Best Hotel Elite Program [Europe / Africa] Starwood Preferred Guest

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Starwood is once again singled out for their excellent elite program. Starwood introduced new elite benefits last year, including a choice of welcome gifts such as bonus points, in-room Internet or complimentary drink for Gold and Platinum or free breakfast for Platinum. Platinum members who stay 50 nights a year also receive 10 suite night awards that are confirmable five nights prior to arrival. And Platinum members who stay 75 nights can check in at any time, 24 hours a day. With an annual stay of 100 nights, Platinum members can enjoy the services of a personal ambassador

Best Hotel Elite Program [Middle East / Asia / Oceania] Hyatt Gold Passport


Another repeat winner, Hyatt Gold Passport wins Best Elite Program in Middle East / Asia / Oceania for the fourth consecutive year.

Hyatt Gold Passport has some spectacular properties in this region, including the Park Hyatt Maldives and Grand Hyatt Tokyo. On top of blissful stays at luxurious properties, members value the program’s generous elite benefits, including confirmable suite upgrades and free breakfast for Diamond members.

Best Hotel Elite Program [Americas] Hyatt Gold Passport


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The crown returns to Hyatt Gold Passport from last year’s winner, Marriott Rewards. Four confirmed suite upgrades at booking and complimentary breakfast for Diamond members are two of the most valued Gold Passport elite benefits. Add in excellent customer service, free Internet for all elite members and you have a winning elite program.

Airline Best Elite Program [Europe / Africa] Air France / KLM Flying Blue


Give me one winner please…Flying Blue! They’ve been up on stage already tonight. For many years, Flying Blue has been missing from the Freddie Awards. They have been doing a lot of work and are happy to be on stage tonight.

New Freddie darling Flying Blue wins again, this time for Best Elite Level. Flying Blue elites receive an additional 50, 75 and 100 percent earning bonus for Silver, Gold and Platinum, respectively. Elite members also have access to additional award inventory for more miles.

Flying Blue introduced elite rollover miles last year so all Level miles (elite-qualifying miles) earned beyond the status threshold will be rolled over to the following year.

Airline Best Elite Program [Middle East / Asia / Oceania] Virgin Australia Velocity

Virgin Australia pulls ahead of Jet Airways JetPrivilege for another Freddie win. El Al Matmid Club had a higher value vote at 8.89 but with only 1.31 percent of the votes, they didn’t make the cut.

Platinum members receive four complimentary upgrades per year on domestic flights from qualifying fares and Gold and Platinum members receive complimentary access to the Virgin Australia lounge. Silver members receive two single entry passes and a discounted lounge membership.

Airline Best Elite Program [Americas] American AAdvantage

“Thank you – we do this for you guys who travel on our planes every day!”

Elite members are happy with American AAdvantage and the program wins Best Elite Program in the Americas for the second consecutive year, just squeezing past TAM Fidelidade. Top-tier elites get eight confirmed upgrades valid from any fare, something unmatched by their competitors, and unlimited complimentary upgrades on domestic flights. Platinum members receive a 100 percent flight bonus and elite members who don’t get upgraded are recognized with a complimentary drink and buy-on-board snack. Members report that the elite help desk also provides exemplary customer service.