WILMINGTON, Del. and DENVER, June 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Frontier
Airlines (Nasdaq: FRNT) today announced that it has extended its consumer
credit card relationship with Barclays (NYSE: BCS), one of the world's
largest financial institutions, to offer to its small business customers
the Frontier Airlines MasterCard BusinessCard.
Like the consumer version of the credit card, the new BusinessCard
offers 12,500 bonus miles upon activation, plus one mile for every dollar
spent on regular purchases and two miles for every dollar spent on Frontier
Airlines purchases. For a low $49 annual fee, the new BusinessCard offers
simplified expense management and spend tracking features, and a credit
line of up to $50,000. The new card also gives business owners the
flexibility they need to better manage their finances, the ability to
control employee spending, and the opportunity to award frequent flyer
miles to employee cardholders.
Featuring the stars of Frontier's award-winning tail-animal ad
campaign, Barclays and Frontier offer consumer cardholders a choice of one
of six Frontier card designs, including its signature Rabbit, Lynx, Fox and
Bear, as well as the new Penguin and Dolphin designs. Frontier's
BusinessCard features its popular Wolf design. As an added benefit to
Frontier cardholders this year, those who make more than $60,000 in
purchases within 12 credit card statement cycles (January to December
statements) will automatically be upgraded to "Ascent" status, an elite
level in Frontier's EarlyReturns program.
"Frontier Airlines' EarlyReturns is already one of the best loyalty
programs in the industry, and our Frontier MasterCard has played a
significant role in expanding our program and delivering even greater value
and satisfaction to our members," said John Happ, Senior Vice President of
Marketing and Planning at Frontier Airlines. "Thanks in no small part to
the great success of our consumer credit card, we're pleased to offer the
new Frontier Airlines BusinessCard so that our small business customers can
benefit from Barclays' knowledge, expertise and world-class programs and
services while earning Frontier miles for the everyday purchases they need
to help their business grow."
"Frontier Airlines' decision to expand its four-year relationship with
Barclays is a strong testament to the quality of our loyalty programs, the
excellence of our customer service, and our strong commitment to Frontier's
success," said Chuck Moore, Managing Director, Marketing and Partners at
Barclays. "With the depth of Barclays' experience and resources behind
Frontier's consumer and business card offerings, we're able to offer
cardholders even greater flexibility and more opportunities to earn free
travel -- making Frontier a more rewarding airline to fly."
About Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc.
Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc. is the parent company of Denver-based
Frontier Airlines. Currently in its 13th year of operations, Frontier
Airlines is the second-largest jet service carrier at Denver International
Airport, employing approximately 5,000 aviation professionals. With 60
aircraft and one of the youngest Airbus fleet in North America, Frontier
offers 24 channels of DIRECTV(R) service in every seatback along with 33
inches of legroom in an all coach configuration. In conjunction with its
regional jet fleet, operated by Horizon and Republic Airlines, Frontier
offers routes linking its Denver hub to 58 destinations including 48 U.S.
cities in 30 states spanning the nation from coast to coast, eight cities
in Mexico and two cities in Canada. In November 2006, Frontier and AirTran
Airways announced a first-of-its-kind integrated marketing partnership that
offers travelers the ability to reach more than 80 destinations across four
countries with low fares, aboard two of the youngest fleets in the
industry. In December 2006, Frontier was designated "Best Low Cost Carrier"
in the U.S. by the readers of Business Traveler magazine. Frontier's
maintenance department has received the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) Diamond Award recognizing its advanced training standards for eight
consecutive years, from 1999 to 2006. For more in-depth information on
Frontier Airlines, please visit our Web site at
Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the U.S. credit card operations
of Barclays PLC, has more than 50 existing credit card partnerships with
some of the country's most successful travel, entertainment, educational
and financial institutions including Frontier Airlines, US Airways, AirTran
Airways, Midwest Airlines, Carnival Cruise Lines, TiVo, Gulf Oil, Harvard
Alumni Association, and UBS among others. For more information please visit
Barclays PLC is a major global financial services provider engaged in
retail and commercial banking, credit cards, investment banking, wealth
management and investment management services. Barclays is one of the
largest financial services companies in the world by market capitalization.
With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates
in over 50 countries and employs 123,000 people. Barclays moves, lends,
invests and protects money for over 27 million customers and clients
worldwide. Barclaycard is one of the largest global credit card companies
with 16.2 million credit card customers around the world. For more
information about Barclays PLC, please visit www.barclays.com
* Based on more than 450,000 votes worldwide, InsideFlyer magazine
named Frontier Airlines' EarlyReturns frequent flyer "Program of the Year"
in the U.S., and winner of the "Best Award" category, at the 19th Annual
Freddie Awards, April 26, 2007.