Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information.
Fewer things get frequent flyers more excited than the prospect of an all-you-can-fly pass.
It’s like an indulgent buffet of dreams in the sky for travelers. You can fly to as many places as you want and theoretically pay the same fixed price. In fact, one of the most iconic moments in modern-day era travel deals was in 2010 when JetBlue offered an unlimited Jet Pass for 30 days of flying.
A few weeks ago, Frontier Airlines announced an upcoming all-you-can-fly pass for 2023. Now we have the price and additional details on how this flight pass will work.
Frontier Airlines all-you-can-fly pass now $799 the first year
Frontier’s GoWild! Pass launched for $599 for the first year for customers who are 18 and older and U.S. residents. A very important detail to note is that the pass will auto-renew at $1,999 the second year unless you cancel in time. The rate has now increased to $799 and is only advertised to be available at that rate until Nov. 22, 2022.
Frontier also just recently added its international destinations to the list of places where the pass is valid — and with a longer booking window on those routes.
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Once you pay for the pass itself, it’ll cost just $0.01 for the airfare as you use it — “plus applicable taxes, fees and other charges at the time of booking”. A Frontier spokesperson has told TPG that in addition to the 1 cent in the base fare, you’ll have to pay a combination of taxes and fees that start at approximately $14.60 per person, per flight.
However, Frontier states that you will not have to pay an additional “carrier interface charge” the way you do with some of their fares. You will be charged if you need any full-sized carry-on, checked bags or advance seat assignments, just as on all of Frontier’s flights.
If you have Frontier elite status (which can be earned through spending on its credit card), you can use those status benefits to get complimentary advance-assigned seats or free bags when flying on this pass.
Where you can fly with the Frontier GoWild! Pass
Frontier has flip-flopped a bit in its initial announcements about whether the pass will be valid on flights to the airline’s international destinations such as Mexico, Jamaica and the Bahamas.
But as of today, Frontier has officially shared that the pass will indeed be valid for both domestic and international flights. This opens the doors to the airline’s routes that touch Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America.
You can view Frontier’s route map here.
Frontier GoWild! blackout dates
We knew that there would be blackout dates for this all-you-can-fly pass and now we have that list of approximately 56 blackout dates in the first year. The pass will be eligible for use beginning on May 2, 2023, other than on these dates:
- May 25, 26, 29
- June 29–30
- July 1–5, 8, 9
- August 31
- September 1, 4
- October 5, 6, 9
- November 18, 22, 24–27
- December 16, 17, 22–24, 26–31
- January 1, 15
- February 15, 16, 19
- March 3, 10, 15–17, 22–24, 29–31
- April 5–7, 12–14
Blackout dates for May 2024 and beyond are not yet available.
How to use the Frontier flight pass
After you purchase the pass, you’ll search and book your flights on Frontier’s website. Unfortunately, there’s a pretty hefty catch. You won’t be able to use the Frontier GoWild! pass for domestic travel until the day before travel, which is when you can book and confirm your next flight.
However, for international travel, the terms state that you actually have 10 days in advance to book and confirm travel, which is obviously much easier to make use of than just one day’s notice.
In either case, the terms continue to say that flights are subject to availability and that “last seat availability is not guaranteed”.
While flights on the pass will qualify as activity in your Frontier frequent flyer account for the purposes of extending the life of your miles, the flights on the pass will not earn miles or count toward earning Frontier elite status.
Is Frontier’s GoWild flight a good deal?
The idea of an all-you-can-fly pass is borderline intoxicating for travelers.
Ignoring — for now — the $1,999 renewal price, getting to fly around the country — and beyond all year for a set price could be a good deal. But could is doing a fair amount of work in that sentence.
That’s assuming not only that you won’t regularly spend a lot on bags and seat assignments but also that you’ll be OK to not have confirmed flight plans until just one day before travel when flying domestically, 10 when heading internationally. Of equal importance in the ultimate value of the pass is the exact amount of taxes and fees you owe.
Frontier pretty frequently has sales that tip to $19 or $29 each way which could make more sense for many rather than paying $14+ for taxes and fees for each use, plus ponying up hundreds of dollars in advance without the ability to confirm plans ahead of time within the U.S.
There’s an undeniable allure to knowing you can fly as much as you want for an entire year at a fixed price and I love the ingenuity put into this pass.
In an era where hybrid and remote work is still more common than it used to be, Frontier’s FlyWild! pass could be a great match for someone who has the freedom to go where the wind — and seat availability — takes them. The recent addition of international travel with up to 10 days advance booking is a big addition to the pass. However, the pass price already jumping up from $599 to $799 obviously makes it somewhat of a less attractive deal to those who were on the fence.
But there are catches — a lot of catches — and still some unknowns about exactly how much this pass will cost to use. But I’m certainly intrigued and can’t wait to see stories of just how many Frontier flights someone can take in a year with this new all-you-care-to-fly pass.