I haven’t really heard of Frontier Airlines. What are they like and where do they fly to?

Frontier Airlines was founded in 1994 and is currently operated by Republic Airways Holdings which owns several smaller airlines in the U.S. They operate many of their flights through seats they book on larger airlines like Delta and US Airways. Currently, Frontier has a hub in Denver International Airport and flies to over 80 destinations, the majority of which are in the United States. They also fly to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Mexico. You can see their Route Map on their website.

Can I trust a credit card operated by Frontier Airlines?

The card is actually issued and serviced by Barclaycard, a subsidiary of Barclays which is one of the largest and oldest banks in the world. Barclays has an excellent reputation as a bank and has been operating since 1690 when it was founded in London, U.K.

What is the Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns Program?

The EarlyReturns Mileage Program is Frontier’s frequent flyer program. It is how they award miles to passengers for flying with them. You don’t have to have the Frontier Airlines World MasterCard to join it, but the points you earn with the credit card will help you earn miles faster. The miles earned using this credit card will be redeemed through this frequent flyer program.

How do you earn miles and how does the rewards program work?

You earn miles when you fly on Frontier Airlines. You can also earn miles using your Frontier Airlines World MasterCard for everyday purchases. You can earn two miles per dollar spent on purchases at FlyFrontier.com, and one mile per dollar spent for all other purchases. Miles can be redeemed through the Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns frequent flyer program. There are taxes and some fees on free flights. Check their website for full details.

It seems like a big mileage bonus. Is there a catch?

No. Like most cards, it must be your first time signing up to be able to receive bonus miles. And you do need to spend $500 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening to get bonus miles. This card includes an annual fee and thus gives you much bigger bonus opportunities. You will gain 40,000 miles after you spend $500 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening, and a $100 Frontier Airlines flight discount voucher after your account anniversary if you have spent $2,500 or more in purchases on your account during your cardmembership year.

If I buy something for $500 and return it or if I don’t spend the full $500, can I still get the bonus miles?

No. That bonus is only given when you have charged the full $500 in the first 90 days of account opening. There is no bonus mileage credit given for charges less than that. The system will only reward you with bonus miles if the purchases you’ve made are not returned. The same holds true for balance transfers as you will not earn any bonus miles if they are rescinded. In order to earn the bonus miles, your purchases and transfers must be completed and final.

If I’m not approved for the Frontier Airlines World MasterCard, can I be approved for a Platinum version of the card?

This card is typically for those of excellent credit rating, though you may be approved for a Platinum card if your creditworthiness does not meet the standards of the World card. The Platinum card may have less bonuses and a smaller credit line, but will carry most of the travel benefits.

I want to transfer a balance, but shouldn’t I be worried about high interest rates?

One of the great things about this card is that it carries a 0% APR for the first 15 months on balance transfers, which means you can pay down your balance without accruing interest charges. To qualify for the zero interest offer, a balance transfer should be performed within 45 days of account opening. There is a 3% fee on the balance transfers.

Are there any other fees or regulations I should be aware of?

The fees and regulations associated with this card are very standard. The most important thing to be aware of is that you must use the card at least once every six months or maintain some kind of balance, or the miles earned may be forfeited. All you need to do is use the card twice a year to keep your miles, and you’ll want to use it frequently to earn free trips.


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