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(Posted: Dec 18, 2008)
A sign of the "a la carte" times, Frontier Airlines has introduced a new "AirFares" program where travelers can choose from three fare levels, from bare bones to travel perks that include bonus frequent flyer miles.
The lowest level fare, Economy, offers the cheapest ticket but requires fees for checked bags and itinerary changes. Travelers can select their seat assignment 24 hours prior to departure only via the Web. They will receive one Early Returns mile for every mile flown.
The middle level, Classic, costs $20 or more than Economy and comes with advanced seat assignments (can confirm at booking), two free checked bags, complimentary DIRECTV onboard, and of special interest to frequent flyers, 1.25 Early Returns miles for every mile flown, which counts toward elite qualification.
The top level, Classic Plus, is fully refundable and comes with advance seat assignment, two free checked bags, free DIRECTV, a complimentary premium beverage and snack onboard, access to the best seats on the plane and 1.5 Early Returns miles for every mile flown. Classic Plus also offers priority boarding and a space-available confirmed alternate flight at the airport when flying the same city pairs.
Early Returns Ascent members will continue to receive priority boarding, free DIRECTV, two free checked bags and advance seat assignment on all fares.
Summit members will continue to receive priority boarding along with free DIRECTV, two free checked bags, advanced seat assignment and unlimited free premium beverages, regardless of fare flown. Summit members will also be exempt from change and ticketing service fees in any fare class. All elite members will earn their elite mileage bonus on top of the bonus they will earn depending on the fare they fly.
Also, effective Dec. 15, 2008, the $25 award redemption fee and $75 expedite fee associated with award tickets have been eliminated.
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