My Experience at the 2012 Freddie Awards

As you may know, the 2012 Freddie Awards took place last night. I was graciously chosen by The Points Guy to attend the Freddies as his guest. It was a fun night of laughs and travel talk. This was my first event since really getting serious in the travel game and, I must say, it was a blast. Here’s how the night went.

Happy Hour

This was probably one of the better parts of the evening. Free booze and industry folk! I spoke with a lot of different people from those working in the industry to bloggers with regular day jobs like myself. It got really loud as the cocktail hour came to a close but that just shows how passionate people are about travel (and free drinks).

Awards Ceremony

Hosted by Randy Petersen himself and actor/comedian Robert Wuhl, the ceremony got off to a slow start by handing out, what I would call, honorary Freddies to the sponsors – American Express, Swift Exchange, Priority Pass, etc.

Sitting at the TPG table was great. The TPG team is super friendly; along with Brian, there was Danielle, Eric, and Ryan the intern.  There were jokes being cracked and extra wine being procured (right, Jeff?).

TPG Table. Photo credit - @JeffTheWanderer

After a short break, the good stuff started and just flew by. Big winners for the evening were Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards in the hotel sector. Lufthansa, American Airlines, and Jet Airways took home the most honors in the airline indsutry.

For a complete list of the results, check out TPG’s post.

Afterwards

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to attend the after party that took place in the hotel bar and spilled out into the lobby where the Renaissance smartly set up a makeshift bar. I had work the next day so I had to save my energy for that and the rest of this travel-filled weekend.

Overall

This was a very cool event to be a part of. While the chatting with fellow bloggers and travel industry folk was more interesting than the actual awards themselves, I am still impressed with the whole production that Randy Petersen and crew come up with. It was a great night and a great start to this travel-centric weekend in hometown Jersey. Thanks again for the invite, Brian!

Stay tuned for a review of Frequent Traveler University, which goes down this Saturday & Sunday!

I’m Going to the Freddies!

The 2012 Freddies will be held on Thursday, April 26, at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel. Thanks to The Points Guy, I will be one of the lucky few in attendance!

Originally introduced by Randy Petersen in 1988, the Freddie Awards were the first to bestow honors based on loyalty program member votes. The famously obelisk shaped crystal awards, utilized by many airline and hotel programs in their advertising, were hand delivered to the recipients by Petersen himself until 1998, when the first Freddie Award ceremony was held in New York City.

I’m excited to go and see several major travel bloggers, airline and hotel executives, and the Godfather himself, Randy Petersen. I’ll definitely be taking a lot of photos and will also be live tweeting from the event. Follow me @THEinfamousdx for all the latest updates!

Next week will be a great week for travel events. The Freddies on Thursday, Randy Petersen’s Executive Travel Summit on Friday, and then Frequent Traveler University on Saturday and Sunday. Looking forward to meeting fellow miles/points junkies and learning a lot.

Milez.biz – A Handy Frequent Flyer Tool

Last week, I came across a thread from milepoint user Phlee about a new frequent flyer tool he and his colleagues had introduced. It is a web site called Milez.biz and it’s a very simple concept. You use it to find out how many miles an award will be between 2 cities. Now, I know many of us have different airlines’ award charts etched in our brain, but for those of you that don’t, this is a handy tool.

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Getting Credit Cards & Getting a Mortgage… It Is Possible

2011 was an amazing year for me. I rediscovered the sign-up bonus game with my fiancee and together we earned over 800,000 miles/points on bonuses alone. We also finalized plans for our wedding in Hawaii that is about 45 days away. But the most amazing part of 2011 came on November 29 when Joann and I closed on our first home! That’s right, as some may know and others may not, we are now part of the fraternity of “good debt” and are proud owners of a shiny new 30 year mortgage house! I know there is a lot of talk about messing with your credit before you are applying for something big like a car loan or mortgage so I want to share our story so people have yet another data point in this crazy game.

Let me start out by listing all the details.

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ALERT: ShopRunner 2-Day Shipping Free for 1 Year!

Don’t delay! This is for TODAY ONLY. ShopRunner.com is giving away a FREE 1 year membership to their free 2-day shipping program (similar to Amazon Prime). This ShopRunner membership will give you free 2-day shipping on participating sites – very valuable indeed!

Here is a list of the participating stores – link.

The problem is their site is getting bombed by all the traffic they’ve drawn and the way of signing up is broken. That means good news for us because they have admirably decided to let us sign up by sending an email to Promo@ShopRunner.com with our full name and email address. After they get everything sorted out, they will be sending us unique codes to let us have the 1 free year of 2-day shipping! I believe that they will honor this method since the President of ShopRunner posted about it on their Facebook page.

If you would still like to try the original way of signing up, here’s how:

  1. Visit ShopRunner’s Facebook page – link
  2. “Like” them
  3. Click on the Today: Free Membership tab on the left sidebar
  4. Click Activate your Free Membership
  5. Fill out form (credit card info is optional) and click ACTIVATE MEMBERSHIP

Social Media is has infinite reach that more and more companies are realizing. Some buckle under the pressure, but to see ShopRunner stay true to its word (hopefully) is great to see. This is how customer loyalty is born.

So go and email for the free 1 year!

P.S. Once you get your account set up, don’t forget to set the membership to NOT auto-renew next year!