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Alaska Airlines named 2018 Best Airline by WalletHub

Alaska Airlines was named the 2018 Best Airline by WalletHub. (Photo courtesy of AlaskaAir)

With the busy summer travel season making its approach, WalletHub, a popular personal finance website, today released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst Airlines to follow up its recent look at the Best Frequent Flyer Programs and help consumers save as much time, money and aggravation as possible.

Everyone can compare airlines based on price, but it’s much more difficult to weigh other aspects of the air travel experience. So WalletHub focused on quantifying those aspects, including how often there are delays, baggage issues, animal incidents, passenger complaints and more.

Here are some of the key findings:

  • Best Overall – Alaska Airlines earned the highest overall WalletHub Score (74.18) for the second year in a row, followed by Delta Air Lines (72.57).
  • Most Reliable – Delta Airlines has the lowest overall rate of cancelations, delays, mishandled luggage and denied boardings.
  • Least Pet-Friendly – Nearly 1 in 10,000 animals died, got injured or were lost while transported by major U.S. airlines in 2017. None were incident-free, but United and American had the highest incident rates.
  • Most Comfortable – JetBlue leads the pack in terms of in-flight experience, offering free amenities such as Wi-Fi, extra legroom, and complimentary snacks and beverages.

Alaska Airlines, which recently merged with Virgin America, services all three Washington, DC area airports: IAD, DCA, & BWI.

For the full list of 2018’s Best & Worst Airlines, please visit: wallethub.com.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including TravelChannel.com, DCRefined, Metro Weekly and CBS Local. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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