Deal Alert: Frontier Airlines ‘Penny Fares’ Ring Up at Just $15

Oct 31, 2018

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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to line-up the time away.

What a year it’s been for Frontier flight sales. Once again, the low-cost carrier is offering its “penny fares” for early November travel, and although you won’t literally pay just a penny for your flight, one-way tickets begin at just $15 with all included taxes and fees.

Fares must be purchased by Wednesday, October 31 (Happy Halloween!), and are valid for nonstop domestic travel between November 2 and December 7 depending on the route, though blackout dates apply between November 16-26. Tickets must be purchased at least three days in advance, and seats are limited. Still, these fares represent a great deal for the right travelers, so if you have a few free days and want to visit someplace new for mere pocket change, this is a perfect opportunity. Not sure where to go? Check out Get Your Guide for a list of each city’s best activities.

The easiest way to find the best dates is by using Frontier’s monthly calendar view when you search for flights on its siteWhen pricing out flights on Frontier Airlines, just remember to factor in the additional fees you may incur, including charges for full-size carry-on bags, checked bags and seat assignments.

Airline: Frontier
Routes: Various domestic routes
Cost: $15+ one-way
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with Frontier
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve,  Citi Premier® Card, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel).

Here are some examples of routes you can book:

Albuquerque (ABQ) to Austin (AUS) for $15 one-way (note that Frontier will move to Austin’s South Terminal on November 15):

Austin (AUS) to New Orleans (MSY) for $15 one-way:

Denver (DEN) to Tulsa (TUL) for $15 one-way:

Las Vegas (LAS) to San Jose (SJC) $15 one-way:

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve,  Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this guide for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

If you wanted to use miles to jump on these fares, you could pay with your Discover it Miles card and then pay yourself back for the $15+ fares with the miles earned on your card in the form of a statement credit since there is no minimum redemption amount for travel charges on that card.

And if Frontier Airlines is a regular part of your family’s budget travel strategy, you may want to brush-up on some of its latest family friendly developments. This includes complimentary family seat assignments for certain Frontier elite members, the ability for some Frontier Miles members to pool miles together and even waived or reduced change fees.

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