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.


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.


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.