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Global Traveler Celebrates the Winners of the 19th Annual GT Tested Reader Survey Awards

by Kimberly Krol Inlander

Dec 4, 2022

PHOTO: © AIR TAHITI NUI

December 2022

What a year 2022 has been for travel! It’s not an understatement to say travel rebounded and surged following the pandemic, and airlines, hotels, travel providers and more are ready and waiting to serve the masses returning to the beautiful art of traveling. As such, we celebrate and award those who do it best as we announce the 2022 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards, our 19th year honoring the best of the best in the world of travel. Our countdown to year No. 20 begins now.

We know where to look for expertise and incredible travel knowledge, 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 on the following pages to find out all the winners in our 19th annual survey and see if your favorites made the cut.

PHOTO: © SINGAPORE AIRLINES

We start with the winners that transport us around this great, big, beautiful globe, starting with Singapore Airlines taking top honors as Best Overall Airline in the World, reclaiming its title for a second consecutive year. It’s lucky No. 13 for Best Airline Alliance winner oneworld, while member airline American Airlines flies home with its sixth win for Best Airline Website (aa.com). The Airbus A350 soared above the rest as Best Aircraft Type.

United Airlines picks up a bevy of awards this year: Fastest-Growing Airline, Trans-Pacific, for the second consecutive year; Best Airline Lounges, for its United Club; and Best Trans-Atlantic Airline. Its United MileagePlus frequent-flyer program is truly a cut above as it earns its Best Frequent-Flyer Program accolade for the 19th consecutive year. MileagePlus also wins Best Frequent-Flyer Elite-Level Program, and Best Frequent-Flyer Bonus Program, 10 years in a row. Winning the same award for 10 consecutive years earns that acknowledgement a spot in our Hall of Fame.

PHOTO: © AIR FRANCE

For Best Airline for International First Class, the winner is Air France, also flying away with Best Flight Attendant Uniforms and Best First-Class Seat Design. Turkish Airlines scores four awards: Best Airline for Business Class, six years in a row; Best Airline Cuisine; Best Airport Staff/ Gate Agents, seven years running; and Best Corporate Program for Business Travelers, for its Turkish Airlines Corporate Club, five consecutive years. With its fifth win in a row, that honor receives our Quint Status nod this year.

Delta Air Lines wins Best Airline for Domestic First Class, while its Delta SkyMile frequent-flyer program takes the Best Frequent-Flyer Award Redemption. 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 19th time. Cathay Pacific Airways is the Best Business-Class Seat Design winner. Air Canada takes two awards in this year’s survey: Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness for the third consecutive year and Best Airline in North America for the fourth year in a row.

Alaska Airlines appears twice this year as well, earning nods for Best Frequent-Flyer Customer Service for its Mileage Plan program and Best Airline App.

Let’s circumnavigate the globe and take a look at the best airlines by region, starting with LATAM Airlines Group, Best Airline to South America, two years running. Aeromexico wins Best Airline in Mexico, 13th consecutive year, and Air Tahiti Nui earns Quint Status for its fifth Best Airline in the South Pacific nod. TAP Air Portugal takes its 12th win as Best Airline in Europe, and LOT Polish Airlines is Best Airline in Eastern Europe. Continuing around the world, Ethiopian Airlines is Best Airline in Africa; Etihad Airways takes its third round as Best Airline in the Middle East; China Airlines becomes Best Airline in North Asia for the fourth consecutive year; and Air India is Best Airline in Central/South Asia & India, nine years in a row. For the second year in a row Japan Airlines earns the Best Airline to Japan honor. All Nippon Airways takes the Best Trans- Pacific Airline for the third time. Returning to the survey this year are our Best Airline in China and Best Airline in Australia and New Zealand categories, won by Air China and Qantas, respectively.

On arrival or departure, the airport is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of travel. Let’s honor those hubs delivering an incredible airport experience. That starts with Best Overall Airport in the World, going to Hamad International Airport, Doha, for the first time. DOH also earns its sixth win as Best Airport in the Middle East.

