FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Global Traveler Celebrates the Winners of the 18th Annual GT Tested Reader Survey Awards

by Kimberly Krol Inlander

Dec 17, 2021

PHOTO: © SINGAPORE AIRLINES

December 2021

It’s not an overstatement to say we’ve been through it all in the past 18 months as milestones, celebrations, and even hallmarks of our day-to-day lives were upended. But 2021 has certainly brought us a bit more due north with vaccine deployment, a return to in-person everything, countries around the world re-welcoming Americans and, more recently, with U.S. borders re-opening to vaccinated individuals from around the world. With all that good news, we chose the theme “Open the World” to celebrate the 2021 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards, our 18th year honoring the best of the best in the world of travel.

We know where to look for experience, especially in times of success and times of uncertainty, and that’s to you, our readers. Intrepid, frequent, luxury travelers yourselves, you know the standouts and you voted for them, from airlines and airports to hotels and credit cards. Join us as we open up the following pages to the winners in our 18th annual survey. Through it all, these providers — and all those in the travel industry — went above and beyond to keep the world open (or as open as was safely possible), and it’s our privilege to honor them.

We start with the winners that take us to and from all of the world’s most important gateways, facilitating the incredible opportunity we all have to experience the world’s fascinating corners and cultures.

This year Singapore Airlines takes top honors as Best Overall Airline in the World, reclaiming its title after a one-year hiatus. Picking up its impressive 12th consecutive win as Best Airline Alliance is oneworld. Oneworld member American Airlines flies home with a number of awards this year: Best Airline Website (aa.com), fifth consecutive year; Best Airline for Domestic First Class, seventh year in a row; and Best Frequent- Flyer Elite-Level Program for its AAdvantage Executive Platinum Level. Our readers prefer to take to the skies in a Boeing 787, Best Aircraft Type.

Next up is United Airlines, claiming a slew of accolades this year: Fastest-Growing Airline, Trans-Pacific, and Best Frequent-Flyer Program, for United MileagePlus, for the 18th consecutive year. Its MileagePlus program also won Best Frequent-Flyer Bonus Program, nine years in a row, and Best Frequent-Flyer Award Redemption.

Korean Air debuts as Best Airline for International First Class and wins for Best Business-Class Seat Design. Its counterpart for Best Airline for Business Class is Turkish Airlines, earning its fifth consecutive title. Those winners earning their fifth win in the same category are also earning Quint Status recognition, those earning a 10th win in a row in a certain category enter the Hall of Fame, and for those with 15 consecutive wins we award Crystal Status. Turkish Airlines is also taking its sixth win for Best Airport Staff/Gate Agents. Its Turkish Airlines Corporate Club is Best Corporate Program for Business Travelers for the fourth consecutive year.

Emirates

PHOTO: © EMIRATES

Taking the category for the third year in a row, Delta Sky Club is Best Airline Lounges. The Delta SkyMiles frequent-flyer program is recognized as Best Frequent- Flyer Customer Service, while Delta Air Lines takes the win for Best Airline App. And sweeping its categories for every year of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards’ existence is Asiana Airlines, Best Airline for Onboard Service and Best Airline for Flight Attendants, both for the 18th time. Etihad Airways is a double winner this year for Best Airline Cuisine and Best Airline in the Middle East, each an honoree for the second year in a row. Emirates wins for Best Flight Attendant Uniforms.

Swiss International Air Lines upset a 14-time winner to win Best Airline for Security. All Nippon Airways soars away with two awards this year, both for the second consecutive year: Best First-Class Seat Design and Best Trans-Pacific Airline.

Air Canada won the inaugural award for Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness last year, and this year it holds on to the title. The carrier to our north also wins Best Airline in North America for the third year in a row.

