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  • Writer's pictureAdam Garrett

US Airline Ratings

Updated: Feb 15




In this article, I'll be sharing about where to find airline ratings going over a wide variety of elements.


I'll be marking in red those options not viable from SE VA.

Composite US Rankings primarily from sources below & a bit of my opinion integrated when opinions from different parties vary:

Airline

Overall

Affordability

Bag Fees (Low = #1)

Comfort in Economy

Reliabile

Delta

1

12

4-5

2

3

2

5

United

2

10

7 (no carry on allowed in basic economy)

6

1

3

3

Alaska

3

8 or 9

3

3

5

5

1

JetBlue

4

8 or 9

6

1

8

11


6-11

Sun Country

5

4 or 5

8

9

10

?

6-11

Southwest

6

7 (w bags); 11-13 (w/ no bags reportedly 1, 2)

1

4

6

8

6-11

American

7

11

4-5

5

2

7

4

Hawaiian

8

6

2

7-8

12

1

2

Breeze

9

4 or 5

9 (substantially better than 10)

7-8

11

?

6-11

Spirit

10

1

12

11

9

8-10

Allegiant

11

3

10

10

4

8-10

6-11

Frontier

12

2

11

12

7

12

6-11

Forbes Rankings (not including their "best overall" due to me disagreeing with their algorithm). Notably, Allegiant & Breeze Airways, both viable options from SE VA, were not included in the rankings. That doesn't mean that they are below all of the others, simply that they were not part of the rankings.

Most Comfortable Airlines in the U.S.

Note on SkyWest & Envoy

Most Reliable Airlines in the U.S.

Safest Airlines in the U.S.


Notably, Breeze Airways isn't included.

A. Best US Airlines of 2022 1. Delta 2. United 3. Alaska 4. American 5. Southwest 6. Hawaiian 7. JetBlue 8. Spirit 9. Allegiant 10. Frontier

Best Economy Class: 1. JetBlue 2. Delta 3. Southwest

B. TPG Analysis of Overall Ratings

C. Most Reliable Airlines 1. Hawaiian 2. Delta

D. Travel Experience: 1 JetBlue

E. Highest Reach: 1. United 2. American 3. Delta

F. Most Affordable: 1. Spirit 2. Frontier 3. Allegiant


Skytrax Basics

While Skytrax doesn't analyze all airlines, it analyzes many around the globe. Unlike the analysis by TPG & Forbes, with Skytrax, many additional carriers are intentionally avoided due to being ranked worse than those within their lists of 10, 20, or 100 airlines per data set.

US-Based & Canadian-Based Airlines as Scored in Top 100 Airlines Overall 1. Delta 2. United 3. Alaska 4. Jetblue 5. Sun Country 6. Southwest 7. American 8. Hawaiian 9. Breeze

Additional Skytrax Awards for US-Based & Canadian-Based Airlines (Including Best By Class of Service)


Baggage Fee Differences

Additional Sources Used


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