17th Freddie Awards Winners



The 17th Freddie Awards took place at the Grand Hyatt in New York on 28th April 2005. Below is a summary of the winners, followed by a brief look at various reward programs and their performance. We also highlight their related credit cards (if you are a member and wish to earn faster points).

Winners of the 17th Freddie Awards


Best Affinity Credit Card


(probably the most important category for our readers) Americas

Diners Club - Club Rewards

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express - not surprising given the number of awards that Starwood Preferred Guest program has won.

Alaska Airlines Visa® - The Alaska Airlines Mileage program was one of the favourites among travellers and not surprisingly, their credit card got a very respectable third place in this category.

Japan, Pacific, Asia, Australia
American Express Membership Rewards
Europe, Middle East, Africa
SN Brussels American Express

Best Award


Americas Airline
American West Airlines - Flightfund
Europe, Middle East, Africa Airline
TAP Air Portugal - Navigator
Americas Hotel
Starwood - Starwood Preferred Guest
Europe, Middle East, Africa Hotels
Starwood - Starwood Preferred Guest
Japan, Pacific, Asia, Australia Hotels
Starwood - Starwood Preferred Guest

Best Award Redemption

Americas Airline
SouthWest Airlines - Rapid Rewards
Europe, Middle East, Africa Airline
Gulf Air Falcon - Frequent Flyer
Japan, Pacific, Asia, Australia Airlines
Air New Zealand - Airpoints
Americas Hotel
Starwood - Starwood Preferred Guest
Europe, Middle East, Africa Hotels
Starwood - Starwood Preferred Guest
Japan, Pacific, Asia, Australia Hotels
Starwood - Starwood Preferred Guest

Best Bonus Promotion

Americas Airline
SouthWest Airlines - Rapid Rewards
Europe, Middle East, Africa Airline
Aeroflot - Aeroflot Bonus
Japan, Pacific, Asia, Australia Airlines
Thai Airways - Royal Orchid Plus
Americas Hotel
IHG - Priority Club Rewards
Europe, Middle East, Africa Hotels
IHG - Priority Club Rewards
Japan, Pacific, Asia, Australia Hotels
Hyatt - Gold Passport

Best Customer Service

Americas Airline
SouthWest Airlines - Rapid Rewards
Europe, Middle East, Africa Airline
SN Brussels Privilege
Japan, Pacific, Asia, Australia Airlines
American Airlines - AAdvantage
Americas Hotel
Starwood - Starwood Preferred Guest
Europe, Middle East, Africa Hotels
Starwood - Starwood Preferred Guest
Japan, Pacific, Asia, Australia Hotels
Starwood - Starwood Preferred Guest

Best Elite Level

Americas Airline
American West Airlines - Flighfund
Europe, Middle East, Africa Airline
TAP Air Portugal Navigator
Japan, Pacific, Asia, Australia Airlines
NorthWest Airlines - WorldPerks
Americas Hotel
Starwood - Starwood Preferred Guest
Europe, Middle East, Africa Hotels
Starwood - Starwood Preferred Guest
Japan, Pacific, Asia, Australia Hotels
Starwood - Starwood Preferred Guest

Best Member Communications

Americas Airline
Alaska Airline - Mileage Plan
Europe, Middle East, Africa Airline
TAP Air Portugal Navigator
Japan, Pacific, Asia, Australia Airlines
Emirates - Skywards
Americas Hotel
IHG Priority Club Rewards
Europe, Middle East, Africa Hotels
Starwood - Starwood Preferred Guest
Japan, Pacific, Asia, Australia Hotels
IHG Priority Club Rewards

Best Website

Americas Airline
Alaska Airline - Mileage Plan
Europe, Middle East, Africa Airline
TAP Air Portugal Navigator
Japan, Pacific, Asia, Australia Airlines
Emirates - Skywards
Americas Hotel
IHG Priority Club Rewards
Europe, Middle East, Africa Hotels
Starwood - Starwood Preferred Guest
Japan, Pacific, Asia, Australia Hotels
IHG Priority Club Rewards

Program of the Year

Americas Airline
Alaska Airline - Mileage Plan
Europe, Middle East, Africa Airline
Swiss Travel Club
Japan, Pacific, Asia, Australia Airlines
Emirates - Skywards
Americas Hotel
Starwood - Starwood Preferred Guest
Europe, Middle East, Africa Hotels
Starwood - Starwood Preferred Guest
Japan, Pacific, Asia, Australia Hotels
Starwood - Starwood Preferred Guest

Special Recognition - Distinguished Achievement Award

NorthWest Airlines - WorldPerks
Mitch Stuart

Special Recognition - Industry Impact Award

Jet Airways - Jet Privileges

Summary of some Reward Program Winners


Starwood Preferred Guest Program - Starwood Preferred Guest program has won more categories not just this year, but also the past few years. It has swept the Best Award, Best Award Redemption, Best Customer Service, Best Elite Level and Best Hotel Program of the Year for all three regions (the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia). It also won the award for Best Member Communicatons and Best Web Site in Europe, Middle East and Africas. It is simply the best hotel reward program around with the least restrcition award redemptions, a favourable cash and points options and a 5,000 bonus points upon transfer of 20,000 airline miles to a partner airline. The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express placed second in the Best Affinity Card category for the Americas.

Alaska Airlines - Mileage Plan - Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan has won the Program of the Year, Best Web Site and Best Member Communications Awards this year. In the best redemption award, they finished second to SouthWest Airlines and they also finished third in the Best Elite Level award. This is the third year in the row that Alaska Airlines has won the Program of the Year award, a very good feat. The Alaska Airlines Visa® took third place in the Best Affinity Card catagory.

American Airline - AAdvantage - American Airlines AAdvantage program has won the Best Customer Service Award in the Japan, Pacific, Asia, Australia international category. . To quote Freddie Award directly, "American AAdvantage has succeeded in breaking the international barrier to Freddie success for U.S.-based programs in foreign markets". AAdvantage frequent flyers have the choice of a few AAdvantage credit cards from Citibank, including the Citi® Bronze®/AAdvantage® Mastercard®, the Citi® Platinum Select®/AAdvantage® World Mastercard® and the Citi® Business AAdvantage Visa®.






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