We round out our airline winners with a geographic breakdown of the best of the best: LATAM Airlines Group, Best Airline to South America; Aeromexico, Best Airline in Mexico, 12th consecutive year; Air Tahiti Nui, four-time Best Airline in the South Pacific; TAP Air Portugal with its 11th win as Best Airline in Europe (TAP also won Best Trans-Atlantic Airline for the second year in a row); Aeroflot, Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the second time; Royal Air Maroc, Best Airline in Africa; China Airlines, Best Airline in North Asia, for the ninth consecutive year; and Air India, Best Airline in Central/South Asia & India, eight years in a row. Japan Airlines is Best Airline to Japan.

Now we honor those hubs that introduce us to our next fabulous destination. Let’s start with Best Overall Airport in the World, with Singapore Changi Airport winning for the sixth consecutive year.

Airport

PHOTO: © ONTARIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

For the 18th year in a row, Chicago O’Hare International Airport is Best Airport in North America. It is also taking its second win as Best Airport Dining. Around the United States, other award-winning airports include Miami International Airport, three-time Best Airport Shopping, and Ontario International Airport in Ontario, California, four-time Fastest-Growing U.S. Airport.

Elsewhere around the globe, we have Incheon International Airport, taking its fifth win as Best Airport in Asia, and Best Duty-Free Shopping in Asia; Amsterdam Airport Schiphol scoring a four-peat as Best Airport in Europe; and El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá as Best Airport in South America for the fourth year in a row. In the Middle East, Hamad International Airport is Best Airport in the Middle East, five years running, while Dubai Duty Free earns its 15th Best Duty-Free Shopping in the World title.

Immersing one’s self in a destination means having a comfortable home base in an unfamiliar environment, and these hotels are the ones our readers call home sweet home when on the road.

Best International Hotel Chain honors go to The Ritz- Carlton, while domestically Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is Best Domestic Hotel Chain. Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants debuts on the survey with a Best Lifestyle Hotel win.

Hilton takes home a bevy of accolades in 2021: Best Hotel Website, hilton.com, for the second consecutive year; Best Frequent-Stay Elite-Level Program for Hilton Honors Diamond; Best Frequent-Stay Bonus Program, second year in a row, for Hilton Honors; and Best Hotel App for the third consecutive year.

Lotte Hotels is another multi-hyphenate this year: Best MICE Hotel for the seventh year for LOTTE HOTEL SEOUL, also the 10-time Best Hotel in South Korea winner. SIGNIEL SEOUL is Best Hotel in Asia for the second consecutive year, while SIGNIEL BUSAN is Best New Hotel in Asia.

The Peninsula Beverly Hills earned its 11th nod as Best Hotel in the United States and is also the host venue as we return to celebrating our GT Tested Reader Survey award winners in person this month.

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts

PHOTO: © ST. REGIS

We wrap up our hotel winners with this impressive list of names: IHG Rewards Club, 17-time winner of Best Hotel Rewards Program in the World; IHG Business Edge, Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program three years running; Marriott Bonvoy with its second win as Best Frequent-Stay Award Redemption; World of Hyatt, Best Frequent-Stay Customer Service; St. Regis Hotels & Resorts winning for the sixth time as Best European Hotel Chain; Fiesta Americana, Best Hotel Chain in Mexico for the 11th time; four-time winner Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts as Best Hotel Chain in the Middle East; and Burj Al Arab Jumeirah with its fourth consecutive win as Best Hotel in the Middle East.

We’ve arrived, we’ve settled in, and now it’s time to recognize the travel providers, places and brands that ensure the rest of the journey is seamless. For the sixth year in a row, Volvo drives away with the Best Overseas Delivery Program win. Also in the automotive sector, Hertz wins the prize of Best Rental Car Company, and The Parking Spot takes its third consecutive Best Airport Parking nod.

Whether for your first visit or 20th, make sure Greece, Best Tourism Destination, and Seoul, Best MICE City for the seventh year in a row, are on your list to visit as soon as possible. Intelsat (Gogo Commercial Aviation) unseats a previous Hall of Fame winner to be named Best WiFi Service, while Briggs & Riley marks its 12th Best Luggage Brand win.

