Flight review: Frontier, red-eye, trans-con in coach (SFO-MCO)

It was around midnight when our bird rolled up to the gate at SFO Terminal 1, 90 minutes late from Orlando.

To Orlando she would return.

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My Frontier elite status let me to board in group 1, which allowed me to avoid the bag shoving that later ensued.

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One thing Frontier elite status failed for the first time to hook me up with?

A Stretch seat: The first three rows and Frontier’s version of First Class.

Stretch seats were sold out on this flight, as were all of the seats. Full plane.

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Here’s what Stretch seats look like:

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As opposed to my row for this flight, right behind Stretch:

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After six straight flights with free Stretch seats I was disappointed, but still grateful to be near the front of this human-packed capsule.

If you don’t have a big personal item under the seat in front of you, it’s fairly easy to stretch your legs out in the normal seats anyway.

Frontier’s non-Stretch seats are “pre-reclined,” whereas Stretch seats have a recline option.

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Normal seats on the left, Stretch on the right.

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No personal TV, Wi-Fi or power outlets, but at least there’s…a slot…for storage:

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A cup of water is the only free option, but I actually like the menu:

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Ten bucks for two drinks and two hefty snacks isn’t a bad deal when you paid $67 for the round trip flight (including a $50 apology voucher).

Thanks to my noise-canceling headphones and a neck pillow, I passed out for a few hours.

We began our descent around 8am, so the sun was piercing when I slid my window open for a look.

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Returning to lush, green Florida is always refreshing after any extensive time away in the dry West.

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The one thing I don’t like about my hometown airport, MCO?

Even the TSA Pre-Check lines are packed, at all times:

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For more posts on Frontier Airlines, check out the topics page here.

Comment below with your Frontier horror/love stories!

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