Frontier airlines extends relationship with Barclays and launches
small business credit card program
Frontier Now Offers Consumers and Small Business Owners Greater Flexibility and Opportunities to Earn Miles and Other Perks
WILMINGTON, DE and DENVER, CO (June 27, 2007) — 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® 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 www.frontierairlines.com.
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 www.barclaycardus.com.
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.