Frontier Airlines World Mastercard®

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Annual Fee:
$79
Purchase Intro APR:
N/A
Balance Transfer Intro APR:
0% intro APR for the first 15 billing cycles following each BT within 45 days of account opening
Regular APR:
18.24%, 22.24% or 27.24%
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If you’re a fan of Frontier Airlines, then you’ll want to check out the Frontier Airlines World Mastercard. For everyone else, take a pass.

With its generous sign-up bonus and no annual fee for the first year, there’s little doubt you’ll get a ton of value out of this card. You can earn 2 miles per dollar spent, which goes a longer way on Frontier than more expensive airlines like Delta or United.

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The Frontier Airlines World Mastercard makes a good case for giving it a try – at least for one year. The annual $69 fee is waived, so you can essentially sample the card free of charge for 12 months.

The airline also throws in the chance to snag 40,000 miles, which is good for two domestic round-trip award tickets. All you have to do is spend $500 within the first 90 days. Frontier is a budget-friendly airline where most of the amenities are a la carte, such as beverages and light snacks, so tickets are usually cheaper than the competition’s. For cardholders, this means your miles go further, too. Most one-way tickets cost about 10,000 miles.

Another advantage of trying out this travel credit card for a year is the 0% APR for balance transfers. Depending on what your interest rate is, you might be able to save a few bucks by moving your debt over to this card. However, balance transfers don’t count as purchases, so you won’t be able to earn miles this way.

You’ll earn 2 miles for every dollar you spend at FlyFrontier.com and 1 mile on all other purchases.

Unfortunately, this card doesn’t come with any travel perks like free upgrades; in Frontier’s world that means the extra legroom seats, or free checked bags.

The airline also offers a card that charges no annual fee. The sign-up bonus and ongoing rewards are considerably lower, however.

Who should get this card

Frequent Frontier fliers are the best candidates for this card. If you’re keen on finding the cheapest domestic tickets (they also fly to some locations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Canada) and fly often, then this is an airline card worth considering. This is particularly well-suited for people who travel light and don’t care if they get free snacks or entertainment on board.

Advantages
  • Frontier loyalists will earn double points on airline purchases.
  • You can transfer a balance for free within the first year.
  • There’s a generous sign-up bonus, which equals two round-trip tickets.
Disadvantages
  • There are no travel benefits like priority boarding or complimentary upgrades.
  • The bonus points for everyday purchases is not competitive.
  • You are tied to Frontier if you want to get the most value out of your points.

Fees and APR

  • Annual fee is $69, waived the first year.
  • Introductory APR on balance transfers made within 45 days of account opening is 0% for the first 15 billing cycles. After that it’s a variable 16.99% to 25.99% based on creditworthiness.
  • The variable APR on purchases is also between 16.99% and 25.99%.
  • There is a 3% foreign transaction fee on purchases made outside the U.S.

Extras, perks and using rewards

Miles change value depending on when you book; however, most flights cost about 10,000 miles for a one-way ticket.

Frontier charges a pretty onerous redemption fee of between $15 and $75 when you use rewards points to book a flight. The airline will waive that fee for cardholders.

You must use the card once every six months to keep your points from expiring.

This card comes with a free FICO credit score report.

You can earn a $100 Frontier Airlines flight discount voucher on your anniversary if you spend $2,500 or more within the year. Travel must be booked before the expiration date, but the flight can be taken after.

We’ve put together a Frontier Frequent Flyer Rewards guide, giving you the ins and outs of how to fully utilize the benefits offered with this card.