Frontier Status Match from 15 airlines, 15 hotels, 15 cruise lines

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Frontier Status Match

Frontier Airlines is offering a status match if you have status from 15 airlines, 15 hotels, and 15 cruise lines. I did this status match back in 2021, and I easily made the fee back ( which was $49 back then. ) This time around, the application fee is $149, and for those of you who have done it in the past 3 years, you’ll have to pay an additional $50.  Either way, you’re getting status until 12/31/24.

Will I do it? I’m heavily considering it. I status matched to Spirit Airlines earlier in the year, no brainer and easily recouped the price, and I think I will match again to Frontier.  I’m not an airline snob when it comes to domestic travel and Frontier, as well as Spirit, is perfectly adequate for me on shorter flights ( sub 3 hours ).You may hem and haw at the seat pitch, lack of recline, but when you can fly Frontier for $50, heck sometimes $20, and the Big 3 are selling for $250, I’m booking Frontier.

Let’s take a look at the latest Frontier Status Match

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Highlights of the status match offer:

There are several ways in which you can achieve Frontier Airlines Status. First, you can match from airlines, hotels, and cruiselines and pay a $149 application fee. The Second, is from US based credit cards in which you actually buy status rather than get it “matched.”  Typically a match doesn’t cost anything and I think Frontier is paying loose and fast with the language of “matching” when you have to pay an application fee, but it is what it is.

Airlines, Hotels, Cruise Lines – Match here

  • 15x airlines, 15x hotels, 15x cruise line status holders can apply
  • Airline status holders can get up to Elite 100k
  • Hotel/Cruise can match up to 50k
  • Anyone matching into 20k or 50k will be presented with an offer to ‘buy up’ to a higher tier for an additional fee (eg: Hilton Diamond matches to 50k, pay an additional fee, get 100k)
  • Anyone who has done a frontier status match in the past 3 years is eligible, however, an additional $50 fee will apply
  • GoWild Fall+Winter pass is available to purchase during the status match flow
  • You will have status until 12/31/2024

Note that You will have to pay a $149 application fee

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Frontier GetStatus Offer: Buy Status Here

I’m not going into much depth with this deal because honestly I don’t think it’s worth paying $499 – it’s open if you think you’d take advantage, but the real value is found in the status match programs where you can slide into 50k or 100k.

  • For US-issed travel credit card holders:
    • Buy Elite 20k status for $499, valid thru end Dec 31, 2024
    • Buy Elite 20K status + GoWild Fall+Winter Pass BUNDLE for $648 (status valid til Dec 31, 2024)

Getstatus offer live at:

You can go here to Status Match

It’s really quick and you can match up to their top tier status…which I did and within 72 hours you should know if you’re accepted.

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What are the benefits of Frontier Airlines elite status?

The biggest advantage is all of the nickel and dime-ing gets folded in the higher your status. In you’re matching to top tier you’ll get comped Discount Den which provides for some further discounts.

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Which Airlines can I match, and what’s the corresponding status?

Here’s a list of the 15 airlines and their status match opportunities.

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Which Hotels can I Status Match from and corresponding status?

Note that the highest status you can match to from a hotel is Elite 50k

  • Note – if you carry cards like the The Platinum Card® from American Express which comes with Marriott Gold and Hilton Gold, you can just match that to Frontier 50k. That’s a deal and you haven’t even had to step foot in one of those hotels.
  • Same goes for IHG Platinum – you get that comped with the IHG One Rewards Premier and Ihg One Rewards Business Premier.

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Which Cruiselines can I match from?

Note that the highest you can match to is 50k

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Frontier seating is tight but status helps

It seems every airline nickels and dimes these days and Frontier is certainly no exception, in fact I’d say they are quite creative in ways of adding cost to a base fare. But the biggest issue I have after all of those nickels and dimes is space. Often times, Frontier will price out marginally cheaper but the seats are so close to one another. Look at the pitch on this Frontier A321 vs American 28 to 31 vs 31/32 in econ.

BUT… the stretch seats, which are complimentary for some elite status members is much roomier and can be selected when booking free of charge. The pitch is the same or more than on AA first class. Note the width is the same so it’s more like Main Cabin Extra with more leg room.

Why I’m going for it

I flew Frontier Airlines earlier this year and it was completely fine. We left on time and arrived early.

There are enough times that I’m faced with the proposition on very short flights to fly Frontier. I usually decide against it so I don’t have to pay all the fees for seat selection, bag fees, etc. With the status, I don’t have to think about those things, and can even pop into a stretch seat…I’ll take it.

I don’t really care about flying first class domestically unless it’s on a transcon flight of more than 5 hours. Otherwise…it’s nice, but I’m perfectly happy in economy.

Why not go for it?

$149 ain’t nothing. So if you don’t think you’ll fly Frontier enough over the next 15/16 months to recoup that fee…don’t do it. Also, if you’ve done it in the past 3 years, you’ll have to pay an additional $50. That’s $199

Cheap flights may put me in Frontier more often…

Frontier offers some outrageously cheap flights and if 100k status avoids most the nickel and diming and allows me to choose bigger seats… I’ll jump.

Look at this flight from Atlanta to LGA… $20 in Discount Den which is comped to 100k status – which I’ll match to from American Airlines Platinum Pro ( which was given to me on trial as a Hyatt Globalist). Most of all the nickel and dime-ing is avoided via this status match. Why on earth would I not book a 2 hour, $20 flight vs a full service airline?

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Airlines are moving aggressively to pure revenue

American set a new stage with its recent revamp, and Delta just followed in their footsteps. The most profitable arms of airline are now watering down the programs that make them the most money. When it comes to flying domestic, I’m a free agent.

As a result, I’ll hunt even more for cheap domestic economy seats and use flexible currencies like Amex, Chase, Bilt, Cap1, and Citi to fly flat when going abroad.

Go here if you’re looking to match status

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  • Alec Jaret December 21, 2021

    This is NOT a free status match. It requires a non-refundable $49 fee.

  • Quo Vadis December 21, 2021

    You should disclose that Frontier is charging a $49 fee to process the status match. I created a Frontier frequent flyer account, started to request the status match (and uploaded a screenshot showing Hyatt Globalist status), and then got hit with a “There is a USD 49.00 application fee to verify and process your status match. Your status with Hyatt will be verified and your Frontier status upgraded within 72 hours after payment.”

    I’m all for a free status match but am not about to pay $49 for the privilege. Definitely a buzz kill, I’m out.

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