Taking the award every year of our survey, Chicago O’Hare International Airport is Best Airport in North America, 19 times over! It is also taking its third win as Best Airport Dining. Another U.S. gateway appears on the list: Ontario International Airport in Ontario, California, five- time Fastest-Growing U.S. Airport and now a Quint Status honoree.

Other airport winners include Incheon International Airport, taking its sixth win as Best Airport in Asia and second win as Best Duty-Free Shopping in Asia; Istanbul Grand Airport, first-time winner of Best Airport in Europe, Best Duty-Free Shopping in Europe and Best Airport Shopping; El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá as Best Airport in South America for the fifth year in a row and a Quint Status honoree; O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Best Airport in Africa and Best Duty-Free Shopping in Africa; and Dubai Duty Free, 16-time Best Duty-Free Shopping in the World and Best Duty-Free Shopping in the Middle East.

PHOTO: © THE ST. REGIS SINGAPORE

A traveler’s home away from home is important, and you can’t go wrong with these award-winning hotels. To start, The St. Regis Singapore wins Best Individual Hotel in the World. The St. Regis brand takes its seventh win as Best European Hotel Chain.

Best International Hotel Chain honors go to The Ritz- Carlton for the second consecutive year. The brand also picks up the Best Domestic Hotel Chain award. Aloft reclaims its Best Lifestyle Hotel title this year. LOTTE HOTEL SEOUL takes its eighth Best MICE Hotel honor and its 11th Best Hotel in South Korea nod.

InterContinental Hotels Group becomes a multihyphenate this year with wins for Best Hotel Website, ihg.com, and an 18th win for Best Hotel Rewards Program in the World for its recently revamped IHG One Rewards. Its IHG Business Edge program wins its fourth straight Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program award. Marriott Bonvoy also secures a bundle of awards: Best Frequent-Stay Elite-Level Program, for Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite; a third consecutive Best Frequent-Stay Award Redemption; and Best Frequent-Stay Customer Service. Hilton earns its fourth win as Best Hotel App.

The Peninsula Beverly Hills earned its 12th nod as Best Hotel in the United States, and its counterpart in Thailand, The Peninsula Bangkok, wins Best Hotel in Asia. Also in Asia, Tokyo Station Hotel is Best Hotel in Japan, The Fullerton Hotel is Best Hotel in Singapore, and Oberoi Hotels is Best Hotel Chain in Asia.

We wrap up our hotel winners with this impressive list of names: Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, Best Hotel in Europe; Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Best Hotel Chain in Latin America; Sonesta Travel Pass, Best Frequent-Stay Bonus Program; Fiesta Americana, 12-time Best Hotel Chain in Mexico; Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, a Quint Status inductee with its fifth win as Best Hotel Chain in the Middle East; and Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, also on the Quint Status list for winning Best Hotel in the Middle East five years in a row.

Here’s a look at the winning brands that ensure the rest of the journey is seamless. For the seventh year in a row, Volvo is driving away with the Best Overseas Delivery Program win. Also in the automotive sector, Hertz wins the prize of Best Rental Car Company, two years running, and The Parking Spot takes its fourth consecutive Best Airport Parking nod.

Greece makes a repeat appearance as Best Tourism Destination for the second year in a row, and Seoul becomes Best MICE City for the eighth year in a row. Intelsat (Gogo Commercial Aviation) takes its second Best WiFi Service nod, while Tumi upset a long-time favorite for its first Best Luggage Brand win.

New categories to the survey this year include Best Offshore Business Location, U.S. Virgin Islands; Best Travel Insurance Company, Allianz; and Best Rail Service/Travel Provider, Rocky Mountaineer.

Co-branded credit cards ensure everyday purchases help achieve travel dreams. These are the very best to get you where you want to go: 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 third time. The United Explorer Card from Chase celebrates its 10th Best Frequent-Flyer Affinity Credit Card Redemptions win, entering it into our Hall of Fame. United Card Event is Best Credit Card Special Events, three years in a row.

Best Small Business Credit Card goes to Capital One Spark Miles Business Card, a second-time nod. Two new credit card categories include Capital One Venture X winning for both Best Credit Card Design and Best New Credit Card Launch.

