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Things You Must Know When Flying Frontier Airlines

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Many people think that you need to be wealthy in order to travel, but I disagree with that. This post will show you how to get very affordable flights on Frontier Airlines without breaking the bank so that you too can travel with your family.

On this specific trip below, we just happened to come across $14 flights on Frontier. When I got an email alert for tickets to Orlando for $14 each on Frontier Airlines, I didn’t hesitate and booked it immediately. This wouldn’t be our first time on a Frontier Airlines flight so I knew exactly what to expect, and I planned accordingly.

PS: do note that we’ve flown Frontier Airlines several other times as well

Things You Must Know When Flying Frontier Airlines


Things You Must Know When Flying Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines is considered a low-cost carrier, so they make their money by charging their customers for everything and anything. They charge a fee to choose seats, a fee for carry-on bags and checked in bags, and a fee for any in-flight snacks or food. The key to flying a low-cost carrier is figuring out how to successfully avoid these fees.

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Frontier Airline Deals

I signed up for several flights email alerts, so as soon as the Frontier deal alert came through for $14 tickets, I purchased the tickets immediately without wasting time. Most of these deals sell out quickly so it is essential to make sure you purchase tickets as soon as you get the email alert.

The tickets for our Frontier Airlines flight were exactly $14 each including taxes and I purchased directly on the Frontier Airlines flight website. You can see below that one way tickets for all 6 of costs $85.20.

We basically only paid for the taxes when flying Frontier Airlines. That is the equivalent of a full tank of gas in my car for a local road trip, so I was pretty excited about this deal!

Frontier Airlines flight reservation confirmation

Where Have We Traveled To On Frontier Airlines

We love taking Frontier Airline Flights, and below are a list of all the cool places we’ve been to.

Tips When Flying Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines Check In

You can check in for your Frontier flight online or on the Frontier check in portion of the mobile app 24 hours prior to departure. If you plan to do a Frontier check in which includes luggage, then you can purchase your luggage online prior to your flight and then check in at the Frontier Airlines counter and pay the luggage fees.

The Frontier check in process is very easy and simple. Frontier offer online, check in through the app or in-person check in. When completing your Frontier check in online or via the Frontier mobile app, you can purchase a seat assignment, priority boarding, luggage and more at that time.

We usually check in via the Frontier mobile app and I don’t purchase any extras. Their mobile check in makes traveling with Frontier so easy.

Frontier Airlines Flight Seat Assignment

This airline charges between $10-$20 to select each seat, so I skipped this step when I was purchasing our tickets. If I had to choose our seats, our tickets would have doubled in price and my goal was not to pay a dime over $14.

A lot of people worry about this especially when traveling with children and I can understand why. There have been times that children have been assigned separate seats from their parents on flights, and that can be problematic especially with young children.

Things You Must Know When Flying Frontier Airlines

In such an instance, I don’t expect people to move so that I can sit by my kids, especially as those people may have paid to choose seats and it is very unfair. However, I was not worried, and took the risk by not investing further in seat selection. We were lucky enough to all be assigned seats right next to each other when flying Frontier Airlines.

Traveling with kids and looking for tips, then make sure to click the links below and read more:

Frontier Airlines Baggage Policy

If you plan to travel on a Frontier Airlines flight with baggage, you will be charged $30 to take carry-on luggage on board (less than 35 pounds) and $25 to check in luggage. If you don’t pay the required Frontier baggage fee beforehand, or your bag is bigger than a personal item bag, then you be charged $60 at the gate when flying Frontier Airlines. And, if you have a bag weighing more like 50 pounds or 100 pounds, you will surely pay an additional fee or be required to check your bag.

You have access to a free Frontier Airlines baggage which is a free personal item bag sized 18inX8inX4in (about the size of a diaper bag) per paying passenger. I didn’t want to pay a dime for luggage, so I went on the hunt for a personal item approved luggage for myself. For the kids, it was easy as they use these Osprey 1 and Osprey 2 backpacks which fit the personal item dimensions with ease. I love that all our bags were free of charge.

I searched online for a while, reading lots of reviews about Frontier Airlines baggage and the discount den, and finally settled on the Boarding Blue Personal Item (By the way, it works for Spirit Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines etc).

In the end, I was able to pack for 5 days in Orlando in just a personal item sized bag which fits the Frontier Airline baggage requirements. My husband and I used packing cubes and it made packing so much easier. If you don’t own packing cubes then please invest in them now. It’ll make packing your Frontier Airlines baggage so much easier.


You can also opt for the Works Bundle or Perks Bundle as well, which include both seats and baggage. Keep in mind your personal item will have to be stored under your seat, and not in the overhead bin.

