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Global Traveler Celebrates the 2022 Winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey Awards

by Kimberly Inlander

Mar 22, 2023
March 2023

Travel is back and better than ever! Last year brought a big boom to our beloved industry, and we were thrilled to celebrate the best of the best in December 2022 as we honored the winners of our 19th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, located downtown at LA Live!

It truly was a night to remember for so many reasons, as we celebrated those travel companies consistently going above and beyond, as voted by our readers. In addition to honoring the GT Tested Reader Survey awards, we feted the Airline and Hotel of the Year winners and the honorees of our Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion in Travel awards. Those GT Tested Reader Survey award winners winning their category for the fifth consecutive and 10th consecutive years entered our Quint Status and Hall of Fame lists, respectively, as well.

A number of sponsors joined in the festivities including United Airlines, United MileagePlus, the United Explorer Card from Chase, Ontario International Airport, IHG Business Edge, Air Canada, Turkish Airlines, The Parking Spot, oneworld, IGA Istanbul Airport and the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card from Bank of America. United Explorer Card from Chase sponsored a Dom Perignon raffle, selecting five lucky winners. Liz Watts & Co. provided the night’s entertainment.

Be part of the action as we recap the night’s festivities on the following pages.

WINNERS’ CIRCLE

Best Overall Airline in the World
Singapore Airlines
Second Consecutive Year

Best Airline Alliance
oneworld
13th Consecutive Year

Best Aircraft Type
Airbus A350

Best Airline Website
aa.com
Sixth Consecutive Year

Fastest-Growing Airline, Trans-Pacific
United Airlines
Second Consecutive Year

Best Airline for International First Class
Air France

Best Airline for Business Class
Turkish Airlines
Sixth Consecutive Year

Best Airline for Domestic First Class
Delta Air Lines

Best Airline Lounges
United Club

Best Airline for Onboard Service
Asiana Airlines
19th Consecutive Year

Best Airline for Flight Attendants
Asiana Airlines
19th Consecutive Year

Best Airline Cuisine
Turkish Airlines

Best Flight Attendant Uniforms
Air France

Best Business-Class Seat Design
Cathay Pacific Airways

Best First-Class Seat Design
Air France

Best Corporate Program for Business Travelers
Turkish Airlines Corporate Club
Fifth Consecutive Year

Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness
Air Canada
Third Consecutive Year

Best Overall Frequent-Flyer Program
United MileagePlus
19th Consecutive Year

Best Frequent-Flyer Elite-Level Program
United MileagePlus Premier Executive 1K

Best Frequent-Flyer Bonus Program
United MileagePlus
10th Consecutive Year

Best Frequent-Flyer Award Redemption
Delta SkyMiles

Best Frequent-Flyer Customer Service
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

Best Airline in North America
Air Canada
Fourth Consecutive Year

Best Airline to South America & Central America
LATAM Airlines Group
Second Consecutive Year

Best Airline in Mexico
Aeromexico
13th Consecutive Year

Best Airline in the South Pacific
Air Tahiti Nui
Fifth Consecutive Year

Best Airline in Europe
TAP Air Portugal
12th Consecutive Year

Best Airline in Eastern Europe
LOT Polish Airlines

Best Airline in Africa
Ethiopian Airlines

Best Airline in the Middle East
Etihad Airways
Third Consecutive Year

Best Airline in North Asia
China Airlines
10th Consecutive Year

Best Airline in Central/South Asia & India
Air India
Ninth Consecutive Year

Best Airline in China
Air China

Best Airline in Australia and New Zealand
Qantas

Best Airline to Japan
Japan Airlines
Second Consecutive Year

Best Trans-Atlantic Airline
United Airlines

Best Trans-Pacific Airline
All Nippon Airways
Third Consecutive Year

Best Overall Airport in the World
Hamad International Airport, Doha

Best Airport in North America
Chicago O’Hare International Airport
19th Consecutive Year

Best Airport in Asia
Incheon International Airport
Sixth Consecutive Year

Best Airport in Europe
Istanbul Grand Airport

Best Airport in the Middle East
Hamad International Airport, Doha
Sixth Consecutive Year

Best Airport in South America
El Dorado International Airport, Bogotá
Fifth Consecutive Year

Best Airport in Africa
Oliver Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa

Best Airport Staff/Gate Agents
Turkish Airlines
Seventh Consecutive Year

Best Airport Dining
Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Third Consecutive Year

Best Airport Shopping
Istanbul Grand Airport

Fastest-Growing U.S. Airport
Ontario International Airport, Ontario, California
Fifth Consecutive Year

