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2016 FlyerTalk Awards: And the Winners Are…

2016 FlyerTalk Awards: And the Winners Are…
Luciana Mangas

The 2016 FlyerTalk Awards results are in and we have the very best to share with you! In a repeat performance, American Airlines, Starwood Hotels and Hertz car rental took home the “Best Rewards Programs” awards for the Americas in the fifth annual FlyerTalk Awards. The results were also announced in USA Today‘s “Today In The Sky” blog.

“Thousands of FlyerTalkers vote every year,” says Paul O’Brien, FlyerTalk community manager and lead administrator of the FlyerTalk Awards. “Many members who voted are among the world’s most elite travelers.”

FlyerTalk Awards are split into categories by continental area, and community members can choose up to four top programs in each category. In the Americas, American’s AAdvantage program was crowned as the best program in the “Fly” category, which recognizes airline loyalty programs. Starwood’s Preferred Guest program took the honor in the “Stay” hotel category, while Hertz Gold Plus Rewards topped the “Drive” category. In other regions, FlyerTalk crowned British Airways and Cathay Pacific in both the Best Reward Program and Outstanding Benefit categories in Europe/Africa and Middle East/Asia/Oceania, respectively.

The FlyerTalk Awards were established in 2012 and are one of two frequent-flyer and travel accolades, the other being the long-standing Freddie Awards, now entering their 27th year.

“The programs in the Freddies use email lists to solicit votes from everyone who has an account with them, whereas the FlyerTalk Awards only solicit votes from the travelers on FlyerTalk, and never for one particular program,” says O’Brien. “This means the FlyerTalk Awards winners are chosen by expert travelers who use many different travel brands throughout the year, and have a true basis for comparison. Someone voting in the Freddies may have stayed at one hotel all year.”

You can check out the complete winners list below:

2016 WINNERS

Best Rewards Program

Americas

  • Fly: American Airlines AAdvantage
  • Stay: Starwood Preferred Guest
  • Drive: Hertz Gold Plus Rewards

Europe/Africa

  • Fly: British Airways Executive Club
  • Stay: Hilton HHonors
  • Drive: Hertz Gold Plus Rewards

Middle East/Asia/Oceania

  • Fly: Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
  • Stay: Starwood Preferred Guest
  • Drive: Hertz Gold Plus Rewards

 

Outstanding Benefit

Americas

  • Fly: American Airlines AAdvantage – EXP Systemwide Upgrades
  • Stay: Hilton HHonors – Free breakfast
  • Drive: Hertz Gold Plus Rewards – Free upgrades

Europe/Africa

  • Fly: British Airways Executive Club – Lounge access
  • Stay: Hilton HHonors – Executive Lounge Access
  • Drive: Hertz Gold Plus Rewards – Gold Service

Middle East/Asia/Oceania

  • Fly: Cathay Pacific Marco Polo – Lounge access
  • Stay: Hilton HHonors – Executive Lounge Access
  • Drive: Hertz Gold Plus Rewards – Gold Service
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2 Comments

  1. Sabai

    March 22, 2016 at 7:09 am

    So long SPG; we’ll miss you.

  2. a193991

    March 29, 2016 at 9:04 am

    OK – AA was clear.
    not surprised that Hyatt is not amongst the winners.

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