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Celebrate the Award Winners, as Voted by our Trazee Travel Readers

by Kimberly Krol Inlander

Aug 16, 2022

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It’s time for a celebration as we announce the winners of our 2022 The Trazees, in their eighth year. Congratulations to all the amazing winners!

 

Trazee Travel, Global Traveler’s sister web publication, is the resource for travelers aged 25–40 for tips, reviews and the latest travel trends. Readers selected their favorites in the world of travel during the voting period.

 

Let’s take off with the airline winners, of which United Airlines flies away with a plethora of accolades: its third consecutive Favorite International Airline and fourth consecutive Favorite Green Airline honors, while its MileagePlus program earns its fifth Favorite Frequent-Flyer Program win. The Airbus A350, used by many of our airline winners, wins its second Favorite Aircraft Type title.

 

When it comes to websites, aa.com, from American Airlines, is a five-time Favorite Airline Website winner. American’s airline alliance, oneworld, takes the Favorite Airline Alliance nod.

 

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Around the world we recognize regional airline winners, including Air Canada, Favorite Airline in North America, fourth consecutive year; Aerolineas Argentinas, Favorite Airline in Central/South America; TAP Air Portugal, Favorite Airline in Europe, fifth consecutive year; Ethiopian Airlines, Favorite Airline in Africa, third consecutive year; Qatar Airways, Favorite Airline in the Middle East; EVA Air, Favorite Airline in Asia; and Aeromexico, Favorite Airline in Mexico, third consecutive year. Delta Air Lines wins Favorite Airline App honors.

 

Flying over to our airport winners, İGA İstanbul Grand Airport upset a two-time winner to claim the Favorite Overall Airport in the World title. The Türkiye hub also won Favorite Duty-Free Shopping in Europe. A few other airports are double winners, as well: O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, two-time Favorite Airport in Africa and Favorite Duty-Free Shopping in Africa; Chicago O’Hare International with wins for Favorite Airport in North America and Favorite Airport Dining, both for the third time; Incheon International Airport’s third wins for Favorite Airport in Asia and Favorite Duty-Free Shopping; and Bogotá El Dorado International Airport, Favorite Airport in Central/South America for the fourth consecutive year and Favorite Duty-Free Shopping in Central/South America, two years in a row.

 

Rounding out the rest of our airport winners, we have Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Favorite Airport in Europe; Hamad International Airport, Doha, Favorite Airport in the Middle East; Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Favorite Airport Shopping; Dubai Duty Free, Favorite Duty-Free Shopping in the Middle East; and Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, Favorite Duty-Free Shopping in Asia.

 

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Let’s talk hotels, specifically W South Beach, Favorite Individual Hotel. Next on the winning list of hotels is InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Favorite Hotel Chain, followed by Element Hotels, Favorite Lifestyle Hotel Chain. Marriott International takes a few more accolades: Favorite Hotel Website for marriott.com; Favorite Hotel Rewards Program in the World, for Marriott Bonvoy, second year in a row; Favorite Green Hotel for Aloft, two years running; and Favorite Hotel App, Marriott, second consecutive year.

 

Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts appears twice on this year’s survey: three-time Favorite Hotel Chain in Central/South America; and Favorite Hotel Chain in Mexico, eight years running. The final winning hotels include Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, Favorite Hotel Chain in Asia; The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, Favorite Hotel Chain in Europe; and Jumeirah International, Favorite Hotel Chain in the Middle East.

 

Journey around the globe to experience these winners: Greece, Favorite Country for the third consecutive year; Seoul, Favorite Worldwide City; Tahiti, Favorite Honeymoon Destination for the third consecutive year; Türkiye, Favorite Adventure Destination; Asheville, North Carolina, with a fifth win for Favorite Foodie City; and Savannah, Georgia, Friendliest City.

 

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Let’s take it to the beach with this list of winners identifying the very best everywhere in the U.S.: Provincetown, Massachusetts, Favorite Beach Town, Northeastern United States; Ocean City, Maryland, Favorite Beach Town, Mid-Atlantic United States; Virginia Beach, Virginia, three-time Favorite Beach Town, Mid-Southern United States; Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Favorite Beach Town, Southeast United States; Fort Lauderdale, Favorite Beach Town, Florida East; Sarasota, Favorite Beach Town, Florida West; Rosemary Beach, Favorite Beach Town, Florida Panhandle; Gulf Shores, Alabama, Favorite Beach Town, Gulf United States, two years in a row; Galveston, Texas, Favorite Beach Town, Texas; Santa Monica, Favorite Beach Town, Southern California; Carmel-by-the-Sea, Favorite Beach Town, Northern California; Cannon Beach, Oregon, Favorite Beach Town, Pacific Northwest; Lanai City, Favorite Beach Town, Hawai‘ian Islands, Lanai; Waikiki, Favorite Beach Town, Hawai‘ian Islands, Oahu; Kailua-Kona, Favorite Beach Town, Hawai‘ian Islands, Big Island; Hanalei, Favorite Beach Town, Hawai‘ian Islands, Kauai; and Lahaina, Favorite Beach Town, Hawai‘ian Islands, Maui.

