Frontier Airlines Frontier Miles Loyalty Program Review

Frontier Airlines Frontier Miles Loyalty Program Review

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Frontier Airlines World Mastercard Card Art
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With Frontier, you have just 1 co-branded credit card option that earns Frontier miles directly — the Frontier Airlines World Mastercard® from Barclays.

The card comes with a $79 annual fee and a sign-up bonus of up to 60,000 miles — 40,000 bonus miles after spending $500 on purchases within the first 90 days and an additional 20,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 on purchases within the first 6 months. This bonus is worth $660 towards Frontier flights based on our valuation of Frontier miles.

Rewards Rates

The Frontier Airlines World card earn miles at the following rates:

  • 5x miles per $1 on eligible purchases at flyfrontier.com (including airfare, hotels, and car rentals purchased directly from Frontier)
  • 3x miles per $1 on restaurant purchases
  • 1x mile per $1 on all other purchases

Card Benefits

Cardholders enjoy the following Frontier perks as well:

  • Earn 1 Qualifying Mile towards Frontier elite status with every $1 spent on purchases
  • Unlock family pooling to be able to share miles with your friends and family
  • Earn a $100 Flight Voucher every year after spending $2,500 or more on purchases with your card during your card membership year
  • Your miles never expire
  • Redeem your miles with no blackout dates
  • Zone 2 priority boarding
  • Award redemption fee waiver

Each of these perks makes it easier to get even more value out of each Frontier flight you take!

Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards

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Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card

Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card
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  • Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • Earn up to 14x total Bonvoy points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy® with the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Card.
  • 2x Bonvoy points for every $1 spent on other travel purchases (from airfare to taxis and trains).
  • 1x point for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Receive 15 Elite Night Credits annually, qualifying you for Silver Elite Status. Restrictions apply.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Earn unlimited Marriott Bonvoy points and get Free Night Stays faster.
  • Good to Excellent Credit Recommended (670-850)
  • Annual Fee: $0

$210
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
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  • Earn 3 Free Nights (each night valued up to 50,000 points) after qualifying purchases + 10X total points on eligible purchases in select categories.
  • 1 Free Night Award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.
  • Earn up to 17x total Bonvoy points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy® with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Card.
  • 2x Bonvoy points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Automatic Silver Elite Status each account anniversary year. Path to Gold Status when you spend $35,000 on purchases each account year.
  • 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Earn unlimited Marriott Bonvoy points and get Free Night Stays faster.
  • Good to Excellent Credit Recommended (670-850)
  • Annual Fee: $95

$1,050
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card


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  • Earn 75,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Plus, earn up to $200 in Statement Credits for eligible purchases at U.S. Restaurants within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Enjoy up to $300 in statement credits each year of Card Membership for eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy™ program.
  • Earn 6 Marriott Bonvoy points for each dollar of eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy™ program. 3 points at U.S. restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines. 2 points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive 1 free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary. Award can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points) at a participating hotel. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy unlimited airport lounge visits when you enroll in Priority Pass™ Select membership.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Good to Excellent Credit Recommended (670-840)
  • Annual Fee: $450
  • Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card, click here.

$525
Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card


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  • Welcome Offer: Earn 75,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Plus, earn up to $150 back in statement credits on eligible purchases made on your new Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy™ program.
  • 4x points at U.S. restaurants, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping. 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy™ program. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite status with your Card. Plus, earn Gold Elite status after making $35,000 in eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year.
  • Good to Excellent Credit Recommended (670-840)
  • Annual fee: $125
  • Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Business Card, click here.

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Chase and American Express offer many great Marriott Bonvoy credit cards to choose from, and Marriott Bonvoy points transfer to Frontier at a 3:1 rate, plus a 5,000 miles bonus when you transfer 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

This could be a worthwhile way to top off your Frontier balance if you’re close to a specific redemption, but you should generally try to avoid transferring your Marriott Bonvoy points to Frontier and instead opt for a partner that offers higher-value redemptions.

