These Are the Best Airlines in America

Alaska Airlines tops WalletHub's overall list for 2024
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2024 2:18 PM CDT
America's Best Airline Isn't the Safest
An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 awaits inspection at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Jan. 10 in SeaTac, Washington.   (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson, File)

The safest airline in the US also happens to be the cheapest—and yet, not the best overall. That's according to WalletHub, which compared the nine largest US airlines and one regional carrier (SkyWest, which serves more than one major airline) across 13 metrics, including cost, delays, cancellations, injuries, entertainment options, and legroom. Each airline was given an overall score, with Alaska Airline coming in at No. 1. However, Spirit Airlines was both the safest and most affordable. Below is the overall ranking, as well as the top performer in four key categories.

  1. Alaska Airlines
  2. SkyWest Airlines
  3. Spirit Airlines
  4. Delta Air Lines
  5. United Airlines
  6. JetBlue Airways
  7. Hawaiian Airlines
  8. American Airlines
  9. Frontier Airlines
  10. Southwest Airlines

  • Safest: Spirit Airlines
  • Most afforable: Spirit Airlines
  • Most reliable: Delta Air Lines
  • Most comfortable: Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways
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