas

The next second-cheapest flight on those same dates is from another discount carrier. But the price isn't even in the same ballpark.

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Feel the burn!

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!

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It may be cheap, but it's not 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.

Steps to submit a Frontier elite 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.

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Thankfully, my wife has a path to match, since I'm not eligible to match for a second time.

Final Thoughts

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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  • Thank you for the post! I was contemplating at $49 match fee at first but I was planning to make weekend getaways in 2022 so I gave it a try.
    Status match went through within 24hrs and I went to the frontier counter to buy the ticket at the airport.
    I was be able to buy me and my three other friends’ RT tickets (from SNA to LAS) for whooping $38 each for Friday to Sunday itinerary (for those of you who doesn’t know about buying frontier, allegiant, and sprint tickets at the airport saves you somewhere around $15-$20 each segment heck, look it up. It’s real)
    Best part was since I, Elite 50k member, was on the same booking reservation, my friends were be able to choose stretch seats for free ahead of time.

    I got a free carry on (currently offered at $55 one way) and free stretch seat for me and my three other friends ($ xx. Not sure how much they charge).
    I think $49 was totally worth it.
    Now I read this article again, I’m thinking maybe I should’ve paid for another $199 to upgrade to Elite 100k for the works bundle for friends and family.
    Oh well.
    Still, great info.
    Thank you!

  • I have never used frontier airline so far. This new offer does catch my eyes for it this time.

  • Bil from Maine says:

    They fly out of PWM though I probably wouldn’t fly them because of the other options I have there. I’m signing up anyway because you never know, and things happen.

  • Laurence Richman says:

    “One of the biggest complaints from travelers flying discount carriers is the surprise fees.”

    Do you mean like the “$49 application fee to verify and process your status match” which you do not mention at all in your email – and is only briefly mentioned towards the end of your long article?

    Kind of disingenuous of you to practically ignore (hide) that. Then again, it is a sponsored email/article. I’ve never paid a fee for a status match with any hotel or airline.

    • Thank you for sharing your feedback. We’re sorry it wasn’t clear up front that there is a fee to take advantage of the Frontier Status Match offer. We always try to summarize the key info to help you decide if an offer is worth investigating further, and we missed an important detail with this email.

      I’ve passed your message along to our Editor-in-Chief so that we can improve our future email communication.

  • You snooze you lose. They stopped matching top hotel elite statuses to Elite 100K on 12/7/2021.

  • MARIA ALEJANDRA says:

    siempre es agradable encontrar estos matcheos. Sobre todo a los amantes de los viajes nos encanta. Sin embargo, a veces parece que esto no termina más… cuando será el día que podamos volver a viajar y beneficiarnos con estas oportunidades, como lo solíamos hacer antes

  • Does $49 fee worth the value to get status match?

    • Sherry – it depends on what you will get out of it. Checked bag fees start at $30 with Frontier. Choosing a seat can start at $17. If you use the benefits a few times in a year, that’s definitely more than $49 in savings. Compare it to your potential travel plans, then see which number is bigger for you. If $49 is worth it, then you can apply.

  • I just did this a couple weeks ago and they matched my IHG Platinum Elite to the 50K level. No free checked bags but free carry-on, seat assignment and some other things that makes it worthwhile to use Frontier if you’re in a location where they have a lot of flights…

  • Filled out the application with a photo proving my platinum elite status at IGH. Got to the last page and found out Frontier wants $49 to verify my status with IGH and then they’ll accept my application. Frontier is fishing, casting about for new elite members and then trying to set the hook with a $49 fee that was not revealed anywhere that I could see in their promotion. I won’t take the bait.

  • While Frontier did match my IHG hotel status to their Elite 20K, Alaska denied my status match to their MVP because my Frontier status was obtained via a promotion.

  • How long does this matched status last? How do I maintain the status?

  • Nice. Definitely saves money after 1 flight. Wonder if the venture X card get you status here

  • Your email leaves out the fact that it charges $49. Not sure why I have to pay $49 if they require me to take a photo? Ill pass.

    • Thank you for sharing your feedback. We’re sorry it wasn’t clear up front that there is a fee to take advantage of the Frontier Status Match offer. We always try to summarize the key info to help you decide if an offer is worth investigating further, and we missed an important detail with this email.
      I’ve passed your message along to our Editor-in-Chief so that we can improve our future email communication.

  • Misleading... says:

    The $49 application fee should not be buried at the bottom of the post.

  • The fact that there is a $49 fee for a status match should have been at the top of the article.

  • $49 fee for a status match? For Frontier? I don’t think so.

  • Joe, Do you have AMEX aspire? Did you get them to reimburse this? If so, did they do it automatically?

  • Can someone help me with a doubt… for my itinerary I am finding Frontier flights on CheapOAir much cheaper than what they are Frontier website (>$200 cheaper per RT ticket). If I do the status match to 50k level, but then buy the tickets on CheapOAir, then will I get free carry on and seat assignment?

    • Neena – yes, you should be able to later add your reservation into your account on Frontier’s website. If in doubt, contact Frontier and ask them “am I required to buy tickets directly from you to get the status benefits?” I’m positive the answer is ‘no’, but if you want to confirm before spending money that’s a good way to have something from them in writing.