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Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and Black Friday sales are in full swing. In addition to the usual deals on electronics, clothing, and toys, some airlines are also offering deep discounts on 2024 travel. Along with eye-catchingly low one-way fares on flights at inconvenient times, air carriers like Frontier are advertising deals on multi-flight passes—in their case, the GoWild! All-You-Can-Fly annual pass. A year’s worth of unlimited flights for the cost of one, maybe two regular round-trip fares certainly sounds like a steal, so there’s obviously some fine print. Here’s what to know about Frontier’s annual pass, including the cost and how to figure out if it’s a worthwhile investment for you.
How much is Frontier Airlines’ annual pass?
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Between now and Nov. 28, the Frontier Airlines’ GoWild! All-You-Can-Fly annual pass is available for $499. The low-cost carrier has offered several different all-you-can-fly deals over the past few years, including last year’s annual pass for between $599 and $1,999, and seasonal passes covering six months of flights for between $299 and $999. This is the first one promising a full year of flights for just under $500.
How does Frontier Airlines’ annual pass work?
Other than the price and the dates, not much else has changed about the annual pass or how it works. The 2024-25 GoWild! All-You-Can-Fly annual pass is valid from May 1, 2024, through April 30, 2025, and comes with “unlimited” flights to all of Frontier’s domestic and international destinations.
If that sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. In fact, if you don’t take the time to carefully read the terms and conditions, it’s might even be misleading: In addition to the usual blackout dates—of which there are many—bookings made using this pass can only be confirmed the day before a domestic flight, and 10 days before an international flight. And while that $499 covers all but one cent of the base fare, you still have to pay for all applicable taxes and fees for each flight, as well as fees for bringing a full-sized carry-on or checking baggage.
There are occasional opportunities to book domestic flights more than one day in advance, but you’ll be charged an additional fee for the privilege. Plus, there are a limited number of seats available to annual pass-holders on each flight.
This annual pass also comes with automatic Frontier Miles Silver Elite status, which includes free seat assignments and priority boarding, though it’s unclear how these perks will work within the limits of the pass.
These are just the tip of the terms-and-conditions iceberg, so if you’re considering purchasing the pass, you should read through the rest.
Is Frontier Airlines’ annual pass worth it?
Back in September, Lifehacker staffer Daniel Oropeza asked this very question about Frontier’s Go Wild! Fall pass, and came to the conclusion that it could be a good opportunity for a limited subset of frequent fliers: That is, mainly “travelers who are flexible and prefer to pack light.” The same can be said about the $499 annual pass. The lower price point does make the deal a little more tempting, but you still need to break out the calculator to get an idea of whether it’s worth it for you.