Word broke this week that Frontier Airlines will be flying directly to Orlando Airport. For those on Long Island, they are offering $39 flights each way from Islip Macarthur Airport.  You can now purchase tickets for flights starting on August 16th, 2017. This will mark Frontier’s second NY port of call, the other being LaGuardia.

There will be one 10:45am flight leaving Islip to Orlando daily. There will be one 7:00am flight leaving Orlando to Islip daily. That’s it. Just one flight each day.

F9 1779 Depart ISP: 10:45 a.m. Arrive MCO: 1:30 p.m.
F9 1778 Depart MCO: 7:15 a.m. Arrive ISP: 9:55 a.m.
Frequency: Daily
Aircraft: Airbus A320
Service Start: Aug. 16

For me, I panicked. I called my husband immediately. We’ve already purchased our flight for four to travel in August. A flight that cost roughly $1500. But if we decide to cancel I priced tickets for everyone totaling roughly $340. Sounds crazy, right?

After much debate, we decided to stick with our current flight plan. Why? We know nothing about Frontier Airlines. And if we were two adults traveling alone it might be worth the risk of possibly dealing with delayed or cancelled flights. While we always run the risk of such airline headaches, going with what we are used to with two children just seems like a safe bet.

But I am very curious to see how those first flights go the week of August 16th. And even more curious to see if other airlines will lower their rates in response to this new competitive fare, which seems to be about $89 each way.

What have I been able to find out about Frontier? The new low fare is very enticing, but there are often add-ons. Frontier labels itself as a “no frills” airline. Any thing in addition to your ticket comes with an extra charge. For example, you pay per suitcase, for assigned seats, and often pay for carry on items.

They offer bundled choices as you purchase your tickets. The following bundle description is taken directly from their website

Customers can take advantage of Frontier’s bundled choices, The WORKS or The PERKS, containing all of Frontier’s most popular options for one low price. The WORKS is available at at time of initial booking and includes one carry-on bag, one checked bag, best available seat including Stretch and Exit Row options, full refundability when canceled at least 24 hours prior to scheduled departure, no change fees and priority boarding. The PERKS is available after booking and has the same options as The WORKS except the ability to change flights and refundability.

In other words: would you like fries with that ticket??

A litany of negative complaints meets the Frontier researcher on this consumer affairs website, from exorbitant extra charges to unreasonable delays- click here to read them. Even though I didn’t purchase tickets yet, I am waiting with an open mind. You never know!

No need to hide your children in suitcases, we should all travel comfortably.

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