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Ultra-low-cost carriers don't have the best reputation, and Frontier Airlines is arguably at the bottom of the list. Sure, the tickets are cheap … but bringing anything bigger than a backpack adds to your fare, as does choosing a seat to avoid getting stuck between two strangers. Even booking your ticket online will cost you extra.

Yet even budget airlines have elite status programs that can save you money on those extras – and Frontier's is the easiest to earn right now thanks to its ridiculously generous Status Match program. Having elite status with any of the major U.S. airlines will qualify for a status match with Frontier, of course … but what is noteworthy is that hotel status will get you there as well, including the instant elite status you get just from holding the right credit cards.

It's not free: You'll need to pay a $99 fee to match your airline, hotel, or cruise line status with Frontier for the first time, or a bit more if you're doing it again. But if you've got Frontier flights in mind for next year, the savings you'll get on bags and Frontier's many other fees can easily outweigh the cost of paying for a status match.

Read on to see how it works and why you should consider matching your status to Frontier before this promotion ends Dec. 31.

 

 

How Does Frontier's Status Match Work?

Frontier Airlines is trying to attract new customers and build loyalty from frequent travelers. That's nothing new: Airlines try to poach each other's passengers all the time.

But what makes Frontier's status match different is that they aren't just allowing flyers who have status with other airlines to move over to Frontier: Status with hotel chains and even cruise line loyalty programs works, too. And unlike most airline status matches, you get your Frontier status for a full year automatically, with no flying requirements to keep it active.

The biggest hitch is that you have to pay a fee to apply for the status match at frontierstatusmatch.com. And it's nonrefundable, regardless of if your application is approved or not. It costs $99 for first-time applicants who match to Frontier Gold and Platinum Status – or $149 for top-tier Frontier Diamond status. If you've previously matched your status to Frontier since Nov. 1, 2020, you'll get charged an extra $50.

Frontier Airlines is making some changes to their frequent flyer program starting in the New Year, with some genuinely positive changes on tap. So long as you successfully match your status by the Dec. 31 deadline, you'll get that new Frontier Elite status all the way through December 2024.

 

Frontier elite status changes

 

Status with plenty of travel companies can give you a one-year boost with Frontier. As of publication, Frontier is status matching elites from 16 airline programs, 15 hotel loyalty programs, and even 15 cruise line rewards programs.

To get started, you'll first need a Frontier Miles frequent flyer account, which is free to join. Go to frontierstatusmatch.com and simply enter your loyalty program information onto the application page.

 

Frontier Status Match application

 

You'll also need to go and log in to the loyalty program you've got status with, and take a picture of your account information to upload into the application.

 

Frontier Status Match application

 

If all goes well, you should receive a confirmation and hear back within roughly three days. In my experience, it was an overnight process: I woke up with Frontier Airlines elite status.

 

Airline Programs that Match to Frontier

Status with all the big U.S. airlines will get you a year of status with Frontier. But as you can see, so will status with several international carriers.

 

Airline Gold (20K) Platinum (50K)Diamond (100K)
Aeromexico
GoldPlatinumTitanium
Air CanadaPrestige 25KElite 35K
Elite 50K
Elite 75K
Super Elite 100K
Alaska Airlines
MVPMVP GoldMVP 100K
MVP 75K
American Airlines
GoldPlatinum
Concierge Key
Executive Platinum
Platinum Pro
Avianca
SilverGoldDiamond
Caribbean Airlines
Silver
GoldExecutive Gold
Copa Airlines
SilverGoldPresidential
Platinum
Delta Air Lines
Silver Medallion
Gold MedallionDelta 360
Diamond Medallion
Platinum Medallion

GOL
Silver
GoldDiamond
Hawaiian Airlines
GoldPlatinumN/A
JetBlue Mosaic 1
Mosaic 2Mosaic 3
Mosaic 4
LATAM Gold
Gold Plus
PlatinumBlack Signature
Black
Southwest
A-ListA-List PreferredCompanion Pass
Spirit Airlines SilverGoldN/A
United Airlines Premier SilverPremier GoldGlobal Services
Premier 1K
Premier Platinum
WestJet
SilverGoldPlatinum

 

If you're due to lose elite status with an airline when the year ends or soon after, the time is now to get elite status with Frontier and snag a full year of benefits. And if you've got top airline status, that's what you'll want to use for this matching promo: That's your only pathway to automatic, top-tier Frontier Diamond status.

 

Hotel Programs that Match to Frontier

What really sets this promotion apart is that it's not just status with another airline that works to match over to Frontier. Status with hotel chains works, too.

From Hilton to Marriott to IHG and Hyatt, all the major U.S. hotel chains will get you status with Frontier – as will some of the smaller ones. But considering how much easier it is to earn hotel status than with an airline, it could be your ticket to a full year of status with Frontier.

