Thanks for the notice, Frontier… or not! Here we go again. The discount airline is now skimping and turning European on us. But, I am not so sure the European airline model works in a country like ours that is so widespread from coast to coast.
I wrote about FRONTIER a couple of years back when Frontier first sent out some mass changes including charging for sodas, and bags. Now, take it a step further. All seats are either $3 or $5, but the last row is free. Oh, thanks! I also wrote another FRONTIER post a long time ago when they were previously owned by another company and were not assigning seats to us lowly Economy travelers. Well, all that is out the airplane window now. Now, you have to join some club and still pay $20 per carry on bag. This would be for bags that go into the overhead compartment. Otherwise, it is $25. Even if you book on frontier.com, it is still $25! You are still allowed one personal item. Gee, thanks, Frontier. No judgment on how big that “personal item” should be, right? Wait for it… wait for it… there is. The guidelines are on their website. Make sure you measure before you go! Also, you still pay for checked bags. Annoyed yet? It gets better.
Their entire program is overhauled and now, you do not even get a calendar when you try to book to use up those pesky miles/points you have built up over the years. Yep! You just get an error message that there is nothing available. Try again and again, but their website is more frustrating than ever. If flying the “friendly” skies wasn’t bad enough, another airline bites the dust. The sad part for me is that they are still Denver-based and I live in Denver, so my choices are down to SOUTHWEST, SOUTHWEST, and SOUTHWEST. That about sums it up for me.
Some more information for you to consider is in-flight meal/beverages. They charge for everything and the TV isn’t free either. Southwest has teamed up with Direct TV to give you some limited free TV – super nice when you have kids in tow. Buckle up folks, and enjoy the wild ride as you turn over your money with all the hidden charges and fees. Sure, you may able to get a cheap flight to Omaha or a destination you can drive to, but be prepared to pay for everything – every single thing including choosing a seat. Since normal seats are $3 per seat and some up front are $5, calculate that per person and then double it for a round trip. And remember, deregulation of the Airline industry in the 70s permitted you, the consumer, one very important thing- CHOICE! It’s time to exercise that choice. In a free economy, all we have is our voice. Exercise it and take your business elsewhere if you do not like this. You are not tied to travel with them. Of course, I can’t say that I like very many airlines anyway. Don’t even get me started on United – they are the worst airline I have ever flown and hope to never fly again.
In tough economy times, it is equally tough to find good deals on travel, and traveling shouldn’t have to be this hard or miserable. While the discount model may work overseas where flights cross-country are 2 hours long, and cost 20 Euros round trip, it is tougher here in a country where we are so spread out we have no choice but to fly from city to city (often in the same state). Good luck finding what works for you, and just say no to airlines that mistreat you, or that do not fit that mold.