How Much Are Frontier Airlines FRONTIER Miles Worth?

ByDoug Milnes, CFA

Updated: March 21, 2024

Edited byErika Hearthway
Reviewed byLee Huffman
ByDoug Milnes, CFA

Updated: March 21, 2024

Edited byErika Hearthway
Reviewed byLee Huffman

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How much Frontier Airlines miles are worth depends on the redemption methods you select. Using them to book award flights typically offers an average of around 0.9 cents to 1.1 cents per mile. Still, it's possible to get better value with little research, especially if you're flexible with your travel plans. Using your miles for magazine subscriptions is also an option and may provide pretty good value.

You get to earn FRONTIER Miles when you fly with Frontier Airlines, through the FRONTIER Airlines World Mastercard and when you spend with the program's partner merchants.

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The average value of Frontier Airlines FRONTIER Miles is 0.9 cents to 1.1 cents per mile.

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Using your FRONTIER Miles for magazine subscriptions may offer surprisingly good value.

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Using the FRONTIER Airlines World Mastercard enables you to earn miles faster.

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How Much Are Frontier Airlines FRONTIER Miles Worth?

When redeemed for flight tickets, the value of your Frontier Airlines FRONTIER Miles depends on whether you choose a Value Award, a Standard Award or a Last Seat Award. Value Awards require the least number of miles but come with limited availability. Last Seat Awards, meant only for Elite members, require the most miles but let you book even the last seat on a flight.

Each FRONTIER Mile is worth 0.9 cents to 1.1 cents on average, so you should aim to get at least this much value.

The Frontier Airlines FRONTIER Miles redemption chart gives you an idea of how many miles you might need to fly across different routes and award types. Redemptions for domestic travel within the U.S. start at just 10,000 miles.

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HOW TO COMPUTE FRONTIER AIRLINES MILES VALUE

Ticket Cost / Equivalent Miles = Miles Value

Determining the value of your Frontier Airlines miles is fairly easy. All you need to do is divide the number of miles you need for an award flight by its actual fare. For example, if you need 15,000 miles to pay for a ticket that costs $260, you get a value of around 1.73 cents per mile (260/15,000 = $0.01733).

How Frontier Airlines FRONTIER Miles Compare to Other Airlines

From a strict monetary value standpoint, the Frontier Airlines FRONTIER Miles program does not do particularly well compared to frequent flyer programs run by other prominent U.S. and international airlines. Its value per mile is on the lower end. However, for some, the other perks that Frontier Airlines offers may make the program worthwhile.

Frontier Airlines vs. Other Frequent Flyer Programs
Airlines
Value per Mile

Frontier Miles

0.9 cents to 1.1 cents per mile

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

1.2 cents to 1.8 cents per mile

Air Canada Aeroplan

1.5 cents to 1.9 cents per point

Air France/KLM Flying Blue

1.2 cents to 1.4 cents per mile

American Airlines AAdvantage

1.5 cents to 1.7 cents per mile

British Airways Avios

0.8 cents to 1.5 cents per point

Delta Air Lines SkyMiles

1.4 cents to 1.5 cents per mile

Emirates Skywards

1 cent to 1.4 cents per mile

Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles

0.9 cents to 1 cent per mile

JetBlue TrueBlue

1.3 cents to 1.6 cents per point

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

1.1 cents to 1.3 cents per mile

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards

1.3 cents to 1.5 cents per point

United Airlines MileagePlus

1.2 cents to 1.6 cents per mile

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

1.1 cents to 1.5 cents per point

How to Earn and Maximize Miles From Frontier Airlines

You can earn FRONTIER Miles when you fly with Frontier Airlines, when you use the FRONTIER Airlines World Mastercard, through the program's hotel and car rental partners, as well as through other partner merchants.

Earning Miles Using Frontier Airlines Co-Branded Credit Cards

Barclays provides the co-branded Frontier Airlines credit card: the FRONTIER Airlines World Mastercard. It has an annual fee of $89, but it offers plenty of opportunities to rack up the miles.