 

Hotel ChainGold (20K) Platinum (50K) Diamond (100K)
Accor ALLSilverDiamond
Platinum
Gold
N/A
Best Western Rewards
GoldDiamond Select
Diamond
Platinum
N/A
Choice Hotels International Privileges
GoldDiamond
Platinum
N/A
GHA Discovery
GoldTitanium
Platinum
N/A
Hilton Honors
SilverDiamond
Gold
N/A
World of HyattDiscoverist
Globalist
Explorist
N/A
IHG One RewardsSilver Elite
Royal Ambassador
Platinum Elite
Diamond Elite
Gold Elite
N/A
Marriott BonvoySilver Elite
Ambassador Elite
Titanium Elite
Platinum Elite
Gold Elite
N/A
NH Hotels RewardsSilverPlatinum
Gold
N/A
Nordic Choice Hotels & Resorts ClubSilverPlatinum
Gold
N/A
Radisson Hotel Group RewardsPremiumVIP
N/A
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Golden CircleGoldDiamond
Jade
N/A
Sonesta Travel PassPreferredEliteN/A
World Hotels RewardsGoldDiamond Select
Diamond
Platinum
N/A
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts RewardsGoldDiamond
Platinum
N/A

 

Unfortunately, even the highest Diamond Hilton Honors Status or Hyatt Globalists can't match all the way up to the top tier with Frontier. The best you can get is Frontier Platinum status.

 

Cruise Programs that Match to Frontier

Yes, even cruise lines offer loyalty programs. If you've got it, you can use it to match your status to Frontier, too.

 

Cruise LineGold (20K) Platinum (50K) Diamond (100K)
Azamara CircleExplorerDiscoverer Platinum
Discoverer Plus
Discoverer
N/A
Carnival VIFPRedDiamond
Platinum
Gold
N/A
Celebrity Cruises Captains CircleClassicZenith
Elite Plus
Elite
Select
N/A
Cunard World ClubSilverDiamond
Platinum
Gold
N/A
Disney Cruise Line Castaway ClubGoldPlatinum
N/A
Holland America Line Mariner Society2-Star Mariner
5-Star Mariner
4-Star Mariner
3-Star Mariner
N/A
MSC Cruises Voyagers ClubSilverDiamond
Gold
N/A
Norwegian Cruise Line Latitudes RewardsSilverAmbassador
Diamond
Sapphire
Platinum
Gold
N/A
Oceania Cruises ClubSilverPresident's Circle
Diamond
Platinum
Gold
N/A
P&O Peninsular ClubPacificLigurian
Baltic
Mediterranean
Atlantic
N/A
Princess Cruise Lines Captains CircleGoldElite
Platinum
Ruby
N/A
Regent Seven Seas Cruises SocietyBronzeCommodore
Diamond
Titanium
Platinum
Gold
Silver
N/A
Royal Caribbean Crown & Anchor SocietyGoldPinnacle Club
Diamond Plus
Diamond
Emerald
Platinum
N/A
Scenic ClubPlatinum
Emerald
Diamond
N/A
Stena Line ExtraGoldN/AN/A

 

What Benefits Do I Get with Frontier Elite Status?

If you're an average traveler like me, you're probably not worried about earning airline status – it's better to buy the cheapest ticket you can, even if it means boarding last.

But Frontier was my first taste of enjoying the benefits of elite status, so take it from me: It can be worth it. It's your best bet to bypass all those hefty fees for carry-ons and checked luggage, board earlier, and pick a seat for free. In short, it's the best way to book that cheap Frontier fare and actually keep it cheap.

Plus, Frontier's status program is getting even better in the new year with new benefits at each tier – plus the addition of a whole new tier of status: Silver (10K). So long as you match before the Dec. 31 deadline, you'll get the same elite status for all of 2024, including all these brand-new perks.

 

Frontier Airlines Elite Status Program Updates

 

Choose Your Seat with Silver Status (10K Miles)

You won't be able to match to Frontier's new Silver Status, but you'll get the same benefits (and much more) no matter how far up the rungs you go.

Silver Status will require flying 10,000 miles or spending $1,000 with Frontier starting Jan. 1, 2024. With Silver status or anything higher, you can pick a standard seat onboard each Frontier flight for free. These seat assignments often cost $20 to $30 or more each way, so the savings are significant. Heck, even the major U.S. airlines don't give you free seats when you buy the cheapest basic economy fares.

 

Seats selection on Frontier Airlines SEA to PHX

 

A seemingly cheap ticket with Frontier could quickly become expensive once you choose your seats and add other extras. Plus, all these fees are charged per segment: You'll have to pay double for a round-trip flight. And if you want to sit at the front of the plane, you'll have to cough up even more cash.

But if you have status with Frontier, whether that be at Silver or Diamond, you won't have to worry about paying to select a seat. Here's what I see for this exact same flight from Seattle (SEA) to Phoenix (PHX) with my Frontier status.

 

Seats selection with status on Frontier Airlines SEA to PHX

 

Just note that at Silver status, you only get to choose the standard seats: The front few rows and exit rows are off-limits without paying extra fees. Regardless, having any level of Frontier status will help you save.

And the savings get even better once you get to Frontier Gold and above.

 

Get a Free Carry On with Gold Status (Elite 20K)

Gold status is where it gets sweet.

