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September Best time to beat the crowds with an average 17% drop in price.

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December Most popular time to fly with an average 14% increase in price.

Average price round-trip

$357 (avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal round-trip

$217 or less

Good deal one-way

$163 or less

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  • Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $163 or less one-way and $217 or less round-trip.
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  • High season is considered to be November, December and January. The cheapest month to fly is September.
  • Morning departure is around 8% cheaper than an evening flight, on average*.
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Top airline flying Raleigh Raleigh-Durham to San Francisco

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

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Frontier
Overall score based on 39,377 reviews
6.4
Boarding
5.4
Comfort
6.8
Crew
4.6
Entertainment
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Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "Nothing. Not even the refund compensated for the lost time and additional expenses incurred from Frontier"
Cons: "6 hour delay. Didn't board plane and still lost our bag"

Pros: "Boarding and timeliness"
Cons: "No food, no beverages"

Pros: "Liked the ease of boarding and cleanliness of the plane!"
Cons: "No reclining of seats"

Pros: "Landing was good"
Cons: "Surprise cost of carry on bags Flight attendents reguests over and over to clean areah"

Cons: "First I bought a ticket from Spirit Airlines SFO to MCO for 309$, then I saw charges from frontier Airline, frontier airlines bought a ticket for me too for 287$, when I was just watching checking the price. Then I compared the tickets, both the time, but from Frontier Airlines was cheaper then I stayed with frontier and cancel the other reservation from Spirit Airlines the next day I see frontier airlines also cancelled that reservation and I had to rebook another ticket for 496$, the price went up, then I had to pay 187$ extra, IT WAS A FRAUD JOB FROM FRONTIER AIRLINES, I can prove everything above with the receipts and the dates on it, the worse experience I had"

Pros: "Arrived 40 minutes early so can't be too sad about that especially since a gate was available immediately. Jet bridge in SF was heated but in Denver where it was colder and he had to wait it was not. The check in lady clearly did not care about her job at all I'm Denver. Frontier is a budget airline which for this trip worked for me as I was able to pack everything in a "personal item" and don't mind sitting in the back of the plane, I got lucky and got asigned a window seat. No drinks offeed without a charge which I don't agree with but again you get what you pay for. And it's way better than Spirit."

Cons: "Everything is an upcharge - carryon, a seat that reclines, etc."

Cons: "They allowed us to checkin and get to the boarding zone just to tell us the flight was canceled."

Pros: "Good time slots"
Cons: "Long line at DIA bag drop (insufficient staff), delays on both ends"

Pros: "I got the upgraded seat, (+$45). It was very roomy. There's no entertainment but I brought my own. Food and drinks for sale were good and not as expensive as the shops in the airport. No sandwiches, just snacks and booze. Overall was pleasantly surprised."
Cons: "It would have been nice to be able to buy a small sandwich.. It was a cross country flight and I was pretty hungry when I got off the plane."

Pros: "Price is able to reach"
Cons: "No water to customer drink"

Pros: "Little."
Cons: "Worst flight of my entire life."

Cons: "I contacted Frontier about a week before my flight to let them know my friend I was flying to visit had to make an emergency trip to see her father who was dying of liver failure. On the first attempt I was notified that only immediate family members were would be an excuse but that I could try to request through a different faucet of emergency circumstances. I put through another request and was never contacted. I did not fly to Salt Lake but I was still charged even though they could very well have sold my seat to another person and made double the money for the seat. I am very disappointed with the service I received from Frontier."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "At airport 2 hours before flight and still missed flight due to check in lines that were the length of the entire terminal. Knowing the capacity of planes and number of booked flights, one would think they would have more than 4 people working the checking in counters. Did not receive a refund for flight and baggage fees. I will NEVER Frontier again!"

Cons: "I will never fly frontier. they changed gates 3 times, turned off AC, had no one to push back the plain and so on. too many to list."

Cons: "Mistake with wrong gate number, no food, crew with out smile, plain with no plug in inside"

Cons: "Flight attendant from Denver to San Francisco had a bad attitude and was passive aggressive with guests. Perhaps it was a long day for her but at the end of the day you have a job to do and don't take it out on paying customers."

