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: $50
  • At the Gate: $60

Please note: if you arrive at the departure gate with carry-on luggage outside of your booked allowance then you will be charged an additional fee to check the item as hold luggage.

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 $85
Online (up to
24hrs from
departure)
$38$45$85
 Via Call Center$40$50$90
 Web Check-In$40$45$90
 Airport Ticket Counter$50$55$95
 At Gate$60* n/an/a

*for bags exceeding carry-on size limits

Please note: Frontier’s bundles, The WORKS℠ & The PERKS℠, includes both a carry-on piece and checked bag for each passenger and may save you money.

Recommended Cards That Reimburse You For Baggage 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.

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

Bags heavier than 100lb or larger than 110 linear inches won’t be accepted by Frontier Airlines.

*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.

These baggage fees apply to tickets purchased on or after 12 September 2018. View fees for tickets booked prior to this date here.

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.

***There seems to be quite a lot of issues here regarding the active duty military exclusion when it comes to spouses, so we’re going to clarify a bit.

When writing this article, we had a lot of trouble finding information on this online, so we called Frontier and questioned their Customer Relations Department.

Over the phone, they told us the following:

– All baggage types are free for active duty military; this includes carry-on bags AND checked bags.
– There is no limit to the number of bags an active duty military individual can check.
– There is no weight limit, nor size limit for active duty military bags (no overage charges will be applied).
– Baggage must be addressed at the airport check-in counter where all fees will be waived (there is no online option).
– This complimentary baggage policy does NOT extend to spouse/family members

*HOWEVER, if a spouse/family member is traveling WITH the active duty military individual, this person may utilize Frontier’s policy of unlimited complimentary bags in order to check in all of the bags under their booking (therefore extending the policy to the spouse/family member by proxy). Megan was correct above when she mentioned Frontier does not extend this policy when the spouse/family is traveling without the active duty military individual for instance if that individual is deployed.


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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30 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

      • Hi Steven, I’ve edited this response as Amy alerted me below that I accidentally got my wires crossed and gave you info for Spirit – sorry about that!

        I was having trouble finding the information as well so I called Frontier and questioned their Customer Relations Department. Over the phone, they told me the following:

        – All baggage types are free for active duty military; this includes carry-on bags AND checked bags.
        – There is no limit to the number of bags an active duty military individual can check.
        – There is no weight limit, nor size limit for active duty military bags (no overage charges will be applied).
        – Baggage must be addressed at the airport check-in counter where all fees will be waived (there is no online option).
        – This complimentary baggage policy does NOT extend to spouse/family members*

        *If a spouse/family member is traveling WITH the active duty military individual, this person may utilize Frontier’s policy of unlimited complimentary bags in order to check in all of the bags under their booking (therefore extending the policy to the spouse/family member by proxy). Megan was correct above when she mentioned Frontier does not extend this policy when the spouse/family is traveling without the active duty military individual for instance if that individual is deployed.

        Hope this helps!

        • Mad Scientist Amy · July 3, 2018 · Reply

          Erin,
          The article is about Frontier Airlines and you gave baggage info for Spirit. Any insight as to the Frontier policy for added baggage for active duty military? Their website isn’t exactly clear. Thanks!

          • Hey Amy, sorry about that – I don’t know where I got my wires crossed! I edited my response above so that information should be correct. Thanks for the heads up!!!

      • KTHOMAS · July 24, 2018 · Reply

        On Frontier the bags are free for the spouse & all dependants when traveling with the Active Duty military member, however all of the baggage must be under the Active Duty person’s name. Frontier told us that there is no limit to # of bags as long as they collectively weigh under 1000 lbs.

  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 .

    • Hi Emily,

      Please see the response to Steven B above… I called their customer relations department, so you can read over what they had to say.

      As always, if it’s a special circumstance (and as Christine said, if you have quite a few bags) I’d call them and check just to be sure!

      • Erin! Thanks so much for your help! I’ve been needing to call them, this is great info!

  4. Gary Harris · July 23, 2018 · Reply

    Recommend not booking through different party. Wife and I recently used one and they charged our card six or seven different times for partial amounts and then credited parts back. When I called to straighten it out, as the total was about $100 more than what we were shown at checkout, I was told Frontier can change the fares any time they want and that was in the information when I booked. So they upped the price between the time I submitted my card when I booked and the 7 milliseconds it took to process? Was too tired to argue as we were traveling for a funeral so I let it go. In any event, might be wiser to go straight to their site to book. At least you know upfront who is screwing you. And bring a drink, lol. Water is not free either. Travel safe.

