Southwest Airlines (LUV) won the title of the most loved domestic airline in a DealNews survey of 1,200 readers, leading the other carriers by 19%.

Its nearest competitors were JetBlue (JBLU) , Delta (DAL) , Alaska (ALK) and Virgin Air (VA) .

Budget airline Spirit (SAVE) got 29% of the vote for the worst domestic airline. Close behind was United Airlines (UAL) with 24%.

Decreasing legroom was the top annoyance of respondents. According to TripAdvisor's (TRIP) SeatGuru site, most commercial airlines have a seat pitch - the distance between the back of one seat and the back of the other - between 31 and 34 inches, but Spirit's economy tickets have only 28 inches of leg room.

Ticket price was the top motivator for purchasing a ticket. But that still isn't good for discount line Spirit - 41% of respondents said they wouldn't fly Spirit even if it was the cheapest ticket.

Southwest's shares rose 0.3% to $60.30, while Spirit's fell 0.2% to $52.71 at Friday's close.

What's Hot on TheStreet

Snap is bleeding value: Snap Inc. (SNAP) fell nearly 5% by the close of trading on Wall Street Thursday, but never dipped below the $17 price that shares were sold at on March 2, when the company debuted on the Nasdaq with a $3.4 billion IPO. By the end of that first trading day, with shares rising more than 44%, Snap was valued at just under $33 billion.

Since then it has been all downhill for Snap, TheStreet's Martin Baccardax reports.

Investors have questioned the relevance of the company's Snapchat app in a market dominated by messaging services such as Facebook's (FB) WhatsApp and the business-focused Slack Technologies. Wall Street has also raised questions about its ability to monetize the billions of messages it handles each day.

The stock is now 41% south of the all-time high reached on March 3. Snap's market cap has shrunk about $13 billion.

General Electric remains hot on everyone's minds: Change is in the air within the executive ranks at industrial giant General Electric (GE) , which of course could mean deep cost cuts to jump-start a stalled stock price.

"The change is welcome," TheStreet's founder Jim Cramer said during an exclusive conference call with members of his Action Alerts PLUS club for investors about long-time CEO Jeff Immelt handing off the baton to John Flannery. "Flannery will make the tough cuts that Immelt seemed incapable of making. We're looking for $2 billion in savings."

The Deal's super reporter Ron Orol just dove deep into GE in this must-read.

Alibaba wants to dominate: TheStreet's Natalie Walters is live with the second part of her exclusive interview with Alibaba's (BABA) vice chairman Joe Tsai. Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma recently made the bold prediction that the Chinese e-commerce giant would hit $1 trillion in gross merchandise value (GMV) by the 2020 fiscal year, and eventually serve two billion customers by 2036. Although Alibaba currently dominates the enormous Chinese market, achieving such lofty goals obviously would require a significant global expansion.

TheStreet takes you through Alibaba's big plans.

General Electric and Facebook are holdings in Jim Cramer's Action Alerts PLUS Charitable Trust Portfolio. Want to be alerted before Cramer buys or sells GE and FB? Learn more now.

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Editors' pick: Originally published June 16.

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