If you need help deciding which airline to fly on your next trip or want to learn more, this Delta vs. Southwest comparison have you covered.
Is it also possible to consider Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines to be competitors? Is Southwest better than Delta? After all, Southwest is one of the country's first low-cost airlines, and Delta has always prided itself on being a full-service carrier that caters to the needs of premium travellers.
Southwest Airlines still has a comfortable seat. It's not as luxurious as a Delta economy seat, but very comfortable and attractive. The fact that there are no personal video screens is, of course, the greatest disadvantage. Furthermore, no power outlets are available to charge your personal electronic devices. Is Southwest the safest airline? It's worth noting that Southwest seems to be constantly upgrading and improving its planes, so it's not always a guarantee that you'll get to sit in the most up-to-date seats.
Southwest and Delta also have in-flight entertainment options (Wi-Fi). While Delta's offering is much more generous, you won't be bored on Southwest.
Delta's onboard entertainment
Every seat on Delta comes with a personal video screen. Delta Studio is the brand name for its in-flight video service, which offers hundreds of on-demand movies and TV shows. Many planes have Wi-Fi, as well as Southwest Airlines' in-flight entertainment.
Both movies and TV shows are available, just like Delta. It is, however, a streaming service (rather than a video screen at each seat), and you can only access it using your own laptop.
For most flights, Delta Airlines has a comprehensive menu of things you can order (for an exorbitant amount).
Southwest, on the other hand, has a limited selection. Their drink menu is decent, but compared to Delta, they don't have nearly as many snacks or substantial meals.
Delta Airlines cuisine
Delta will also be able to serve you from their in-flight menu an incredibly costly and insubstantial snack, though I commend them for providing this service. On a side note, using your American Express Platinum Card to pay for menu items can save money. One of the benefits of this card is a $200 annual credit that can be used for in-flight purchases, including food. You will get Delta food for free this way, but you will have to pay for it via the annual card subscription fee. It is, however, well worth it if you travel frequently. It's worth noting that Delta's first-class meals on domestic flights are fine (and even better food on international flights).
Food on Southwest Airlines
Southwest, like Delta, can provide you with a complimentary snack and drink. Alcohol is available for purchase at an additional cost. Southwest does not sell a food-for-purchase scheme on any flights at the time of writing.
Airlines' frequent-flier services, in my view, are becoming less and less important with each passing year. When it comes to devaluing rewards and benefits, airlines seem to be in a sprint to the bottom, and it doesn't seem to be enough to entice me in any longer. That said, if you want to commit to flying one of these two airlines more than the other, you can look into their membership programs.
Within the United States, redemption rates for economy-class flights are far fairer. Delta SkyMiles may be a good fit if that's what you need from an airline points program.
One of the best aspects of Delta SkyMiles is that they never expire. If you don't fly, you'll never lose any points you've earned.
One of the worst aspects of the SkyMiles program is how convoluted and complicated it is. For example, there are four main tiers: Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond.
Compared to Delta SkyMiles, the Southwest Airlines frequent-flier program (officially known as Rapid Rewards) is a welcome change of pace. It's straightforward, just like everything else about Southwest Airlines, with perks like:
There are no restrictions on the number of seats available as a