The Best “Best Airline” List?

There are lots of ‘best airline’ lists but we like the new one from the Wall Street Journal because it focuses on the things important to travelers. No points are given for style or food, just airlines getting passengers where they need to be with the least amount of drama.

LISTEN: Travel pro Rick Seaney found a few surprises.

Best Airlines List

The Journal ranked seven performance areas for all of 2015: On-time arrivals, canceled flights, extreme delays, 2 hour tarmac delays, mishandled baggage, involuntary bumping and complaints. The newspaper’s data is from a variety of sources including the Department of Transportation’s monthly statistics.

No airline was tops in every area but Alaska ranked #1 in four of seven.

  1. Alaska
  2. Virgin America
  3. Delta
  4. Southwest
  5. JetBlue
  6. Frontier
  7. United
  8. Spirit
  9. American

Wondering if the best airline is also the cheapest?  As travel expert and FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney has proven, “no single airline always has the best fares.”

Note: Airline performance statistics are released each month and are available to the public at the Department of Transportation’s website.


Updated: January 20, 2016