Frontier Airlines Baggage Policy
Frontier Airlines carry on luggage

Frontier Airlines Car Seat and Stroller Policy

When flying Frontier airlines, you are allowed free check-in of a stroller and/or car seat. We didn’t travel with a stroller, but we did take the kids car seats.

The kids used the GoGo Babyz and EvenFlo Maestro Car Seat, and they were able to pull their own car seats around the airport with ease. We also traveled with their scooters and we were able to check everything in at the gate.

We used a Car Seat Gate Check Bag and put the car seat, gogo babyz travel mate and their scooter inside the bag. All their bags were at the gate in Florida when we got off our flight in Florida.

We have also taken the Safety First My Guide on a previous Frontier flight and Aiden rode in his car seat on the flight. So, you have the option to do that too if you want to.

If your kiddos are past the car seat stage, Frontier also allows parents to use booster seats during the flight. Just not during take-off and landing.

Frontier Airlines Car Seat and Stroller Policy

Comfort On A Frontier Airlines Flight

The seats on Frontier Airlines do not recline, so keep this in mind for long flights just in case you have a bad back and absolutely need to recline your seat. However, the seats are spacious and we had no issues with leg room. The seat back tray is really small, but It didn’t matter much to us because we didn’t really use it.

Frontier does not have first class or comfort seating. We had a red eye flight and they didn’t have any blankets on the flight, so make sure to pack something for the kids to cover themselves with when flying Frontier Airlines.

I also pack a light blanket when I travel, but mistakenly checked it with the car seats so the kids used their jackets as pillows and my jacket to cover themselves.

Also, a neck pillow is must for comfort. I use the TRTL neck pillow which is basically like a neck brace, and let me tell you something, It WORKS!

TRTL neck pillow
Things You Must Know When Flying Frontier Airlines
Things You Must Know When Flying Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines In Flight Service

Frontier Airlines charges for everything on their flight, except water. It’s also important to note that they also only accept credit cards and debit cards for snacks, no cash. I packed snacks and food for the kids to eat, so we were able to fly without me purchasing anything on our flight. I didn’t know they offered water for free, so I packed an empty water bottled and refilled it at the airport prior to our flight.

Most airports I have been to have water filling stations which I love. When packing a water bottle for kids make sure to get one that doesn’t have a straw as the air pressure will make it spill when you open it; lesson learned here. We also use these snack bowls and each kids gets their own.

Things You Must Know When Flying Frontier Airlines
Packed food on Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines Flight Entertainment

Frontier Airlines does not offer any in-flight entertainment and also their flights also do not have internet. Make sure to plan accordingly especially when flying Frontier Airlines with kids.

Make sure you have enough to keep them busy to make for a smooth flight. If your kids have a tablet, make sure to download apps that work offline, and TV shows etc.

If you are flying without a tablet, make sure to load up on toys for the kids. Make sure to reach my post on “How To Keep Your Kids Entertained On Flights” for all the tips you need. We had a red eye flight so the kids slept the entire flight.

Things You Must Know When Flying Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines Customer Service

We had no issues whatsoever with customer service on Frontier Airlines. When we got to the gate, the gate agent helped us bag the kids car seats and scooters so that we could gate check it.

The flight attendants were jovial and nice and very responsive when flying Frontier Airlines. I turned on my call light because I needed water and they were there right away with water.

I definitely recommend Frontier Airlines and will fly them again. If you watch this video, (you can scroll to 1:19), you’ll see how amazing the customer service was, with the flight crew making sure to say hello to the kids and give high fives.

Tips For Your Frontier Airlines Flight

• To save time, check in to your Frontier Airlines within the 24 hour check in time frame and print out your boarding pass if you have to. You can also scan your boarding pass from your email or use their mobile app.

• Frontier Airlines participates in the TSA PreCheck program, so make sure to enter your known traveler number prior to your flight so that you can zoom through the airport. If you have kids with you then they can go through the TSA PreCheck line with you when flying Frontier Airlines.

going through TSA pre-check
going through TSA pre-check

How Safe Is Frontier Airlines

Overall, we had a great experience flying Frontier Airlines and will definitely fly them again in the future. Frontier Airlines usually has flight deals for $20 flights on their page, so pick any destination (I recommend the cheapest one to fly to), and take the kids and explore someplace new. I hope you have a great time, just like we did when flying Frontier Airlines.

All in all, I can always trust Frontier to provide a safe experience for my family. From early boarding with all the kids, timely support with all the car seat transfers, and almost no delays ever, I always appreciate this economical airline. While it doesn’t come with ALL the bells and whistles, it makes for an easy trip with my family every time. And if for some reason the flight is delayed or cancelled, Frontier does allow passengers to receive compensation.

