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FlyerTalk Awards: 2017 winners announced on USA Today

Old Apr 14, 2017, 11:54 am
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FlyerTalk Awards: 2017 winners announced on USA Today

https://www.usatoday.com/story/trave...ams/100420030/


BEST REWARDS PROGRAM (2017)

Americas

Fly: Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

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: Qatar Airways Privilege Club

Stay: Starwood Preferred Guest

Drive: Hertz Gold Plus Rewards

OUTSTANDING BENEFIT (2017)

Americas

Fly: United Airlines (Complimentary access to Economy Plus for all Premier members)

Stay: Hilton HHonors (Free breakfast)

Drive: National Emerald Club (Choice of car/bypassing rental counter)

Europe/Africa

Fly: British Airways Executive Club (Lounge access)

Stay: Hilton HHonors (Free breakfast)

Drive: Hertz Gold Plus Rewards (Five Star & President's Circle)

Middle East/Asia/Oceania

Fly: Qatar Airways (Qcredits)

Stay: Hilton HHonors (Free breakfast)

Drive: Hertz Gold Plus Rewards (Five Star & President's Circle)
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Old Apr 14, 2017, 2:23 pm
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Can someone explain why BA won the European FF award? I thought BA has some of the highest fuel surcharges and long haul award prices?

I am not complaining, I just wonder how their program is better than for instance Finnair (in OW) or the other well-known European programs (Lufthansa Group, Flying Blue etc). I am looking for a basket to put my Oneworld as well as Skyteam miles into.

Thank you.

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Old Apr 14, 2017, 3:06 pm
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Originally Posted by Ursa81
Can someone explain why BA won the European FF award? ...
An email address is basically what is required to join FT. Any "email address" can vote.

There could have been more UK'phillic voting email addresses than EU'phillic.
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Old Apr 14, 2017, 3:08 pm
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How many votes were cast?
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Old Apr 14, 2017, 4:18 pm
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Originally Posted by serfty
An email address is basically what is required to join FT. Any "email address" can vote.

There could have been more UK'phillic voting email addresses than EU'phillic.
We audit for signups that appear to have been made only to vote in the FTAs. New signups did not affect the outcomes.
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Old Apr 14, 2017, 4:18 pm
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Originally Posted by tom911
How many votes were cast?
Thousands.
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Old Apr 15, 2017, 4:59 pm
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Originally Posted by IBobi
We audit for signups that appear to have been made only to vote in the FTAs. New signups did not affect the outcomes.
Other than that, there may be simply more FT members that prefe BA over most EU carriers ...
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Old Apr 15, 2017, 6:56 pm
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Originally Posted by IBobi
Thousands.
Might as well have just said "dozens of us"

Anyone mind elaborating why Hertz is so good? Is it just competitive pricing?
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Old Apr 15, 2017, 8:19 pm
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Originally Posted by IBobi
OUTSTANDING BENEFIT (2017)

Americas

Fly: United Airlines (Complimentary access to Economy Plus for all Premier members)
LOL. Next on their list is free bathroom access.

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Old Apr 16, 2017, 1:07 am
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LOL. Next on their list is free bathroom access.

dh
How's the medical benefits flying United after the free beatdowns?
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Old Apr 16, 2017, 1:09 pm
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Originally Posted by Explorer789
Anyone mind elaborating why Hertz is so good? Is it just competitive pricing?
It was Best Rewards. To me, I think Hertz has the best rewards program. However, I've switched to National because I can pick from the Executive Isle. With Hertz PC or 5* I would rent full size and get an Altima with 30k miles. On National I rent midsize and get Charger (including RT), Challenger, Camaro, F150 4x4 (it was snowing), etc. The National rewards take forever to build up free days while with Hertz I still have almost 30k points to use. To me the car I drive every week is more important that reward points.
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Old Apr 16, 2017, 4:30 pm
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Interesting QR's Privilege programme beat out Cathay. Totally weird you can fly from either Auckland or Perth and get the same number of Q points - just the Q miles increase, but it was the Q credits that enticed me to try them out. QR have had some cool promo's though like kid flies free with adult or basically 1 J flight return and they give you gold from starting out of AKL (finished now).
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Old Apr 17, 2017, 7:32 am
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Next year's European Award may be different after BA's introduction of buy-on-board in EEEKonomy (Coach to our American friends).

I have the feeling that people are not very happy with that, despite BA's endless assertion that that's what people wanted! "Yes, please cancel the free food and drink, and make us pay for it instead ... if there's enough loaded, the cart actually makes it all the way through the cabin, and the payment device works."

The launch of BA BoB was something like a disaster.
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Old Apr 18, 2017, 3:15 pm
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I didn't get to Vote!

😭 sad
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Old Apr 19, 2017, 1:20 pm
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If BAEC somehow managed to win Europe/Africa one hates to think how Alex Cruz will use this to feed his delusions about how beloved his cost-cutting measures are with pax.

Either that or he regards the money he paid to a Belarusian hacker to vote for BAEC using a gazillion dummy accounts to be money well spent!
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