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Which airlines are the best?

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The average cost of an airplane trip is $370. While finding the cheapest airline ticket is easier these days due to the Internet, other factors also are important in airline travel.

To help consumers make more-informed decisions, WalletHub, a personal finance website, compared the 10 largest U.S. airlines, plus two regional carriers, in 13 categories. They range from cancellation and delay rates to baggage mishaps and in-flight comfort. The cost of in-flight amenities also was examined.

The best airlines in key categories include:

  • Best airline overall – Alaska Airlines
  • Cheapest airline – Spirit Airlines
  • Most reliable airline – Alaska Airlines
  • Most comfortable airlines – JetBlue Airways
  • Best airline for pets – Alaska Airlines
  • Least complained-about airlines – Southwest Airlines

For details, see “2017’s Best Airlines.”

Copyright 2017, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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Tom Sightings

I'm not much of a flier, but when I do go I usually use Delta, so I was happy to see it came in #2.

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