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Frontier Airlines Status challenge using a travel rewards credit card is a pass

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Spirit Airlines offered a fantastic promotion earlier this year that allowed hotel and airline loyalists to match to their TOP TIER Gold status. It comes with most of the ancillary fees wavied + free pet fees, and all you needed to do was pay a one time $99 processing fee to apply. I took advantage of the offer, have flown Spirit twice, saved hundreds compared to competitors and will continue to fly Spirit consistently on flights under a couple hours. Their status match acquired them two new customers in my wife and I.

Cut to Frontier. I flew Frontier earlier this year as well, and found them to be roughly the same as Spirit; however, Spirit has a newer fleet that is equipped with WiFi at a an affordable rate. But, for better or worse, they are both bargain airlines that offer very low base fares and then nickel and dime you on the ancillary fees: Bags, seat assignments, printing boarding passes, carry on bag fees, etc. If you can avoid those fees, the savings are quite substantial.

Frontier has entered the chat…and promptly dropped a lackluster offer to acquire their lowest level status called 20k. Spirit required you to present status at 16 airlines or 16 hotel loyalty programs and you’d get status for a year after paying $99. Frontier is requiring a lot more, albeit, all you need to do to apply is have a US based travel rewards card.

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The Frontier Airlines Status Challenge Offer:

  • Option 1 – Apply for status until 9/30/23, but fly or spend a lot to extend until 12/31/23
    • The cost
      • First 2000 people pay $80
      • Thereafter people will pay $199
    •  Instant Frontier Elite 20k Status
      • Expires 9/30/2023
    • Extend Frontier Elite 20k Status until 12/31/23
      • Fly 5000 miles
      • Spend $5k on a Frontier Airlines World Mastercard
  • Option 2 – pay $499
    • The cost
      • $499
    • Instant Frontier Elite 20k Status
      • Expires 12/31/23

Neither of these options are attractive aside from maybe spending the $80 if you think you’ll fly Frontier a few times over the next few months.

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What do you get with Frontier Airlines Elite 20k Status?

  • Complimentary seat assignment
  • Stretch seating when available at check-in
  • Complimentary carry-on bag
  • Priority boarding

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Which credit cards will get me a challenge?

You can go here to check

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Frequently Asked Questions

    • What is the Frontier Elite 20K Status Offer?Frontier is offering eligible US travel rewards credit card holders Elite 20K status without needing to have status with another airline or being required to fly. Other terms and conditions apply. To apply, go to


    • Who is eligible for this promotional offer?Anyone with a valid US-issued travel rewards credit card. Fees apply.

      To confirm if your credit card is eligible for the offer, go here.


    • What is the Elite 20K promotion, and how does it work?1. Instant FRONTIER Miles Elite 20K Status:

      Eligible travel rewards credit card holders in USA have the option to purchase Elite 20K status, valid through December 31, 2023

      2. Accelerated FRONTIER MILES Elite 20K Status:

      Members who pay for an Elite 20K status challenge fee using their eligible travel rewards credit card, will get instant Elite 20K status through September 30, 2023 and, upon earning 5,000 qualifying miles from flying or spending $5,000 on the Frontier Airlines World Mastercard, or any combination of flying and spending by September 30, 2023, will enjoy the perks and benefits of Elite 20K status through December 31, 2023.


    • Do I have to be a FRONTIER Miles member to take advantage of this offer?Yes. If you are not a FRONTIER Miles member, you can signup here and then participate in the promotion like any other member.


    • How much are the fees?1. Instant FRONTIER Miles Elite 20K Status until 12/31/23 starts at USD $499.00. You will enjoy all the perks & benefits of Elite 20K status during this time.

      2. Accelerated FRONTIER MILES Elite 20K Status through to 9/30/23 starts at USD $199.00. The first 2,000 applications pay a reduced rate of USD $80.00.

      All fees, which are subject to change at any time without notice, will be clearly marked and shown prior to any payments being collected.


    • I don’t have a GoWild! membership, can I do the Elite 20K offer?Yes, absolutely.

