The Best Airlines For Flying Between New York And Los Angeles

By Kelsey Marie


New York City and Los Angeles are arguably two of the most famous cities in the U.S. and with good reason. If you’ve been living on the east coast and need a trip to the other side, L.A. is the city you have to visit.

There are many options when it comes to booking flights from New York to L.A. but sometimes having too many options can become a headache. Also, flying between the two cities can sometimes come with a hefty price tag.

This is why Simple Flying rounded up the best airlines to fly when traveling between these two popular cities. They ranked the airlines on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best) based on schedule, aircraft, onboard product, and pricing. Then they totaled up the scores.

See if your favorite airline made the cut.

Alaska Airlines

This airline flies out of multiple airports in the New York area. They don’t decrease their routes during the winter which makes it an airline perfect for booking any time throughout the year.

Total Score: 33/40

American Airlines

American Airlines has over 900 planes, making it the largest of U.S. carriers. They operate 10 flights daily between New York and Los Angeles, giving travelers plenty of options to travel throughout the day.

During winter, American Airlines increases its departures to 12 daily.

Total Score: 36/40

Delta Air Lines

Unlike other carriers, Delta only flies from JFK airport in New York to LAX. They do, however, have a consistent schedule — even in the winter.

Total Score: 32/40


This airline is known for servicing the New York area and they are one of the best at it.

It is important to note that JetBlue only flies out of JFK.

Total Score: 37/40

United Airlines

United is the largest airline to operate out of Newark airport.

Unfortunately, they don’t allow a carry-on bag like all of the other airlines.

Total Score: 32/40

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Kelsey Marie

Kelsey-Marie is an NYC girl who currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @kelseydashmarie

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