Contrary to popular belief, earning airlines miles isn’t as difficult as it seems.
United Airlines, British Airways and Singapore Airlines took home three of the coveted Best Reward Program categories in the eighth annual FlyerTalk Awards, announced Monday.
The awards were voted on by members of FlyerTalk, a popular online community devoted to frequent-traveler interests. In addition to airlines, hotel and rental-car loyalty programs also were scored.
United and Singapore Airlines were first-time winners. United’s MileagePlus frequent-flyer program ended a two-year run at the top of the Americas category by Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan program. Prior to Alaska’s win in 2017, American had dominated the category, taking the top spot every year since the FlyerTalk Awards began in 2012 through 2016.
For the Middle East/Asia/Oceana region, Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer program unseated Qatar Airways and its Privilege Club program that had claimed the title for the past two years.
British Airways was a repeat winner, winning the best program title for the Europe/Africa region for the eighth consecutive time.
(Scroll down for the full list of categories and winners.)
The Best Reward Program wins were the first for both United and Singapore.
“It’s hard to believe, but MileagePlus had never won a FlyerTalk Award for Best Program in any category until now,” Paul O’Brien, FlyerTalk awards producer, said to USA TODAY.
“The real story in Asia is Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer,” he added. “Some FlyerTalkers have speculated that KrisFlyer’s newfound popularity might have something to do with the blockbuster 2018 movie ‘Crazy Rich Asians.’”
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