There's only one co-branded Frontier Airlines credit card currently on offer. As a result, you may consider comparing it with co-branded travel credit cards linked to hotel rewards programs that let you convert your points to FRONTIER Miles. As of this writing, these include Marriott Bonvoy and Radisson Rewards. U.S. Bank previously offered Radisson Rewards credit cards but stopped issuing them in April 2022.

Co-Branded Cards and Cards That Allow Transfers to Frontier Airlines
Credit Card Name
Miles/Points Earned per Dollar Spent
How to Increase Miles/Points Earned

FRONTIER Airlines World
Mastercard

Up to 5X miles per dollar

Get 50,000 bonus miles if you pay
the card's annual fee and spend
$500 on purchases in the first 90
days.

Up to 6X miles per dollar

Get a welcome bonus of 95,000
Marriott Bonvoy points by spending
$5,000 on purchases in the first
three months.

Up to 6X miles per dollar

By making purchases totaling a
specific amount, you can receive an
early-spend points bonus.

FRONTIER Airlines World Mastercard

The FRONTIER Airlines World Mastercard comes with an $89 annual fee. New cardholders can earn 50,000 bonus miles if they spend $500 on purchases and pay their annual fee completely within the first 90 days.

Eligible purchases made through flyfrontier.com earn 5X miles per dollar. You get 3X miles per dollar on restaurant purchases and 1X miles per dollar on all other purchases. In addition, you earn 1X qualifying miles per dollar on purchases and when you fly with Frontier.

If you spend at least $2,500 on purchases in a card membership year, you receive a $100 flight voucher. Additional benefits include priority boarding, award redemption fee waiver, no foreign transaction fees and an introductory low APR offer on balance transfers.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card

The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card charges a steep $650 annual fee but provides various benefits in return. For starters, a welcome offer lets you earn 95,000 Marriott Bonvoy points if you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first three months. You may convert these to over 31,600 FRONTIER Miles at a 3:1 transfer ratio.

Using this card to make eligible purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties earns 6X points per dollar. That is in addition to the points you earn (up to 10X points per dollar) for being a Marriott Bonvoy member and a Platinum Elite member (5X points per dollar), which is an automatic perk you enjoy as a cardholder. You earn 3X points per dollar when you book flights directly with airlines and at restaurants the world over. You earn 2X points per dollar on all other eligible purchases.

You get a free night award (worth up to 85,000 points) each year after your card's renewal month. You may also benefit through dining statement credits of up to $300 each year and a $100 property credit to cover eligible charges at Marriott Bonvoy properties.

Other benefits include an Earned Choice Award benefit, Global Entry/TSA PreCheck fee credit once every four years, 25 Elite Night credits per year, complimentary Priority Pass Select membership, no foreign transaction fees, travel protection and more.

Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card

Chase's Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card comes with a $95 annual fee. Spending a certain amount on the card within its first few months provides bonus points.

At participating Marriott Bonvoy properties, you earn 6X points per dollar (which is on top of the up to 10X points per dollar you earn for being a Marriott Bonvoy member and the 1X points per dollar for having Silver Elite status — a perk of the card). Each year, the first $6,000 you spend on combined gas station, grocery store and dining purchases earns 3X points per dollar. All other purchases earn 2X points per dollar.

On each account anniversary, you get a free award night (worth up to 35,000 points).

Additional benefits include 15 Elite Night credits per calendar year, 1 Elite Night credit for every $5,000 you spend, no foreign transaction fees and travel protection.

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Those interested in earning miles/points faster may also want to consider getting an additional card for an authorized user linked to your primary rewards credit card. You can do this with many cards, including the FRONTIER Airlines World Mastercard. However, you'll remain liable for all charges made using additional cards.

Sign Up for Frontier Airlines FRONTIER Miles

Signing up for the Frontier Airlines FRONTIER Miles program is simple and takes little time. Submitting your online application requires you to provide your name, email address, mailing address and phone number.

