The world is huge

Don't miss any of it

Travel news, itineraries, and inspiration delivered straight to your inbox.

By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.


Frontier Offers Double Base and Elite Miles

Between November 2 and December 31, members of Frontier’s EarlyReturns program can earn double base miles and double elite-qualifying miles for all Frontier flights.

Registration is required.

Deal or No Deal

Double miles for all flights are nice. Double elite-qualifying miles are even nicer.

But these aren’t just any miles; they are miles in the program of Frontier. An ultra-low-cost carrier, like Spirit. An airline with a bare-bones loyalty program, with a minimum of options for earning and redeeming miles. A program in which miles expire after just six months with no account activity.

Elite status in the EarlyReturns program is awarded after earning 20,000 elite miles or 25 segments in a year.

As elite perks go, Frontier’s are decidedly modest: priority check-in and boarding, advanced seat assignment, space-available upgrade to Stretch seating, free carry-on bag, no-fee award booking by phone, no-fee award redemptions. That’s right: Some of what are considered elite perks on Frontier would be standard with full-service carriers.

If you’re already a Frontier loyalist, this promotion will be a nice windfall. But for those who might be on the fence, facing a choice between Frontier and a full-service airline, the extra miles shouldn’t distract travelers from the fact that it’s an apples-to-oranges comparison.

In the end, bonuses are only as attractive as the companies that offer them.

Reader Reality Check

Is Frontier’s offer a difference-maker for you?

More From Smartertravel:

This article originally appeared on

We hand-pick everything we recommend and select items through testing and reviews. Some products are sent to us free of charge with no incentive to offer a favorable review. We offer our unbiased opinions and do not accept compensation to review products. All items are in stock and prices are accurate at the time of publication. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission.

Top Fares From