Two Marriott Bonvoy cards continue to earn top nods: Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card from Chase wins Best Frequent-Stay Affinity Credit Card for the 11th time as well as Best Frequent-Stay Affinity Credit Card Benefits for the second year in a row; while the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card is Best Frequent-Stay Affinity Credit Card Promotions, four years running, and Best Frequent-Stay Affinity Credit Card Redemptions, three years in a row.

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card from Bank of America takes its 11th win as Best Frequent-Flyer Affinity Credit Card and fourth win for Best Frequent- Flyer Affinity Credit Card Benefits; and Princess Cruises Visa Signature Card from Barclays rounds out our illustrious list of winners with its Quint Status induction for Best Cruise Line Affinity Credit Card, five years and counting.

We commend this year’s winners for their accomplishments and for the bright future ahead for the world of travel. Congratulations to all the winners!

THE VOTING PROCESS

Open-ended ballots ran in subscriber copies of Global Traveler and online at globaltrav elerusa.com/gt-tested-awards-ballot from Dec. 14, 2021, to Sept. 30, 2022. 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. Employees of FXExpress 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. Emirates
5. Etihad Airways

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

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

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

Fastest-Growing Airline, Trans-Pacific
1. United Airlines
2. All Nippon Airways
3. Japan Airlines
4. China Southern Airlines
5. American 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. Air France
2. Korean Air
3. Cathay Pacific Airways
4. Etihad Airways
5. Singapore Airlines

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

Best Airline for Onboard Service
1. Asiana Airlines
2. Emirates
3. Air France
4. Singapore Airlines
5. Etihad Airways

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

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

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

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

Best First-Class Seat Design
1. Air France
2. Etihad Airways
3. Emirates
4. Singapore Airlines
5. Japan Airlines

Best Business-Class Seat Design
1. Cathay Pacific Airways
2. United Airlines
3. Turkish Airlines
4. Etihad Airways
5. Korean Air

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

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

Best Overall Frequent-Flyer Program
1. United MileagePlus
2. Air Canada Aeroplan
3. Delta Air Lines SkyMiles
4. JetBlue TrueBlue
5. American Airlines AAdvantage

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Airline in Mexico
1. Aeromexico
2. VivaAerobus
3. Volaris

Best Airline in the South Pacific
1. Air Tahiti Nui
2. Qantas
3. Air New Zealand
4. Fiji Airways
5. Virgin Australia

Best Airline in Europe
1. TAP Air Portugal
2. Lufthansa
3. British Airways
4. ITA Airways
5. Air France

Best Airline in Eastern Europe
1. LOT Polish Airlines
2. Air Serbia
3. Wizz Air
4. Aeroflot
5. S7 Airlines

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

Best Airline in Australia and New Zealand
1. Qantas
2. Air New Zealand
3. Air Tahiti Nui
4. Fiji Airways
5. Virgin Australia

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 (excluding China)
1. China Airlines
2. EVA Air
3. Cathay Pacific Airways
4. Japan Airlines
5. Korean Air

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

Best Airline in China
1. Air China
2. Xiamen Airlines
3. China Southern Airlines
4. China Eastern Airlines
5. Hainan Airlines

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

Best Trans-Atlantic Airline
1. United Airlines
2. TAP Air Portugal
3. Air France
4. Brussels Airlines
5. American Airlines

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

Best Overall Airport in the World
1. Hamad International Airport, Doha
2. Istanbul Grand Airport
3. Singapore Changi Airport
4. Incheon International Airport
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 InternationalAirport
4. Tokyo Haneda International Airport
5. Osaka Kansai International Airport

Best Airport in Africa
1. O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa
2. Addis Ababa Bole International Airport
3. Cape Town International Airport
4. Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria
5. Port Elizabeth International Airport

Best Airport in Europe
1. Istanbul Grand Airport
2. Munich Airport
3. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
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/GateAgents
1. Turkish Airlines
2. United Airlines
3. Korean Air
4. Qatar Airways
5. Emirates

Best Airport Dining
1. Chicago O’Hare International Airport
2. Hamad International Airport, Doha
3. Istanbul Grand Airport
4. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
5. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

