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I’m a big sideline cheerleader of the low cost carriers as the expand routes, drop fares, increase competition, and provide lots of entertainment and excitement for budget travelers. I don’t fly them all that frequently myself at the moment, but I think they offer a very achievable method of affordable travel.
Low-cost-carrier Frontier Airlines has now added 42 new affordable routes to their network. The new Frontier nonstop routes will begin in the April – June 2016 timeframe and include:
- Austin to Orlando and Philadelphia
- Charlotte to Chicago O’Hare and Orlando
- Cincinnati and Houston – IAH, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and San Francisco
- Cleveland to Los Angeles; Philadelphia; Portland, Oregon and San Francisco
- Houston to Atlanta and Cincinnati
- Kansas City to Atlanta, Chicago O’Hare and Philadelphia
- Milwaukee to Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth and Philadelphia
- Nashville to Chicago O’Hare, Orlando and Philadelphia
- New Orleans to Orlando and Philadelphia
- Phoenix to Atlanta, Detroit, Portland, Ore. and Seattle
- Portland to Chicago O’Hare, Cleveland and Phoenix
- Raleigh/Durham to Atlanta, Orlando and Philadelphia
- St. Augustine to CChicago O’Hare and Philadelphia
- Seattle to Chicago O’Hare and Phoenix
- Atlanta – Memphis, Indianapolis – Philadelphia, Minneapolis – Chicago O’Hare, St. Louis – Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth – Orlando and San Francisco – Atlanta are also being added.
Best Points for Flying Frontier Airlines:
While Frontier Airlines does have a frequent flyer program, I think the best point strategy for flying Frontier actually involves using a fixed value card to book Frontier flights when prices drop to the $15 – $39 range each way as they often do during sales. In that price range you will end up spending just 1,500 – 3,900 points for each one-way flight via a fixed value card like the ones mentioned above since the number of points you pay is tied to the selling price of the ticket!
Factor in the Frontier Extras:
Frontier is a low-cost airline that charges extra for everything from larger carry-ons to advance seat assignments, so factor that in if those costs apply to you. If you do find your family flying Frontier you will probably want to strongly consider becoming members of the Discount Den as it results in lower prices for up to six in your itinerary for $49.99 each year.
Still, these new routes are big news especially for some in smaller airports that traditionally haven’t had access to great sales and discounts. For example, believe it or not, Cincinnati actually has one of the highest average airfare costs in the country, so it is a big win for them to pick up four new low cost routes!
Do any of the new Frontier routes work for your travel plans?
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