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Global Traveler announces 11th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards

Global Traveler announces 11th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards ( YARDLEY, Pennsylvania - 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 Traveler’s 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. GT’s 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 Traveler’s 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 Traveler’s 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; I’m 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 night’s 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 Zealand
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 India
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 Chase

Best Credit Card Rewards Program
United MileagePlus Club Card from Chase

Best Frequent-Stay Affinity Credit Card
Marriott Rewards Visa Signature Card from Chase

Best Frequent-Stay Affinity Credit Card Promotions
Starwood Preferred Guest American Express

Best Frequent-Stay Affinity Credit Card Benefits
IHG Rewards Club Select Visa

Best Frequent-Stay Affinity Credit Card Redemptions
Hilton HHonors Credit Card from American Express

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

Best Frequent-Flyer Affinity Credit Card Promotions
Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select Card

Best Frequent-Flyer Affinity Credit Card Benefits
US Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa

Best Frequent-Flyer Affinity Credit Card Redemptions
United MileagePlus Explorer Card from Chase

Best Cruise Line Affinity Credit Card
Royal Caribbean Bank of America Visa

Global Traveler will also recognize the following Wines on the Wing award winners at the reception: Brussels Airlines (Best Business-Class Wines on the Wing, Best White Wine International Business Class, Best Red Wine International Business Class), Asiana Airlines (Best First-Class Wines on the Wing), TAM Airlines (Best Champagne International Business Class), British Airways (Best Champagne International First Class and Best White Wine International First Class), EL AL Israel Airlines (Best Sparkling Wine International First or Business Class), Jet Airways (Best Red Wine International First Class), Star Alliance (Best Alliance Wines on the Wing) and American Airlines (Best North American Wines on the Wing, Best North American Sparkling Wine, Best North American White Wine and Best North American Red Wine). The results of the Wines on the Wing airline wine survey were announced in the August 2014 issue.

About the Survey

Global Traveler conducted an open-ended survey of its readers to determine the best in more than 70 travel-related categories. The survey was conducted from Jan. 1, 2013 to Aug. 31, 2013. Questionnaires were available in subscriber copies of the magazine, online at and through direct mail and email. Only questionnaires with more than 50 percent of the questions answered were considered. An outside accounting firm, Citrin Cooperman LLP, tabulated the results. Employees of the magazine and members of the travel industry were barred from participation.

About Global Traveler

Global Traveler, the only AAM-audited U.S.-based magazine for the international business and leisure traveler, is a business travel and lifestyle publication with an AAM paid circulation of 109,000+.

About FXExpress Publications, Inc.

FXExpress Publications, Inc., based in Yardley, Pa., is a privately-held company publishing Global Traveler, China Global Traveler, eFlyer USA; eFlyer Asia, Trazee Travel and several annuals; and also operating,, and

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