Hate Flying? These Airlines Might Change Your Mind

Photo (cc) by loiclemeur

Canceled flights, lost baggage, overbooked planes, bad customer service – it seems that airline passengers have a lot to complain about these days.

But some airlines are trying to mix things up by putting their passengers first and offering extra amenities, while still keeping prices low.

According to Caroline Costello with SmarterTravel, these seven airlines want to make you love flying again.

  • Turkish Airlines. This carrier flies to more countries than any other carrier in the world, treating its passengers to chef-prepared meals and email and texting capabilities. “The two-story megalounge is outfitted with a playground, showers, massage beds, a golf simulator, food stations serving fresh regional foods, and even private little rooms with beds for naps,” Costello said.
  • Porter Airlines. A 32-inch seat pitch in economy and no middle seats – need we say more? Add in complimentary beer and wine and affordable fares and it’s no wonder that Porter was named the world’s best small airline for 2013 in the Conde Nast Traveler.
  • Emirates. On its way to becoming the world’s largest airline, Emirates’ jumbo jets feature onboard lounges and shower spas for the premium class, plus complimentary wine and cocktails for the economy travelers. Emirates also has kid-friendly TV shows and activity packs.
  • JetBlue. One free checked bag, free DirecTV and great customer service appeal to fliers. Plus, some planes have fast Wi-Fi, and you can even purchase lie-flat transcontinental seats. Sounds great, right?
  • OpenSkies. Affordability or comfort? Fortunately, you don’t have to choose just one when you fly on this British Airways subsidiary. Personal preloaded iPads and comfy leather seats greet economy travelers. Plus, OpenSkies offers cheap fares. For example, a PremPlus fare between New York and Paris starts at $1,299 round trip, and it includes fully reclining seats.
  • Virgin America. Mood lighting, touch-screen food and drink order menu, plus a redesigned boarding pass that you can easily fit into your pocket. Virgin America wants its passengers to have an easy, comfortable flying experience.
  • Asiana Airlines. “Asiana just revamped its A380 planes, adding first-class suites that have doors, closets and beds; starlit cabin ceilings; real ovens for cooking food; and even social areas with bars and lounges,” Costello said. Plus, your kids can take in a live magic show during the flight. What more can you ask for?

Wow. Sure beats the complimentary soda and bag of pretzels I usually get when I fly.

What’s your favorite airline? Share your comments below or on our Facebook page.

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
Drivers Give These 5 Car Insurers the Highest Marks
Drivers Give These 5 Car Insurers the Highest Marks

One company claimed the top ranking in several categories.

8 Things You Can Buy for $1 or Less on Amazon
8 Things You Can Buy for $1 or Less on Amazon

They say you get what you pay for — but not always. Sometimes, you can uncover a good deal at a great price.

Never Buy These 19 Things Online
Never Buy These 19 Things Online

The internet has changed how we shop. But for some things, you’re still better off buying the old-fashioned way.

3 Easy Ways to Get Laundry Soap for Nearly Nothing
3 Easy Ways to Get Laundry Soap for Nearly Nothing

Not using any of these methods for saving on laundry detergent? Then, you are washing money down the drain.

5 Reasons You Should Work for as Long as You Live
5 Reasons You Should Work for as Long as You Live

These benefits might make you think twice about retirement.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again
9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again

The warehouse store offers an enormous selection, but these products aren’t coming back.

11 Things Retirees Should Always Buy at Costco
11 Things Retirees Should Always Buy at Costco

This leader in bulk shopping is a great place to find discounts in the fixed-income years.

Over 50? The CDC Says You Need These 4 Vaccines
Over 50? The CDC Says You Need These 4 Vaccines

Fall is the time to schedule vaccines that can keep you healthy — and even save your life.

11 Senior Discounts for Anyone Age 55 or Older
11 Senior Discounts for Anyone Age 55 or Older

There is no need to wait until you’re 65 to take advantage of so-called “senior” discounts.

11 Household Items That Go Bad — or Become Dangerous
11 Household Items That Go Bad — or Become Dangerous

When you get the impulse to stockpile these everyday items, pay close attention to their expiration dates.

8 Things You Can Get for Free at Pharmacies
8 Things You Can Get for Free at Pharmacies

In this age of higher-priced drugs and complex health care systems, a trip to the pharmacy can spark worry. Freebies sure do help.

These Are the 4 Best Medicare Advantage Plans for 2020
These Are the 4 Best Medicare Advantage Plans for 2020

Medicare Advantage customers themselves rate these plans highest.

7 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score Fast
7 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score Fast

Your financial security might soon depend upon the strength of your credit score.

The 10 Most Commonly Stolen Vehicles in America
The 10 Most Commonly Stolen Vehicles in America

A new model parks atop the list of vehicles that thieves love to pilfer.

19 High-Paying Jobs You Can Get With a 2-Year Degree
19 High-Paying Jobs You Can Get With a 2-Year Degree

These jobs pay more than the typical job in the U.S. — and no bachelor’s degree is required.

5 Ways to Get Amazon Prime for Free
5 Ways to Get Amazon Prime for Free

Hesitant to drop $119 a year on an Amazon Prime membership? Here’s how to get it for free.

10 Reasons Why You Should Actually Retire at 62
10 Reasons Why You Should Actually Retire at 62

If you can, here are several good reasons to retire earlier than we’re told to.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

26 States That Do Not Tax Social Security Income
26 States That Do Not Tax Social Security Income

These states won’t tax any of your Social Security income — and in some cases, other types of retirement income.

14 Things That Are ‘Free’ With Medicare
14 Things That Are ‘Free’ With Medicare

These services could save you money and help prevent costly health problems.

5 Keys to Making Your Car Last for 200,000 Miles
5 Keys to Making Your Car Last for 200,000 Miles

Pushing your car to 200,000 miles — and beyond — can save you piles of cash. Here’s how to get there.

5 Things That Make Life More Meaningful for Retirees
5 Things That Make Life More Meaningful for Retirees

Retirees agree: These are the things that give them purpose and fulfillment in their golden years.

10 Things You Should Never Do With Bleach
10 Things You Should Never Do With Bleach

Does the pandemic have you reaching for bleach more than ever before? Learn the ins and outs of using this powerful disinfectant.

15 Amazon Purchases That We Are Loving Right Now
15 Amazon Purchases That We Are Loving Right Now

These practical products make everyday life a little easier.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.