Frontier Stretch Seating provides up to 8 inches of extra legroom. But is Stretch Seating worth the cost?
One of our affordable luxury travel hacks is flying on discount airlines but buying the best possible seats. We’ve done this all over the world. On AirAsia in Asia. On RyanAir in Europe. And on Frontier and Spirit Airlines in the US.
And in our opinion Frontier Airlines Stretch Seating is generally worth the cost!
Frontier Airlines in General
Frontier Airlines is an American ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC) based in Denver, Colorado. As the eighth-largest commercial airline in the US, Frontier Airlines operates flights to over 100 destinations throughout the United States and several international destinations in North America.
And like ULCCs all over the world, Frontier’s pricing structure is based on providing a cheap base fare and allowing customers pay for perks like checked bags, cabin bags, priority boarding and/or better seats. The general idea is that a ULCC takes away perks that are included on full-service airlines and then you buy those perks back one by one or in a bundle.
Also like ULCCs all over the world, Frontier has a reputation for poor customer service and cramming as many passengers onto an airplane as possible.
ULCCs can be frustrating because their bundle and a la carte approach to perks like seat assignments, carry on baggage and other things legacy carriers include in the ticket price makes it hard to comparison shop all-in flight prices.
But Frontier does offer very cheap base prices, so even factoring in add-ons like bundles or stretch seats you can get a bargain flying on Frontier compared to United, Delta, American or even Southwest!
So despite the hassles we do end up flying on Frontier Stretch Seats as an affordable luxury travel hack.
What are Frontier Stretch Seats?
Frontier Stretch Seats offer up to 8 extra inches of legroom. They can be purchased at time of booking or check in (subject to availability) or be purchased as part of a bundle.
Stretch Seats are the first 3 or 4 rows of seats on the airplane as well as exit rows.
The benefits include:
- Extra legroom
- Full Comfort Recline
- Early off the plan
- First to get inflight service
- A tray table that accommodates a laptop
So it takes a budget airline experience and puts some whipped cream and a cherry on top!
And if you buy a bundle you’ll also get baggage allowances and priority boarding.
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The Stretch Seat Experience
We like the exit row Stretch Seats on Frontier.
There is less competition for the overhead space during early boarding and the in-flight service for the back of the plane starts at the exit row at the same time that service starts in row 1.
Cost to Upgrade to Frontier Stretch Seats
The cost of a upgrading to a stretch seat depends on what type of Frontier ticket you buy, whether you buy a Frontier ‘bundle’ and where/when you buy the upgrade.
Frontier’s most expensive tickets include Stretch Seating as a perk.
Less expensive categories of Frontier Airlines tickets require a higher payment to sit in Stretch Seating. Or you can purchase a bundle of Frontier perks. The Frontier Works bundle includes stretch seating. The Frontier Perks bundle does not include Stretch Seating, but buying the Perks bundle may reduce the cost to add on Stretch Seats.
If you purchase a cheaper ticket and don’t buy a bundle the price to get an a la carte stretch seat is based on your ticket price as well as where and when you buy a stretch seat.
So you won’t know exactly how much a stretch seat will cost until you try to buy it.
Generally speaking, though, the best value is to buy stretch seating at time of booking or up to 24 hours before the flight.
Stretch Seats will cost more if you buy them during check in. And even more than that if you buy them at the airport or from the Frontier Airlines call center.
Is Frontier Airlines Stretch Seating Worth the Cost?
Since every Stretch Seat sells for a different price depending on your ticket, bundle and where/when you buy the Stretch Seat it’s hard to provide a definitive answer about whether the price of a stretch seat is worth the cost.
Of course, the value of a stretch seat also depends on how long your flight is.
But what we CAN say is that we generally buy the Works or Perks bundle since those bundles have the baggage allowances we want. And when we buy the Works bundle Stretch Seating is included.
As is an alcoholic drink…and we love the cans of wine on Frontier!
The Perks bundle does not include Stretch Seats, but when we buy the Perks bundle it has never cost us more than $10 to upgrade to a stretch seat. Of course, your experience may vary!
So to us Stretch Seats are generally worth the marginal cost!
Our limit to move from a standard seat to a stretch seat is probably around $25 per person depending on the length of the flight, but everyone will have their own price/comfort ratio.
Bottom Line – Frontier Airlines Stretch Seats
Frontier Airlines Stretch Seats are a great affordable luxury travel hack. You get plenty of legroom for a comfortable flight typically for less than a cramped seat on a legacy carrier.
And sometimes the condensation leaves a heart on your window…
…or is that an alien pressing its face and arms against the window!? 😮
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I am 6’5 240 pounds and after reading these reviews I paid 150 for the upgrade. It’s a complete and total scam. Seats are exact same as other seats. Complete lie about folding back etc. never have I seen such lies in all my life. At days end 75 bucks isn’t much due to the cheap flight to begin with each way but these are the exact same crappy seats that are behind no extra padding no extra leg room nothing do NOT pay for this garbage. Hope I save some of you the disappointment people beside me were equally unhappy. A complete sham and lie. My buddy paid 200 less in row 25 and I switched seats with him. They are identical. Might be 2 inches of room NOT worth it
So you’re flying a discount airline, why? Didn’t like the price for the reclining seats etc, no it was $$$. Frontier has an All-In offering that gives you the ability to cancel, change flights, get a refund for whatever reason, and choose your seat. What other airline offers you those choices? Sorry, but your explanation just doesn’t hold water!
They do recline with a small lever under the seat. You could have asked the flight attendant.
Who said anything about seats folding back. And on what Frontier flight do you pay $150 to choose a seat? If you paid $150 extra for a stretch seat, how did your Buddy pay $200 less? Did the airline pay him $50 to fly? As another poster comments below, your post doesn’t hold water.
Like Robert, I paid for a stretch seat (3a) that reclines. I only wish I headed his advice as my seat did not recline either.
Gate staff at LAS said all stretch seats recline. Upon inspection, they agreed nine of the stretch seats recline.
What they found out was the new seats no longer recline in the stretch seat rows. Customer service (Filipino-based only) refunded the $28 stretch seat upgrade, and converted the $128 return into a voucher for a later flight.
So, only the planes with the “old seats” still recline.
They do recline. There is a small little lever under the seat that reclines them. I fly every week on frontier
I just got off a flight from
Denver to Portland sitting in 3A. They do go back. Small red lever on bottom right of seat. There is more leg room for sure. Not sure what some people are talking about. I’ve flown frontier a lot and this was the first time I got the stretch seats. At 6-1 it’s worth it.
Going from Orlando to Vegas there was more leg room and the seat reclined 1D.
Going back to Orlando there was more leg room, but no recline. Flight attendant said I only got an upgrade $65 for more leg room. Sorry, false advertising!