Frontier Airlines Baggage Fees & Tips To Cover The Expenses [2018]

Frontier baggage fees

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Frontier is one of the few airlines that currently charges a fee for standard carry-on bags and each checked bag (there are no automatic inclusions).

With Frontier’s baggage policy, these fees increase with time. So, to save the most money you should purchase both your carry-on and checked luggage allowance as early as possible.

If you’re not sure how much you’re bringing at the exact time you purchase your ticket, you have until 24hrs prior to departure to secure the next cheapest fee.

Remember, baggage charges are applied per one-way trip (i.e. you’ll be paying double these fees for round trip).

Frontier Carry-On Allowance:

1 personal item: FREE
Standard carry-on bags*:

  • At Booking: $35
  • Online (up to 24hrs from departure): $38
  • Call Center: $40
  • Web Check-In: $40
  • Airport Ticket Counter: $45
  • At the Gate: $60

*prices listed outside of “value season”.

Size Restrictions

  • Personal: 18″ x 14″ x 8″
  • Standard: 24″ x 16″ x 10″, no heavier than 35lbs

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • A diaper bag may be carried on board when traveling with a child, in addition to your carry-on allowance.

Stroller Check Policy

  • Strollers will be checked at the gate free of charge.

Frontier Checked Baggage Allowance:

All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 23kg (50lb) and max linear dimensions of 158cm (62”). Pricing below is for a one-way flight.

1st Bag2nd Bag3+ Bags
At Booking $30 $45 $80
Online (up to
24hrs from
departure)
$38$45$80
 Via Call Center$40$45$85
 Web Check-In$40$45$85
 Airport Ticket Counter$45$50$85
 At Gate$60* n/an/a

*for bags exceeding carry-on size limits

Credit Cards That Reimburse You For Checked Bag Fees

Frontier doesn’t have a co-branded credit card that provides a free checked bag, but you can get your checked bag fees reimbursed by the cards below.

Credit CardFee Reimbursement Details
Barclays Arrival® Premier World Elite MasterCard®

Barclays Arrival® Premier World Elite Mastercard®
  • Use your miles to cover any qualifying travel purchases of $100 or more, including baggage fees.
  • Earn 2X miles on every purchase made with the card.
  • Plus, EACH YEAR earn up to 25,000 loyalty bonus miles
  • Annual Fee: $150 (waived first year)
  • Rates & Fees
Chase Sapphire Reserve℠$300 travel credit per calendar year (covers all travel related purchases). Annual Fee: $450
Citi Prestige Card$250 air travel credit per calendar year (covers all travel related purchases). Annual Fee: $450

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees:

Max weight per bag:  <50lb
Overweight Fee: $75

Max linear dimensions per bag: up to 62 linear inches
Oversized Fee: $75

*For baggage fees related to special luggage (sporting equipment, musical instruments, etc.) please refer to Frontier’s policy here.

Exclusions & Waivers:

EarlyReturns® Elite members receive a complimentary carry-on bag.

Frontier’s bundles, The WORKS℠ & The PERKS℠, includes both a carry-on and checked bag for each passenger.

Frontier Airlines offers free checked baggage to Active Duty Military. They require an active duty ID and/or that you are in uniform at the airport.  You can not add your baggage online.  You must check your baggage at the airport in order for the fees to be waived.


To see more airline baggage fees and policies, click here.

FAQ

Do you have to pay for a carry on bag on Frontier?

If you purchase a basic fare, you will have to pay for your carry on bag on Frontier flights. EarlyReturns® Elite members and passengers who purchased THE WORKS! fare receive a free carry-on bag in addition to their free personal item.

How much does it cost for a carry on bag, on Frontier?

The cost for a carry on bag on Frontier can range from $35 - $60 . This cost is dependent upon which point in the process that you purchase your luggage allowance. The earlier you purchase your allowance, the cheaper it will be. During value season periods, a carry on bag charge can be as low at $30.

Again, EarlyReturns® Elite members and passengers who purchased THE WORKS! fare receive a free carry-on bag.

What size carry on bag does Frontier allow?

A carry-on bag on Frontier Airlines is allowed to be no larger than 24"H x 16"W x 10"D (including handles, wheels, and straps) and the weight of the bag can be no heavier than 35 pounds.

Is a backpack considered a carry on bag on Frontier?

That depends on the size of your backpack. If the backpack is 14"H x 18"W x 8"D or smaller, it can be considered a personal item. If it is larger, it will be considered a carry on bag; unless it exceeds the maximum size for a carry on (24"H x 16"W x 10"D) in which case it will be considered a checked bag.

What size bag is free on Frontier flights?

If you purchase a basic fare with Frontier, only your personal item is free. Ticket holders are allowed ONE personal item with a size limit of 14"H x 18"W x 8"D.

How much does it cost to check a bag on Frontier flights?

Checked baggage prices on Frontier Airlines range from $30 - $85 depending on the time at which you purchase your luggage allowance, and the number of checked bags you have. The earlier you purchase your allowance, the cheaper it will be.

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7 comments

  1. Megan · June 5, 2018 · Reply

    Also, to clarify Active Duty Military bags, if the active duty spouse is traveling WITHOUT the active duty person, their bags are NOT free. For any spouse that plans to use Frontier while their spouse is deployed, you’ll pay. Your military ID is worthless.

    • Steven B · June 26, 2018 · Reply

      So are the bags free when you do travel with the Active Duty military member? Also, how many Bags are authorized for free for the Active Duty Military member? The site doesn’t clarify. It merely states “free checked baggage for Active duty”. So does that mean unlimited? Please clarify. Thank you

  2. Kay Erickson · June 25, 2018 · Reply

    If you book through a different party you are not allowed to add a bag until you get to the airport. The other party won’t help. I was on hold for over 45 min and no response on a week day and it’s the same fee if calling. The web site will not let you add a bag either. Very frustrating.

  3. How many bags can military person bring?

    • Christine Krzyszton · July 18, 2018 · Reply

      Frontier does not publish a limit on free bags for active Military. If you have more than 3 bags, I would contact them in advance since you cannot add the bags online. You can call them at 801-401-9000 or contact their customer service via their customer help form. Here is the link: https://flyfrontier.custhelp.com/app/frontierairlines .

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