11 Best Airlines for Nervous Flyers

Have you postponed travel because you are afraid to fly? Maybe if you knew you could sit back and enjoy your flight you’d be more likely to throw caution to the wind and finally book that dream vacation.

Best Airlines for Nervous Flyers

We researched safety ratings (on airlineratings.com), customer service, overall rankings, and most of all, any available distractions on board that can take your attention away from the flight. Here are our top 11 airlines for nervous flyers. 

JetBlue

If the reason you are too nervous to fly is because the flight you’ve been eying occurs during the upcoming airing of This is Us, you no longer have any excuses: JetBlue flights have live TV with DirecTV service. JetBlue offers complimentary snacks, cold and hot beverages, plus, alcohol is available for purchase if you need a glass of wine to calm your nerves. Free Wi-Fi adds to the distractions, making it a perfect airline for the fearful flyer. Listed as one of the safest airlines, economy fares include one carry-on bag and one personal item.

Suggested flights:

Boston to Seattle nonstop

Los Angeles to Orlando nonstop

New York to San Diego nonstop

See our current fare listings on JetBlue from all over the US

Alaska Air

Alaska Air recently acquired Virgin America, and both airlines have made best-airline lists in the past. With the merge, Alaska’s route list just got a lot bigger, so you’ll have plenty of destinations to choose from. As far as distractions go, you have a power outlet at your seat to recharge your tablet or laptop, where you can watch free movies and TV, you can use inflight Wi-Fi, and will get complimentary snacks. Listed as one of the safest airlines, their economy fares include one carry-on bag and one personal item.

Suggested flights:

Los Angeles to Honolulu

San Diego to Mexico City

Washington DC to Seattle

See our current fare listings on Alaska Air from all over the US and Canada

Hawaiian Airlines

Is Hawaii on your bucket list, but that long flight has been stopping you from going? Then look no further for the perfect airline to take: Hawaiian Airlines is top ranked when it comes to customer service. You’ll have inflight entertainment, plus for just $8 you’ll be able to get started on your Mai Tais as you cruise over the Pacific. Their Pau Hana Cart is stocked with snacks and amenities for purchase. Listed as one of the safest airlines, their economy fares include complimentary meals, inflight entertainment, one carry-on bag, and one personal item. 

Suggested flights:

Los Angeles to Maui

Las Vegas to Honolulu

New York to Honolulu

See all of our current fare listings on Hawaiian from all over the US

Virgin Atlantic

As mentioned, a nervous flyer needs diversions on his or her flight. Virgin Atlantic has plenty to divert your attention from the fact you are soaring 39,000 feet above the ground: your meals and snacks are included, there is Wi-Fi, and their inflight entertainment is off the charts. Plus, you get a little amenity kit when you board. You will forget you are on an airplane before you are even cruising. Listed as one of the safest airlines, economy fares include one checked bag, one carry-on, and one personal item.

Flights from the US include:

Boston to London nonstop

New York to Manchester nonstop

Los Angeles to London nonstop

See our current fare listings on Virgin Atlantic from all over the US and Canada

Emirates

If it’s good enough for Jennifer Aniston, it’s good enough for a nervous flyer. With more than 3,000 entertainment channels on your seatback screen, you will not want to land. Emirates has an amenity kit, includes meals, and maybe, if you ask nicely, you’ll be able to convince a flight attendant to give you one of the toys they have onboard for kids. If you really want to splurge, try first class, where you will get your own private suite! They often have companion fares, making flying even cheaper if you want to take someone along to ease your anxiety. Economy includes one checked bag and one carry-on.

Flights from the US include:

Washington DC to Dubai nonstop

Ft. Lauderdale to Dubai nonstop

Houston to Cairo

See all of our current fare listings on Emirates from all over the US   

All Nippon Airlines

If you’ve been wanting to check out the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, but you just couldn’t bring yourself to book that long flight, look no further. ANA has luxury covered–you will be so relaxed pressing away on the LCD touchscreen of your seatback screen, and with the slide-forward seats that ensure extra privacy, you will wonder why you hadn’t booked your trip sooner. If not being able to pack everything you want is the cause of your anxiety, you’re in luck: Economy includes two checked bags, one carry-on, and one personal item. 

Flights from the US include:

Los Angeles to Tokyo nonstop

Los Angeles to Hiroshima

Chicago to Tokyo nonstop 

See all of our current fare listings on Al Nippon from all over the US

Qatar

Fly nonstop to Doha, or stop in Doha on your way to other destinations. If you’re worried about a long layover, Qatar offers free city tours in between flights. Voted the top airline by Business Insider in 2017, you can’t lose if you choose Qatar as your airline of choice for your Middle Eastern vacation. Top inflight entertainment with over 4,000 options, power outlets, USB plugs, Wi-Fi on several flights, and your amenity kit will guarantee a fearless flight. Like ANA, Qatar Economy allows two checked bags, one carry-on, and one personal item.

Flights from the US include:

New York to New Delhi

New York to Bangkok

Los Angeles to Ho Chi Minh City

See all of our current fare listings on Qatar from all over the US

Air France

You can now finally realize your dream of sipping a latte with the Eiffel Tower in front of you. If you fly with Air France you will have ample leg room, a personal video screen, and your meal will start with a cocktail (or Champagne, if you so desire). You can just lie back, sip your drink, snuggle down with the pillow and blanket provided, watch one of the variety of movies offered, and you will think you never left your living room. Most nonstop flights from the US go to Paris, where you can connect to several worldwide destinations. Economy includes one checked bag, one carry-on, and one personal item.

Flights from the US include:

Los Angeles to Paris nonstop

Boston to Paris nonstop

New York to Nice nonstop

Chicago to Paris nonstop

See all of our current fare listings on Air France from all over the US and Canada

Swiss international

Getting to Switzerland has never been easier, and you will be singing from the mountain tops after your flight on Swiss. Inflight Wi-Fi, seatback video screens, and comfortable seats will have you ready to eat all of the chocolate you can get your hands on. Fly nonstop to Zurich from six US cities and connect to several other destinations. Listed as one of the safest airlines, their Light fares include one carry-on and one personal item.

Flights from the US include:

Denver to Zurich nonstop

New York to Geneva nonstop

Miami to Zurich nonstop

See all of our current fare listings on Swiss International from all over the US and Canada

Cathay Pacific

If disorganization is one of the reasons you haven't taken that flight to a dream destination, Cathay Pacific is the airline for you. They have special amenity storage for your phone, pen, and glasses, as well as a USB port built right into the seatback TV screen. Their inflight entertainment is plentiful, and you won’t be disappointed with your healthy meal, complete with fresh fruit and vegetables. Adjustable headrests and reclining seats will add to the comfort, ensuring a stress-free flight. Listed as one of the safest airlines, economy fares include two checked bags, one carry-on, and one personal item.

Flights from the US include:

Los Angeles to Hong Kong nonstop

New York to Hong Kong nonstop

Chicago to Manila

See all of our current fare listings on Cathay Pacific from all over the US and Canada

Singapore Airlines

Winner of multiple awards, Singapore Airlines is the perfect choice for the nervous flyer to take. Their suites have standalone beds, plus a leather seat. If money is no object, you can convince yourself you are relaxing in a hotel room while you’re sky-high. Their new economy class has USB ports, adjustable footrests, storage areas aplenty, and a wide range of entertainment options. Listed as one of the safest airlines, economy fares include two checked bags, one carry-on, and one personal item. 

Flights from the US include:

Los Angeles to Seoul nonstop

San Francisco to Singapore nonstop

Houston to Manchester nonstop

See all of our current fare listings on Singapore Airlines from all over the US

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