After my awful experience with Frontier Airlines, I felt motivated to write a blog post about it because I realized that I actually did not save any money whatsoever. Frontier Airlines markets itself as a low cost, no frills carrier in the US and limited international markets. You will often see that the base fare is lower than its competitors thus casting a wide net to ensnare you.
What Frontier is not so upfront about is that you have to pay to check bags, bring a carry-on, and change your seat should you not like what the computer assigns at check-in. The base fare of my ticket was 85.00. Upon discovering that I have to pay for a carry-on bag which I might not actually have had to because it is considered a personal item, the cost of the fair quickly ballooned by 38.00.
On top of that, I needed to check one bag because I was going to be helping a friend move in the tropics so I am going to soak my clothes in sweat. So let’s add an additional 43.00 to the fare and we find that it reaches 166.00. That’s nearly double the base fare just to bring some bloody luggage along. It turns out it was only 20.00 for my friend to simply ship my bag home via UPS; let that sink in.
Of course the computer assigned my a middle seat because that’s just my luck. Frontier, being ever the opportunists, said, “Do you want a different seat? Only 39.00 for an aisle.” I can hear the cha-ching of the cash register as my fare goes to 205.00 and my jaw drops. 205.00 was about the cost of a Delta ticket.
Finally, to add insult to injury, the plane was so sparsely outfitted that even the seats had less cushioning and comfort so I essentially sat on the seat frame. It felt as if a metal bar was going to be giving me a proctology exam. The seat backs do not recline because that would cost Frontier more money. Even the seat itself was hollowed out and you got a small shelf instead of a true tray table.
Of course, there is not even any peanuts or almonds and certainly not even any water. In the end, I would have been better off flying a major carrier. Even Southwest understands that there must be at least some minimal comfort to make flying less of the beastly experience that it already is. I guess I could say that flying Frontier is equivalent to traveling Greyhound. Maybe Greyhond might be more comfortable.