Frontier Airlines Baggage Fees & Tips To Cover The Expenses [2017]

Frontier baggage fees

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.

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.

Frontier Checked Baggage Allowance:

All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 23kg (50lb) and max linear dimensions of 158cm (62”).

1st Bag 2nd Bag 3+ 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/a n/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
Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard®
Annual Fee: $0 for first year, then $89
With this card, you can use your miles to cover any qualifying travel purchases of $100 or more, including baggage fees (which is perfect for families that travel and incur travel expenses). Simply apply your miles to these expenses when your statement arrives!
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Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card
Annual Fee: $450
$300 travel credit per calendar year (covers all travel related purchases)
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Citi Prestige Card
Annual Fee: $450
$250 air travel credit per calendar year (covers all travel related purchases)
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Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card
Annual Fee: $450
$300 airline fee credit per calendar year (covers all travel related purchases)

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

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.

Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard®

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.

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.