07
Jan

Barclays Frontier Airlines Card Review: A Great Choice for Domestic Travel

Posted By Trav

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Barclays is at it again, giving us yet another awesome travel credit card and continuing to challenge the big boys of Chase, American Express, and Citi.

This time, it’s a near perfect card for people who travel domestically.

Introducing the Barclays Frontier Airlines World Mastercard®.

The Details for the Barclays Frontier Airlines Card

Here are the details of the current offer (bolding mine):

  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles after spending $500 in purchases in the first 90 days
  • Earn up to 10,000 bonus miles on balance transfers (1 mile per $1 transferred) in the first 90 days
  • Earn DOUBLE miles on purchases at FlyFrontier.com and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • No blackout dates! Book any roundtrip award flight on Frontier starting at 20,000 miles (subject to fees/taxes from $5)
  • Cardmember Exclusive! Redeem roundtrip companion award tickets for 5,000 less miles (from 15,000 miles plus taxes/fees from $5)
  • 0% Introductory APR on purchases and balance transfers for the first 12 months after account opening. After that, a variable APR, currently 15.99% or 24.99% based on your creditworthiness
  • $69 Annual Fee

Click here to apply —> Barclays Frontier World Mastercard®

Why I Love the Barclays Frontier Airlines Card

Reason #1:  40,000 mile sign up bonus

40,000 miles is a good sign up bonus nowadays, especially considering the Frontier airlines award chart.

The 40k sign up bonus can get you 2 free roundtrip tickets anywhere in the US, including Alaska!

Check it out:

Frontier-Airlines-Award-Chart

Or, since they allow one way tickets, you could use it for 4 free one-way tickets.

It can also get you 1 free roundtrip ticket to either Mexico, Costa Rica, or Jamaica and you’d have miles to spare!

Most airlines charge 25k miles roundtrip for a domestic ticket, so the fact that Frontier only charges 20k is huge.

This is a great sign up bonus for domestic travelers.

Reason #2:  The Low Minimum Spend

In order to get the sign up bonus, you’ll only need to spend $500 on the card in the first 90 days.

Most other cards require much larger minimum spends, such as $3,000 or $5,000 in the first 90 days.

The $500 minimum spend means that this is a card that ANYONE can meet the minimum spend on.

Reason #3:  Frontier Airlines Flies From Lots of Smaller Airports

For people who don’t live near large hub airports, this is a MASSIVE benefit.

Here is a map with all the places that Frontier flies to:

Frontier-Airlines-Route-Map

This is especially good for people out in the west and midwest, as Frontier flies to places like Jackson Hole, tons of places in Kansas and Nebraska, and even 5 different airports in North Dakota (wow!)

It’s even really great for people who do live near major airport.

For example, I live about 45 minutes from Philadelphia International (PHL).

Frontier flies out of PHL, but also flies out of 3 other airports in the area, including Wilmington (ILG), Trenton (TTN), and Harrisburg (MDT).

Not only does this give me a ton of options, but flying out of a smaller airport is also oftentimes a better experience.

It’s usually easier to get to, not as hectic to go through security, and parking is cheaper or even free!

Reason #4:  Companion Tickets are 5k Less

With the Barclays Frontier Airlines card, you’ll receive a companion ticket.  Here’s how the Frontier Companion Ticket works.

If you purchase a ticket with cash on Frontier, a companion can fly using miles for 5k less than the normal price.

This means that instead of paying 20k for a domestic roundtrip ticket, you’d only pay 15k.

And it can be used on one-way tickets as well!

Since a one-way domestic ticket is only 10k, you’ll actually only pay 5k miles + $5 using the Companion Ticket.

That’s a sweet deal!

Just remember, you can only use the Companion ticket if you PURCHASE your ticket with cash.

So if you have two people traveling and find a cheap ticket on Frontier, consider purchasing it the first one and having the companion fly on miles for cheap!

Reason #5: Cheap Changes on Award Tickets

One way most airlines really gouge you is when you have to make changes to an award ticket after you’ve booked it.

Luckily, Frontier isn’t like most other airlines.

Any change you want to make to the itinerary of an award ticket that is more than 8 days before you leave is free.

Also, if you want to cancel the ticket and have your miles redeposited in to your account, it’s only $75 (most airlines charge you $150).

Click here to apply —> Barclays Frontier World Mastercard®

Downsides of the Barclays Frontier Airlines Card

Overall, I think this is phenomenal card for anyone who is traveling domestically and really is a must-have.

However, there are two downsides.

$69 Annual Fee

The $69 annual fee is NOT waived the first year.  I consider it a very small price to pay.

In essence, you’re paying $69 for two roundtrip tickets, which is a great deal.

Still, it’s something to be aware of.

Frontier Charges for Checked Bags

If you do use miles, Frontier charges $25 to check the first bag, and $30 for a second checked bag.

Of course, carry-ons are free, and I always recommend traveling with just a carry-on anyway, so this isn’t a big deal to me.

But if you’re someone who does check baggage, just make sure you are aware of the fees (which are actually less than most airlines).

Final Word on the Barclays Frontier Airlines Card

All in all, I believe the Barclays Frontier Airlines card is one of the best card right now for domestic travel and I HIGHLY recommend it.