Pros: "same as above"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Another plane malfunction! Last time we flew Frontier we were stuck for 2 days in FL! Never was another plane brought in for us. Never was another flight to,Cleveland bumped so we could return home. At least you figured out that disaster and we were able to board a plane scheduled for Philadelphia, which bumped that passenger to a flight 3 hours later. And the stories of horror other passengers had last night...all about Frontier, one man previously had totally missed a cruise! This is not how to maintain nor run an airlines. I will not be giving Frintier another chance."

Cons: "Crew service when serving paid drinks, mis-taken order"

Pros: "I liked how fast the boarding went. The flight attendants were very nice. The wine was nice. We were kept informed about the fact we were running late. Still arrived on time. Plane was clean."
Cons: "No entertainment! But I expected that so that is okay. Unclear why the question. People next to me bought a snack but the one they wanted was out. They were disappointed. I did not like the fact that luggage is so expensive to check. I could not believe I had to pay for a seat once I had bought my ticket. I thought that was part of the price of the ticket. I can't fly standing up."

Pros: "On the up side the crew seemed to be nice and professional."
Cons: "The plane was too small and there was no entertainment. All snacks and drinks had to be paid for. I have never experienced this with any other airline."

Cons: "Worst seats in any plane I have EVER been on (and I travel ALL the time). Those steel seats with 0 cushion have resulted in me having the worst back pain and being on bed rest for the past 3 days on severe pain medication with no signs of improvement. I will never fly Frontier again."

Pros: "I booked Frontier for the low price. But after going to a farther away airport and paying for bags and seats and drinks and sitting in an uncomfortable seat, I am not so sure it was a great deal. I am happy that I did pay less than other airlines even with the cost of checking a bag (less cost than carrying one one) and for the seat. Because it is more costly to carry on a bag, hardly anyone did leaving lots of room in the overhead compartments and speeding up boarding and deplaning considerably. Snacks and drinks were reasonably priced and lower cost than in the airport. Only snacks like chips and beef jerky are available so if you want food, bring your own. Flight attendants were friendly. My bag arrived on the same flight that I did and it was in good condition. We were reasonably close to on time."
Cons: "Seats are short front to back and don't recline. There was barely enough room between seats to force by backpack down to the floor and almost no room on the floor to hold it leaving me with no where to put my feet except on top of it. My legs are long and about 1/2 of my leg was not supported by the seat. This was manageable for a short flight but I would certainly not book a long flight with these seats. We spent considerable time on the tarmac waiting at both ends. I am not clear on the delay at the beginning of each flight. The delay at the end was related to Frontier only having 1 gate at each airport so we had to wait until it was free. Yes, we landed 20 minutes ahead of time, but we got into the gate 20 minutes late - meaning sitting on the tarmac for 40 minutes. Bags were slow to come up. Probably because everyone checked them so there were many."

Pros: "we had a sudden storm which required us to hold for over an hour before landing. Crew was very professional and pilot excellent to get us down after an hour and a half delay."

Pros: "Courtesy& efficiency of the crew"
Cons: "nothing"

Pros: "Flight left and arrived on time."
Cons: "Seats didn't recline and website is misleading when it comes to purchasing seats. I was very uncomfortable."

Cons: "Despite the missed connection the woman at the ticket counter insisted that I would be charged for a carry on bag. I flew American instead and will be seeking a refund."

Cons: "This airline comes up with every idea possible to charge the costomer. I give the airline a star for being sneaky and sly and having rules and policies to rip off passengers. Because it is brilliant that they con you without breaking any laws."

Cons: "They've changed the seats on frontier- most uncomfortable flight ever. Plus it was late and the flight attendants seemed like they couldn't be bothered to be there."