Loyalty Program Overview

The Frontier Miles program is pretty basic as far as frequent flyer programs go. You’ll earn 1 mile per 1 mile flown, and then you can easily redeem those miles for reward flights with Frontier.

Joining Frontier Miles

Frontier Sign Up
Signing up for a Frontier account is simple! Image Credit: Frontier

Getting a Frontier Miles account couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is head to flyfrontier.com, hover over the myFRONTIER tab, and then click Sign Up Today. From there you’ll enter your email, create a password, and fill in all your personal details, and then boom — you’re done!

Once you’ve done this you’ll be given your Frontier loyalty number which will be added to each of your Frontier flights so you can start earning and redeeming miles.

How To Access Your Frontier Account

To sign in to your account, you just need to click log in in the top right-hand corner of the screen, enter your email or Frontier Miles number, along with password, and then click log in.

Viewing Your Account Activity

Frontier Account Dashboard
Frontier Miles account dashboard. Image Credit: Frontier

After you’ve logged in to your account, in the top right-hand corner of the screen you should see your name followed by your Frontier mileage balance. Simply click on your name, and then click View My Profile.

From there you’ll be able to see your entire account dashboard, which includes your membership number, your mileage balance, settings, your elite status level, a map of where you’ve flown with Frontier, and your total distance flown with Frontier.

Below that you can view and access any upcoming trips you have planned in case you need to make any changes or cancellations.

You’ll also see a myMiles section near the bottom of the page that shows you how many miles away you are from your next Frontier award flight. Award flights with Frontier start at 10,000 per way and increase from there to 40,000, depending on destination and demand.

Miles Expiration

Frontier has a pretty brutal policy when it comes to mileage expiration, as all of your Frontier miles will expire after just 6 months of inactivity. Further, redeeming some of your miles will not extend the expiration of your remaining miles.

The only way to extend the miles in your Frontier account by another 6 months is by earning more miles by flying with Frontier or by holding the Frontier Airlines World card.

Loyalty Program Benefits

Frontier livery on aircraft
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Frontier Elite Status

Frontier offers flyers 3 levels of elite status: Elite 20K, Elite 50K, and Elite 100K.

Each status tier comes with the following benefits:

Frontier Elite 20K Benefits

Frontier Elite 50K Benefits

At this tier, you’ll receive all Frontier Elite 20K benefits plus:

  • Stretch seating upgrades at booking
  • Family seating
  • 50% off a Discount Den membership
  • 25% bonus miles on flights

Frontier Elite 100K Benefits

Top-tier Elite 100K status includes all Elite 50K benefits plus:

  • Free Discount Den membership
  • 50% bonus miles on flights
  • Free checked bag
  • Free “The Works” bundle on each flight (which includes 100% refundability)

Value of Frontier Elite Status

Placing a value on Frontier status will largely come down to how often your fly with the carrier.

It is worth pointing out that you can get many of the benefits of Elite 20K status, like priority boarding, family pooling, and award redemption fee waivers, just by holding the Frontier Airlines World card.

However, other key benefits like a free carry-on bag, free seat assignments, and upgrades to stretch seating at check-in will certainly come in handy if you fly with Frontier often.

Earning Frontier Elite Status

Working your way towards elite status with Frontier is extremely straightforward when compared to other programs.

For starters, there is no set spend requirement that you must meet for each level, only a flight distance requirement.

As you can probably guess, Elite 20K status requires that you fly 20,000 miles with Frontier in a calendar year, with 50,000 miles required for Elite 50K status, and 100,000 miles required for Elite 100K status.

While this might seem like quite a lot of flying throughout the year, and it certainly is especially at the 50K and 100K levels, keep in mind that you can also earn 1 qualifying mile for every $1 spent on the Frontier Airlines World card.

This allows you to work your way towards staus both by flying and by the everyday spending you make with your credit card.

