The time has finally come to settle down and dedicate myself fully to an airline (so I can get status & better points). Im based in socal, fly to east coast & europe quite frequently. I have an amex platinum if that changes things. What airline is best? Im thinking United.

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I would do United, they fly to the most locations non stop from LAX. Delta usually gets rated higher but I think United has more flights to the east coast. For example United has 6 daily non stop flights to Washington DC and Delta has 1. American has the highest spend for elite status.

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What airline is best for you take depends on your home airport and the airports you fly to most often. If you're at a hub for an airline, I would generally choose that airline because you'll get the most flight options out of that choice.

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I’m in NorCal and have Alaska Airline. Most people do Southwest but I don’t like not having assigned seating during booking.

If you’re near LAX, I’d probably go Jetblue. Their mint product is amazing, and definitely one of the best inflight experiences.

If you need something that works out of other airports, I’d go Alaska or Delta. Alaska is a lot more west coast heavy, but still has some cross country flight routes that they bought from Virgin America (RIP). Keep a close eye on the partnerships with European carriers. Also, peep the credit card partners for transferring points.

I think delta raised requirements significantly this year for status, so that might push me to another carrier.

Only if you are going to Boston or New York. Otherwise you have a connection.

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