Purchase travel and rack up the miles, points, extras and bonuses with these credit card winners. We begin with the United Club Infinite Card from Chase, winning Best Overall Credit Card, Best Credit Card Rewards Program and Best Frequent-Flyer Affinity Credit Card Promotions, all for the second time. The United Explorer Card from Chase celebrates its ninth Best Frequent-Flyer Affinity Credit Card Redemptions win. United Card Event is Best Credit Card Special Events.

Credit Card

PHOTO: © CHASE

Best Small Business Credit Card goes to Capital One Spark Miles Business Card, a first-time nod. Meanwhile, two Marriott Bonvoy cards earn tops nods: Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card from Chase wins Best Frequent-Stay Affinity Credit Card for the 10th time, as well as Best Frequent- Stay Affinity Credit Card Benefits; while the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card is Best Frequent- Stay Affinity Credit Card Promotions, three years in a row, and Best Frequent-Stay Affinity Credit Card Redemptions.

Sadly, we’ve come to our last two winners: Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card from Bank of America, with its 10th win as Best Frequent-Flyer Affinity Credit Card and third win for Best Frequent-Flyer Affinity Credit Card Benefits, and Princess Cruises Visa Signature Card from Barclays winning Best Cruise Line Affinity Credit Card for the fourth year in a row.

As we celebrate that the big, bright and beautiful world is once again nearly open, we commemorate this year’s winners for their accomplishments and, perhaps above all else, their resiliency and their continued success in the face of adversity. Let’s further open the world in 2022 and offer congratulations to all the winners!

THE VOTING PROCESS
Open-ended ballots ran in subscriber copies of Global Traveler and online at globaltravelerusa.com/survey from Dec. 14, 2020, to Sept. 30, 2021. Ballots were distributed via direct mail and email during the same period. Ballots returned with less than 50 percent of the fields completed were disqualified. More than 20,000 qualified ballots were returned during the voting period. Employees of FX Express Publications, Inc., and affiliated members of the travel industry were not allowed to participate.

WINNERS’ CIRCLE

Best Overall Airline in the World
1. Singapore Airlines
2. United Airlines
3. Delta Air Lines
4. Korean Air
5. Etihad Airways

Best Airline Alliance
1. oneworld
2. Star Alliance
3. SkyTeam

Best Aircraft Type
1. Boeing 787
2. Boeing 777
3. Airbus A350
4. Airbus A330
5. Airbus A320

Best Airline Website
1. aa.com
2. delta.com
3. united.com
4. alaskaair.com
5. southwest.com

Fastest-Growing Airline, Trans-Pacific
1. United Airlines
2. American Airlines
3. Japan Airlines
4. All Nippon Airways
5. China Southern Airlines

Best Airline for Business Class
1. Turkish Airlines
2. Singapore Airlines
3. United Airlines
4. Cathay Pacific Airways
5. Korean Air

Best Airline for International First Class
1. Korean Air
2. Etihad Airways
3. Cathay Pacific Airways
4. Lufthansa
5. Singapore Airlines

Best Airline for Domestic First Class
1. American Airlines
2. United Airlines
3. Delta Air Lines
4. Alaska Airlines

Best Airline for Onboard Service
1. Asiana Airlines
2. Emirates
3. Korean Air
4. Singapore Airlines
5. Cathay Pacific Airways

Best Airline Lounges
1. Delta Sky Club
2. United Club
3. United Polaris Club
4. Alaska Airlines Alaska Board Room
5. American Airlines Admirals Club

Best Airline for Flight Attendants
1. Asiana Airlines
2. Korean Air
3. Etihad Airways
4. Singapore Airlines
5. Emirates

Best Flight Attendant Uniforms
1. Emirates
2. Cathay Pacific Airways
3. Singapore Airlines
4. Air France
5. All Nippon Airways

Best Airline Cuisine
1. Etihad Airways
2. Turkish Airlines
3. Korean Air
4. Air France
5. Singapore Airlines

Best Airline for Security
1. Swiss International Air Lines
2. EL AL Israel Airlines
3. British Airways
4. Lufthansa
5. United Airlines

