Frontier Airlines, the ultra low-cost carrier, has announced a list of new nonstop flights they’ll be adding from Miami International Airport. Although a low-fare option is a welcome addition in Miami, travelers may encounter unexpected charges for everything from seat assignments to carry-on luggage.
Miami Airport and Frontier announced the following during a July 18th press conference:
The nine cities Frontier will begin serving from MIA between October and December are: Buffalo, New York (thrice-weekly); Cincinnati (thrice-weekly); Cleveland (thrice daily); Detroit (daily); Islip, New York (twice daily); Milwaukee (daily); Providence (daily); San Juan, Puerto Rico (daily); and Trenton, New Jersey (four weekly). Buffalo, Islip, Milwaukee, Providence and Trenton are currently not served by another passenger airline at MIA.
In October, Frontier will also bring back seasonal Miami service to Chicago (daily), Las Vegas (daily), New York City-La Guardia (daily) and Philadelphia (daily through Nov. 10), followed by seasonal service to Atlanta (daily) beginning in December. Frontier launched into the Miami market in 2014 with service to five U.S. cities, and soon expanded to seven U.S. destinations with 54 weekly departures in 2015.
Frontier offers most low-fare service from Miami
Miami International Airport has only experienced spotty low-cost offerings at best as most of these airlines prefer to serve South Florida via Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. Air Tran served Miami for years, but that service ended when the airline was absorbed by Southwest. For those used to flying Southwest or JetBlue, Frontier is a different animal altogether.
Anyone planning to give Frontier a try should be sure to set their expectations accordingly. The airline has modeled itself after Spirit Airlines which is known for pushing the no-frills envelope. Inflight entertainment and wi-fi options offered by JetBlue and Southwest are not available on Frontier and it’s not very easy to find all the details in one place on the Frontier website.
Here are some highlights:
- Seats are “pre-reclined” (Translation: You can’t adjust your seat)
- Seat assignment available for a fee. For those traveling as a group, and not purchasing seat assignments, the group may be separated when seats are randomly assigned by Frontier.
- No wi-fi or inflight entertainment available
“These services are not currently available on Frontier flights. We would rather pass the cost-savings on to our customers and offer the lowest fares possible!” – Frontier website
- Travelers pay for checked luggage AND carry on bags when flying Frontier. The prices range from $35 to $60. Here is a link to their extensive list of prices
- Inflight beverages and snacks are not complimentary. Their website does not provide pricing so come well prepared.