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

Fastest-Growing U.S. Airport
1. Ontario International Airport, >Ontario, California
2. Sarasota Bradenton 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. Istanbul Grand Airport
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 Duty-Free Shopping in Africa
1. O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa
2. Addis Ababa Bole International Airport
3. Seychelles International Airport
4. Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria
5. Port Elizabeth International Airport

Best Duty-Free Shopping in Europe
1. Istanbul Grand Airport
2. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
3. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
4. Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino, Rome, Italy
5. Munich Airport

Best Duty-Free Shopping in the Middle East
1. Dubai Duty Free
2. Hamad International Airport, Doha
3. Bahrain Duty Free
4. Muscat International Airport
5. Amman Queen Alia International Airport

Best Individual Hotel in the World
1. The St. Regis Singapore
2. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
3. Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
4. Hotel de Crillon, Paris
5. The Peninsula Hong Kong

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. The Ritz-Carlton
2. Park Hyatt
3. Four Seasons
4. Sonesta
5. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

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

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

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

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

Best Frequent-Stay Elite-Level Program
1. Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite
2. Sonesta Travel Pass Elite
3. The Ritz-Carlton Rewards
4. Le Club AccorHotels Platinum
5. IHG One Rewards Platinum Elite

Best Frequent-Stay Bonus Program
1. Sonesta Travel Pass
2. Marriott Bonvoy
3. IHG One Rewards
4. Hilton Honors
5. Le Club AccorHotels

Best Frequent-Stay Award Redemption
1. Marriott Bonvoy
2. Sonesta Travel Pass
3. IHG One Rewards
4. Hilton Honors
5. Radisson Rewards

Best Frequent-Stay Customer Service
1. Marriott Bonvoy
2. Sonesta Travel Pass
3. IHG One Rewards
4. MeliãRewards
5. Le Club AccorHotels

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

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

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

Best Hotel in Europe
1. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
2. Le Meurice, Paris
3. La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa
4. Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice
5. Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, Munich

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 Hotel in Japan
1. Tokyo Station Hotel
2. Irapsui Hotel, Miuako Okinawa
3. Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo
4. Park Hyatt Tokyo
5. Conrad Tokyo

Best Hotel in Singapore
1. The Fullerton Hotel
2. Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
3. Raffles Singapore
4. The Fullerton Bay Hotel
5. Four Seasons Hotel Singapore

Best Hotel Chain in Asia
1. Oberoi Hotels
2. Taj Hotels
3. Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts
4. Mandarin Oriental
5. Grand Hyatt

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

Best Hotel Chain in Latin America
1. Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
2. Fiesta Americana
3. Westin Hotels
4. Sol by Meliá
5. Barceló Hotels & Resorts

Best Hotel Chain in Mexico
1. Fiesta Americana
2. Sheraton Hotels
3. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
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. Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts

Best Overseas Delivery Program
1. Volvo
2. Porsche

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

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. Mexico
5. Ireland

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

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

Best Luggage Brand
1. Tumi
2. Briggs & Riley
3. Swiss Army
4. Samsonite
5. Yeti

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

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

Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program
1. IHG Business Edge
2. American Express Platinum
3. Marriott Bonvoy
4. United PerksPlus
5. Hilton Hotels

Best Offshore Business Location
1. U.S. Virgin Islands
2. Cayman Islands
3. British Virgin Islands
4. Hong Kong
5. Ireland

Best Travel Insurance Company
1. Allianz Travel
2. Travel Guard
3. MedJet
4. Travel Insured International
5. Travelex Insurance Services

Best Rail Service/Provider
1. Rocky Mountaineer
2. Alaska Railroad
3. Amtrak Vacations
4. Railbookers
5. VIA Rail Canada

Best Overall Credit Card
1. United Club Infinite Card from Chase
2. United Explorer Card from Chase
3. American Express Platinum
4. Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard
5. Escape by Discover

Best Small-Business Credit Card
1. Capital One Spark Miles for Business Card
2. Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard
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. Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa Card from Chase
3. Membership Rewards Program from American Express
4. Capital One Venture Rewards
5. Sonesta Stay Rewarded Bank of America Mastercard

