The Best Airlines in the U.S. and the World

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If you want to visit to a far-flung destination in a reasonable amount of time, flying is your only option. You may not be able to avoid taking a plane to your next vacation, but you do have a choice in which company will get you there. Below are the best airlines for traveling internationally and within the U.S.

The luggage storage app Bounce analyzed numerous factors to put together this list of the top-rated airlines in 2021. The best airlines boast high marks in convenience, with prompt arrival times and generous maximum baggage allowances. They provide small luxuries to passengers as well in the form of comfortable seats, robust inflight entertainment, and quality meals. Bounce also looked at the number of complaints filed against each company between January and June 2021 and the level of staff service.

Coming in at No.1 on the domestic list is Delta. In 2021, the airline received a relatively low number of complaints and made the second-best arrival times in the U.S. They were edged out in the latter category by Hawaiian Airlines, the No. 2 airline in the U.S. Horizon Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and JetBlue also made the top five.

On the global level, Ana All Nippon Airways was named the best airline overall. The Japanese company scored five out of five points in staff service and fours in food, comfort, and entertainment. It's followed by three more Asian airlines: Singapore Airlines, Korean Air Lines, and Japan Air Lines Company.

You can view the full lists of the top airlines in the U.S. and the world below. If you're preparing to travel this holiday season, here are some tips for optimizing your experience.

Best Airlines in the U.S.

  1. Delta Air Lines
  2. Hawaiian Airlines
  3. Horizon Airlines
  4. Alaska Airlines
  5. JetBlue

Best Airlines in the World

  1. Ana All Nippon Airways
  2. Singapore Airlines
  3. Korean Airlines
  4. Japan Airlines Company
  5. Qatar Airways