Best First-Class Seat Design
1. All Nippon Airways
2. Emirates
3. Singapore Airlines
4. Cathay Pacific Airways
5. Japan Airlines

Best Business-Class Seat Design
1. Korean Air
2. United Airlines
3. Turkish Airlines
4. Swiss International Air Lines
5. Singapore Airlines

Best Corporate Program for Business Travelers
1. Turkish Airlines Corporate Club
2. Air Canada Corporate Rewards
3. United PerksPlus
4. American Express Platinum Card
5. Korean Air KAL BIZ

Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness
1. Air Canada
2. United Airlines
3. Delta Air Lines
4. American Airlines
5. Alaska Airlines

Best Overall Frequent-Flyer Program
1. United MileagePlus
2. Air Canada Aeroplan
3. Delta Air Lines SkyMiles
4. American Airlines AAdvantage
5. Lufthansa Miles & More

Best Frequent-Flyer Elite-Level Program
1. American Airlines AAdvantage Executive Platinum
2. Delta Air Lines SkyMiles Diamond Medallion
3. United MileagePlus Premier Executive 1K
4. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan MVP Gold
5. Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards A-List Preferred

Best Frequent-Flyer Bonus Program
1. United MileagePlus
2. American Airlines AAdvantage
3. Delta Air Lines SkyMiles
4. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
5. Air Canada Aeroplan

Best Frequent-Flyer Award Redemption
1. United MileagePlus
2. Air Canada Aeroplan
3. Southwest Airlines Rapid Returns
4. American Airlines AAdvantage
5. Delta SkyMiles

Best Frequent-Flyer Customer Service
1. Delta SkyMiles
2. United MileagePlus
3. Air Canada Aeroplan
4. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
5. American Airlines AAdvantage

Best Airline in North America
1. Air Canada
2. United Airlines
3. Delta Air Lines
4. American Airlines
5. JetBlue

Best Airline to South America
1. LATAM Airlines Group
2. Aerolineas Argentinas
3. Avianca

Best Airline in Mexico
1. Aeromexico
2. Interjet
3. Viva Aerobus
4. Volaris

Best Airline in Africa
1. Royal Air Maroc
2. Ethiopian Airlines
3. Kenya Airways
4. Air Seychelles
4. Air Mauritius

Best Airline in the Middle East
1. Etihad Airways
2. Emirates
3. Qatar Airways
4. Royal Air Maroc
5. Saudi Arabian Airlines

Best Airline in North Asia
1. China Airlines
2. Korean Air
3. Cathay Pacific Airways
4. Japan Airlines
5. All Nippon Airways

Best Airline in Central/South Asia and India
1. Air India
2. Indigo
3. SpiceJet
4. SriLankan Airlines
5. Air Astana

Best Airline to Japan
1. Japan Airlines
2. All Nippon Airways
3. United Airlines
4. American Airlines
5. Delta Air Lines

Best Trans-Atlantic Airline
1. Tap Air Portugal
2. United Airlines
3. British Airways
4. Brussels Airlines
5. American Airlines

Best Trans-Pacific Airline
1. All Nippon Airways
2. Korean Air
3. Singapore Airlines
4. Japan Airlines
5. Cathay Pacific Airways

Best Overall Airport in the World
1. Singapore Changi Airport
2. Hamad International Airport, Doha
3. Incheon International Airport
4. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
5. Munich Airport

Best Airport in North America
1. Chicago O’Hare International Airport
2. Miami International Airport
3. San Francisco International Airport
4. Denver International Airport
5. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Best Airport in Asia
1. Incheon International Airport
2. Singapore Changi Airport
3. Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, Taiwan
4. Tokyo Haneda International Airport
5. Osaka Kansai International Airport

Best Airport in Europe
1. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
2. Munich Airport
3. Zürich Kloten International Airport
4. Frankfurt am Main Airport
5. Hamburg Airport

Best Airport in the Middle East
1. Hamad International Airport, Doha
2. Dubai International Airport
3. Abu Dhabi International Airport
4. Bahrain International Airport
5. Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport, Medina

