Despite rising fees and complaints about uncomfortable seating, travelers in the U.S. have never been more satisfied with the airlines they are flying.
The latest survey of fliers by J.D. Power and Associates is good news for airlines that have been criticized for initiating and raising fees in recent years.
That said, the author of the study doesn't consider the rating an endorsement of fees.
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"This survey shows people are less dis-satisfied with certain things when flying," said Rick Garlick with J.D. Power. "They're not crazy about paying extra to check bags or change reservations, but they've become use to it."
The survey of over 11,000 fliers measured their feelings about seven factors including cost, fees, baggage handling, reservations and treatment by the flight crew.
The score of 712 (on a 1,000 point scale) was an increase of 17 points compared to last year and is the highest rating since the survey started in 2006.