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Are you flying with Frontier Airlines but have to make some sudden, last-minute changes? Thankfully, Frontier Airlines is one of those airlines that allows you to make some changes to your itinerary for free or for a small fee without buying a new ticket.
Frontier Airlines offers two options for same-day flight changes: standby travel and same-day confirmed alternative flight.
Frontier Airlines Standby Policy
Frontier Airlines offers Elite level members of Frontier Miles the opportunity to stand by for an earlier or later flight on their day of travel for no fee.
Even if you are not an Elite member, but have purchased a ticket under Frontier Airlines’ The WORKS bundle, you can still fly standby for free. Regular tickets will require you to pay $119 for any flight changes (including standby), while award tickets (flight tickets purchased by redeeming your miles) require you to pay $99.
If you are eligible for standby travel, you may request to fly standby on another flight on your day of travel at the airport ticket counter or gate.
Standby travel on eligible tickets must follow the original ticketed itinerary. For example, if you booked a nonstop flight, you cannot add a connection to the itinerary. In the same way, if you have a connecting flight, you cannot request a nonstop one for your standby flight.
Flying standby always involves risk. If you are unable to get on the desired flight and miss your original flight schedule, no additional transportation will be due unless you purchase a new ticket.
Same-Day Confirmed Flight Changes on Frontier
If you wish to change to an earlier or later flight on the day of your travel, Frontier has a change policy in place. This allows you to make changes to your booking at a reduced cost.
See the following tables for fees and other information:
|Frontier Airlines Change/Cancel Flight Fee (per passenger, per direction)|
|60+ Days Prior to Departure||59-7 Days Prior to Departure||0-6 Days Prior to Departure (Including Same Day)|
Some things you need to know:
- Changes to your itinerary are subject to any difference in fare and options prices.
- If your new itinerary is lower in value than your original itinerary, no residual value will be available to you once you have made the change.
- If you cancel your itinerary, you will retain the value of your itinerary less the applicable cancellation fee and certain carrier charges as a travel credit.
- All changes and cancellations are subject to Frontier Airlines’ Ticket Terms and Conditions and Contract of Carriage, so it’s best to read up on these before making any changes to your ticket.
Same Day Flights to Alternative Airports
Frontier Airlines allows you to fly standby or make same-day confirmed alternative flight changes to alternative flights between your ticketed origin and destination cities. This means that if you are booked to fly to or from an airport in a specific airport group, you may request a same-day confirmed flight change or standby travel (if you are eligible) to fly to or from another airport in the airport group.
See the following airport groups that will be considered the same city for the same-day confirmed and standby purposes:
- Birmingham (BHM) and Huntsville (HSV)
- Bloomington (BMI) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
- Boston (BOS), Bradley (BDL), and Providence (PVD)
- Boston (BOS), Portsmouth (PSM), and Portland, ME (PWM)
- Charleston (CHS) and Myrtle Beach (MYR)
- Charleston (CHS) and Savannah (SAV)
- Charlotte (CLT) and Raleigh-Durham (RDU)
- Chicago Midway (MDW), Chicago-O’Hare Airport (ORD), Chicago Rockford (RFD), Dane County (MSN), and Milwaukee (MKE)
- Cincinnati (CVG) and Louisville (SDF)
- Colorado Springs (COS) and Denver (DEN)
- Columbus (CMH) and Cincinnati (CVG)
- Fort Lauderdale (FLL), West Palm Beach (PBI), and Miami (MIA)
- Fort Myers (RSW) and Sarasota (SRQ)
- Harrisburg (MDT), Trenton (TTN), and Philadelphia (PHL)
- Long Island (ISP), Newark (EWR), Trenton (TTN), Philadelphia (PHL), and LaGuardia (LGA)
- Los Angeles (LAX) and Orange County/Santa Ana (SNA) and Ontario (ONT)
- Madison (MSN) and Milwaukee (MKE)
- Ontario, CA (ONT) and Palm Springs (PSP)
- Orange County/Santa Ana (SNA) and San Diego (SAN)
- Orlando (MCO) and Tampa (TPA)
- Phoenix (PHX) and Tucson (TUS)
- San Antonio (SAT) and Austin (AUS)
- San Francisco (SFO) and San Jose (SJC)
- Sarasota (SRQ) and Tampa (TPA)
- Washington-Dulles (IAD), Washington-National (DCA), and Baltimore-Washington (BWI)
Standby Rules for a Missed Flight on Frontier
If you miss a flight because Frontier either canceled it or made changes to it, you will receive a link via text and/or email to select a different flight or to receive a refund when available. You may ask if they will allow you to stand by, but you need to be prepared to wait for more than one flight.
Ask the customer service or gate agent what your chances are of getting on a flight, as it might be better to reschedule your trip instead.
Rules for Employees, Friends, & Family Members
Frontier Airlines offers various travel perks to its employees, such as free travel and other travel privileges. Employees also get Buddy Passes to give away to family and friends.
Frontier Airlines also allows its employees to purchase discounted tickets under ID90. ID means Industry Discount, and the number indicates the amount of discount on the standard full fare economy rate. Thus, ID90 means 90% off. If you have an ID90 ticket, you’re on a standby ticket and can only board the plane if there is an available seat.
How Does the Frontier Standby List Work?
Frontier determines who will be accommodated first for those flying on standby. You can, however, check your status via their standby list. Take note that not everyone can access the list, such as those who have ID90 tickets.
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