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Frontier Airlines Simplifies Fares

Frontier Airlines announced this week that they will be moving from four fare types to two: Classic Plus and Economy.

Classic Plus comes with a higher price tag (double in some cases) but includes free change fees, free checked and carry on baggage, and advance seat assignments. Economy tickets are completely unbundled. If you would like to carry a bag on the plane, there will be a cost. If you would like an advance seat assignment, again, there will be a cost.

For additional information, please read Frontier’s full press release here.

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“Animal Talk” About Frontier Airlines

Let’s talk animals.

Okay, okay … I know we here at Christopherson are headquartered in Salt Lake City, a major Delta hub, and not many of us fly Frontier, but they actually are a pretty cool airline. Let me tell you why.
Frontier has been around for forever, but after their merger with Republic Airways in 2010 they revamped their services and are actually quite competitive. Did you know that for a corporate discount they offer a percentage off their fares rather than classes of service? That means it’s so much easier for companies to calculate savings, plus one can avoid the confusing maze of classes of service.
Also, Frontier has more seat width than Southwest, they only have a 50$ change fee, and–hold onto your hats, folks, are you ready for this?–if you have a qualifying corporate contract Frontier will give you 20 Ascent Level Memberships to distribute however you want! This means same-day flight change fees are waived, free bags, early boarding, complimentary DirecTV, and 25% bonus early return mileage credit.
Plus, how can you pass up the menagerie of animals they have on their tails?
If you haven’t given Frontier a chance lately, check them out. I think you may be pleasantly surprised!

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Frontier Airlines Reducing Their Fees

Frontier will reduce the change fee from $100 to $50 for Economy fares and from $50 to $0 for Classic fares.
Name changes will now be permitted for $50 on Classic and Economy tickets. Classic Plus ticket holders and Summit-level EarlyReturns® members can change a name at no charge. In addition to the name change fee, guests will be responsible for paying any difference in fare at the time the change is made.  Fees for same-day confirmed flight changes on Classic ticket will be reduced from $50 to $25 with no fare difference.
 

 
 

 
 

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Frequent Flier Buzz – News Under the Radar

In the midst of volcanoes and strikes and demonstrations, you might have missed some interesting developments in the world of frequent flier news this week.
 
United Airlines says “keep your money..” – well, at least some of it.  The airline announced this week that its elite members in its Mileage Plus program will no longer have to suffer the indignity of paying a co-pay fee when using miles to upgrade flights in the continental U.S., Alaska or Canada.
 
Frontier Airlines announced that it will end its mileage program partnership with AirTran.  Due in no small part to the union of Frontier Airlines and Midwest Airlines under the Frontier name last month, the Frontier-AirTran partnership is scheduled to end on July 16, 2010.
 
Delta Airlines announced that beginning fall 2010 elite members of Delta’s SkyMiles program will enjoy upgrade benefits on Alaska Airlines flights as part of the Delta/Alaska partnership extension.
For more information on each of these revelations, contact your Christopherson Travel Advisor.
 

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Flying the Connected Skies?

Continental Airlines’ announcement last week that it would begin offering wireless internet (Wi-Fi) access aboard its aircraft beginning the second quarter of 2010 brought to close an exciting year of innovative in-flight communication advances.
Virgin America, the upstart discount carrier based in San Francisco, CA was the first U.S. carrier to offer fleet wide Wi-Fi access in May of 2009. American, Delta, United and US Airways followed shortly thereafter with staggered deployments of Wi-Fi across their respective fleets meaning in-flight Wi-Fi access will be a reality with all the legacy carriers in 2010.
As for the discount carriers, Virgin America is definitely leading the charge with Air Tran recently announcing the availability of in-flight Wi-Fi across its fleet. Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Jet Blue have begun testing Wi-Fi on certain aircraft while Midwest Airlines and Frontier Airlines are still considering the option of offering this service to their customers.
As with almost any other service now offered on board, in-flight Wi-Fi will come at a cost. To find out which airlines offer Wi-Fi access and how much they charge based on your destination, call Christopherson/Andavo Travel and our trusted travel advisors will be glad to answer your questions.