Enhanced Frontier Airlines World Mastercard offers up to 5x miles

Tracy Brackman
Staff Reporter
Credit card products expert.

Frontier Airlines World Mastercard

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Barclays and Frontier Airlines have launched an enhanced version of the Frontier Airlines World Mastercard. The upgraded card offers 5 miles per dollar on Frontier Airlines purchases, 3 miles per dollar at restaurants and 1 mile per dollar on everything else. Along with increasing the rewards rate, Barclays has also increased the annual fee – but only by $10.

See the Frontier Airlines World Mastercard changes at a glance:

  Updated offer Previous offer
Rewards rate
  • 5 miles per dollar on purchases made at flyfrontier.com
  • 3 miles per dollar on restaurant purchases
  • 1 mile per dollar on general purchases
  • 2 miles per dollar on purchases made at flyfrontier.com
  • 1 mile per dollar on general purchases
Annual fee $79 $69

New cardholders continue to earn 40,000 bonus miles when they spend $500 in the first three months and pay the annual fee.

Frontier Airlines World Mastercard details

Although the Frontier Airlines World Mastercard comes with a $79 annual fee, the card’s estimated yearly rewards value more than makes up for the cost. Additionally, the amount you’re required to charge to receive the sign-up bonus – which equals out to approximately $167 per month for three months – is far lower than other airline rewards cards that also offer 40,000-mile bonuses.

Frontier Airlines World Mastercard


Rewards rate
  • 5 miles per dollar on purchases made at flyfrontier.com
  • 3 miles per dollar on restaurant purchases
  • 1 mile per dollar on general purchases
Sign-up bonus
  • 40,000 miles when you spend $500 in the first 90 days and pay the annual fee

Why use it?

If you live in a city serviced by Frontier Airlines, the World Mastercard offers a great opportunity to earn bonus miles to use toward free flights. Additionally, cardholders are not required to charge a large amount up front to earn the generous sign-up bonus.

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Estimated Yearly Rewards Value ($15,900 spend)
$706
Annual Fee
$79

Other Frontier Airlines World Mastercard perks include:

  • $100 anniversary voucher – Earn a $100 flight voucher each account anniversary when you spend $2,500 or more during the card membership year.
  • Priority boarding – All cardholders have access to Zone 2 priority boarding.
  • No foreign transaction fees – You will not be charged additional fees for charges made outside of the U.S.
  • Family pooling – As a primary pool member, you and up to eight contributors can combine your myFrontier Miles.
  • myFrontier Miles Elite status – Cardholders earn one qualifying mile per dollar spent each calendar year – getting them that much closer to elite status.

Benefits of myFrontier Miles Elite status

Status Elite20k status Elite50k status Elite100k status
Spend requirement $20,000 per calendar year $50,000 per calendar year $100,000 per calendar year
Benefits
  • Free carry-on bag
  • Seat assignment
  • Free carry-on bag
  • Seat assignment for you and 8 traveling companions on same reservation
  • Family seating
  • Free carry-on bag
  • Seat assignment for you and 8 traveling companions on same reservation
  • The WORKS bundle, which includes 1 free checked bag, Zone 1 boarding, flight flexibility and refundable flights

Comparing airline rewards cards

A handful of airline rewards cards also offer 40,000-mile sign-up bonuses. See how they compare to the Frontier Airlines World Mastercard in the table below:

Airline cards with 40,000-mile sign-up bonuses

Credit card Sign-up bonus Annual fee Estimated yearly rewards value ($15,900 spend)
Frontier Airlines World Mastercard
  • 40,000 miles when you spend $500 in first 90 days and pay the annual fee
$79 $706
United Explorer Card
  • 40,000 miles when you spend $2,000 in first 3 months
  • 5,000 miles when you add authorized user and make first purchase in first 3 months
  • $100 statement credit when you make your first purchase
$95, waived first year $488
Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card
  • 40,000 points when you spend $1,000 in first 3 months
$69 $447
Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card
  • 40,000 points when you spend $1,000 in first 3 months
$99 $464

According to our calculations, the Frontier card offers the highest yearly rewards value among these cards. For the average consumer who spends $15,900 each year on groceries, gas, clothing and general purchases, a cardholder stands to earn nearly double the rewards value from the Frontier card than the other 40,000-mile offers.

Should you apply?

If you can spring for the $79 annual fee and $500 spend threshold required to earn the bonus, the Frontier Airlines World Mastercard offers a great opportunity to earn a generous rewards rate and sign-up bonus.

But if you’re interested in earning Frontier rewards from a credit card without paying any upfront fees, Frontier also offers a no-fee version of the World Mastercard. In addition to not charging an annual fee, the No Annual Fee Frontier Airlines World Mastercard card offers a 10,000-mile sign-up bonus after making your first purchase.

Either way, keep in mind that Frontier only serves select cities throughout North America. For a full list of cities, click here.

See related: Earn 40,000 bonus miles and a $100 credit with the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer card, Earn 40,000 bonus points with the Southwest Rapid Rewards cards, Earn up to 30,000 bonus points with JetBlue cards


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Updated: 09-22-2018