2014 FlyerTalk Awards Results: And the Winners Are…

A total of 18 trophies were awarded to the winners of the 2014 FlyerTalk Awards — sponsored once again this year by KAYAK — based on the vote by FlyerTalk members — and the results were announced earlier today on CNN.

Voting for the 2014 FlyerTalk Awards began on January 14, 2014; and the polls were open through noon Pacific Standard Time on February 11, 2014.

Here is a list of the winners, with those highlighted in green as having dethroned the winner of that respective category last year in the 2013 FlyerTalk Awards:

MIDDLE EAST / ASIA / OCEANIA

  • No car rental company won as having the most outstanding car rental rewards loyalty program in this region — but had Hertz Gold Plus Rewards been voted, it would have repeated the feat of last year of having swept every car rental category in every region for the 2014 FlyerTalk awards
  • Taj Hotels and Resorts Inner Circle won as the most outstanding hotel rewards frequent guest loyalty program benefit because of offering room upgrades for its members, dethroning Hilton HHonors, which won in the 2013 FlyerTalk Awards
  • Jet Airways JetPrivilege won as the most outstanding airline rewards frequent flier loyalty program benefit because it allows its members to pay cash for upgrades on domestic award tickets, dethroning Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, which won in the 2013 FlyerTalk Awards
  • Hertz Gold Plus Rewards won as the best car rental rewards loyalty program
  • Taj Hotels and Resorts Inner Circle won as the best hotel rewards frequent guest loyalty program, dethroning Starwood Preferred Guest, which won in the 2013 FlyerTalk Awards
  • Jet Airways JetPrivilege won as the best airline rewards frequent flier loyalty program, dethroning Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, which won in the 2013 FlyerTalk Awards

 

EUROPE / AFRICA

  • Hertz Gold Plus Rewards won as the most outstanding car rental rewards loyalty program for giving its members points toward free rentals or exchange for miles or points in other frequent travel loyalty programs
  • Hilton HHonors won as the most outstanding hotel rewards frequent guest loyalty program benefit for its executive lounges, which offer complimentary food and drink
  • British Airways Executive Club won as the most outstanding airline rewards frequent flier loyalty program benefit for upgrades in accordance with award charts based on distance, allowing members to redeem fewer Avios frequent flier loyalty program points for those upgrades
  • Hertz Gold Plus Rewards won as the best car rental rewards loyalty program
  • Starwood Preferred Guest won as the best hotel rewards frequent guest loyalty program
  • British Airways Executive Club won as the best airline rewards frequent flier loyalty program

 

AMERICAS

  • Hertz Gold Plus Rewards won as the most outstanding car rental rewards loyalty program for its Gold service, which is a package of upgrades including faster reservations, a speedy process to pick up your rental vehicle, and VIP treatment — all treated as a single benefit
  • Marriott Rewards won as the most outstanding hotel rewards frequent guest loyalty program benefit for its concierge lounges, which offer complimentary food and drink — as well as a dedicated concierge, dethroning Club Carlson, which won in the 2013 FlyerTalk Awards
  • American Airlines AAdvantage won as the most outstanding airline rewards frequent flier loyalty program benefit for eight free one-way systemwide upgrades for its Executive Platinum elite level members
  • Hertz Gold Plus Rewards won as the best car rental rewards loyalty program, allowing it to sweep all three regional categories as the best car rental rewards loyalty program
  • Starwood Preferred Guest won as the best hotel rewards frequent guest loyalty program; and the Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program was in second place
  • American Airlines AAdvantage won as the best airline rewards frequent flier loyalty program; and the United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program was in second place

 

FlyerTalk members posted their comments on the results of the 2014 FlyerTalk Awards — and you can do so as well. The links to all of the polls are found here.

Here is a list of the complete results from the FlyerTalk Awards in 2012, which was its inaugural year.

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About FlyerTalk

FlyerTalk is the most popular community in the world for frequent fliers dedicate to providing the inside scoop on all things related to travel. The Internet web site features discussions among travelers of all levels — from vacation travelers to road warriors on business trips to mileage junkies — covering the most up-to-date travel information: frequent flier programs, making the most out of miles and points, general travel, airports, destination and dining information, and beyond.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 FlyerTalk Awards!

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