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While Frontier Airlines may not be the most aspirational airline for award redemptions, its Frontier Miles loyalty program makes it easy for frequent flyers to redeem miles and take advantage of elite benefits.
Thankfully, you don’t need to fly on Frontier often to earn a healthy stash of Frontier Miles. The airline has an array of partners that you can use to rack up miles relatively quickly, and in this article, we’ll show you how.
Let’s get started!
First thing first: in order to earn Frontier Miles, you need a myFrontier account. Thankfully, creating a myFrontier account is quick and easy, and once you’re set up you can earn Frontier Miles by flying on Frontier, through credit cards, and by taking advantage of Frontier’s growing list of partners.
To sign up for a Frontier Miles account, just head over to the Frontier website and click the sign up button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
Using credit cards to earn Frontier Miles is one of the easiest ways to earn a mass number of miles at once. And while the airline may not have any major transfer partners like Chase Ultimate Rewards, it’s still possible to earn miles with a credit card.
Plus, you’ll earn Frontier Miles whenever you use the credit card. The card earns 5x miles per dollar on Frontier Airlines purchases, 3x miles per dollar at restaurants, and 1x miles per dollar on all other purchases.
It’s worth noting that these miles are both redeemable and elite qualifying miles. This means that you can use the miles earned for free flights, and they also count towards earning Frontier Airlines elite status. However, note that the earning multiplier for Frontier and restaurant purchases does not count towards elite status.
You can transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to Frontier at a rate of 3:1. When you transfer 60,000 points, you’ll receive a 5,000-mile bonus. We don’t typically recommend this transfer, however, as you’ll maximize the value of your points when redeeming them for hotel stays.
A great option for Marriott hotel fans who want a no annual fee card and automatic Marriott Bonvoy elite status.
Casual travelers who like to frequent properties that are part of the Marriott Bonvoy collection of brands may want to consider the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card.
The Marriott Bold card rewards cardholders for Marriott stays and gives them a boost towards Marriott Bonvoy elite status.
Marriott loyalists will love this card's annual free night award, automatic elite status, and up to 17x points per $1 on Marriott hotel stays.
If you’re a frequent traveler and a Marriott loyalist, there’s a lot to love about the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card. The card comes packed with several great benefits like a free hotel night once a year, automatic Silver Elite status (with a fast-track to Gold Elite status), and multiple options for redeeming points.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bevy card gives you automatic Marriott elite status and helps you earn more Marriott Bonvoy points on your everyday purchases.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card, the latest mid-tier offering in the Marriott Bonvoy lineup of cards, offers cardholders automatic elite status and ways to earn more Marriott Bonvoy points on each of their stays and daily purchases.
A premium card for Marriott fans who want perks like an annual statement credit and Free Night Award, plus a fast track to Marriott elite status.
The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card is a premium card designed with road warriors and Marriott Bonvoy loyalists in mind.
So is the card a worthwhile addition to your wallet?
Of course, you’re not just limited to credit cards when earning Frontier Miles. Here are a few ways you can earn Frontier Miles when traveling:
Frontier Airlines is, indeed, an airline. So naturally, you can earn Frontier Miles by booking travel on Frontier Airlines. When booking Frontier Airlines tickets, you can use the Frontier Airlines World card we highlighted earlier to earn 5 miles per dollar spent on flights, giving you a nice bonus on your Frontier purchases.
But you don’t need a Frontier Airlines credit card to earn Frontier Miles on your flight. You’ll also earn 1 mile per mile flown on all Frontier Airlines flights, so if you fly on the 885-mile Denver (DEN) to Chicago (ORD) route, you’ll earn exactly 885 miles for the flight.
Frontier doesn’t sell business class tickets, so there’s no way to earn bonus miles on paid tickets. However, those with Frontier Airlines’ elite status earn bonus miles on all paid flights. Here’s how many bonus miles each status tier earns:
If an Elite 100K member flies the DEN-ORD route mentioned above, they would earn 1,327 miles upon completing the journey. Plus, if the flight was $150 and charged to the Frontier Airlines World card, they’d earn an additional 750 miles since the card earns 5x miles on Frontier purchases.