There's no fee involved in becoming a FRONTIER Miles member. You don't get any bonus miles when you enroll. The program comes with three Elite tiers that offer a variety of benefits, such as priority boarding, family seating and free checked bags.

Buying Airline Tickets From Frontier Airlines and Affiliates

When you fly with Frontier Airlines, you earn the same number of miles your flight covers. For example, if your flight travels a distance of 1,200 miles, you earn 1,200 FRONTIER Miles. Elite 50K and Elite 100K members stand to earn more miles through the program's Mileage Multiplier feature.

Unfortunately, Frontier Airlines does not currently have any partner airlines through which you may earn miles.

Earn Miles Through Frontier Airlines Partner Merchants

Earn FRONTIER Miles Through Partner Merchants
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    Hotel and Lodging

    • Marriott Bonvoy: Get 2 FRONTIER Miles per dollar on eligible charges at participating properties, or get 1 FRONTIER Mile for 3 Marriott Bonvoy points.
    • Radisson Rewards Americas: Get 1 FRONTIER Mile for 10 Radisson Rewards points.
    • Wyndham Hotels & Resorts: Get 1 FRONTIER Mile per dollar as a Blue or Gold Wyndham Rewards member and 2 FRONTIER Miles per dollar as a Platinum or Diamond member.
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    Shopping and Dining

    • Vinesse Wines: Get 1,500 miles on your first shipment and 4 miles per dollar thereafter.
    • TELEFLORA: Get 10 miles per dollar on orders for flowers.
    • Home Chef: Get 700 miles per order on your first five boxes, and earn up to 3,500 miles through weekly meal kits.
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    Car Rentals

    • Avis: Earn 50 miles per day or up or 500 miles per qualifying rental. Get a chance to quadruple the miles you earn when you rent for three or more days at participating airport locations across the U.S. and Canada.
    • Budget: Get 500 miles for rentals of three to four days and 1,000 miles for rentals of five days or more.
    • Hertz: Get up to 500 miles per qualifying rental.
    • Thrifty: Get 50 miles per day for rentals of up to four days and 500 miles per rental of five days or more.
    • Dollar: Get 50 miles per day for rentals of up to four days and 500 miles per rental of five days or more.
    • National: Get 50 miles per day and 500 miles per rental of five days or more.
    • Alamo: Get 50 miles per day and 500 miles per rental of five days or more.
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    Vacation Packages/Cruises

    Earn miles through Frontier Cruises depending on the duration of your cruise.

    • 1 to 5 nights: 1,500 miles
    • 6 to 9 nights: 3,000 miles
    • 9 to 12 nights: 5,000 miles
    • 13 nights or more: 10,000 miles

Buying Miles From Frontier Airlines

It is possible to buy FRONTIER Miles, and you need to pay 2.5 cents per mile. This is considerably more than the average value you may receive for your miles when redeeming them. As a result, think about buying FRONTIER Miles only if you're falling short of miles to redeem a high-value award that provides a value of 2.5 cents per mile or more.

How to Redeem FRONTIER Miles

If you're wondering how to use Frontier Airlines FRONTIER Miles, you need to start by logging in to your FRONTIER Miles account. Then, you may use your miles to book flight tickets with Frontier or redeem them for magazine subscriptions.

The number of miles you need to get award flights depends on the route you fly and the type of award you select. For example, you may get a one-way Value Award flight within the U.S. and Puerto Rico for as little as 10,000 miles, whereas a Last Seat Award would require a minimum of 22,500 miles. Similarly, you may find a Value Award ticket to or from Mexico for just 15,000 miles, but a Standard Award would require 25,000 miles. Round-trip award flights tend to require double the number of miles you'll need for a one-way ticket.

When you're redeeming your miles for flight tickets with Frontier, you should try to get a value of at least 0.9 cents to 1.1 cents per mile, although you might be able to do better if you're flexible with your travel dates.

