Frontier Airlines has announced a major expansion by adding 25 new routes for spring/summer 2020 travel — including 2 new countries to its route map, El Salvador and Guatemala. The airline is also expanding to new destinations in the Dominican Republic and will start several new flights to/from Newark, Miami, San Juan, and Ontario Airport in the LA Area. Intro fares are as low as $29 one-way or $57 roundtrip on domestic flights and $148 roundtrip for international travel.
Major Flight Expansion on Frontier Airlines from Newark, Miami, and LA Area
The new route announcements come in conjunction with Frontier extending its booking schedule for travel through August 9, 2020. Frontier had previously announced its plans to expand out of Newark (EWR) when it first announced service to the airport earlier this year and the only change in the previously planned routes is that it switched airports in the D.R. Frontier chose to fly from Newark to the two major cities, Santiago (STI) and Santo Domingo (SDQ), rather than the tourist destination Punta Cana. In total, 9 new routes will be added from Newark, bringing Frontier's number of destinations served from Newark to 16.
The routes that may come as a surprise are Frontier's 3 new routes into San Salvador (SAL) and 2 new routes to Guatemala (GUA). Low-cost service to these destinations is limited and Frontier has a unique opportunity to capitalize on its partnership with Volaris to provide cheap flights to Central America from more cities.
"We recognize the demand for affordable air travel in these communities and are proud to bring our brand of 'Low Fares Done Right' to these sought-after destinations," Daniel Shurz, senior vice president of commercial for Frontier Airlines, said in a press release.
Frontier is also providing the first nonstop flight on an ultra-low-cost carrier between the LA and New York metro areas with its new nonstop service between Newark and Ontario Airport included in this expansion. In addition, the airline is adding 4 other routes out of Ontario (ONT) and will expand its presence in Miami (MIA) with 8 new flights, and in San Juan (SJU) with 4 new flights.
All of these routes will likely see even lower prices on all airlines thanks to the added competition. Sign up for FREE airfare alerts to find out when prices drop.
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Intro fares are available within the following dates and days of the week. Slightly higher prices are available on other days of the week or for travel further into the summer.
- Travel Period: Service start date (March or April) through June 10, 2020, or service start date (May or June) through August 6, 2020.
- Travel Days of the Week: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
- Blackout Dates: March 13-15, 20-22, 27-29, April 3-5, 10-13, May 21-26, June 25 – July 7, 2020.
Intro fares for flights to Guatemala, San Salvador, Santiago, Long Island, and Chicago, which are set to begin in May or June, are valid through August 6, 2020. Intro fares on all other routes, which are scheduled to begin in March or April, are valid through June 10, 2020, with fares only approximately $10 more each way for mid-week travel through early August.
Intro fares are advertised to expire December 22, 2019, at 11:59 pm ET.
New Nonstop Service on Frontier Airlines Starting Spring 2020
All domestic fares also work in the reverse direction
New Domestic Flights on Frontier
Daily starting March 10, 2020
Daily starting April 23, 2020
Ontario to Las Vegas $57 roundtrip
Newark to Raleigh $57 roundtrip
Newark to Chicago $77 roundtrip
Miami to Baltimore $77 roundtrip
Dallas to Newark $117 roundtrip
Denver to Newark $117 roundtrip
Boston to San Juan $118 roundtrip
Miami to Ontario $137 roundtrip
Baltimore to San Juan $138 roundtrip
Newark to Ontario $157 roundtrip
Sundays / Tuesdays / Thursdays, starting April 23, 2020
Trenton to Miami $97 roundtrip
Daily starting May 10, 2020
Long Island-Islip to Miami $97 roundtrip
Daily starting May 15, 2020
Chicago to San Juan $158 roundtrip
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New International Flights on Frontier
Daily starting March 10, 2020
Newark to Cancun $186 roundtrip
Newark to Santo Domingo $195 roundtrip
Daily starting May 10, switching to Mondays / Wednesdays / Fridays / Saturdays, starting June 18, 2020.
Miami to Guatemala $151 roundtrip
Ontario to Guatemala $211 roundtrip
Daily starting May 28, 2020
Newark to Santiago, D.R. $195 roundtrip
Daily starting April 23, 2020
San Juan to Santo Domingo $154 roundtrip
Miami to Santo Domingo $195 roundtrip
Sundays / Tuesdays / Thursdays, starting June 18, 2020
Miami to San Salvador $148 roundtrip
Baltimore to San Salvador $198 roundtrip
Ontario to San Salvador $218 roundtrip
These fares only include one small personal item. Checked bag fees start at $34-$38 each way when purchased during the initial booking. Larger carry-on bag fees start at $37-$42 each way.
Seats will be assigned at random upon check-in for these prices. You may pay a fee to choose a specific seat.
Discount Den member fares are slightly less than standard fares. 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.
Related: Everything You Need to Know Before You Fly Frontier
Searching Frontier's site, I found tickets departing Ontario ONT on Wednesday, May 20, returning from Guatemala GUA on Wednesday, May 27, for $211 roundtrip.
It's worth noting that Frontier seems to have increased its online booking fee (carrier interface charge) up to $42 roundtrip. Save this fee by booking at an airport counter.
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