Well, I guess that wasn’t generous enough, because they’re back with an even more generous promotion this time.
For tickets booked by tonight (11:59PM ET on Monday, October 23, 2017), Frontier is offering 99% off the base fare when using promotion code SAVE99. Now, as you’d expect, there are some restrictions.
Most significantly, this promotion is only valid for domestic travel on the following dates (one-way or roundtrip tickets qualify):
Oct. 28, 30, 31, 2017. Nov 1, 4, 6-8, 11, 14, 15, 29, 30, 2017. Dec. 2, 4-6, 9, 12, 13, 2017
Even within the US, the following markets are excluded from the promotion:
Atlanta, GA to/from New York City, NY (LaGuardia)
Atlanta, GA to/from San Francisco, CA
Atlanta, GA to/from San Juan, PR
Atlanta, GA to/from Salt Lake City, UT
Austin, TX to/from Chicago, IL
Nashville, TN to/from Denver, CO
Nashville, TN to/from Fort Myers, FL
Buffalo, NY to/from Orlando, FL
Buffalo, NY to/from Miami, FL
Buffalo, NY to/from Fort Myers, FL
Buffalo, NY to/from Tampa, FL
Cleveland, OH to/from Denver, CO
Cleveland, OH to/from Fort Myers, FL
Columbus, OH to/from Fort Myers, FL
Colorado Springs, CO to/from Washington, D.C. (Dulles)
Colorado Springs, CO to/from San Francisco, CA
Denver, CO to/from Washington, D.C. (Dulles)
Denver, CO to/from New York City, NY (LaGuardia)
Denver, CO to/from Orlando, FL
Denver, CO to/from Omaha, NE
Grand Rapids, MI to/from Orlando, FL
Grand Rapids, MI to/from Fort Myers, FL
Indianapolis, IN to/from Fort Myers, FL
Las Vegas, NV to/from Orlando, FL
Las Vegas, NV to/from Raleigh, NC
Los Angeles, CA to/from Orlando, FL
Los Angeles, CA to/from Chicago, IL
Kansas City, MO to/from Fort Myers, FL
Orlando, FL to/from Milwaukee, WI
Orlando, FL to/from Philadelphia, PA
Orlando, FL to/from Raleigh, NC
Orlando, FL to/from San Juan, PR
Milwaukee, WI to/from Phoenix, AZ
Milwaukee, WI to/from Fort Myers, FL
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN to/from Fort Myers, FL
Chicago, IL to/from San Antonio, TX
Chicago, IL to/from Trenton, NJ
Philadelphia, PA to/from San Juan, PR
The savings do indeed seem to be 99% off the base fare, though keep in mind that Frontier has really low base fares, so in reality you’re not actually paying a hundredth of what you’d otherwise pay.
For example, take a Tampa to Denver flight on December 5, where the “Non-Club Price” is $79 (you can join Frontier’s Discount Den Program for $50 per year).
Meanwhile with this sale, the price is knocked down to $34, which represents a $44.55 discount on the $44.97 base fare, before factoring in the $33.23 in taxes and carrier imposed surcharges.
So in the end you’re still paying ~40% of the fares, but that’s just because the taxes and fees don’t change. Unfortunately the $19 one-way carrier interface surcharge isn’t discounted, which is money that still lands in Frontier’s pocket.
This is potentially a great deal, though do keep in mind that Frontier charges for everything, from seat assignments to carry-ons to food and drinks. Travis shared his experience flying with Frontier recently, and as he cautioned, one of the biggest downsides to low cost carriers is their lack of frequencies in markets, so when flights are canceled or delayed, you have very few options.
Does anyone plan on taking advantage of this Frontier fare sale?
(Tip of the hat to Running with Miles)