How To Earn Frontier Miles

Frontier aircraft interior
Image Credit: Frontier

There are quite a few ways for you to earn Frontier miles, but here are the 3 major ways:

Earn Miles Through Flying

Naturally, the most obvious way to earn Frontier miles is by flying with Frontier!

While most other airlines reward miles based on the cash cost of the ticket, you’ll earn Frontier miles based on how far you’ve flown, regardless of the cash cost of the fare.

For example, if you fly 1,546 miles from Denver (DEN) to Orlando (MCO), you’ll earn 1,546 redeemable Frontier miles. This jumps even more with the 25% bonus for Elite 50K status, netting you 1,932 miles, and the 50% bonus for Elite 100K status, which would earn you 2,319 miles.

Earn Miles Through Credit Cards

As covered previously, you have a few options when it comes to earning Frontier miles with credit cards.

Your main, and best, option would be to use the Frontier Airlines World card that earns you 5x miles per $1 spent on Frontier flights, 3x miles per $1 spent at restaurants, and 1x mile per $1 on all other purchases.

Similarly, you could also use one of the many Marriott Bonvoy credit cards, as Marriott Bonvoy points can be transferred at a 3:1 rate to Frontier — but this is generally a poor value proposition for your Marriott Bonvoy points.

Earn Miles From Hotel Partners

Marriott

When you stay at Marriott hotels, you can opt to earn Frontier miles during your stay instead of Marriott Bonvoy points. For most full service, premium, and luxury Marriott brands you’ll earn 2x Frontier miles per $1 spent, while you’ll earn just 1x mile per $1 spent at lower-end brands.

Wyndham

Similarly, you can earn Frontier miles instead of Wyndham Rewards points during your Wyndham hotel stays. The amount of Frontier miles you’ll earn is based on your elite status level with Wyndham at the following rates:

Wyndham Rewards Elite Status Level Miles Earned
Blue and Gold1x mile per $1
Platinum and Diamond2x miles per $1

Radisson

Lastly, there is Radisson, which doesn’t allow you to earn Frontier miles for your Radisson Hotels Americas stays directly, but after you’ve earned your Radisson Rewards Americas points you can transfer them to your Frontier account at a 10:1 rate.

Earn Miles From Rental Car Partners

You can also earn Frontier miles with Frontier’s various rental car partners. If you rent cars rather infrequently and don’t really have a good use for accruing points within the rental car program, then this could be a great option for you.

Here’s a look at all of Frontier’s rental car partners and the rates you’ll earn miles at:

BrandMiles Earned
AvisUp to 500 per rental
Alamo50 per day, 500 per 5+ day rental
Budget500 per 3 to 4 day rental, 1,000 per 5+ day rental
Dollar50 per day, 500 per 5+ day rental
HertzUp to 500 per rental
National50 per day, 500 per 5+ day rental
Thrifty50 per day, 500 per 5+ day rental

Earn Miles With Other Partners

Frontier offers partnerships with many other companies like cruise lines and merchants like FTD Flowers, Vinesse Wines, and many more, all of which will allow you to earn Frontier miles when making purchases through them.

Purchase Frontier Miles

You can also easily purchase Frontier miles through points.com if you’re ever short, but it is generally a very bad deal to do so. This is because points.com sells Frontier miles at 2.5 cents per mile, but you’ll pretty much always get just 1 to 1.1 cents per mile when redeeming them.

How To Redeem Frontier Miles

When it comes to redeeming your Frontier miles, you’ve got 2 main options: for Frontier flights or towards magazines. Only one of those is actually a great option, and that is Frontier flights — here’s why.

Redeeming for Frontier Flights

When it comes to redeeming your Frontier miles, redeeming them for flights is by far your best option. First, let’s take a quick look at the Frontier award chart.