Best Airport in South America
1. El Dorado International Airport, Bogotá
2. Jorge Chávez International Airport
3. Quito International Airport
4. José Joaquín de Olmedo Guayaquil International Airport
5. São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport

Best Airport Staff/Gate Agents
1. Turkish Airlines
2. Cathay Pacific Airways
3. United Airlines
4. Qatar Airways
5. Etihad Airways

Best Airport Dining
1. Chicago O’Hare International Airport
2. Hamad International Airport, Doha
3. Miami International Airport
4. Singapore Changi Airport
5. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Best Airport Shopping
1. Miami International Airport
2. Dubai International Airport
3. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
4. Hamad International Airport, Doha
5. Incheon International Airport

Fastest-Growing U.S. Airport
1. Ontario International Airport, Ontario, California
2. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
3. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
4. Los Angeles International Airport
5. Dallas Love Field Airport

Best Duty-Free Shopping in the World
1. Dubai Duty Free
2. Incheon International Airport
3. Hamad International Airport, Doha
4. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
5. Singapore Changi Airport

Best Duty-Free Shopping in Asia
1. Incheon International Airport
2. Singapore Changi Airport
3. Kuala Lumpur International Airport
4. Tokyo Haneda International Airport
5. Osaka Kansai International Airport

Best International Hotel Chain
1. The Ritz-Carlton
2. Conrad Hotels
3. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
4. The Peninsula Hotels
5. Park Hyatt

Best Domestic Hotel Chain
1. Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
2. The Ritz-Carlton
3. Four Seasons
4. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
5. Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Best Lifestyle Hotel
1. Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
2. Andaz
3. Aloft Hotels
4. Moxy Hotels
5. Element Hotels & Resorts

Best MICE Hotel
1. LOTTE HOTEL SEOUL
2. Hyatt Regency Incheon
3. Sheraton Ankara Hotel & Convention Center
4. Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin
5. Hilton London Metropole

Best Hotel Website
1. hilton.com
2. ritzcarlton.com
3. ihg.com
4. marriott.com
5. peninsula.com

Best Hotel Rewards Program in the World
1. IHG Rewards Club
2. Hilton Honors
3. Marriott Bonvoy
4. World of Hyatt
5. Le Club AccorHotels

Best Frequent-Stay Elite-Level Program
1. Hilton Honors Diamond
2. World of Hyatt Platinum
3. Le Club AccorHotels Platinum
4. IHG Rewards Club Platinum Elite
5. Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite

Best Frequent-Stay Bonus Program
1. Hilton Honors
2. Marriott Bonvoy
3. IHG Rewards Club
4. World of Hyatt
5. Le Club AccorHotels

Best Frequent-Stay Award Redemption
1. Marriott Bonvoy
2. World of Hyatt
3. IHG Rewards Club
4. Hilton Honors
5. Leaders Club, Leading Hotels of the World

Best Frequent-Stay Customer Service
1. World of Hyatt
2. Le Club AccorHotels
3. Hilton Honors
4. Sol Meliá MAS Rewards
5. Marriott Bonvoy

Best Hotel in the United States
1. The Peninsula Beverly Hills
2. Terranea Resort
3. The Broadmoor
4. The Breakers Palm Beach
5. Four Seasons Lanai

Best Hotel in Asia
1. SIGNIEL SEOUL
2. The Peninsula Bangkok
3. Mandarin Oriental, Taipei
4. Four Seasons Seoul
5. The Peninsula Hong Kong

Best New Hotel in Asia
1. SIGNIEL BUSAN
2. The Ritz-Carlton Niseko Village Reserve
3. Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya
4. The Johri, India
5. Rosewood Hong Kong

Best Hotel in South Korea
1. LOTTE HOTEL SEOUL
2. The Plaza Seoul
3. SIGNIEL SEOUL
4. Grand Hyatt Seoul
5. The Shilla Seoul

Best Hotel in the Middle East
1. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
2. One&Only Royal Mirage
3. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel
4. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
5. Emirates Palace Hotel