Best Credit Card Design
1. Capital One Venture X
2. Chase Sapphire Reserve
3. Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa Card from Chase
4. Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard
5. United Quest Card from Chase

Best New Credit Card Launch
1. Capital One Venture X
2. United Quest Card from Chase
3. Air Canada Aeroplan by Chase
4. World of Hyatt Business Card by Chase

Best Frequent-Stay Affinity Credit Card
1. Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa Card from Chase
2. Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
3. IHG One Rewards Select Visa
4. The World of Hyatt Credit Card from Chase
5. Sonesta Stay Rewarded Bank of America Mastercard

Best Frequent-Stay Affinity Credit Card Promotions
1. Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card from American Express
2. Hilton Honors Card from American Express
3. Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express
4. Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa Card from Chase
5. Sonesta Stay Rewarded Bank of America Mastercard

Best Frequent-Stay Affinity Credit Card Benefits
1. Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa Card from Chase
2. Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card from American Express
3. Sonesta Stay Rewarded Bank of America Mastercard
4. Hilton Honors Card from American Express
5. The World of Hyatt Credit Card from Chase

Best Frequent-Stay Affinity Credit Card Redemptions
1. Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card from American Express
2. Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa Card from Chase
3. Sonesta Stay Rewarded Bank of America Mastercard
4. IHG One Rewards Select Visa
5. The World of Hyatt Credit Card from Chase

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

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. Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard
3. Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card from Bank of America
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 2022
Fifth Consecutive Year

Best Corporate Program for Business Travelers
Turkish Airlines Corporate Club

Best Airline in the South Pacific
Air Tahiti Nui

Best Airport in South America
El Dorado International Airport, Bogotá

Fastest-Growing U.S. Airport
Ontario International Airport, Ontario, California

Best Hotel Chain in the Middle East
Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts

Best Hotel in the Middle East
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

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

HALL OF FAME 2022
10th Consecutive Year

Best Frequent-Flyer Bonus Program
United MileagePlus

Best Frequent-Flyer Affinity Credit Card 2021 Redemptions
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Jan 27, 2023

Protected: FXExpress Traveler of the Year

FXExpress Traveler of the Year Contest 2023

Cruise Along the Danube River with Global Traveler

Exclusive Sailing with Global Traveler

Asia / Singapore
Jan 27, 2023

Bamboo Forests Inspire Singapore’s Mixed-Use Tower Project

Envisioned as one of Asia’s most sustainable skyscrapers, a proposed 63-story, mixed-use downtown development project in Singapore takes cues from bamboo forests to create an indoor-outdoor vertical community with public spaces, offices, retail, a hotel, event spaces and luxury residences.

January/February 2023
Jan 27, 2023

Slice of Paradise: Australia’s Whitsunday Islands

Australia's Whitsunday Islands are an unimaginable destination. As many screensavers or wanderlust-worthy documentaries as you may come across of the 74 continental islands off the central coast of Queensland, located within the Great Barrier Reef

75 Years Connecting the Americas

Copa Airlines is celebrating its 75th anniversary by showcasing a Boeing 737-800 NG in an aircraft livery that harkened back to the airline’s look in the 1990s. During that time, Copa Airlines launched an expansion of their network to become the Hub of the Americas®, changing the way to travel to and connect in our Continent.

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Jan 27, 2023

5 Ultimate Valentine’s Day Getaways

There’s still time to plan the ultimate Valentine’s Day getaway. Consider a trip to one of these destinations.

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Jan 26, 2023

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Celebrates the Year of the Rabbit

Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas celebrates the Lunar New Year with its Year of the Rabbit display at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Open through March 4, guests can experience an immersive display highlighting Asian culture.

Discover Seoul’s Sustainable Side

Awareness about fair and sustainable travel continues to grow around the globe, with travelers everywhere considering a destination’s eco-friendly options before visiting. As public consciousness for this important aspect of tourism strengthens, tourists also look beyond just ecotourism and delve deeper into types of travel that allow them to respect the local culture, interact with locals and distribute benefits fairly.

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Jan 25, 2023

What’s New in Berlin 2023

Dynamic events in Berlin continue in 2023. Here are some noteworthy events and activities taking place in Germany’s capital city in the year ahead.