Barclays Frontier Mastercard
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The Frontier Mastercard is a co-branded airline credit card offered by Barclays and earns Frontier Miles when used for purchases. The Frontier program has undergone some recent changes within 2018 and did away with the previous naming convention of EarlyReturns. The Barclays Frontier Mastercard offers several perks including waived award redemption fees, priority boarding, earning Elite Qualifying Miles with spend, family Frontier Mile pooling, and more. If you plan on doing a great deal of flying with Frontier Airlines, this is a card you will want to have in your wallet.
The Barclays Frontier Mastercard feature two bonus categories which is purchases on FlyFrontier.com and purchases made at restaurants. There is no limit to the amount of miles you can earn with the Barclays Frontier Mastercard. Making at least one purchase every six months on this card will prevent your miles from expiring. Below are the details of each bonus category. Do note that the earning rates and benefits of this card changed June 2018.
Purchases made on FlyFrontier.com with the Barclays Frontier Mastercard will earn 5 Frontier Miles per $1 spent. This is eligible for airfare booked through the website as well other services such as car rentals and hotels booked through FlyFrontier.com. Since Frontier Miles are about 1 cents each in value, you're looking at a 5% return per $1 spent which is great if you frequent fly Frontier airlines. The Chase Sapphire Reserve and AMEX Platinum Card can provide some solid returns on airfare booked through Frontier Airlines if you can get value out of Ultimate Rewards Points or Membership Reward Points, but unless you're craving elite travel perks, the Barclays Frontier Mastercard will do just fine for anyone looking to go all in for Frontier Miles.
Restaurant purchases made on the Barclays Frontier Mastercard will earn 3 Frontier Miles per $1 spent. This includes fine dining and fast food restaurants. Spending in this category will earn you a return of about 3% which, again, isn't too shabby if you're strictly aiming to earn Frontier Miles. Frontier is one of the only airlines to offer triple miles for restaurant spending. Other airlines credit cards such as the AMEX Delta Blue Card and Citi American Airlines Platinum Select only offer double miles per $1 spent.
All spending on the Barclays Frontier Mastercard outside of the categories listed above will only earn 1 Frontier Mile per $1 spent. This is equal to about a 1% return. Unless you're spending your way to Frontier Elite Status, I recommend putting this spend on a card that earns a higher return of 1.5% or better. This can be from a cash back card such as the Citi Double Cash Card (2% cash back) or Capital One Quicksilver Card.
Perks and Benefits
$100 Frontier Discount Voucher
Spending $2,500 on the Barclays Frontier Mastercard the card membership year will the card holder a $100 Frontier Airlines flight voucher. The voucher is good for 180 days from date of issue and will be emailed to the primary cardholders email address that is on file with Barclays and also attached to the cardholders online Barclay account. The $100 voucher does not count towards frequent flyer mileage.
Waived Redemption Fees
Redeeming award travel with Frontier Airlines will cost you a redemption fee based on how early in advance you redeem the miles. This fee ranges between $15 and $75. If you use the Barclays Frontier Mastercard to pay for the fees/taxes at the time of making the award redemption, the fee will be waived. This fee does not apply to award tickets purchases 180+ days in advance or to Frontier Elite members.
The Frontier Airlines Mastercard grants the ability to pool Frontier Airline miles. This allows one primary card member and up to 8 pool friends and family members to combine their miles and earn rewards faster. This perk is only available to Barclays Frontier Mastercard holders and Frontier Elite members.
Elite Status Qualifying Miles
For every dollar in spend put on the Barclays Frontier Mastercard, the primary cardholder will earn one Status Qualifying Mile. Status Qualifying Miles count toward obtaining Elite Status with Frontier Airlines and are not to be confused with Frontier Miles which are used for redeeming awards.
Barclays Frontier Mastercard holders will receive priority boarding in Zone 2. Both Zone 1 and all elite status members board before Zone 2, so there still may be limited overhead bin space when you board the plane. Depending on your flight, this will not feel like priority boarding.
Sign Up Bonus
The standard Barclays Frontier Mastercard sign up bonus is 40,000 Frontier Miles after spending $500 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening and payment of the annual fee. 40,000 Frontier Miles is worth about $400. Since flights start at 10,000 Frontier Miles one-way, you can probably get two round trip tickets out of this bonus depending on your start and end destinations.
Credit Card Fees
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The annual fee for the Barclays Frontier Mastercard is $79. This is a slight bump of $10 from it's previous fee before June 2018. The $100 voucher takes care of most of the annual fee, so you're still looking at a pretty solid card in terms of return. If you fly Frontier Airlines a few times a year, it's worth grabbing up in my opinion.
Authorized User Fee
There is no fee to add authorized users to the Barclays Frontier Mastercard. If you're looking to maximize your rewards or you're trying to spend your way to Elite Status, adding friends and family will benefit you.
Foreign Transaction Fee
There is no foreign transaction fee for using the Barclays Frontier Mastercard outside of the United States. This allows you to earn Frontier Miles worldwide without being penalized.
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