Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Alaska Airlines tops another airline rewards program ranking
U.S. News and World Report today released results for its annual survey of airline (and hotel) rewards programs and, for a second year in a row, the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan got top honors.JetBlue’s TrueBlue program was ranked No. 2.
“By rewarding points based on the number of miles flown rather than dollars spent, [Alaska Airlines] makes it easier for budget-conscious travelers to earn free flights on its vast partner network,” U.S. News and World Report said in a statement, adding that JetBlue’s program gains high marks “because of its multiple ways to earn points, high airline quality performance and elite member perks such as free checked bags, priority boarding and expedited security.”
The survey ranks 10 airline rewards programs using six weighted categories: ease of earning a free round-trip flight, added benefits, network coverage, flight volume, award flight availability and airline quality ratings.
“We’re honored to be recognized as the No. 1 airline rewards program by U.S News & World Report,” said Sangita Woerner, Alaska’s vice president of marketing, noting that this year the Seattle-based airline’s mileage plan was also ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction for the third consecutive year in the J.D. Power 2016 Airline Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report.
Here’s the full list of U.S. News and World Report's Best Airline Rewards Programs for 2016-2017:
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
Southwest Rapid Rewards
Virgin America Elevate
United Mileage Plus
American Airlines AAdvantage
Spirit Airlines FREE SPIRIT
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