TripIt Discovers the Happiest Flyers in the US

TripIt Discovers the Happiest Flyers in the US

Ever wonder what makes the happiest flyers? After examining more than 575,000 flight ratings from 2016 and 2017, we found that where travelers are from, which airports they visit, and their generation, had an impact on how happy they were with their flights.

Here’s what we found:

Travelers with Regular Access to Vitamin D Have the Best Flights

Happiest Hometown

Travelers living in Honolulu topped the charts as the happiest flyers in the nation, followed by Phoenix, another sun-filled city. However, those from southern cities like Nashville, Tampa, Baltimore, Orlando, Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale also held strong, capturing several of the top 25 slots.

1. Honolulu, HI

2. Phoenix, AZ

3. Nashville, TN

4. St. Louis, MO

5. Tampa, FL

6. Milwaukee, WI

7. Kansas City, MO

8. Baltimore, MD

9. Orlando, FL

10. Albuquerque, NM

11. Scottsdale, AZ

12. Tucson, AZ

13. Atlanta, GA

14. Fort Lauderdale, FL

15. Indianapolis, IN

16. Louisville, KY

17. San Antonio, TX

18. Sacramento, CA

19. Austin, TX

20. Las Vegas, NV

21. San Diego, CA

22. Denver, CO

23. Pittsburgh, PA

24. Dallas, TX

25. Seattle, WA

 

Don’t Go Big to Go Home: Alternate Airports Put Travelers in a Better Mood

Happiest Flyers by Airport

The majority of travelers that arrived and departed from airports that are not the city’s largest airport hub tended to rate their flights higher. Travelers arriving at the Windy City’s Midway International Airport and departing from the Lone Star State’s Dallas Love Field Airport reported being the happiest flyers overall. In addition, seven of these alternate options appear on both the departure and arrival lists, showing that they have a consistently positive impact on the mood of travelers.

Departures:

1. MDW – Chicago

2. DAL – Dallas

3. BUR – Burbank

4. HOU – Houston

5. OAK – Oakland

6. SAT – San Antonio

7. SNA – Santa Ana

8. STL – St. Louis

9. BNA – Nashville

10. SJC – San Jose

11. MCI – Kansas City

12. SMF – Sacramento

13. BWI – Baltimore

14. PDX – Portland

15. TPA – Tampa

16. SAN – San Diego

17. MKE – Milwaukee

18. JAX – Jacksonville

19. AUS – Austin

20. RSW – Fort Meyers

21. MSY – New Orleans

22. SEA – Seattle

23. PHX – Phoenix

24. CMH – Columbus

25. IND – Indianapolis

 

Arrivals:

1. DAL – Dallas

2. MDW – Chicago

3. HOU – Houston

4. BUR – Burbank

5. OAK – Oakland

6. BWI – Baltimore

7. BNA – Nashville

8. MCI – Kansas City

9. ONT – Ontario

10. SNA – Santa Ana

11. STL – St. Louis

12. SJC – San Jose

13. OGG – Kahului

14. TPA – Tampa

15. PDX – Portland

16. SMF – Sacramento

17. MSY – New Orleans

18. ABQ – Albuquerque

19. PHX – Phoenix

20. SLC – Salt Lake City

21. SEA – Seattle

22. SAN – San Diego

23. SAT – San Antonio

24. AUS – Austin

25. RSW – Fort Meyers

 

Millennials are Happier Flyers than Xennials

Happiest Flyers by Generation

Looking at the average flight rating across generations, we found that Millennials (1983-1999) were the happiest flyers, followed by Baby Boomers (1946-1964). Xennials, the microgeneration between Generation X and Millennials, ranked as the third happiest generation of travelers, showing a distinct difference from Millennials (the generation that Xennials were previously associated with). The least happy flyers were those in Generation X (1965-1976).

Methodology: To determine the happiest travelers, TripIt looked at how travelers rated their flights. TripIt analyzed more than 575,000 flight ratings submitted in 2016 and 2017. Hometowns and airports with less than 1,000 ratings were omitted from the analysis. Regions were defined by those recognized by the U.S. Census. TripIt defined generations as follows: Millennials (1983-1999); Xennials (1977-1983); Generation X (1965-1976); and Baby Boomers (1946-1964).

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