 

Final applause for the remaining The Trazees 2022 winners: Hertz, Favorite Car Rental Company, second consecutive year; GOWAY, four-time Favorite Tour Operator; Swiss Army, Favorite Luggage Brand; United Explorer Card from Chase, Favorite Credit Card for the fifth year in a row; Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard from Barclays, Favorite Credit Card Design; and Paul Gauguin Cruises, three-time Favorite Cruise Line.

 

Congratulations to the 2022 The Trazees winners!

 

THE PROCESS
Trazeetravel.com conducted a survey of its readers Dec. 14, 2021–May 1, 2022, with open-ended questions for the best in many categories important to the millennial travel market (under 40 years of age). This survey was conducted online at trazeetravel.com/the- trazees and emailed during the period in question. Only those questionnaires with more than 50 percent of the questions completed were counted. Those with less than 50 percent answered were discarded. Employees of the magazine or individuals associated with the travel industry were not allowed to participate.

 

WINNERS’ CIRCLE

 

Favorite International Airline
United Airlines

Favorite Airline Alliance
oneworld

Favorite Aircraft Type
Airbus A350

Favorite Airline Website
aa.com

Favorite Frequent-Flyer Program
United MileagePlus

Favorite Airline in Africa
Ethiopian Airlines

Favorite Airline in Asia
EVA Air

Favorite Airline in Europe
TAP Air Portugal

Favorite Airline in Mexico
Aeromexico

Favorite Airline in the Middle East
Qatar Airways

Favorite Airline in North America
Air Canada

Favorite Airline in Central/South America
Aerolineas Argentinas

Favorite Green Airline
United Airlines

Favorite Airline App
Delta Air Lines

Favorite Overall Airport in the World
İGA İstanbul Grand Airport

Favorite Airport in Africa
O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa

Favorite Airport in Asia
Incheon International Airport

Favorite Airport in Europe
Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

Favorite Airport in the Middle East
Hamad International Airport, Doha

Favorite Airport in North America
Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Favorite Airport in Central/South America
Bogotá El Dorado International Airport

Favorite Airport Dining
Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Favorite Airport Shopping
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Favorite Duty-Free Shopping
Incheon International Airport

Favorite Duty-Free Shopping in Africa
O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa

Favorite Duty-Free Shopping in Asia
Taipei Taoyuan International Airport

Favorite Duty-Free Shopping in Europe
İGA İstanbul Grand Airport

Favorite Duty-Free Shopping in the Middle East
Dubai Duty Free

Favorite Duty-Free Shopping in Central/South America
Bogotá El Dorado International Airport

Favorite Individual Hotel
W South Beach

Favorite Hotel Chain
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

Favorite Lifestyle Hotel Chain
Element Hotels

Favorite Hotel Website
marriott.com

Favorite Hotel Rewards Program in the World
Marriott Bonvoy

Favorite Hotel Chain in Asia
Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts

Favorite Hotel Chain in Europe
The Red Carnation Hotel Collection

Favorite Hotel Chain in Mexico
Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts

Favorite Hotel Chain in the Middle East
Jumeirah International

Favorite Hotel Chain in Central/ South America
Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts

Favorite Green Hotel
Aloft

Favorite Hotel App
Marriott Hotels & Resorts

Favorite Country
Greece

Favorite Worldwide City
Seoul

Favorite Honeymoon Destination
Tahiti

Favorite Adventure Destination
Türkiye

Favorite Foodie City
Asheville, North Carolina

Friendliest City
Savannah, Georgia

Favorite Beach Town, Northeastern United States
Provincetown, Massachusetts

Favorite Beach Town, Mid-Atlantic United States
Ocean City, Maryland

Favorite Beach Town, Mid-Southern United States
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Favorite Beach Town, Southeast United States
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Favorite Beach Town, Florida East
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Favorite Beach Town, Florida West
Sarasota, Florida

Favorite Beach Town, Florida Panhandle
Rosemary Beach, Florida

Favorite Beach Town, Gulf United States
Gulf Shores, Alabama

Favorite Beach Town, Texas
Galveston, Texas

Favorite Beach Town, Southern California
Santa Monica, California

Favorite Beach Town, Northern California
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Favorite Beach Town, Pacific Northwest
Cannon Beach, Oregon

Favorite Beach Town, Hawai‘ian Islands, Big Island
Kailua-Kona, Big Island, Hawai‘i

Favorite Beach Town, Hawai‘ian Islands, Kauai
Hanalei, Kauai, Hawai‘i

Favorite Beach Town, Hawai‘ian Islands, Lanai
Lanai City, Lanai, Hawai‘i

Favorite Beach Town, Hawai‘ian Islands, Maui
Lahaina, Maui, Hawai‘i

Favorite Beach Town, Hawai‘ian Islands, Oahu
Waikiki, Oahu, Hawai‘i

Favorite Car Rental Company
Hertz

Favorite Tour Operator
GOWAY

Favorite Luggage Brand
Swiss Army

Favorite Credit Card
United Explorer Card from Chase

Favorite Credit Card Design
Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Master- card from Barclays

Favorite Cruise Line
Paul Gauguin Cruises

 

QUINT STATUS
Quint Status celebrates those companies winning the same award for five consecutive years. Con- gratulations to this year’s five-peat honorees!

 

Favorite Airline Website
aa.com

Favorite Frequent-Flyer Program
United MileagePlus

Favorite Airline in Europe
TAP Air Portugal

Favorite Foodie City
Asheville, North Carolina

Favorite Credit Card
United Explorer Card from Chase

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