Thanks and Good Night!

DSC_0061Thanks to Tommy, Gary and a guy you haven’t met. A guy who worked tirelessly while reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to his daughter. Thanks to Ed. Thanks to Karen and Melinda and the House of Miles staff. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this happen.

I’m about ready to round this up. We’re going to have dessert and a great after party. And I’m going to have my picture taken with all of you. Happy 25th Freddie Awards – bye now!


Congratulations to all of this year’s Freddie Award winners!

Robert Wuhl says, “Thank you again for letting me host this event. Have a great year and drink your pants off tonight!”

Airline Program of the Year [Americas] American AAdvantage

Just one award left…

The top four finishers in this category are American AAdvantage, Air Canada Aeroplan, Delta SkyMiles and Southwest Rapid Rewards.

The American AAdvantage table is even happier! Suzanne Rubin, President, AAdvantage Loyalty Program accepts the Freddie. “I can’t tell you what an honor it is to be here tonight. Thank you.”

American AAdvantage celebrated its 30th year in 2011. The granddaddy of all frequent flyer programs, it still delivers incredible value. AAdvantage treats elite members well. Many members would say that the program offers the best domestic award availability of any U.S. airline and AAdvantage miles offer some of the most lucrative international award redemptions in the industry. Members are clearly happy after all these years.

Airline Program of the Year [Middle East / Asia / Oceania] Jet Airways JetPrivilege

The top four finishers in this category are Jet Airways JetPrivilege, Etihad Guest, Gulf Air Falconflyer and Virgin Australia Velocity.

Siva Ramachandran, Regional Vice President – Americas, accepts the Freddie. “Friends, this one is very special and I’m happy to enjoy this moment with all of you.”

India’s Jet Airways JetPrivilege takes home its second Program of the Year Freddie Award. JetPrivilege was introduced in 1994 and has forged partnerships with airlines across the globe, giving members the ability to redeem miles for destinations worldwide. The program features a six-month fast-track to elite program, called Dynamic Tier Review, that offers the ability to be welcomed into the next membership level so you don’t have to wait the usual calendar year. With a value vote of 9, it’s obvious they’re doing something right.

Airline Program of the Year [Europe / Africa] Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles

The top four finishers in this category are Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles, airBaltic BalticMiles, Lufthansa Miles & More and British Airways Executive Club.

A happy Ihsan Baytan, General Manager, New York, accepts the Freddie. “Thank you again, much appreciated.”

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles has been winning smiles from members since it was launched in 2000. Members appreciate minimum mileage on short-haul flights, a well-rounded award chart with the help of fellow Star Alliance members, and a four-tiered elite program that offers a family membership to help boost your mileage balance toward your next award.

Hotel Program of the Year [Americas] Marriott Rewards

The top four finishers are Marriott Rewards, Choice Privileges, Starwood Preferred Guest and Wyndham Rewards.

Ed French takes a moment to say, “we do this on behalf of our members, so thanks. And congratulations to all of the winners tonight.”

Marriott Rewards is no stranger to the Freddie Award stage having won Program of the Year in the Americas for the fifth consecutive year (including winning Program of the Year in the Frequent Travel Awards for the two years of their existence). This is the 13th time through the years that the program has won this honor. Marriott is all about consistency—in the guest experience, customer service and loyalty program and their members showed their appreciation by turning out to vote.