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Ultra low-cost air carrier and airline elite status perks may sound like mutually exclusive concepts, but they actually go together like syrup and waffles when done correctly. Earlier this summer, Frontier Airlines completely overhauled its frequent flyer program to expand benefits, create new status levels, add new avenues to earn elite status and make its elite status more valuable to family travelers. If you fly enough on Frontier Airlines (or spend enough on its co-branded credit card), you can now get free advance seat assignments, waived bag fees, free Discount Den membership and more. At the higher status tiers, many of these perks are not just valid for the traveler with elite status, but for the entire family on the reservation!

Of course, starting from zero earning elite status is never fun, so Frontier has released a promotion that will get you to its first-tier Elite20K status with just two round-trip flights! The entry-level Elite20k status level normally requires 20,000 eligible flown miles and/or $20,000 spent on the Frontier co-branded credit card (or a combination of the two). Frontier Elite20k level gives you a free full-sized carry-on bag, complimentary seat assignment at booking and enables your family to pool miles together to book awards faster. With this status level, a roomier stretch seat is complimentary at check-in, if available.

Frontier Stretch Seats get you 5 - 7 additional inches of pitch
Frontier Stretch Seats get you 5 – 7 additional inches of pitch

With the new Frontier fast-track to elite status promotion, you can book and fly two Frontier round-trips (four nonstop flights) by October 15, 2018, to receive Elite 20k status until December 31, 2018. You must register for the promotion at least 48 hours before taking your first qualifying flight, and your Elite20k status should be reflected within 48 hours of your final qualifying flight. I confirmed with Frontier that flights booked before registering for the promotion are still eligible during the promotion as long as you have registered at least 48 hours before your qualifying flight.

Additionally, Frontier is counting this promotion by segments, so you only need four segments to qualify for elite status. This means that one eligible round trip flight with a connection each way, for a total of four individual flights, would work to earn you elite status! Award tickets or complimentary tickets of any kind are not considered qualifying flights for the purposes of this promotion.

Frontier Airlines’ entry-level status isn’t great for those who travel with a family because most of the perks at that level are just for the traveler with status, but earning airline elite status with just two round-trip flights isn’t a bad deal when you consider that Frontier flights are sometimes available for just $15 each way. At those prices, maybe your whole family will end up with their own Frontier elite status and perks!

Thank you to The Short Final for spotting this offer.

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