Best Duty-Free Shopping in the World
Dubai Duty Free
16th Consecutive Year

Best Duty-Free Shopping in Asia
Incheon International Airport
Second Consecutive Year

Best Duty-Free Shopping in Africa
Oliver Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa

Best Duty-Free Shopping in Europe
Istanbul Grand Airport

Best Duty-Free Shopping in the Middle East
Dubai Duty Free

Best Individual Hotel in the World
The St. Regis Singapore

Best International Hotel Chain
The Ritz-Carlton
Second Consecutive Year

Best Domestic Hotel Chain
The Ritz-Carlton

Best Lifestyle Hotel
Aloft Hotels

Best MICE Hotel
LOTTE HOTEL SEOUL
Eighth Consecutive Year

Best Hotel Website
ihg.com

Best Hotel Rewards Program in the World
IHG One Rewards
18th Consecutive Year

Best Frequent-Stay Elite-Level Program
Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite

Best Frequent-Stay Bonus Program
Sonesta Travel Pass

Best Frequent-Stay Award Redemption
Marriott Bonvoy
Third Consecutive Year

Best Frequent-Stay Customer Service
Marriott Bonvoy

Best Hotel in the United States
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
12th Consecutive Year

Best Hotel in Asia
The Peninsula Bangkok

Best New Hotel in Asia
SIGNIEL BUSAN

Best Hotel in South Korea
LOTTE HOTEL SEOUL
11th Consecutive Year

Best Hotel in Japan
Tokyo Station Hotel

Best Hotel in Singapore
The Fullerton Hotel

Best Hotel Chain in Asia
Oberoi Hotels

Best Hotel in Europe
Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus

Best European Hotel Chain
The St. Regis Hotels & Resorts
Seventh Consecutive Year

Best Hotel Chain in Latin America
Sheraton Hotels & Resorts

Best Hotel Chain in Mexico
Fiesta Americana
12th Consecutive Year

Best Hotel Chain in the Middle East
Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts
Fifth Consecutive Year

Best Hotel in the Middle East
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
Fifth Consecutive Year

Best Overseas Delivery Program
Volvo
Seventh Consecutive Year

Best Rental Car Company
Hertz
Second Consecutive Year

Best Airport Parking
The Parking Spot
Fourth Consecutive Year

Best Tourism Destination
Greece
Second Consecutive Year

Best MICE City
Seoul
Eighth Consecutive Year

Best WiFi Service
Intelsat
Second Consecutive Year

Best Luggage Brand
Tumi

Best Hotel App
Hilton
Fourth Consecutive Year

Best Airline App
Alaska Airlines

Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program
IHG Business Edge
Fourth Consecutive Year

Best Offshore Business Location
U.S. Virgin Islands

Best Travel Insurance Company
Allianz Partners

Best Rail Service/Travel Provider
Rocky Mountaineer

Best Overall Credit Card
United Club Infinite Card from Chase
Third Consecutive Year

Best Small-Business Credit Card
Capital One Spark Miles for Business Card
Second Consecutive Year

Best Credit Card Special Events
United Card Event
Third Consecutive Year

Best Credit Card Rewards Programs
United Club Infinite Card from Chase
Third Consecutive Year

Best Credit Card Design
Capital One Venture X

Best New Credit Card Launch
Capital One Venture X

Best Frequent-Stay Affinity Credit Card
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card from Chase
11th Consecutive Year

Best Frequent-Stay Affinity Credit Card Promotions
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card
Fourth Consecutive Year

Best Frequent-Stay Affinity Credit Card Benefits
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card from Chase
Second Consecutive Year

Best Frequent-Stay Affinity Credit Card Redemptions
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card
Third Consecutive Year

Best Frequent-Flyer Affinity Credit Card
Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card from Bank of America
11th Consecutive Year

Best Frequent-Flyer Affinity Credit Card Promotions
United Club Infinite Card from Chase
Third Consecutive Year

Best Frequent-Flyer Affinity Credit Card Benefits
Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card from Bank of America
Fourth Consecutive Year

Best Frequent-Flyer Affinity Credit Card Redemptions
United Explorer Card from Chase
10th Consecutive Year

Best Cruise Line Affinity Credit Card
Princess Cruises Visa Signature Card from Barclays
Fifth Consecutive Year

Airline of the Year
Singapore Airlines

Hotel of the Year
Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts

Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion in Travel – Airline
United Airlines

Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion in Travel – Hotel
Hilton Hotels

Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion in Travel – Cruise
Hurtigruten

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