The Cheapest Airlines
Spirit Airlines and Frontier proved the best budget carriers in the country, offering consumers one way flights that are typically under $100 USD. Spirit Airlines operates on an ‘a la carte’ mode, where flights are cheap but hidden fees are often accumulated via luggage, in-flight meals, requested seat assignments, etc. While cheap upfront, carriers like Spirit often get a high disapproval rating from customers who are surprised by the added charges when flying.
The Most Comfortable Airline
The title of ‘Most Comfortable Airline’ goes to JetBlue, whose inflight services offer complimentary amenities, WiFi, snacks and legroom. In 2014, JetBlue rolled out its newest premium experience, Mint, which aims to rival other airlines’ business class accommodations and attract business travelers.
The Most Pet Friendly Airline
According to WalletHub, “1.3 animals died, got injured or were lost for every 10,000 transported by major U.S. airlines in 2016. None were incident-free.” While the ideal mode of travel with pets is to bring them in the cabin, if you have to put your pet in cargo, then Alaska Airlines is your best bet. Alaska Airlines, which saw the lowest number of pet incidents, offers Pet Connect to ensure the smooth and comfortable transport of your furry friend.
The Least Complained About Airline
Surprisingly, the airline that scored highest in satisfaction, according to WalletHub, was Southwest Airlines. In contrast, Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines had the highest amount of complaints in 2016 and 2017, earning them the title of least satisfactory air carriers.
The Most Reliable Airline
The most reliable airline of 2017 is Alaska Airlines who had the lowest rate of cancellations, lost luggage, delays, denied boardings and complaints.
When it comes to booking airfare, the cheapest flight isn’t necessarily the best. When looking at reliability, competency and comfort, sometimes it is worth paying more to ensure a better experience and avoid pesky hidden fees.