Southwest's Rapid Rewards program has ranked higher in some other loyalty program rankings, based on the ease of finding reward seats.
As some frequent fliers face frustration with redeeming miles for flights, Delta has added other uses for miles. Earlier this year, Delta began allowing frequent fliers to redeem their miles for Delta gift cards. But those who get the most benefits in Delta's frequent flier program are elite medallion members who reach a certain threshold of spending and flying.
The U.S. News Best Airline Rewards Programs are below. More information is at USNews.com.
- Alaska Airlines' Alaska Mileage Plan program
- Delta Airlines Delta SkyMiles program
- JetBlue Airline's TrueBlue program
- American Airlines' AAdvantage program
- Southwest Airlines' Rapid Rewards program
- United Airlines' MileagePlus program
- Frontier Airlines FRONTIER Miles program
- Hawaiian Airlines' HawaiianMiles program
- Spirit Airlines' Free Spirit program