Best European Hotel Chain
1. St. Regis Hotels & Resorts
2. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
3. The Ritz-Carlton
4. Luxury Collection
5. Westin Hotels

Best Hotel Chain in Mexico
1. Fiesta Americana
2. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
3. Sheraton Hotels
4. Westin Hotels
5. W Hotels

Best Hotel Chain in the Middle East
1. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts
2. The Ritz-Carlton
3. Four Seasons
4. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
5. The Address Hotels + Resorts

Best Overseas Delivery Program
1. Volvo
2. Porsche

Best Rental Car Company
1. Hertz
2. Enterprise
3. Avis
4. National Car Rental
5. Sixt

Best Airport Parking
1. The Parking Spot
2. Wally Park
3. ParkRideFly
4. AirportParking
5. ParkingConnection

Best Tourism Destination
1. Greece
2. Italy
3. Spain
4. Ireland
5. South Africa

Best MICE City
1. Seoul
2. Singapore
3. Doha
4. London
5. Dubai

Best WiFi Service
1. Intelsat (Gogo Commercial Aviation)
2. AT&T Wireless
3. Boingo Wireless
4. Verizon Wireless
5. US Mobile

Best Luggage Brand
1. Briggs & Riley
2. Tumi
3. Travelpro
4. Hartmann Luggage
5. Yeti

Best Hotel App
1. Hilton
2. Marriott Hotels
3. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
4. Hyatt Hotels
5. Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts

Best Airline App
1. Delta Air Lines
2. United Airlines
3. American Airlines
4. Asiana Airlines
5. Singapore Airlines

Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program
1. IHG Business Edge
2. Delta Edge
3. American Airlines BusinessExtra
4. United PerksPlus
5. Hilton Hotels

Best Small-Business Credit Card
1. Capital One Spark Miles Business Card
2. American Airlines Aviator Barclays
3. American Express Business Platinum
4. United Explorer Business Card
5. The Business Platinum Card American Express Open

Best Credit Card Special Events
1. United Card Event
2. Citi Entertainment
3. MasterCard Priceless Cities
4. Chase Sapphire
5. Barclays The Uber Visa Card

Best Credit Cards Rewards Program
1. United Club Infinite Card from Chase
2. Membership Rewards Program from American Express
3. Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa Card from Chase
4. Capital One Venture Rewards
5. Delta SkyMiles Gold Card from American Express

Best Frequent-Stay Affinity Credit Card
1. Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa Card from Chase
2. Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
3. IHG Rewards Club Select Visa
4. The World of Hyatt Credit Card from Chase
5. Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card from American Express

Best Frequent-Stay Affinity Credit Card Promotions
1. Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card from American Express
2. Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa Card from Chase
3. Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express
4. Hilton Honors Card from American Express
5. IHG Rewards Club Select Visa

Best Frequent-Stay Affinity Credit Card Benefits
1. Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa Card from Chase
2. The World of Hyatt Credit Card from Chase
3. Hilton Honors Card from American Express
4. Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card from American
Express
5. IHG Rewards Club Select Visa

Best Frequent-Stay Affinity Credit Card Redemptions
1. Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card from American Express
2. The World of Hyatt Credit Card from Chase
3. IHG Rewards Club Select Visa
4. Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa Card from Chase
5. Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express

Best Frequent-Flyer Affinity Credit Card
1. Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card from Bank of America
2. Delta SkyMiles Card from American Express
3. Delta SkyMiles Gold Card from American Express
4. United Club Infinite Card from Chase
5. British Airways Visa Signature Card

Best Frequent-Flyer Affinity Credit Card Promotions
1. United Club Infinite Card from Chase
2. Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard
3. American Airlines Aviator Barclays Card
4. Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card from Bank of America
5. British Airways Visa Signature Card

Best Frequent-Flyer Affinity Credit Card Benefits
1. Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card from Bank of America
2. Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard
3. American Airlines Aviator Barclays Card
4. United Explorer Card from Chase
5. Aeromexico Club Premier La Tarjeta American Express

Best Frequent-Flyer Affinity Credit Card Redemptions
1. United Explorer Card from Chase
2. Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card from Bank of America
3. Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard
4. United Club Infinite Card from Chase
5. Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express