Even the lowest tiers of status with airlines, hotels, and cruise lines will match you to Frontier's new Gold Status for 2024. That would otherwise require flying 20,000 miles with Frontier.

The highlight of Frontier Gold status is being able to bring on a carry-on bag for free. Few airlines are more vigilant about stopping budget travelers from bringing anything more than a backpack or purse onboard than Frontier. And Frontier baggage fees mean that the cost of adding a standard carry-on bag is steep.

 

Baggage selection Frontier Airlines

 

Paying $65 for a carry-on from Seattle to Phoenix? Each way?! No thank you: That's almost double the cost of the ticket itself! And much like picking seats, you have to double it for a roundtrip.

But I've got Frontier status, so this is what I see.

 

Baggage selection with status on Frontier Airlines

 

Once you have status with Frontier at Gold, you can bring both a personal item and carry-on bag onboard. With seat selection and bags covered, all you need to do is pay for your ticket.

With Gold status, you also get all of the same benefits that come with Silver, plus Zone 1 Priority Boarding and the ability to pick a premium seat at check-in. If there's still space available at check-in, you can treat yourself to a front or exit row seat.

Don't currently have any status with an airline or cruise line, you could open up a credit card that grants you instant hotel status to qualify for the match to Frontier Gold status. One no-annual fee option (see rates & fees) stands out: the *Hilton Honors*, which grants you automatic Hilton Honors Silver status.

 

*Hilton Honors*

 

Learn more about the *Hilton Honors*

 

Get a Free Checked Bag with Frontier Platinum Status (Elite 50K)

This is what I've got, and I'm so glad that I do.

Though I won't get all the benefits of Frontier's new Platinum Status until the New Year, I've been enjoying the extra space in exit rows and seats at the front of the plane – which I can select for free while booking my flights. And of course, I can bring a carry-on bag on Frontier flights for free.

Come January, I can also check a bag for free – a new perk of Frontier Platinum Status. For now, I still have to pay hefty fees to check a bag. I'm looking forward to that changing.

 

Checked Baggage on Frontier_Airlines

 

Other cool benefits include getting a pet fee waiver for furry friends flying with you and 50% off Frontier's Discount Den membership. Plus, friends and family members who are on my reservation can save on seat selection fees while also getting priority boarding.

Very on brand with Frontier Platinum, I matched to this status thanks to my *amex platinum*, which comes with complimentary Hilton Gold status.

 

*amex platinum*

 

Learn more about *amex platinum*.

 

If you already have the Platinum Card, why not treat yourself to elite status with Frontier just by being a Hilton elite? You're already spending $695 a year (see fees & rates) for the annual fee, so don't spend a ton more on seat selection fees, carry-on luggage, and checked baggage when you fly Frontier.

A far cheaper option is the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Cardwhich also unlocks complimentary Gold status with just a $150 annual fee (see rates & fees).

 

Free Refunds with Frontier Diamond Status (Elite 100K)

If you have high status with another airline – think Delta Platinum Medallion or United Premier Platinum status or higher – Frontier's Diamond status is what you get. Sorry, but even top-tier status with a hotel or cruise line loyalty program won't cut it.

Frontier Diamond flyers get to board first, can pick stretch seating from the get-go, a complimentary Discount Den membership to save a bit more on Frontier fares, and all the other benefits that come with lower tiers of status. In 2024, they'll get a free first and second checked bag for everyone on the reservation – a ton of savings in bag fees!

Arguably, the best perk of all is free refunds on all flights so long as you cancel at least a day ahead of departure.

But honestly, you're not getting that much more with Diamond status than you would with Platinum. It's much harder to match to Diamond Status and costs you $149 for the first year. A Frontier Platinum Status match is cheaper at $99 and far easier, since several credit cards will unlock the hotel status you need to match.

 

Bottom Line

Even if you fly (or could fly) Frontier just a few times a year, don't sleep on this Frontier Status Match.

Sure, you won't get the most legroom, seatback entertainment, or complimentary drinks and snacks flying Frontier. But the savings are undeniable – especially when you can easily save on all the extra fees for bags, seat selection, and more.

Just be sure to take advantage before Dec. 31!

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5 Responses

  • I was unaware of the status match program from Frontier until I read this article. I have applied. Thank you for the heads up on this program. I fly Frontier quite often. The lower cost flights have allowed me and my family to travel quite a bit. Having status at Frontier definitely makes travelling with them much easier.

  • I read this article with great interest and followed through with it. I paid the fee and received the Elite 50K status. Great! However the chart displayed in the article is not consistent with 2024 reality. Frontier is not giving the baggage allowances highlighted in the article and chart above. I was counting on carry on bags for those on my booking (or checked for myself) and that is not happening. I have contacted Frontier via chat “help” and they can’t seem to wrap their head around the question of the status program updates for 2024 being reflected on their site. Any idea what the issue is? Is the article wrong? (It is, at least right now.) Where did that chart for 2024 status benefits come from?

    • Hey Stefan, that chart came directly from Frontier when the airline announced its 2024 status revamp. Odds are, Frontier agents simply haven’t been properly trained on the new status policies just yet. Frustrating, for sure.

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