As I live a considerable distance from Walt Disney World, flying is my preferred method of travel in order to maximize my vacation time. But as many of you fellow travelers may know, flying can be almost as expensive as your actual vacation!
A few years ago, I looked into economy airlines in order to work more flexibility into my Disney World Vacation budget; and after my first roundtrip flight to Orlando International Airport with Frontier Airlines, I’ve flown with them pretty much ever since. Here’s what to expect when flying with Frontier Airlines and why I fly with them to Walt Disney World!
Frontier Airlines typically offers only one flight per day from one destination to another. Frontier Airlines offers service from a vast number of locations, ranging from Los Angeles, California (LAX) to Saint Louis, Missouri (STL) to Trenton, New Jersey (TTN) and Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT), but that’s only the start! All of these airports fly into Orlando International Airport (MCO), meaning passengers can take advantage of Disney’s Magical Express.
Frontier Airlines often offers fantastic rates. I’ve personally taken advantage of flights as low as $29 one way! Now that’s not without fees and taxes, but don’t let that scare you. Even after the additional costs are added in, a flight with Frontier Airlines can still be much cheaper than with other carriers and can make that Disney World Vacation much more doable financially.
Passengers can book a flight with Frontier Airlines either by phone, online, or through third party sites like Kayak, Priceline, Orbitz, and etc. Personally, I prefer to book on Frontier’s site so I’m in full control of my seat selection onboard and what fees are being added to my total cost.
Note: Promo Codes are to be entered on the first page of the website in order to receive the discount.
Booking online is a relatively simple, but can be a lengthy experience. After entering dates and personal information, passengers get to pick their seat on their flights, as well as the cost of their seat. Seats towards the front are naturally more spacious and the most expensive, but one thing I appreciate is that aisle, window, and middle seats are usually priced the same. Also, on occasion, you can snatch a seat for free so look through the offerings with care!
If the plane isn’t full, or a passenger has a medical issue and needs a particular seat, be sure to inform a flight attendant. In both cases, I’ve seen them to be incredibly accommodating.
Next, passengers select their bags, have the option to purchase travel insurance and a rental car, before filling out the payment page. This is where passengers will see the total price of their trip with taxes and fees added in, and can enter Frontier credit or vouchers.
A checked bag costs $30 one way while a carry-on costs $35, but only if you buy online. Paying for baggage at the airport will be higher and even more so at the gate.
Note: Bags exceeding weight and size will be charged or possibly accepted.
Each passenger is allowed a personal item within the limits of 14″ high, 18″ wide, and 8″ deep. Frontier describes a personal item as a purse or briefcase which fits under the seat in front of them. However, I use a small duffel or backpack within the required dimensions. I’m not exactly a light packer, but I have flown to Disney World with only a personal item forgoing the bag charges altogether! This was during the summer, however, as t-shirts and shorts take up very little space so I can’t say this method is doable for a Disney World Vacation during cooler months; but the point is, fully take advantage of that personal item!
Note: Assistance items like canes or respiratory devices or diaper bags are allowed on board for free.
Boarding begins 30 minutes to departure. The boarding process is divided into zones with Zone 1 boarding first and Zone 4 boarding last. A passenger’s assigned boarding zone is printed on their boarding pass.
Passengers who board first include those needing special services, families traveling with small children, and those who purchased the WORKS, who are an Elite member of EarlyReturns, and those with carry-on bags.
Note: If only one member of your family has a carry-on assigned to their name, they will be in a different zone than the rest of your group. Be sure to plan accordingly.
If tickets were purchased more than 7 days prior to the travel date, they may be fully refunded if they’re cancelled within 24 hours of purchase.
If a passenger purchased the Works, they can apply the value of their tickets to a new ticket or fill out an online refund form for a full refund.
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much on my first Frontier Airlines flight as I figured I would get what I paid for, which wasn’t much! But I was wrong. I can honestly say I’ve had more issues and complaints with major carriers than I’ve had with Frontier. Still, there are a few things to be aware of…
Passengers will be offered refreshments onboard, but they are not complimentary and are to be purchased by card. Frontier Airlines doesn’t offer some of the luxuries and entertainment of other airlines either, so passengers should be prepared.
Each plane boasts an animal mascot with its own nickname. On my last flight, we flew with “Cubby” the bear, but my favorite is “Virginia” the wolf. Yes, they even have a sense of humor. Something else comical is the size of the tray tables on board. They remind me of desks in a college classroom…
Every dollar counts when heading to Walt Disney World, so here are a few ways to earn a few extra Dole Whips and Disney Pins…
Sign Up for Emails: Frontier Airlines frequently offers discounted rates and promo codes, and signing up to receive emails makes sure you won’t miss them!
- Discount Den: Frontier’s Discount Den is a yearly subscription offering members lower rates which are displayed during the booking process. The discount applies up to six members in a member’s party and racks up Frontier’s EarlyReturns miles. It does cost around $50 per year, but passengers flying multiple times a year can truly benefit
- The WORKS: If the extras are a priority for your flying experience, The Works is a bundle package granting guests one checked bag and carry on bag, the best seats, and priority boarding plus refunds for $59. Note: The WORKS must be purchased at the time of booking.
- Timing: While Frontier Airlines can offer wonderful rates, that’s not always the case. The key for a coveted $29 rate is timing. Booking too early or too late often means a hefty price tag. It’s best to check your email inbox for those Frontier Airlines promos and wait for when they’re covering your travel dates.
Why Do I Fly Frontier?
I have flown with other economy airlines to Walt Disney World in times past. Some don’t fly into Orlando International Airport, meaning I would need a rental car, and simply lacked the efficiency and professionalism of major airlines. Frontier offers me service to Orlando and professionalism.
Perhaps most importantly, Frontier affords me transportation to Walt Disney World without having to empty my wallet before I get there! I know that extra fees are an issue for some travelers, but I have no problem swallowing them if it keeps my rates below other competitors. I also appreciate that I have control over what fees I pay and for how much, such as in baggage and seat selection.
Have you ever flown with Frontier to Walt Disney World? What was your experience?