Best Cruise Line Affinity Credit Card
1. Princess Cruises Visa Signature Card from Barclays
2. Celebrity Cruises Visa Signature Card
3. The Carnival Mastercard from Barclaycard
4. Norwegian Cruise Line Bank of America Mastercard
5. Royal Caribbean Visa Credit Card from Bank of America

QUINT STATUS 2021

Best Airline Website
aa.com

Best Airline for Business Class
Turkish Airlines

Best Airport in Asia
Incheon International Airport

Best Airport in the Middle East
Hamad International Airport, Doha

CRYSTAL STATUS 2021

Best Duty-Free Shopping in the World
Dubai Duty Free

HALL OF FAME 2021

Best Hotel in South Korea
LOTTE HOTEL SEOUL

Best Frequent-Stay Affinity Credit Card
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card from Chase

Best Frequent-Flyer Affinity Credit Card
Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card from Bank of America

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
Daily
May 20, 2022

Accor Announces New Zealand Shores as Latest Destination for Mövenpick Brand

Mövenpick, Accor’s premium Swiss-born hospitality brand, officially launched its first property in New Zealand. Situated in Auckland, Mövenpick Hotel Auckland sets a new standard in the world of hospitality with unique and exciting amenities and a warm, contemporary design found throughout the property.

TAP Air Portugal: 77 Years Young

TAP Air Portugal, or rather Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, was founded 77 years ago, March 14, 1945, and flew its first commercial flight September 19, 1946, inaugurating service from Lisbon to Madrid, Spain, aboard a Douglas DC-3.

Daily
May 20, 2022

Turkish Airlines Updates Amenity Kits with Coccinelle, Hackett Brands

Turkish Airlines offers premium travelers something new. After signing an agreement with fashion brands Coccinelle and Hackett, the carrier introduced redesigned premium amenity kits for its business-class passengers flying eight hours or more on long-distance flights. The new kits were introduced April 29.

Daily
May 20, 2022

3 Off-the-Beaten-Path Destinations One Hour from Lisbon

Lisbon’s popularity has soared in recent years, but within an hour’s drive of Portugal’s capital city, lots of quiet towns and interesting regions that are still somewhat off-the-beaten path await.

Discover a Journey Filled with Wonder in 2022

ISN’T IT TIME? It's time to treat yourself to the vacation you deserve, and Celebrity Cruises® offers the perfect escapes. With an award-winning fleet of ships that sail to more than 300 destinations around the world, Celebrity will take you almost anywhere you want to go in style. Enjoy stunning staterooms and suites, culinary experiences imagined by Michelin-starred chefs and intuitive service. Celebrity makes sure your vacation is effortless from the start, which is why drinks, WiFi and tips are Always IncludedSM on every sailing.

Daily
May 19, 2022

This is NEOM

Saudi Arabia is currently undergoing a bit of a transformation, repositioning itself as a tourism destination and debuting new developments and attractions. While perhaps not a “development” or “attraction” per se, NEOM is one of these new initiatives — but one beyond many of our wildest dreams. NEOM, a special economic zone within the country of Saudi Arabia, has been dubbed “a vision of what a new future might look like” and “a city of the future.”

eFlyer News
May 18, 2022

California Welcomes New and Improved Hilton Hotels

California invites visitors and locals alike to experience some of Hilton’s newest hotel openings and renovations this year. Set to debut this fall, Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton lies between Malibu, and Santa Barbara, in Oxnard, California. Following a multimillion-dollar renovation and conversion, the resort will accept reservations beginning Oct. 1.

TAP Air Portugal’s Porto

When American travelers make plans to visit Portugal, Lisbon is usually their first stop.

eFlyer News
May 18, 2022

City Experiences Announces First U.S. Food Tour, Expanding Offerings in New York City

City Experiences recently announced its first U.S. food tour offered exclusively by the award-winning, international tour provider Devour Tours. This addition sees City Experiences further expand its offerings in New York City.