Domestic Airline Review

(Last Updated On: June 17, 2017)

I have traveled a lot and since I am at a young age, I tend to fly with any airline that is the cheapest. I am probably more willing than most to take a flight because it is cheap even if it has layovers, separate airports to get to, or doesn’t allow me to bring carry-on baggage. In light of many airline fiascos, I thought it might be helpful to compare some of the American airlines I have been on and give each of them a rating. I rated their baggage policies, legroom, food (mainly for international flights), and on-board entertainment.

Spirit Airline

Being a broke college student, I fly Spirit a lot. I’ve flown to New York for a week for only $150; one way from Orlando to Chicago for $80; and, Chicago to North Carolina for a week for around $200. All I bring with me is a small duffle bag that fits under my seat, so I don’t have to pay for bags. I probably would never fly with them if it was no more than two to three hours away.

My Rating:

Bags:4 out of 10

Legroom: 5 out of 10

Food: 4 out of 10

Entertainment: N/A

Overall: 5 out of 10

Southwest Airlines

Southwest has good deals. I always see on my Facebook timeline something about a sale from Southwest offering cheap flights to the Caribbean and elsewhere. I definitely like Southwest. They are comfortable, always on time and decently priced. The best time to look for summer sales for this airline is May and June because they will put out cheap flights for those months and advance months in the Fall. Carry-on bags are normally included in the price as well.

My Rating:

Bags: 7 out of 10

Legroom: 7 out of 10

Food: N/A

Comfort: 7 out of 10

Entertainment: N/A

Overall: 7 out of 10

British Airways

After what happened in London where hundreds of people’s flights got canceled, BA refused to put them in a hotel for free or get them on another flight, so I don’t fly them. And, even before then, I didn’t fly with them much. BA doesn’t have the greatest service, and they are very expensive compared to other airlines. On the plus side, bags are included in their price, and BA is a big brand name that hasn’t seen much backlash.

My Rating:

Bags: 7 out of 10

Legroom: 8 out of 10

Food: 8 out of 10

Comfort: 8 out of 10

Entertainment: N/A

Overall: 8 out of 10

Frontier Airline

I would much rather choose Frontier over Spirit. There isn’t much of a difference, but Frontier tends to be cheaper than Spirit by a few bucks and baggage fees are cheaper on Frontier as well. When it comes to leg room, there is a bar under the seat, so it makes it hard to stretch out if you have long legs like me.

My Rating:

Bags: 5 out of 10

Legroom: 3 out of 10

Food: N/A

Comfort: 5 out of 10

Entertainment: N/A

Overall: 5 out of 10 

United Airways 

Try not to get dragged off the plane if you fly with them. However, because of the dragging incident flights with United have been pretty cheap. I was never a huge fan of United. The time I did fly with them, we had to have an emergency layover in New York because they did not have enough fuel to fly to Philly. As a result of the layover, I missed my connecting flight and had to stay over in NY by myself. So maybe I’m a bit biased, but I never flew United after that. The one time I flew with them out of London, my bags were included and it was a comfortable flight.

My Rating:

Bags: 8 out of 10

Legroom: 8 out of 10

Food: 8 out of 10

Comfort: 8 out of 10

Entertainment: 8 out of 10

Overall: 6 out of 10 (I rated it lower due to an incident I had)

Hawaiian Airline

I’m not sure if many people use this airline, but I loved them. Hawaiian airline is partnered with Virgin airlines. So, if you fly with them, you can still earn miles with Virgin Atlantic, America, or Australia. The flight was super comfortable; the staff very friendly; and, it had very good entertainment. They work at the same high standard as Virgin, and the food was very good on my flight back from Australia. Also, Honolulu’s airport is on the small which makes it so easy to navigate.

My Rating:

Bags: 8 out of 10

Legroom: 8 out of 10

Food:8 out of 10

Comfort: 8 out of 10

Entertainment: 8 out of 10

Overall:8 out of 10

I’m sure everyone’s experiences with various airlines is different, but these are some of my mine. If you take the time, you can definitely find cheap flights like I do. By the way, if you know some airlines you enjoy flying that I didn’t mention, I would love to hear from you.

Kayla PicAbout the Author: The EM, Inc. Travel “Guru” Kayla Brock grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Ill. She chose to go to an international university in London for her bachelor’s degree because it offered her an opportunity to study journalism and communications in ways that she felt she would not experience in the United States. Being overseas was an easy decision for her because she had the freedom to travel and explore different cultures from her own. So far, she has been to 20 countries and also has traveled to 24 out of 50 states in the U.S. Kayla enjoys travel writing, photography (digital and film), video editing, hiking, and adventure sports.

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Domestic Airline Review