The Freddies – Winners & Drinks…and AA’s Direct Status Match

Who knew the Freddies crowd could party?  Just arrived back home at 345am EST after a great night.  As a new blogger it was great to meet and chat with some of my mentors – Ben Mutzabaugh from Today In The Sky, Frugal Travel Guy Rick Ingersoll, and of course Frequent Flyer Guru Randy Petersen.  Not to mention my fellow Boarding Area bloggers including Mommy Points and The Weekly Flyer and everyone at our esteemed table 35!   It was also fascinating to speak with some of the leaders of our favorite loyalty programs, more on those conversations in a future post. Hosting duties were handled by Robert Wuhl from HBO’s Arliss.

Full analysis tomorrow but American’s AAdvantage swept the Americas category winning Program of the Year, Best Promotion for Earning, Best Customer Service, & Best Elite Program. I definitely agree with the assessment, I constantly find AAdvantage miles the easiest to redeem on both AA and their partners, especially when compared to Delta SkyMiles.

SPG swept the Europe/Africa category winning Europe/Africa Program of the Year, Americas & Europe/Africa Best Promotion for Earning, Best Promotion for Redemption Europe/Africa & Middles East/Asia/Oceania, and Best Customer Service & Best Elite Program Europe/Africa. I was honestly surprised that SPG did not win more Americas awards.

Marriott won big in the Americas with Program of the Year, Best Promotion for Redemption, Best Redemption Ability, Best Customer Service & Best Elite Program.

The Delta SkyMiles American Express card won best loyalty card.  I’d venture to say that the Chase cards have had better promotions and provided greater value last year, though of course I am always partial to my trusty SPG AMEX card.

What are your thoughts on the winners?  Any surprises?

PS  – Why not sample the benefits of the big winner?  American is offering a DIRECT STATUS MATCH for United fliers discontent after the merger. No flying is required.   Check out Getting Status for the full details.

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