This Year’s Top Loyalty Programs

CNN recently announced the winners of the 2014 FlyerTalk Awards sponsored by KAYAK.

Last year, Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles received the FlyerTalk Award for the best airline rewards frequent flier loyalty program in the Middle East/Asia. But for this year, India’s Jet Airways takes the top for its outstanding JetPrivilege program. Members are allowed to pay cash for for upgrades on domestic award tickets.

In Europe, British Airways’ Executive Club took the award for offering upgrades compliant to reward charts based on distance. This allows members to upgrade and go on short trips while redeeming fewer Avios loyalty program points.

As for the Americas, American Airlines’ AAdvantage came out on top. The carrier’s affinity program offers Executive Platinum elite level members eight free one-way system-wide upgrades upon qualification or re-qualification of elite status. These “500-mile” upgrades to fly First Class are among the most generous in the industry. United Airlines wasn’t far behind with its Mileage Plus frequent flier loyalty program coming in second place.

These winners were chosen based on votes by FlyerTalk members who know the ins and outs of these programs. However, do you think these subjective outcomes are a good indicator of favored carriers throughout the frequent flier community? Let us know your thoughts.

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