The Best Airline, According To Professionals

We'll take their word for it

You might have your own loyalties when it comes to which airline you choose to book flights with, but before you go any further down the frequent-flier rabbit hole, you might want to double-check you're committing to a carrier that even the pros approve of. In this case, it's Southwest Airlines.

In a recent survey, YouGov, a market research company, polled travel industry professionals on the airline they considered their favorite. Southwest came away as the overwhelming winner, with 35 percent of travel pros choosing the budget carrier over competitors like American and Delta, which only 15 percent and 11 percent of respondents picked as their favorite, respectively.

With a healthy amount of flight sales, free checked bags and amenities you'd normally have to shell out a few extra Benjamins for on other airlines, it's no surprise Southwest flew away with the crown.