There’s a lot of reasons to love JetBlue. The snacks are unlimited and plentiful, the WiFi is free, the entertainment selection is vast, and the airline has the most legroom in coach class of any other airlines. In addition to all of that, JetBlue is also considered to be the best airline for families in 2019, according to a new ranking.
The ranking, released by travel site The Points Guy on Monday, was based on several factors, from kid-friendly food options to services for unaccompanied minors to early boarding procedures included for families. In addition to the aforementioned perks, JetBlue takes top marks for having a system that allows families to pool their points and complimentary seat assignments, bumping Southwest Airlines from its number one spot last year.
“Many families, especially young families, have a lot of anxiety or even dread when it comes to flying,” Summer Hull, director of travel for The Points Guy, said in a press release. “It can be hard to meet the needs of your kids while in a small tube flying miles above the sky without bringing the whole house with you, but while parents need to prepare for the flight, some airlines actually make the entire experience easier, from getting seats together to staying full and entertained throughout the flight.”
Here’s the rest of the ranking, per The Points Guy:
10. Allegiant Air
Allegiant Air is the ninth-largest commercial airline in the US. It is wholly owned by Allegiant Travel Company, a publicly-traded company with 4,000 employees and over US$2.6 billion market capitalization. Allegiant links travelers in America’s small cities to sunny vacation destinations across the country. Whether you want to soak up the sun on one of Florida’s sandy beaches, hit the links in Phoenix or try your luck in Las Vegas, Allegiant has a vacation for you. They offer everyday low fares on stand-alone air travel, and even more savings when you bundle air with hotel rooms, car rentals, and entertainment tickets. Book now for the best deal!
9. Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines, Inc. is the seventh-largest commercial airline in the United States. Spirit operates scheduled flights throughout the United States and in the Caribbean and Latin America. Spirit Airlines is committed to offering the lowest total fare to get you where you want to go. On average, our total price is 30% less* than the other guys. They are committed to giving you more choices when it comes to how you fly and how you save. Add extras like Shortcut Boarding. Relax in a Big Front Seat. It’s up to you.
8. Frontier Airlines
Frontier Airlines is the eighth-largest commercial airline in the US, Frontier Airlines operates flights to over 100 destinations throughout the United States and six international destinations, and employs more than 3,000 air-travel professionals.
7. American Airlines
American Airlines, Inc. is the world’s largest airline when measured by fleet size, revenue, scheduled passengers carried, scheduled passenger-kilometers flown, and a number of destinations served. Together with regional partners, operating as American Eagle and US Airways Express, the airlines operate an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American is a founding member of the Oneworld alliance, whose members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries.
6. United Airlines
United Airlines, Inc. is the 3rd largest airline in the world, measured by fleet size and route network. United operates a large domestic and international route network, with an extensive presence in the Asia-Pacific region. Together with United Express, these airlines operate an average of 5,820 flights a day to airports on six continents from hubs in Chicago, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark Liberty, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.
5. Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines, Inc., typically referred to as Delta, is ranked second among the world’s largest airlines by number of scheduled passengers carried, revenue passenger-kilometers flown, and fleet size. It is ranked 69th on the Fortune 500. Delta flies to more than 350 destinations on 6 continents, serving more than 160 million passengers each year. It’s an important job, that’s why they have 70,000 dedicated employees who are up to the task every day, on every flight.
4. Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines is the fifth largest airline in the United States when measured by fleet size, scheduled passengers carried, and the number of destinations served.
3. Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines is the tenth-largest commercial airline in the US and is based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Now in its 90th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (12) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 250 daily flights system-wide.
2. Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines Co. is the world’s largest low-cost carrier. The mission of Southwest Airlines is dedication to the highest quality of customer service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and company spirit.
1. JetBlue Airways
JetBlue Airways Corporation, stylized as jetBlue, is a major American low-cost airline, and the sixth-largest in the United States by passengers carried. They offer nonstop daily service to 100+ destinations in the continental U.S., Bermuda, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Latin America; and JetBlue Vacations packages with big savings and peace of mind all the time. Onboard our flights enjoy award-winning service; complimentary, unlimited brand-name snacks and beverages; comfy, leather seats with the most legroom in coach and free 36 channels of DIRECTV and more than 100 channels of SiriusXM Radio.
Hull believes the rankings provide airlines with an opportunity to reevaluate how they appeal to families and how they can improve their services: “We’d love for this report to not only be viewed as a guide for families looking to choose which airline to book on their next vacation, but also for airlines to see how they could improve the experience for those who fly with kids… some that carry with them very little cost.”
Allegiant, Spirit, and Frontier definitely need to step their game up if they want to wrangle in the family vacation demographic — low budget isn’t everything. The only thing JetBlue really needs to work on, it appears, is its water quality.