Grab your carry-on and pack your patience. Holiday traveling can be the worst with the family in tow and delays due to weather, flight volume or a myriad of other issues not uncommon. Forbes has ranked the best and worst airlines for holiday travel based on data compiled by FlightAware.
(Best) 5. US Airways
Soon to merge with American Airlines to become the biggest U.S. carreier, US Airways flights were late 15.57 percent during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's last year.
Known for its low-fare flights, AirTran flights arrived late 14.11 percent of the time during the holidays last year.
3. Mesa Airlines (operating flights as United Express, US Airways Express and America West Express)
Coming in third in holiday performance is regional carrier Mesa Airlines, whose flights were late about 14 percent of the time.
2. Alaska Airlines
Based in Seattle, Alaska Airlines reported 11.27 percent of its flights were late during the holidays in 2012.
1. Hawaiian Airlines
Just 6.92 percent of its flights were late during the holidays last year, according to Forbes.
(Worst) 5. American Eagle
The regional carrier for American Airlines, American Eagle flights were delayed 18.39 percent of the time over Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's last year.
4. American Airlines
Holiday flights for American Airlines arrived late 19.5 percent of the time last year.
3. Frontier Airlines
Based in Denver, Frontier is third worst among airlines for holiday delays. Nearly 20 percent of its flights were late.
2. Express Jet (operating regional flights for American, Delta and United airlines)
An estimated 20.5 percent of Express Jet flights arrived late during the holidays last year.
1. JetBlue Airways
JetBlue may be a hit with many customers, but it's not getting them to grandma's on time for the holidays. More than 22 percent of its flights were late last year during that time period.
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