In the competition for the best airline of 2013, the real fight was for third place.

Southwest Airlines pulled into the lead the moment the finalists were announced on Tuesday morning. JetBlue Airways held a comfortable second place. But third place was a real horserace, with American, United and Frontier Airlines fighting fighting for it until the poll closed.

Here are the top airlines of 2013 according to the readers of this site.

1. Southwest Airlines
2. JetBlue Airways
3. Delta Air Lines
4. Frontier Airlines
5. American Airlines (tie)
5. United Airlines (tie)
6. Virgin America

Congratulations to all the winners.

I’ll have updates on next year’s list on my own Twitter account.

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