Report: The #1 Airline for Customer Satisfaction

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The coronavirus pandemic has hit the travel industry hard, and the volume of air travel is still way, way down. But one source reports that consumers’ satisfaction with the airlines is actually going up!

An American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) special COVID-19 report examining the state of travel finds that airlines are meeting the needs of customers in several key categories including boarding satisfaction, timeliness and cleanliness.

Report: Southwest Top Airline Among Passengers Right Now

The report is based on surveys conducted with U.S. consumers between April 1 and September 30, 2020. ACSI compares data from that period to the 12 months leading up to March 2020, just about the time many areas of the U.S. started locking down because of the coronavirus. 

Of course, many airlines have had to lay off workers and slash routes due to low customer demand. And money expert Clark Howard still wants you to be cautious about air travel right now.

The report shows that the airline industry has continued to please its customers, which is evident from the overall increase in ACSI scores.

Here are some key findings from the report, which is scored on a 100-point scale:

  • Passenger satisfaction with the airline industry as a whole reached a record score of 76, which is a 1.3% gain over its pre-pandemic score.
  • Southwest Airlines is tops among customers when it comes to the check-in process and overall value.
  • Delta Air Lines rose to second place for the first time since 2004.

Wondering how your favorite airline fared? Let’s look at how passengers ranked the airlines during the first part of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Top Airlines for Customer Satisfaction Amid COVID

AirlinesApril through September 2020Previous Period % Change
Southwest Airlines801%
Delta Air Lines793%
Alaska Airlines780%
JetBlue Airways76-3%
United Airlines761%
All Others746%
American Airlines73-1%
Allegiant Airlines72-3%
Frontier Airlines683%
Spirit Airlines673%
Airlines (Average)761.3%

See the complete (ACSI) COVID-19 special report on travel.

Final Thought

Clark wants you to be as safe as possible, which may mean not traveling at all right now. If you do choose to travel, we recommend you follow these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you’re planning to travel by air, you should also make sure you:

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