Frontier spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz told The Washington Post in an email that the $599 cost represents “special introductory pricing” for a “limited” group of customers and that it’s the lowest price offered for the pass this year. The pass automatically renews for a second year for a $1,999 fee unless customers cancel their membership.
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The pass is valid for more than 300 travel days; however, different blackout dates apply. In addition to the usual holiday periods, travelers will not be able to use the pass on a handful of regular dates, such as July 8 and December 16.
Among the GoWild! Beware, airline tickets don’t become available to book and confirm until the day before departure, meaning travelers need to be flexible. The carrier warns that “the availability of the last seat is not guaranteed.”
Another factor to consider: the $599 is not all-inclusive. Passengers must pay taxes and fees, a surcharge of 1 cent for each flight segment, and any extras such as seat selection and baggage fees.
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Additional costs are usually based on the fare. For example, a flight from Reagan National to Denver in early December costs $138 round trip, including about $60 in taxes and fees. Passengers pay $24 to $60 for seats, $48 for a checked bag, and $53 for carry-on luggage each way. According to de la Cruz, government and airport taxes, fees and surcharges start at about $14.60 per person, per flight.
With the GoWild! Pass, frequent flyers won’t collect miles, but they won’t lose their points or status either. You must be a loyalty member to purchase a pass.
Frontier’s $599 pass may sound familiar to bargain hunters and travel gamers. In 2009, JetBlue unveiled the All You Can Jet Pass, which gives you unlimited flying for a month for the same price tag. The deal, which applied to 56 domestic and international destinations, was so popular that the company had to withdraw the offer before the buy-by date.
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More recently, Alaska Airlines introduced the annual subscription program, Flight Pass and Flight Pass Pro. For a monthly fee, travelers can take nonstop flights in California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah.
Alaska’s Flight Pass starts at $49 per month, plus taxes and fees, and allows round-trip travel every two months year-round. Flight Pass Pro, which offers more flexibility, starts at $199 per month. With the plan, members receive credits that they redeem for flights. There are no blackout dates.