Global Traveler Announces 11th Annual GT Tested Reader Survey Awards

Yardley, PA (PRWEB) December 01, 2014

The results are in! For the 11th consecutive year, Global Traveler conducted its GT Tested Reader Survey, asking frequent business and luxury travelers to name the best in a variety of travel-related categories. More than 26,000 people responded. Global Travelers inaugural awards were celebrated in 2004.

Over the past 11 years, the survey has grown to honor more travel-related categories, including airlines, hotels, loyalty programs, credit cards and travel-related products in more than 80 categories. GTs distinguished readers vote for their favorites in the world of travel in an open-ended survey running in the magazine and online from January to August each year. The results of the survey are announced in the December 2014 issue, available now.

GT readers are frequent premium travelers averaging 16 international and 16 domestic round-trip flights a year, with an average household income of $ 368,900 per year. Global Travelers elite readers spend an average 100 nights per year in hotels. A whopping 76 percent regularly travel in business class.

This year’s roster of highly regarded winners includes Etihad Airways (Best Airline in the World), Boeing 787 (Best Aircraft Type), Singapore Airlines (Best Business-Class Seat Design) and United Airlines (Best Trans-Pacific Airline). Other top winners are South African Airways (Best Airline in Africa), Brussels Airlines (Best Trans-Atlantic Airline), Westin Hotels & Resorts (Best International Hotel Chain), Grand Hyatt Incheon (Best MICE Hotel), Marriott Rewards (Best Frequent-Stay Bonus Program) and Hertz (Best Rental Car Company).

Global Travelers consistent, unbiased reporting for the past 11 years ranks the GT Tested Reader Survey awards among the most highly regarded in the industry.

What an honor to present the 11th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards; Im so proud of the past 11 years of success for both Global Traveler and all of our winners, said Francis X. Gallagher, publisher and CEO of Global Traveler. Being selected No. 1 by our readers is no easy feat, as they are an intrepid group of discerning frequent travelers. Consistency is key, as most of these winners are repeat honorees. Congratulations to the MVPs of the travel industry.

This year’s winners will be feted at a cocktail reception Dec. 15 at award-winning The Peninsula Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, Calif. For more information, check out the December 2014 issue of Global Traveler or visit our website at A complete recap of the nights festivities will be featured in the March 2015 issue.

A complete list of winners is as follows:

Best Airline in the World

Etihad Airways

Best Airline Alliance


Best Aircraft Type

Boeing 787

Best Airline Website

Best Airline for International First Class


Best Airline for Business Class

Singapore Airlines

Best Airline for Domestic First Class

Delta Air Lines

Best Airline for Onboard Service

Asiana Airlines

Best Airline for Flight Attendants

Asiana Airlines

Best Flight Attendant Uniforms

Korean Air

Best Airline Cuisine


Best Airline for Security

EL AL Israel Airlines

Best Business-Class Seat Design

Singapore Airlines

Best First-Class Seat Design

Asiana Airlines

Best Airline for New Service Launch

American Airlines (DFW to PVG)

Best Overall Frequent-Flyer Program

United MileagePlus

Best Frequent-Flyer Elite-Level Program

American Airlines AAdvantage Executive Platinum

Best Frequent-Flyer Bonus Program

United MileagePlus

Best Frequent-Flyer Award Redemption


Best Frequent-Flyer Customer Service, Americas

Delta Air Lines SkyMiles

Best Airline in North America

Air Canada

Best Airline to South America

LAN Airlines

Best Airline in Mexico


Best Airline to Australia and New


Air New Zealand

Best Airline in the South Pacific

Fiji Airways

Best Airline in Europe

TAP Portugal

Best Airline in Eastern Europe

LOT Polish Airlines

Best Airline in Africa

South African Airways

Best Airline in the Middle East

Etihad Airways

Best Airline in North Asia

China Airlines

Best Airline in Southeast Asia

Singapore Airlines

Best Airline in China

Hainan Airlines

Best Airline in Central/South Asia and


Air India

Best Airline to Japan

All Nippon Airways

Best Trans-Atlantic Airline

Brussels Airlines

Best Trans-Pacific Airline

United Airlines

Best Airport in the World

Incheon Airport

Best Airport in North America

Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Best Airport Lounges

Delta Air Lines Sky Clubs

Best Individual Domestic Lounge

Delta Air Lines Sky Club, ATL Concourse C

Best Individual International Lounge

Lufthansa First Class Lounge Munich

Best Airport Staff/Gate Agents


Best Airport Dining

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Best Duty-Free Shops

Dubai Duty Free

Best Individual Hotel in the World

The Address Downtown Dubai

Best International Hotel Chain

Westin Hotels & Resorts

Best Domestic Hotel Chain

Hilton Hotels

Best Lifestyle Hotel


Best Airport Hotel

Grand Hyatt Incheon

Best Golf Resort

Golden Horseshoe Golf Club

Best MICE Hotel

Grand Hyatt Incheon

Best Hotel Club Floor

Grand Hyatt Grand Club

Best Hotel Rewards Program in the World

IHG Rewards Club

Best Frequent-Stay Elite-Level Program

Hilton HHonors Diamond

Best Frequent-Stay Award Redemption

Starwood Preferred Guest

Best Frequent-Stay Customer Service, Americas

Hilton HHonors

Best Frequent-Stay Bonus Program

Marriott Rewards

Best Hotel in the United States

The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Best European Hotel Chain

The Ritz-Carlton/Kempsinski Hotels (TIE)

Best Hotel Chain in Asia

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Best Hotel in South Korea

Lotte Hotel Seoul

Best Hotel Chain in Latin America

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts

Best Hotel Chain in Mexico

Fiesta Americana

Best Hotel Chain in the Middle East

Address Hotels + Resorts

Best Overseas Delivery Program


Best Car Rental Company


Best Tourism Destination


Best MICE City


Best WiFi Service


Best Wireless Service in the World

Verizon Wireless

Best Noise-Canceling Headset


Best Luggage Brand

Briggs & Riley Travelware

Best Travel App


Best Travel Camera

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

Best Credit Card

United MileagePlus Club Card from C

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