These Are the Best Airlines in the U.S. to Fly for Summer Travel
The Points Guy announced their annual list, and the results will surprise you.
Despite inflation, it’s been projected that this summer is going to be a big one for travel, with numbers climbing well above pre-pandemic levels, with 85% of Americans planning on getting out of town this summer. And given what a horrendous winter it was for air travel, it’s increasingly important to pick the right airline to fly with. Thankfully, trusted industry resource The Points Guy, also known as TPG, has released its seventh annual Best Airlines Report, ranking the best airlines in the United States based on reliability, experience, costs, reach, and loyalty.
TPG’s method reflects every element of the customer experience from ticketing through baggage delivery and redeeming rewards for future trips. Delta Air Lines won the title of the number one airline in America for the fifth year in a row, followed by United Airlines and Alaska Airlines as second and third in the rankings. Also in the top five were American and Southwest, whose ranking not surprisingly dropped from previous years after its complete meltdown this winter.
Delta was recognized particularly for its timeliness, as nearly 84% of their flights arrived on time this year, and Hawaiian Airlines scored the top spot for most reliable U.S. carrier, as it had the lowest cancellation rate. While JetBlue was the top airline for cabin features, with complimentary Wi-Fi, plus seatback TVs and the largest economy seats in the U.S, they lacked in reliability, according to TPG.
The worst performers overall were Allegiant and Frontier, with timeliness, cancellations, customer satisfaction, and bag-change fees rated significantly lower than other airlines.
“With travel back in full swing, passengers’ demands higher than in previous years, and continued travel chaos, airlines have been working to keep up and adapt to consumers’ changing travel habits,” said Brian Kelly, Founder of The Points Guy. “Our team at The Points Guy has spent countless hours analyzing the last year of air travel to create this comprehensive guide that identifies which airlines are meeting the needs of consumers and help travelers make smarter, more informed decisions when planning their vacations.”
The full rankings are as follows:
1. Delta Air Lines
2 United Airlines
3. Alaska Airlines
4. American Airlines
5. Southwest Airlines
6. Hawaiian Airlines
7. JetBlue Airways
8. Spirit Airlines
9. Allegiant Air
10. Frontier Airlines