      In fact, you can pay an additional USD $499.00 for the Frontier Go Wild Summer pass during the checkout process. Learn more about the GoWild! pass here.


    • Do I need to have elite status with an airline or hotel to participate?No. Anyone can select either offer as long as they meet the requirements for the promotion, and pay for the transaction using their US-issued travel rewards credit card.


    • I already hold Frontier Elite status, should I apply?No, this offer is not for existing Frontier Elite status holders.

      Purchasing this offer will not extend any existing elite status.


    • What will I receive as an Elite 20K member?Frontier Elite 20K status unlocks enhanced benefits when flying with Frontier, such as:

      – Complimentary seat assignment
      – Stretch seating when available on check-in
      – Complimentary carry-on bag
      – Priority boarding
      The complete list of Elite 20K benefits is available here.


    • I already have a FRONTIER Airlines Mastercard but don’t have elite status; should I apply?You could benefit from holding Elite 20K status if you do not currently hold any Frontier Elite status today. This includes Frontier credit card holders.


    • What happens at the end of the Elite 20K status period?If you purchased the Instant FRONTIER Miles Elite 20K status offer – you will have Elite 20K status until 12/31/23 and need to earn and fly sufficient qualifying miles to requalify by 12/31/23 to retain the status into 2024. Refer here.

      If you selected the Accelerated FRONTIER Miles Elite 20K status offer you will have Elite 20K status until 09/30/23 and need to earn 5,000 miles from flying or spending $5,000 on the Frontier Airlines World Mastercard, or any combination of flying and spending, will enjoy the perks and benefits of Elite 20K status through the end of 2023.. For ways to earn the required miles with Frontier, click here.


    • Can Elite 20K status be used in conjunction with the GoWild! Pass?Yes absolutely as the Elite 20K status will gain you benefits when you fly with the GoWild subscription pass.

      Note that the GoWild! flight passes do not earn Elite Qualifying Miles. Learn more about the GoWild! pass here.


    • How long will it take before my Frontier Elite 20K status reflects on my account?Frontier Elite 20K status will be upgraded within 24 hours following payment.


    • What details do you need?You must use the email address associated with your FRONTIER Miles member account during the registration process. We will confirm your details match in real-time.


    • My credit card was declinedYou must have a US-issued travel credit card and use this for payment of the fee. Prepaid and Debit cards are not eligible forms of payment.

      If you believe the credit card you are using, should be an eligible credit card, please email the first 6 digits of your credit card to

      Our team will review the card, and advise you on next steps.

      IMPORTANT NOTE: DO NOT send any photos, screenshots or the full card number. We only need the first 6 numbers of the card.


    • Do you offer a Status Match instead of a paid Elite 20K promotion?No. This offer is not a Status Match, and the only Elite tier offered as part of this offer is Elite 20K.

      If you hold Elite status with another airline, or hotel – you may register your interest in a Status Match with Frontier at


    • What happens if my Elite 20K purchase/application is not successful?In the unlikely event that your Elite 20K status applicants is not successful, we will promptly notify you, and any applicable fees you have paid will be refunded back to the card used on the transaction.


    • How long will this offer be available?The offer may end or be varied at any time at the discretion of Frontier Airlines.

      We strongly advise you to take advantage of the offer immediately. Great deals rarely last…


    • Who will charge my credit card and what will appear on my bank statement?Applicable fees will appear as FRONTIER 20K STATUS, billed in USD.

      Some members may have the transaction appear to come from the country of Singapore. This is normal and you should not be alarmed.

      For current FRONTIER Airlines Mastercard card holders this transaction will not earn 5x on Frontier but will earn 1x in qualifying miles. These qualifying miles will count towards your challenge if you selected the Accelerated FRONTIER Miles Elite 20K.


  • How do I contact you for support?The Elite 20K promotion is not handled by Frontier Airlines directly. Instead, you may contact our team via email: For airline booking and non-promotion-related enquiries, please go to the Frontier website:

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