- The Frontier Airlines World MasterCard Application — 25,000 miles after first purchase, 10,000 miles after spending $750 within three months
- The Frontier Airlines Business MasterCard Application — 25,000 miles after first purchase, 10,000 miles after making a balance transfer within 30 days of account opening
I’ll be honest in saying I had never heard of or looked into the Frontier Airlines MasterCard until it joined the affiliate marketing program I belong to, but it actually looks like a pretty decent card in some circumstances, and one that’s at least worth knowing about.
For many of us the major limitations in getting approved for cards is the issuer — I’m probably most limited with American Express and Chase, for example, as that’s where most of the good offers are. So a card with another issuer is to some extent like a “freebie.”
The Frontier Airlines World MasterCard is issued by Barclays, which is a plus. This is the same issuer as US Airways’ co-branded card, and what I like about them is that their cards are generally churnable (meaning you can earn the sign-up bonus on the card multiple times).
The personal card offers 25,000 miles after your first purchase, and another 10,000 miles after spending $750 within three months. So for practical purposes let’s call it a 35,000 mile sign-up bonus, with a $59 annual fee. The business card, which also has a $59 annual fee, offers 25,000 miles after your first purchase, and another 10,000 miles after making a balance transfer within 30 days.
Frontier’s award chart is pretty lucrative for domestic coach travel, as they charge just 20,000 miles for a domestic roundtrip. The chart looks as follows:
Frontier doesn’t charge close-in ticketing fees, their award change fees are reasonable (no fee if making a change more than seven days, $50 fee within seven days, and $50 redeposit fee), and miles only expire after 18 months without any activity.
You can search award availability on this page by checking the “Redeem Miles” box, and the search is pretty easy to use thanks to the calendar function.
Is this a card I’ll apply for? Nope. But if you’re the type of person that uses your miles for domestic coach tickets (or has a family member uses their miles that way), this card has a fairly lucrative sign-up bonus.
(In the interest of full disclosure I earn a referral bonus on the personal card though not the business card — thanks for your support!)