When Best to Redeem Frontier Airlines Miles

Value Awards typically offer the best value for your miles. But they come with limited availability. As a result, you ideally want to book them as much in advance as possible. However, keep in mind that not all Frontier Airlines flights offer Value Awards.

Just when you wish to fly might also have a bearing on the number of miles you need for an award flight across the same route, so you'll want to do a little research. For example, an award flight from Buffalo, New York, to Denver, Colorado, in April requires 10,000 or 20,000 miles, depending on the date you fly.

In addition, some routes tend to provide better value than others. For example, you may expect to get good value when flying from various U.S. cities to Cancun, Mexico, or from Jamaica to cities in the Northeast. This is also the case if you fly between the U.S. and El Salvador or the U.S. and Guatemala. In all these instances, you may get an award flight for just 15,000 miles. Flying from the West Coast to the East Coast may also provide good value, with redemptions starting at just 10,000 miles.

If you don't have an Elite status or the FRONTIER Airlines World Mastercard, you might need to pay a redemption fee based on when you make your reservation for an award flight.

  • Within six days of departure: $75
  • From 7 to 20 days before departure: $50
  • 21 to 179 days before departure: $15
  • 180 or more days before departure: No fee
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As a low-cost carrier, Frontier offers cheap flights that can quickly balloon with added fees for features included for free in the ticket price of other airlines. If you can navigate these extra fees, you can find great value in its Discount Den and "All-You-Can-Fly" promotions.
Lee Huffman, contributing expert for MoneyGeek

How to Get the Frontier Airlines Elite Status

The Frontier Airlines rewards program comes with three Elite statuses that you may achieve by earning a predetermined number of qualifying miles or flying a minimum number of segments each year.

  • 20K: Earn 20,000 qualifying miles or fly 25 segments
  • 50K: Earn 50,000 qualifying miles or fly 50 segments
  • 100K: Earn 100,000 qualifying miles or fly 100 segments

As you move up from one level to the next, you get to enjoy various Frontier Airlines FRONTIER Miles Elite benefits.

1
20K

Benefits include a free carry-on bag, family pooling of miles, free seat assignment, availability-based upgrades to stretch seating, priority boarding, waiver of award fees and some travel fees and the ability to book Last Seat Awards.

2
50K

Benefits in addition to the ones 20K members receive include 25% bonus miles of Frontier Airlines flights, family seating and a 50% discount on Discount Den membership.

3
100K

Benefits specific to this tier include 50% bonus miles on Frontier Airlines flights, Family Status and access to the WORKS bundle for all and complimentary Discount Den membership. The WORKS bundle includes a checked bag, a carry-on bag, priority boarding, seat assignment, refundability and flight flexibility.

How We Determined the Value of Frontier Airlines FRONTIER Miles

MoneyGeek experts have taken a close look at how the value of Frontier Airlines FRONTIER Miles changes based on different redemption methods. They have also carried out in-depth market research to determine the worth of your miles.

Other Questions You May Have About Frontier Airlines FRONTIER Miles

Take a look at answers to other commonly asked questions about how to redeem Frontier Airlines miles and how their value changes based on different redemption methods to determine the best way forward.

Can I use my Frontier Airlines FRONTIER Miles for someone else?
Can I use my Frontier Airlines FRONTIER Miles to buy something else?
Can I convert my Frontier Airlines from miles to cash?
Are there any additional fees for booking flights with miles?
When do my Frontier Airlines miles expire?
Can I transfer my Frontier Airlines miles?

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About Doug Milnes, CFA


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Doug Milnes is a CFA charter holder with over 10 years of experience in corporate finance and the Head of Credit Cards at MoneyGeek. Formerly, he performed valuations for Duff and Phelps and financial planning and analysis for various companies. His analysis has been cited by U.S. News and World Report, The Hill, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and many other outlets.

Milnes holds a master’s degree in data science from Northwestern University. He geeks out on helping people feel on top of their credit card use, from managing debt to optimizing rewards.


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