The sign up bonus of 2 free roundtrip ticket, even to Alaska, is awesome.

The minimum spend is super low.

You can fly one-way if you want.

And as an added bonus, you can also fly in to and out of some really cool, easy small airports that aren’t serviced by most other airlines.

Add it all up, and you’ve got another great travel credit card from Barclays!

Now that the sign up bonus is 40k, are you going to apply?

If so, what cool city that Frontier flies to do you have your eye on?

If you do apply for the Barclays Frontier card using my links, I’ll receive a commission.  Your support allows me to continue to run this site full time and as always, is truly appreciated!

21 comments

  1. Skudu says:

    How is the approval prospects if you apply for 2-3 cards every 4 months?? Barclays dont like ppl who apply for lot of CC’s? any change in policy recently??

    1. Trav says:

      @Skudu- Yeah, Barclays is a little tighter with their approvals than other lenders, but it seems to be a case by case basis. I know some people who have gotten plenty of cards with Barclays, whereas others, like myself, have had some trouble getting approved. I definitely recommend that you start spending on your other Barclays cards before applying for a new one though. That will dramatically increase your odds!

  2. Jessica says:

    When I play around with their route finder and start to book tickets for 2 people, it shows that it’s 80,000 points (no matter what location or date I’m choosing). I thought for two people it’d only be 40,000 points?

    1. Trav says:

      @Jessica- It’s 20k roundtrip per person their low saver (called Standard) award. It’s 40k roundtrip per person if you can’t get the saver availability. Maybe the routes and times you are looking at don’t have “standard” availability?

  3. Greg says:

    My problem is Frontier is ending service to Albuquerque, closest airport to where I am, and they stopped flying to Boise, where my parents live. In the past I’ve flown them and had a good experience, but no longer, I guess.

    1. Trav says:

      @Greg- That’s a bummer, for sure. Yeah, one of the major perks is that they service smaller areas. Unfortunately, I guess not the ones you need.

  4. krystal says:

    Thanks for letting us know about this one! So helpful!

    1. Trav says:

      @krystal- No problem. Glad to help!

  5. Jessica says:

    How do you determine the standard/saver availability of certain routes?

    1. Trav says:

      @Jessica- If something shows up as only 10k each way, it’s a saver award (but what they confusingly called standard). If something shows up as 20k each way, it’s called a Choice award (meaning more expensive). Then there is a 3rd tier, which is called “Last Seat” award, which is 22.5k each way.

      The only way to check availability is to go on to their website, make sure you hit “redeem miles” and then put in where you want to fly between. That will bring up a calendar of what’s available.

  6. Brandon says:

    Would you be able to do the balance transfer with no fee from any credit card, in order to get the 10,000 extra bonus miles?

    1. Trav says:

      @Brandon- In looking at the terms and conditions, I believe that would probably work. However, to be honest, I’m not quite sure about the balance transfer. I’ve never really messed with them, since I don’t carry a balance, but I’m assuming that would work. If you do try it, please let us know how it works.

  7. Nancy says:

    can you transfer Delta Skymiles to Frontier or vice versa? Also, I saw that Frontier charges for carry-on bags – do you know a way around that?

  8. Yuhao says:

    Trav, how did you find that route map and is it the current one? The one I find is a static image and I only see one destination in Kansas and three in ND. Am I looking at the wrong map?

    1. Trav says:

      @Yuhao- You can find the frontier route map here: http://www.flyfrontier.com/plan-book/routes-schedules/route-map

      That will allow you to see all the routes they fly.

      1. Yuhao says:

        Thanks. So the extra routes are from partners. Unfortunately I’m not finding any availability this year on these partners routes (RIW, RWL, FAT). Let me know if you know otherwise.

  9. Trav, what’s your feelings on still keeping the $69 fee Frontier Mastercard after a year and after you’ve gotten the big bonus? The card only offers a 1 mile per dollar spent. So after the bonus, 1 to 1 isn’t that great. Then there’s the free version of the card which is 1/2 mile per dollar. If you have a card like World Arrival that’s giving you 2 miles per dollar on everything, would it be worth it to keep this frontier card at $69 each year? After the initial 40k bonus miles, is this card really worth it? Or would it make more financial sense to close it and get the free card?

    1. Trav says:

      @Steve- The Frontier card definitely isn’t one of the best to keep open after a year because it doesn’t offer an anniversary bonus to negate the $69 annual fee, and like you said, it only offers 1 point per $1 spent.

      That being said, I wouldn’t go around closing every card you open because it will hurt your credit score. Try to keep a 50-50 ratio or higher of open to closed cards. If you’re doing that, you’ll be fine. So unless you enjoy accumulating Frontier miles (if you live in a Frontier hub or area serviced by them), then yes, it’s probably better to think about closing it.

  10. Naomi says:

    Just got the card through your link. thanks!! What is this balance transfer to get the 10 k? Never done the transfer before.

    1. Trav says:

      @Naomi- I wouldn’t recommend doing it, because it would require that you carry a balance on another credit card (which I always advise against since the fees will be so high) and then transferring that to the new card. In the long run, you’ll pay more for the balance transfer than the points are worth.

      Really appreciate you using the link and supporting the site! Let me know how I can help!

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