Frontier Airlines has several hotel partners where you can earn Frontier Miles in lieu of the hotel’s own loyalty currency. We’ve outlined each of Frontier’s partners below alongside their respective mileage earning rates, broken down by hotel chain:
|Hotel Chain||Miles Earned|
|Marriott||1 to 2 miles per dollar spent|
|Wyndham||1 to 2 miles per dollar spent|
You can transfer points from several hotel loyalty programs to Frontier, but we would not recommend this as a great use of your points unless you needed to top-up for a specific redemption.
|Loyalty Program||Minimum Transfer||Transfer Ratio|
|Marriott Bonvoy||3,000||3:1 with a 5,000-mile bonus when transferring 50,000 points|
|Radisson Rewards Americas||200||10:1|
Hot Tip: Don’t forget to brush up on the best ways to redeem your Frontier Airlines Miles for maximum value.
You can earn Frontier Miles when you rent cars through one of Frontier’s various rental car partners. The airline partners with most of the larger rental car chains in the U.S., so you can earn Frontier Miles on almost any personal or business car rental you have in the future.
Do note that each car rental partner offers different mileage-earning rates — here’s a look at all of Frontier’s rental car partners and their earning rates:
|Brand||Miles Earned||Brand||Miles Earned|
|Avis||4x miles per 3+ day rental||Hertz||Up to 500 miles per rental|
|Alamo||50 miles per day, 500 miles per 5+ day rental||National||
50 miles per day, 500 miles per 5+ day rental
|Budget||500 miles per 3- to 4-day rental, 1,000 miles per 5+ day rental||Thrifty||
50 miles per day, 500 miles per 5+ day rental
50 miles per day, 500 miles per 5+ day rental
If you often choose to rent a car, make sure you’re leveraging a credit card with car rental insurance. It could save you a lot of money!
Book your next cruise through Frontier Cruises and you’ll earn miles based on the length of your cruise. The airline partners with major cruise lines like Norwegian and Carnival, so make sure to check out the Frontier Cruises website when price-comparing for your next cruise.
Here’s a look at how many miles you’ll earn on your next Frontier Cruise. Note that earning is the same regardless of the cruise you choose to book.
|Cruise Length||Miles Earned|
|1 to 5 nights||1,500 miles|
|6 to 9 nights||3,000 miles|
|9 to 12 nights||5,000 miles|
|13+ nights||10,000 miles|
Hot Tip: If you’re wondering what to bring along for your adventure on the open seas, don’t miss our printable cruise packing list!
We’re not done yet — Frontier has a couple of specialty partners you can use to earn miles when purchasing gifts, wine, and more. Here’s a look:
Frontier Airlines has 2 retail partners: Teleflora and Vinesse Wines. This means that you earn extra Frontier Miles when purchasing gifts or filling your home wine cellar. Here’s how many miles you can earn when making purchases from Frontier’s set of retail partners:
|Teleflora||10x miles per $1 spent|
|Vinesse Wines||5,000 miles per your first shipment, 4x miles per $1 spent|
Short a few miles for your next redemption? While buying Frontier Miles is generally a bad value, it can come in handy if you need to redeem miles right away. However, our general rule is to avoid buying miles whenever possible.
There are a ton of simple ways to earn Frontier Airlines miles quickly and easily. We recommend starting out with the airline’s credit card and then using Frontier’s rental car and hotel partners if you want to continuously earn miles.
The information regarding the Frontier Airlines World Mastercard® was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
The information regarding the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
The information regarding the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
Frontier Miles are Frontier Airlines’ mileage currency. You can redeem miles for free Frontier Airlines flights around North America.
As of now, you can only transfer points from Marriott Bonvoy to Frontier Miles.
Your Frontier Miles will expire if the account does not have mileage accrual activity at least once every 180 days.
Frontier Airlines does not have any airline mileage earning partners. This means that you cannot earn Frontier Miles when flying on another airline.
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Andrew was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and now splits his time between Chicago and New York City.
He’s a lifelong traveler and took his first solo trip to San Francisco at the age of 16. Fast forward a few years, and Andrew now travels just over 100,000 miles a year, with over 25 countries, 10 business class products, and 2 airline statuses (United and Alaska) under his belt. Andrew formerly worked for The Points Guy and is now Senior Money Editor at CNN Underscored.
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