  5. Mom of 5 · July 25, 2018 · Reply

    What if you pay for a checked bag at booking, but end up not needing it? Any chance for reimbursement?

  6. Patricia Amaral · August 17, 2018 · Reply

    Does Frontier measure the wheels and handle? For a checked bag?

  7. Does military spouse get a discount on baggage fees. If I a, traveling with my husband will they waive my carry on fee as well

    • Stephen Au · September 18, 2018 · Reply

      Hi Linda,

      Frontier Airlines will waive your baggage fees if you are traveling with your Active Duty husband. The only thing to remember is that the checked bags must all be under your husband’s name. There is no weight limit (up to 1,000 pounds).

  8. Cheryl Daniel · September 24, 2018 · Reply

    How do I pay for my carry on suitcase with my credit card?

    • Christine Krzyszton · September 24, 2018 · Reply

      Hi Cheryl. You can pay for your carry-on baggage with your credit card in advance when purchasing your ticket or when you check in for your flight. You can enter your credit card information once you select the number of bags you have. You can also pay by credit card at the airport check-in counter, the airport self-service kiosk, or at the departure gate. The departure gate is the most expensive. Here are the carry-on baggage rules and a list of charges: https://www.flyfrontier.com/travel/travel-info/bag-options/

  9. Chenoa Grove · October 1, 2018 · Reply

    Please clarify on your website that active duty spouses traveling without their spouse do not get free baggage. I have been to the airport 7 times in the last 9 months because my husband and I are not able to live in the same state for his training. I recently got my spouse card, and tried to check a bag on my last trip out to see him, and was surprised to learn I would not be able to check my bag complimentary because he was not with me. It’s kind of like a slap in the face that you won’t check military spouse’s luggage unless they are traveling with their spouse. The worst part of being a military spouse is the long times apart. If you are trying to say you don’t care about the sacrifices military spouses make for our country, we hear you loud and clear. At least put it on your website so we can plan accordingly. Thank you.

    • Hi Chenoa – please be advised that we are NOT Frontier Airlines. We are Upgraded Points, a website dedicated to providing information about points and miles as well as other travel related content.

      I am happy to add the clarification about active duty spouses to our article here, but please understand you have not contacted Frontier, so changing things here will not notify them or act in any way to change their policies. I can see how this is extremely upsetting – we totally agree with you that this is a very unhelpful policy.

      We suggest you contact Frontier directly at 1 (801) 401-9000, or fill out their feedback form here: https://flyfrontier.custhelp.com/app/frontierairlines to voice your complaints.

  10. Elena P Velez-Reyes · October 15, 2018 · Reply

    Does an active duty soldier have to pay for the carry on and checked bags when they purchase their ticket? or should they purchase the ticket and then check bags when they check in? Basically do they pay first and get a refund or do they simply check bags once they are at the airport to save them from having to pay in the first place?

    • Hi Elena, Frontier requires an active duty ID and/or that you are in uniform at the airport and you cannot add your baggage online when purchasing your ticket. You must check your baggage at the airport in order for the fees to be waived.

      Hope this helps!

  11. Does Frontier check boxes? If so is it the same requirements for checked luggage?

  12. Audra Beers · November 4, 2018 · Reply

    I booked a vacation through Cheap Caribbean. I am trying to find out about costs for a carry on bag and/or a checked bag. The website in not very clear. I’ve been reading that if you book through a third party, you cannot purchase your baggage until you check in at the airport. Is this true and if so why?

    • Hi Audra, I assume you’re implying your vacation booked through Cheap Caribbean included a flight with Frontier Airlines. In part, whether or not you will have to pay for your baggage (and how much) will depend on the fare type for the ticket you’ve purchased. If your fare type is considered The WORKS℠ or The PERKS℠ it will include one carry-on and one checked bag. If not, then yes, you will have to pay for your baggage.

      In terms of booking through third parties, I called Frontier customer relations and they reported that you should be able to add bags to your itinerary online. They stated somewhere in your confirmation from your third-party agency, you should have a 6 character confirmation code for Frontier (a combo of letters and numbers). If you cannot find that in your confirmation paperwork, I suggest calling the third party directly to get it.

      Once you have the code, follow the instructions here to add baggage to your trip. Hope this helps!

  13. Does the military policy regarding bags apply to only active duty or is retired military included?

    • Hi Audrey, as noted in the piece above: “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.”

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