TravelUpdate is Live from the 27th Annual Freddie Awards!

The Unaccompanied Flyer and are excited to announce live coverage from the 27th annual Freddie Awards.  This year’s Freddie Awards are being held in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Coverage begins around 4:45 PM eastern time.

Freddie Awards Conclusions

Live from the Freddie Awards (Image: Freddie Awards)

What are the Freddie Awards?

Each year, frequent flyers from around the world vote on the best frequent flyer programs, traveler credit cards, and loyalty programs.  The Freddie Awards are named in honor of Sir Frederick Alfred Laker, aka Sir Freddie Laker.  Sir Laker was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1978 in recognition of his contributions to commercial aviation, specifically in the field of marketing.

Sir Freddie Laker (Image: Freddie Awards)

Sir Freddie Laker (Image: Freddie Awards)

To honor Sir Freddie Laker, InsideFlyer and BoardingArea founder Randy Petersen introduced the annual Freddie Awards.  As previously noted, travelers vote on loyalty programs and traveler credit cards.  The programs that received the most votes are awarded each year at the Freddie Awards ceremony.

Last year at the 26th annual Freddie Awards, the following airlines took home awards;

-Program of the Year — Southwest Airlines – Rapid Rewards
-Best Elite Program — American Airlines – AAdvantage
-Best Promotion — Avianca – LifeMiles
-Best Customer Service — Southwest Airlines – Rapid Rewards
-Best Redemption Ability — Avianca – LifeMiles
-210 AWARD — Avianca – LifeMiles

While the following hotels and credit card took home awards;

Program of the Year — Marriott Hotels – Marriott Rewards
Best Elite Program — Hyatt – Gold Passport
Best Promotion — MGM – M life
Best Customer Service — Marriott Hotels – Marriott Rewards
Best Redemption Ability — Marriott Hotels – Marriott Rewards
210 AWARD — MGM – M life

Best Loyalty Credit Card — Starwood – Starwood Preferred Guest from American Express

View full results at  the Freddie Awards website.

2016 Freddie Awards (Image: Freddie Awards)

2016 Freddie Awards (Image: Freddie Awards)

Live Coverage from the 27th Annual Freddie Awards!

I’m on my way to New York’s LaGuardia Airport at the moment.  I’ll be attending the 27th awards ceremony and providing live coverage of the event.  I will not only cover the awards ceremony and who the winners are but also what it’s like to attend such a professional and noteworthy event as a high school senior.

How to Follow to Awards Ceremony

I’m a pretty social guy so there’s no shortage of ways to follow the awards ceremony live.  The following social channels will receive live coverage of the events;

Twitter: @Unaccompflyer

Facebook: @unaccompaniedflyer

Snapchat: @max_prosperi

Of course, I will also provide periodic updates right here on!

What programs do you think are going to take home awards this year?