Compass Airlines flights & tickets

Compass is a major regional airline flying to more than 40 destinations in North America: the US, Canada and Mexico. While Compass is an independent airline, it doesn’t actually fly under its own name. Instead, it operates on behalf of Delta Connection and American Eagle, taking care of various regional routes for them. It flies 240 daily flights with an all-Embraer fleet, which makes it a very busy airline.

Why fly Compass

Checking into a Compass flight

Since compass flights operate as American Eagle and Delta Connection, the check-in policies adopted by those airlines apply. Online check-ins are allowed on both airlines. It’s important to remember that while Delta and America may have lounges at several airports, first-class ticket holders on regional domestic flights do not get to take advantage of them.

In Flight Ammenities

Using Embraer jets on regional routes, Compass gets to offer a three-class cabin on most routes – 12 first-class seats, and a mix of coach (a 31-inch pitch) and Economy Comfort/Main Extra seats (a 34-inch pitch). An arrangement where the middle seat is eliminated means greater comfort, as well. Finding a competitively priced first-class seat is far easier when you use online tools such as Skyscanner. The good news is, the onboard Wi-Fi is fast. While there is Wi-Fi on all planes, passengers need to pay, no matter what class they are on.

Food and Drinks

While many regional flights skimp on in-flight refreshments, all passengers on Compass flights get a soda and pretzels, even on short, hour-long flight.

Baggage Allowance

It’s important to remember that on regional flights such as on Compass, the small size of the aircraft used means that overhead the luggage racks are often quickly filled. Carry-on luggage is often required to be checked in at the gate: it’s stowed away, and retrieved upon arrival. This means that passengers should be extra careful about carrying valuables with them. Gate-checked luggage isn’t as safe as cabin luggage.


Seat size is often another area of difficulty. Even if you do choose to fly first-class, regional jets are often too small for full-sized seats. If you’re tall or large, fitting in can be hard. If you have a coach seat, it can make it much harder. In this case, it makes sense to find a mainline carrier’s flight, if possible. The good news is, however, that seats get a proper recline, whether in coach or in a higher class. In either case, doctors often recommend that elderly people who are tall should take a baby aspirin prior to boarding a flight with cramped legroom to help their circulation.

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