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    1. Bogho
      May 22, 2018 / 2:18 am

      Hi Karen, thanks for the awesome tips! I see the smiley faces enjoying Jollof rice. I enjoy reading your blog, keep the posts coming 🙂

      • May 22, 2018 / 3:00 am

        I’m so glad to hear the tips were helpful to you!! Yes, they enjoyed their jollof rice on the plane. I always make sure to pack enough food for them when we travel so we don’t spend any extra unnecessary money on junk food.

    2. Danyel
      May 25, 2018 / 6:32 am

      This was a great read! Thank you for sharing. How do you sign up for airline discount alerts?

    3. May 25, 2018 / 8:17 pm

      Great article. How do you use the scooters? Entertainment at the place of lodging? Transportation in lieu of strollers? Can you elaborate?

      • May 25, 2018 / 11:21 pm

        We use them as entertainment. The kids are pretty much obsessed with riding scooters and their bikes. If we could travel with bikes then they would pick that option, lol. Anyways, when we travel we usually find a park or have them ride around the hotel/resort. Basically more fun for them. We don’t travel with a stroller. 4 car seats is plenty already. 🙂

    4. Chioma
      January 31, 2019 / 3:43 pm

      My new found obsession. So informative mama.

    5. Carms
      February 22, 2019 / 6:43 pm

      Awesome info! Im curious about not picking seats though. You werent worried because you knew it wouldnt sell out and seats would be available or you werent worried because your kids will sit anywhere with no issues… please explain.

    6. Carmen Wilks
      February 28, 2019 / 5:47 pm

      These are great tips! Im baffled how you didn’t pick seats, your kids appear young, could they sit anywhere? I know you travel a lot so maybe they are comfortable just sitting wherever… What if the plane was crowded and none of the kids could sit together? I just want to be able to not pay 200.00 for seats everytime I travel Frontier. lol

    7. Jennifer Preston
      April 5, 2019 / 3:59 am

      Are these fares only with the discount den membership?

    8. Yaffa
      April 14, 2019 / 10:18 pm

      This was so helpful thanks so much and I also want to know do they charge for pack and plays ?

      • April 28, 2019 / 5:11 pm

        The pleasure is mine.
        And no, there is no charge. As long as it’s a baby item such as a stroller.

        • Ashley White
          December 29, 2021 / 10:28 pm

          Not true, they charge for cribs, not for strollers.

    9. Monica
      January 23, 2020 / 9:22 pm

      Hi there! Thanks so much for the awesome tips! We are flying with our 4 kids with frontier in March and we are so excited! I wanted to see if you had, or had every seem someone gate check a baby hiking backpack carrier instead of a stroller. We had thought about trying that since we will be doing a lot of hiking. Also I’ve wondered if we could check both a stroller and the hiking carrier since we have multiple kids flying. I just wanted to see if you had any advice on this. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge!

    10. Samantha S
      February 10, 2020 / 2:24 am

      Thank you soo much for all of the great tips. I will definately be reading your other posts after stumbling on this one. I live in Denver but my family lives in Tampa so I will definitely be on the look out for cheap airfare! I am traveling with a one and a half year old for the first time, our flight leaves at 1am (mountain time). We will be traveling with both carseat and stroller. Doe you have any recommendations on traveling with a carseat that will make it easier to carry through airport? Also, you recommended using TSA pre-check, what do you mean by that? I’m not familiar with that term is the problem lol. Also, would you mind explaining how one can elect in participating in the pre-check process? Lastly, you stated that each passenger is allowed one free personal item bag. I read that the free items included diaper bag, purse and/or laptop bag. So my question is, if my husband doesn’t have one of the three, instead has a backpack simular in size to the one your kids use, will he be charged? Please note that it would be in addition to my daughters diaper bag and my personal item bag. Thanks again for your post

      • February 16, 2020 / 1:50 am

        I’m glad this was helpful. The backpack will work just fine. I even take a MUCH bigger backpack and it works.

    11. Sara Gerrans
      March 30, 2021 / 6:44 pm

      Were doing it! $18 per person and only packing a personal item each😬 we leave tomorrow wish us luck 🤪

    12. melissa
      January 14, 2022 / 8:28 am

      First of all, you are super mom. I am traveling Frontier with an 18 month old and 4 year old in February.
      I was going to gate check the car seats but I could not find if this was allowable on Frontier’s website. Looks like from this post I can gate check a car seat. Do you know if you can gate check a stroller wagon? I only see info about strollers, but ours is a push wagon that folds up like a stroller and would be ideal to take. Is it required to place travel bags around all equipment (stroller/car seat)? Thank you!!!

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