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We are looking at flying our family down to Orlando in a few months, and so I was investigating different flying options. Driving is also a possibility, but it’s 13+ hours and hey, I’ve already been to most of the counties between here and there!
The classic airlines are all charging hundreds of dollars per person – even Delta’s $233 flight would be nearly TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS for our entire family… Southwest is just as bad. Award availability anywhere isn’t there for 8, and I’ve burned a bunch of my miles lately
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Flying Frontier Airlines
So I looked at flying Frontier Airlines. Frontier just added 4 non-stops from Cincinnati (to Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Philadelphia) as part of the 42 new routes they just announced, but they already have a once-daily between Cincinnati and Orlando. They had some pretty amazing fare deals
Fares are higher over the weekend, but extending by a day or two got things pretty cheap. They actually had one of those flights at $19 when I first looked, but even $68 * 8 is only $544 total, which could possibly be paid for with airline credits from the Amex Platinum, Citi Prestige or using Barclay Arrival miles.
I also looked at low-cost carrier Allegiant Air, but the cheapest tickets on Allegiant were about $150 roundtrip, and they also fly out of the “other” Orlando airport (SFB).
Fighting Frontier Fees with a family
But Frontier is an ultra low cost carrier. So that $68 roundtrip isn’t QUITE $68 roundtrip… And that’s where you guys come in – I’m looking for anyone that’s flown Frontier Airlines and can speak to the best way to handle the fees, especially if you’ve flown as a family. Here’s what I’ve gathered so far:
- Picking your seats, at least on these flights, is $12 one-way
- Checking a bag is $30
- A carry-on bag is $35(!)
- As I understand it, you are allowed to bring on a carry-on bag for free as long as it fits under the seat in front of you – the $35 is if you have a larger carry-on that would go in an overhead bin
- No complimentary snacks or beverages, right?
Does that sound right? What are the best tips?
We flew Frontier once before we were expert travel hackers, and didn’t know anything about the seat selection – and our family of 7 (at the time) ended up sitting in 3 different groups, which was… interesting (to say the least)
What are your best tips for flying on Frontier Airlines as a family?