Flying is often a fundamental element of travel, and airlines and airports have the ability to make or break a trip. So 10Best looked for the best airlines and airline amenities, as well as the best airports in North America that make getting to your destination a pleasure rather than a pain.
We asked our readers to vote for their favorite airports, airlines and in-flight amenities – and the results are in.
Click on each category below to see the full list of winners.
Best Airline: Delta Air Lines
10Best readers voted Delta as the best for American flyers — Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines
Delta ranks among the most highly rated US-based carriers due to its on-time record (83 percent of flights arrived within 15 minutes of their scheduled time in early 2019), extensive routes, robust frequent flyer program and excellent lounges at airports across America. Even smaller planes have seat-back TVs to keep passengers entertained on their journey.
Best Airport Lounge: Delta Sky Club at John F. Kennedy International Airport
Guests enjoy ample natural light and an outdoor deck in this winning lounge — Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines
Delta Sky Club makes for a comfortable place to relax no matter which airport you’re waiting at, but the flagship lounge at JFK is a standout. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, plenty of power outlets for recharging devices, fresh food, premium drinks from THE BAR and a huge open seating area with floor-to-ceiling windows offering natural light.
A highlight is the outdoor SkyDeck overlooking the Terminal 4 ramp.
Best Business & First Class: All Nippon Airways
Privacy is a big benefit in this first class experience — Photo courtesy of All Nippon Airways
Business class on All Nippon Airways (ANA) means direct aisle access and staggered seats for added privacy. The line’s newest first class seats include a privacy door, plus amenities like a premium wine selection, Japanese cuisine in collaboration with Nogizaka Shin and a Nishikawa AiR bed pad for sleeping.
Best Cabin Crew: Delta Air Lines
Service shines on Delta Air Lines — Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines
When Delta Air Lines brings on new flight attendants, the company looks for individuals with previous customer-facing work experience in fields that require the care and safety of others, to help ensure friendly and efficient service.
Best Economy Class: JetBlue
Readers choose JetBlue for its economy class — Photo courtesy of JetBlue
JetBlue offers the most legroom in its economy cabin for an American-based airline. Passengers also enjoy free snacks and drinks, free Wi-Fi gate to gate on every plane, and DIRECTV and SiriusXM Radio at every seat.
Best Inflight Entertainment: JetBlue
Passengers on JetBlue enjoy high-speed Wi-Fi from gate to gate — Photo courtesy of JetBlue
Every seat on every JetBlue flight enjoys free high-speed Wi-Fi from gate to gate, as well as seat-back touchscreens with free live TV, SiriusXM Radio, Showtime, Spotify and an extensive library of movies.
Best Inflight Food: All Nippon Airways
Hungry? ANA dishes up the best food in the sky — Photo courtesy of All Nippon Airways
ANA works with a team of chefs, sommeliers and sake experts, a team they call The Connoisseurs, to curate menus reflecting Japanese, French and fusion gastronomy.
Best Large Airport in the U.S.: Denver International Airport
Winning airport is easy on the eyes — Photo courtesy of Denver International Airport
Denver International Airport ranks among the most visually striking in North America, and it also wins points for its stellar art collection and abundant dining options. Unlike some of the big, more congested airports further east, Denver has a light and airy feel, with most everything in easy walking distance.
Best Small Airport in the U.S.: Myrtle Beach International Airport
Winning small airport serves more than 50 destinations — Photo courtesy of Myrtle Beach International Airport
Myrtle Beach International Airport ranks among the fastest growing airports in the state. Passengers fly in and out on eight different airlines to more than 50 destinations across North America. It wins high marks from passengers for its convenient location and the ease of getting through security and to your gate.
Congratulations to all these winning airlines and airports. Remember to visit 10Best daily to vote in other Readers' Choice categories.