Frontier Award Chart

Award Travel TypeValue TicketStandard TicketLast Seat (Elite Only)
Travel Within U.S. & Puerto Rico
One-way10,000 miles20,000 miles22,500 miles
Round-trip20,000 miles40,000 miles45,000 miles
Travel To/From Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica 
One-way15,000 miles25,000 miles27,500 miles
Round-trip30,000 miles50,000 miles55,000 miles

As you can see, these award rates, even at the standard level, are generally pretty reasonable. With one-way tickets in the U.S. and Puerto Rico costing just 10,000 to 20,000 miles and one-way tickets to Mexico and the Caribbean costing just 15,000 to 25,000 miles.

However, it is important to keep in mind that Frontier is a low-cost carrier, and cash tickets for these flights are usually pretty inexpensive when compared to other airlines that fly to these destinations.

Given that, you’ll usually receive around 1.1. cents per mile when redeeming for Frontier award tickets, though it is certainly possible to get significantly more value if you redeem your miles when the cash price for your ticket is very high during peak travel season in the summer months.

You’ll also want to keep in mind that Frontier charges the following redemption fees on award tickets, which will no doubt cut into the overall value you’re receiving when booking an award ticket.

  • 180+ days before travel: Free
  • 21 to 179 days before travel: $15
  • 7 to 20 days before travel: $50
  • <6 days before travel: $75

Aside from booking 180+ days before you plan to travel, there are a few ways to avoid paying redemption fees on your award tickets, the easiest of which is by having the Frontier Airlines World card, but all Frontier elite members also receive waived redemption fees.

Redeeming Towards Magazines

Through MagsforMiles, redemptions using your Frontier miles start at just 600 miles for a subscription. But unless you’re regularly purchasing these magazine subscriptions already, then this is probably a poor use of your miles, and you’d be better off just saving up until you have enough for an award ticket.


The information regarding the Frontier Airlines World Mastercard® was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.

For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card, click here.
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Frequently asked questions

Does Frontier have a loyalty program?

Yes, Frontier Miles is Frontier’s loyalty program.

Do Frontier miles expire?

Yes, your Frontier miles will expire after just 6 months of account inactivity.

The only way to extend your miles in is by earning more miles by flying with Frontier or by holding the Frontier Airlines World card.

However, if your miles do expire, Frontier can reinstate the miles for you for a fee based on the number of miles you had expire.

How much are Frontier miles worth?

On average, you’ll usually get around 1 cent to 1.1 cents per mile when redeeming your Frontier miles, though it is possible to get a higher value than that when booking during peak season.

Can you redeem your Frontier miles for baggage?

No, at this time you cannot redeem your Frontier miles for baggage, seat selection, or any other ancillaries. The only thing you can redeem your Frontier miles towards is Frontier flights and magazines.

Is there a minimum number of Frontier miles needed for a redemption?

Yes, Value tickets start at 10,000 miles for flights within the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and 15,000 miles for flights to Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. For standard tickets, the number of miles jumps to 20,000 and 25,000, respectively.

How many miles do you earn on Frontier flights?

With Frontier, you’ll earn miles based on how many miles you’ve flown, regardless of the cash cost of the ticket. So if the flight distance from Denver to Chicago is 888 miles, you’ll earn 888 redeemable miles for taking that flight.

When does Frontier elite status expire?

Your Frontier status will be good throughout the rest of the year that you earn it, and all of the following year.

For example, if you earn Frontier 50K status in September of 2021, your status is good until December 31, 2022. But you’ll need to requalify in 2022 in order to extend it beyond that.

Jarrod West

About Jarrod West

Jarrod first became fascinated with the world of points and miles as the perfect way to visit dream destinations without breaking the bank. On his first major award trip, he spent 3 months traveling through Europe, financed nearly entirely with points; while flying in premium cabins and staying in 5-star hotels along the way. Now, he is on a mission to help others realize their travel goals and upgrade their travel experiences. Jarrod has been writing about credit cards and travel loyalty programs for 4 years, and his work has been featured by Travel and Leisure, Matador Network, Yahoo Finance, and U.S. News.

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