Pros: "Frontier staff in SFO (San Francisco) friendlier to passengers than ORD (Chicago). Kept luggage at SFO for pickup when I arrived"
Cons: "Missed flight by 10 mins. Was able to check-in 1-hr before a domestic flight and get my boarding pass printed. However, the attendants were not interested in expediting me, and 4 other passengers going on the same flight, through security. Ultimately, 5 passengers with boarding passed missed their flight even though we had arrived to the airport and checked-in at an appropriate time! After the plane left, an attendant assisted a passenger to rebook their flight, but then left to go on break and left 3 of us stranded. Very few Frontier attendants available to help us. Had to pay $225 for another same day flight to SFO using American Airlines. Learning points: - hard deadline, need to be at gate 10 mins before departure time - lofty and esoteric reimbursement process - Frontier does not participate in TSA Pre-Check, so arrive 2 hours ahead of departure time for domestic flights - Frontier does not participate in other airline organizations, so unless you rebook with Frontier you are paying full price for the new ticket"

Pros: "When you add up the extra fees for carry on bags and reserving ordinary seats the bargain fares slip away. That being said, Frontier is a decent option if you know what you are getting into. Travel (extremely) light and decline to "grab a seat" and you can save some $$$."

Pros: "free water"
Cons: "the flight was late coming and going by over an hour."

Pros: "wide seat areas/ comfortable"
Cons: "rude crew / lost our baggage / no return calls until next day late about the drop off/ we went back to airport and pick up next day/ wasting time"

Pros: "New seats were slim and yet comfortable and full in the seat. On time departure and arrival Price"
Cons: "No coffee? tea? really? Leg room minimal Tried to choose seat online but only responded if I selected one costing yet more. Only 1 carry on no matter size Not enough space to open lap top fully with small table."

Pros: "We didn't crash."
Cons: "The flight was delayed for two hours before boarding, with no explanation. I chalked that up to winter travel and didn't worry about it. But then it was delayed for over an hour *after* boarding. Again, there was no apology, no explanation -- the crew literally said nothing to anyone until finally a clamor rose among the passengers to find out for us what the hell was going on. You know what they said? The airline was so understaffed that day that they didn't have enough people to get the baggage up the ramp and onto the plane! THAT'S why we sat there for over an hour! As well, I have never been more crowded on a plane in my life. I am a thin woman of average height, yet I couldn't put a book in the seat pocket in front of me because my knees were already touching it. Bags cost money, Drinks, including coffee and soda, cost money. And no one on the crew ever smiled. I will never fly Frontier again."

Pros: "Our flight didn't get canceled."
Cons: "I did not like that the airline does not mention anything about paying for carry on, paying for all drinks and food or paying to choose a seat, which were extremely uncomfortable by the way. All of these costs combine could have equaled or exceeded other ticket prices. It felt misleading and not worth the effort. I also thought that the sales pitch on the flight was disruptive and annoying. If you are going to represent yourself as a budget airline, stop trying to nickle and dime me everywhere you can."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything. Frontier is awful and I will never fly with them again. They cancelled the flight for "weather" more than 12 hours in advance. By the time the flight was supposed to leave, flights were taking off from O'Hare without any problem. Next, they could not have been less cooperative in helping my find an alternative route to San Fran. After more than 2 hours of arguing with Frontier personnel, they magically found a way for me to get there via Denver. Finally, once I boarded the flight to Denver, the crew could not have been any less competent. I saw at least two instances where they had given away the seat of someone who had checked into the flight, then had to scramble to find them a new seat. Frontier is the worst."

Cons: "More delays, few answers, no satisfaction. Do whatever you can to avoid flying Frontier."

Pros: "The crew was fine."
Cons: "First, I was not made aware that checking a bag, selecting a seat, and carrying on a bag would each be extra charges on top of the ticket price. If I had known that, I would have used a different airline, because the prices were relatively similar after all of the added costs. Secondly, the actual plane ride was incredibly uncomfortable. The seats on these airplanes do not recline (which is frustrating for a 3.5 - 4 hour flight), drinks or snacks are not free, and most of the other passengers were rude and difficult. I would not recommend this airline for any flights longer than 1.5 hours."

