A few years ago, I had the opportunity to fly with Frontier Airlines. I can’t lie; I was a little nervous. The reviews for Frontier were not the best, but I wanted to stay within my budget. I booked a return flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta with them. I had a layover in Denver. The ticket was inexpensive, so I figured, what the hell. In this post, I share some pros and cons of Frontier Airlines. Before the review, I want to share some basic info about Frontier Airlines.
Frontier Airlines was founded in 1994. Their headquarters is in Denver, Colorado. Frontier operates flights to over 100 US destinations and 31 international cities. Frontier has hubs in many cities, including Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Miami, Las Vegas, and Philadelphia.
First, when booking a flight with Frontier, you must make sure that you read their policies. The website explains EVERYTHING from baggage fees to info about snacks. I can guarantee that half the people that left negative reviews about Frontier on Yelp did not read the policy information on their site. Most of their problems would not have happened had they taken a few extra minutes to read it. It’s similar to many people being mad about Spirit Airlines because they don’t read everything.
The Pros and Cons of Frontier Airlines
As stated earlier, I flew from Las Vegas to Denver, then from Denver to Atlanta. Both of the flights were on time. There weren’t any delays or anything else wrong. With the flights on time, I’d reach my destination on time. That was good because I only had a few days in Vegas this go-round. If you’ve ever flown before, you know how important it is to get to your destination on time.
Both of the planes that I flew on were clean. I had read a couple of reviews where people said there was a little trash on the ground under the seat in front of them. I didn’t see anything like that. The bathrooms were even clean. A clean plane makes the flying experience so much better. If you’ve ever flown on a plane that wasn’t 100% up to par, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
The flight attendants were very friendly. They even explained the snack menu in detail to an older couple seated in front of me. They seemed legitimately happy to be working for the airlines. I don’t know how many times you’ve flown, but that is not always true. They were really on their game.
I stated earlier that the ticket price was low. I’m going to get into details about that now. My flight cost $119. That was an excellent price for a one-way ticket going out west. I only had to pay $20 to check my bag. That made my total charges to Frontier $139. You can’t beat that, especially for a flight to Las Vegas. Frontier has pretty good prices for most of their destinations. Book your flight a few weeks in advance to ensure you get the best ticket price. For this flight, I booked mine six weeks before the trip.
Make sure that you sign up for Frontier’s email list. They run promos all the time. I’ve seen prices up to 75% off.
The plane had enough space for me. Reading some reviews, I thought people would be packed together like sardines. I’m glad that wasn’t the case. I could stretch out with no problems. If you have a carry-on, there is space for the bag above your seat. Just don’t go overboard. If your bag is too big, you must check it in.
Frontier Airlines flies to over 130 domestic and international destinations. That’s more than the norm for a budget airline.
If you are looking for more space, Frontier Airlines has premium seating for an additional cost. The seats (Stretch Seating) have more legroom and give you first access to inflight service.
One thing that could be a slight con is that the seats didn’t recline on either of the planes I was on. That could be a big deal for some people. If you are over six feet, I’d suggest you sit on the emergency row or purchase stretch seating. Even though I couldn’t recline my seat, it wasn’t bad. You can grab the travel pillow below to get a little more comfortable.
This is a small con, but their planes don’t have Wi-Fi. That wasn’t a big deal to me. I slept and listened to music for the majority of my flights.
Since they don’t have Wi-Fi, you can read a book, download a movie to your laptop or listen to music.
Charge for Everything
Frontier charges for everything. You will have to pay if you want a particular seat. You also have to pay for checked and carry-on bags. Make sure that you factor that in when you are booking your flight.
Amount of Flights
Frontier only flies to many of their destinations once or twice a day. That won’t work for many people. Also, you could be hours late to your destination if there’s a delay.
Due to the number of flight options, Frontier does have delays. Luckily, my flight wasn’t delayed.
Is Frontier Airlines Good?
This concludes my post going over the pros and cons of Frontier Airlines. I had a better-than-expected experience flying with them. In my opinion, they are a little better than Spirit Airlines. Frontier Airlines is good in my book. I’ve flown Frontier Airlines a few times since this initial trip. I haven’t had any problems and would fly with them again.
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