The Points Guy ranks the best and worst U.S. airlines, with Delta at No. 1

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Delta is the best airline in America, according to a new Top 10 ranking by The Points Guy.

The travel website revealed its 3rd annual Top 10 rankings for U.S. airlines, with Delta being ranked No. 1 for the first time.

It ends the two-year streak of Alaska Airlines, which had to settle for 2nd place this year, with Southwest Airlines in third.

This, of course, is good news for Minnesota travelers given that MSP is Delta's second largest hub after Atlanta.

It's not so good if you're a regular flier on Frontier, which ranked last in this year's table, with another MSP regular, Spirit, finishing 2nd from bottom in 9th.

You'll notice that the rankings don't include Eagan-based Sun Country, well that's because The Points Guy's rankings only look at the 10 largest domestic carriers.

It's introduced new categories for judging airlines this year, including things like cancellations, bumps, and fare cost per mile flown.

Other categories considered include punctuality, customer satisfaction, cabin comfort, lost baggage, lounges and more.

Delta placed 7th in the first year of the rankings, 3rd last year, and is now in top spot.

It scored highly in no small part down to its timeliness, with 92.7 percent of its planes arriving on time. It also scores well for having the largest network of lounges and U.S. cities served – we guess it helps being one of the world's biggest airlines.

Despite the sheer volume of passengers it carried, The Points Guy found it only bumped 32 passengers out of 136 million of them.

That's in stark contrast to Frontier, which flies from MSP to the likes of Denver, Orlando, Tampa and Fort Myers. The Points Guy found that nearly one out of every four Frontier flights was delayed, and also had a habit of bumping passengers.

Spirit, which flies to many U.S. cities from MSP, had the best fare cost per mile of any airline – provided you avoid too many fees – but its 28-inch average seat pitch was the worst of all.

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