Cons: "First of all, they charged me to check into my flight. My $131 ticket turned into $183 and I hadn't even checked in for the way back. Not only did I have to pay for a seat at check in, but I had to pay $40 to brin a carry on!!!! So what the heck did my ticket pay for?!?! Once I choked down the extra $53, I went to the gate and the flight was cancelled. The gate attendant offered a refund or to put me on a flight the next day. He wouldn't look at other airlines for me. The only nice thing they did was make the refund process easy on the phone, since I had to leave the terminal to find another ticket counter to help me. I will not be flying frontier. Ever."

Cons: "At no point was there any info telling us about carry on bag charges. This added a 150 unexpected expense to our trip just for carry ons. Would have chosen a different flight of I would have known. Will never fly frontier airlines again. And will tell everyone I know that is planning on traveling what a terrible experience we had with them."

Pros: "Price"
Cons: "Delay"

Pros: "$45 to carry on a bag and put in the overhead bin. Ticket was cheap but after paying $45 EACH WAY I spent more than buying a ticket on another airline that lets you carry on a bag for free. They even charge for soda. Ripoff. Will never fly this airline again. Buyer Beware. There is no way to know about the hidden fees before buying your ticket unless you want to spend an hour or more combing through the multiple pages of fine print."

Cons: "hidden fees, paying for baggage."

Cons: "They offered cheap tickets to lure my friend in (she paid for my flight to her wedding as I just moved to another state and was strapped for cash) and only when I arrived at the ticket counter, did I find out that I had to shell out an additional 45 dollars FOR A CARRY-ON!! So, I had to pay 90 dollars, which I didn't have, AND pay for snacks and a beverage, because nothing was open at airport at the time of my flight. The flight crew was mediocre at best, as the flight attendants didn't bother to greet anyone except for the only man in a business suit. If you're going to nickel and dime people, I think it better to charge a little more for everyone's ticket, instead of slamming them with hidden costs. Overall, this experience left a bad taste in my mouth that even the 2 bucks a piece in-flight sodas couldn't wash away."

Cons: "I did not like the fact that I had to pay for placing a carry on in the overhead compartment, when most airlines do not charge for that. Also, the price for a carry-on was more expensive than a check-in bag. Then our flight was delayed for 3 hours and the board at the airline still showed "On-Time". After we landed in San Francisco from Las Vegas, we were stuck on the tarmac for 45 min. and could not leave the plane. While waiting on the plane I was how your baggage handlers were literally throwing the passengers luggage because they failed to drive the cart closer to the conveyor belt (now I know why luggage looks discombobulated). When we were able to leave the plane(we were off loaded at the international airport), the flight attendant failed to announce that our luggage was moved to the domestic terminal. She only announced that our luggage was going to be at carousel #12. Both the international and domestic terminals have a carousel #12. All the passengers waited at carousel #12 in the international terminal for at least 15 mins. Then when we found out it was at the domestic terminal, we all had to walk about 1 mile. My overall first time experience with Frontier was absolutely horrible. The staff was very unhelpful and did not inform the passengers properly which cause the passengers more time at the airport and less time at their final destination. Terrible, terrible airline. I would never recommend this airline to anyone at all."

Cons: "$45 for a carry on! The announcements on the flight were entirely about what you could not do, should do. It was like we were in the military. No friendliness other then when we landed thanking us for flying Frontier. Gate Agents said in response to me running to the gate 30 mins prior to the original scheduled departure (because the monitors were saying final boarding) when the flight was delayed an hour...."well at least this way everyone will be here for when we do leave/ Really? That makes it a good idea to have passengers running to the a gate just to wait another hour. I was in row 4...seats in front of me reclined and our row did not...fortunately I was not affected by the person beside me in the middle seat was...poor design to have people in row 4 have already tight space reduced significantly due to person in front reclining the seat."

Cons: "While booking I was unaware frontier airlines charged for carry on luggage and didn't participate in TSA pre check. In addition to paying $45 more for the ticket than advertised and having to use normal security, the plane was so cramped the guy behind me hit me in the head. Finally there was a persistent foul smell in the plane. It was a rough 4hrs 30 min. I would recommend spending more and flying southwest or United."

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