If you were upset to hear the news of Southwest Airlines ending its service out of Newark, you can rest assured that competition isn't going anywhere. Frontier Airlines is planning to pick up the slack by announcing 15 new nonstop flights from Newark (EWR) with 7 on sale now at intro fares of just $15 one-way or $30 roundtrip.
UPDATE 10:00 AM, August 28, 2019: Most of the $15 one-way fares sold out very quickly. There is only one route remaining where you can string together a reasonable $30 roundtrip flight. All other routes have gone up in price, but fares are still well below the normal price.
Frontier Adds New Nonstop Service from/to Newark Airport
This will be the first time Frontier Airlines will fly from or to Newark (EWR) and it is a perfect opportunity for the airline to expand its ultra-low-cost flights to the New York area since slots at other airports are hard to access.
"We're excited to make flying more affordable for the Garden State with 15 new routes from Newark" Barry Biffle, President and CEO of Frontier Airlines, said in a press release.
Tickets are available for purchase on seven of the new routes today. You can get $15 intro fares between Newark (EWR) and Las Vegas (LAS), Orlando (MCO), Miami (MIA), West Palm Beach (PBI), Phoenix (PHX), and Atlanta (ATL). And $29 intro fares to/from San Juan (SJU). New daily service on these routes begins in either November or December 2019.
Frontier also announced that it will fly between Newark and Tampa (TPA), Punta Cana (PUJ), Cancun (CUN), Denver (DEN), Ontario (ONT), Chicago (ORD), Raleigh (RDU), and Dallas (DFW). These flights will begin in March and April 2020, and will be available for purchase at a later date.
All of these routes will likely see even lower prices on all airlines thanks to the added competition. Sign up for FREE fare alerts to find out when prices drop.
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Intro fares are available within the following dates and days of the week. Higher prices are available on other days of the week.
- Travel Period: November 19, 2019 - February 12, 2020.
- Travel Days of the Week: Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
- Blackout Dates: November 22 - December 2, and December 20, 2019 - January 6, 2020.
Intro fares are advertised to expire at 11:59 pm ET, August 28, 2019. I recommend booking as soon as possible, because these super-low fares may sell out before this time.
New Nonstop Service on Frontier Airlines to/from Newark
Daily service starting November 14, 2019. (Intro fares Tue/Wed only)
Daily service starting December 10, 2019. (Intro fares Tue/Wed only)
These fares only include one small personal item. Checked bag fees start at $30 each way when purchased during the initial booking. Larger carry-on bag fees start at $35 each way.
Seats will be assigned at random upon check-in for these prices. You may pay a fee to choose a specific seat.
These intro fares do not have an online booking fee, but fares on other days of the week will have an online booking fee and you may be able to get cheaper flights at the airport. Discount Den member fares may be slightly less than standard fares on other days of the week.
Frontier also offers the Works bundle, which can be added to any flight during the initial booking. It includes a standard carry-on bag plus a personal item, one free checked bag, seat selection (including stretch seating), priority boarding, flight flexibility, and refundability. This is a value if you want all of these amenities, but chances are you can get away with just adding what you need a la carte for cheaper.
Searching Frontier's site, I found tickets departing Newark EWR on Wednesday, December 11, returning from Phoenix PHX on Tuesday, December 17, for $30 roundtrip.
Note: While this price was available at the time of the original posting, it has since sold out.