Best Domesrtic US airlines in NYC

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In NYC market, Alaska (including Virgin America ), Delta, American, United, Alaska Air, Jetblue and Southwest give coverage.

Delta seems to be on a downward spiral as of late with system issues leading to cancelled flights.  Alaska is riding very high with a new lounge to be opened at JFK and other airports.  American is upgrading their JFK lounge.  Jetblue seems to be adding Mint product to additional flighte.

If you wanted to travel in this market and the route had competition of multiple of these airlines, which one would you choose?

I personally would avoid Southwest and United.  Alaska is very nice but too route limited on east coast and internationally.  American seems to be the best one size fits all airline. Jetblue has nice product but only single class service and no real lounge or international access.  

Southwest seems to be best for value travelers which probably fits the Fatwallet demographic since they probably have lower fees but without the frills,   

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Where do you plan to travel? Redeem miles? All things being equal, next step is to consider alliance partners.

For example, AA is generally stronger to Central and South America, DL to Asia, UA to Europe.

To Europe, AA's OW alliance has major hubs in UK and Spain, DL in France and the Netherlands, UA in Germany, and several other countries.

I fly to LGA almost once a month for business and prefer Delta and United, in that order.  Delta because of the ease of getting in and out at the Marine terminal and United because of their hourly flight to/from my city. 

Where you fly to is as important as fly from. Not all airlines go to all places and you need to go with another company. That is where 'Partners' come in.

If you don't have a specific destination in mind, then it is really Delta, American, or United (if you fly out of EWR). Everybody else you listed don't have the coverage to get you there.

It depends on the destination. When I look at FL from EWR for example, United has the most flights, however Jetblue is the best value. They all match their prices for the most part, but JetBlue gives you the most leg room, free wifi and snacks, and no stupid boarding rules.

Agreed on Jetblue. Alaska is even better in premium classes though. United can be cheapest from EWR to Singapore for instance but you can avoid United and get decent deals on a real carrier like ANA, Cathay, Eva, JAL, and others who connect in asia. United cose shares with ANA though so often you can get United and ANA mixed fligjts for super cheap.

Try skyscanner they also have a website that you can find online.

$ for $ Southwest is the best airline out there. But, understandably they are not a luxury airline.



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