Winners of inaugural Cheapflights awards announced


Winners of inaugural Cheapflights awards announced

Winners of inaugural Cheapflights awards announced

Travel favourites across 18 categories – encompassing airports and airlines, experiences and travel media talent, and everything in between – were crowned following a three-month search and more than 14,000 votes.

While Melbourne Tullamarine Airport took out Favourite Airport – Metro, it was Sydney Airport that came out on top for Eating & Shopping and Security Experience. And when it comes to airlines, it was a landslide with Qantas claiming all four categories – Domestic and International Carrier as well as Crew and Inflight Entertainment.

In somewhat of an upset, Japan pipped Bali as Australia’s favourite Asia Pacific getaway destination with New York claiming the number one spot for long-haul travellers. When it comes to domestic travel and experiences, locals look to Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays as favourites.

Amy Wei, spokesperson of KAYAK and Cheapflights brands in Asia Pacific, said the Awards provided an ideal opportunity to celebrate and share excellence in the travel industry.

“The Cheapflights Awards are just one way we are celebrating the Australian industry, recognising the products and brands whom we work with day in, day out. It’s a truly exciting time to be part of such a vibrant sector, setting global best practice when it comes to quality of experience and the range of products on offer.

“It’s great to see so many partners at the Awards and we’d like to congratulate all of the winners and runners up,” said Amy Wei.

Attended by almost 100 partners, industry professionals, media and influencers at The Private Kitchen in Chippendale, the winners and runners up were announced by guest presenter and Australian personality, Laura Csortan, while DJ Feline helped each celebrate.

Shortlisted candidates across each category were selected by an expert judging panel of ten key travel and lifestyle media – including The New Daily’s lifestyle editor Susannah Guthrie, editor Sammy Preston and Fairfax Traveller’s Tripologist columnist Michael Gibecki – before being put to a public vote to choose the favourites.

More than 14,340 locals cast their votes from September through October, to confirm the winners. Thanks to awards partner Qantas Holidays, everyone who voted also had the chance to win a holiday to California worth $7,000.

The Australian Awards follow-on from ceremonies in both the United Kingdom and South Africa. The final results across each of the 18 Australian categories:

Airport Experience
Favourite Airport – Metro:
Winner: Melbourne Tullamarine Airport
Runner-up: Sydney Airport

Favourite Airport – Regional:
Winner: Gold Coast Airport
Runner-up: Cairns Airport

Favourite Airport – Eating & Shopping:
Winner: Sydney Airport
Runner-up: Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

Favourite Airport – Security Experience:
Winner: Sydney Airport
Runner-up: Brisbane Airport

Airline and Inflight Experience
Favourite Airline – Domestic:
Winner: Qantas Airways
Runner-up: Virgin Australia

Favourite Airline – International:
Winner: Qantas Airways
Runner-up: Singapore Airways

Favourite Airline – Crew:
Winner: Qantas Airways
Runner-up: Virgin Australia

Favourite Airline – Inflight Entertainment:
Winner: Qantas Airways
Runner-up: Emirates

Booking Experience
Favourite Travel Agent:
Winner: Flight Centre
Runner-up: STA Travel

Favourite Online Travel Agent:
Runner-up: Expedia

Favourite Tour Operator:
Winner: Contiki Tours
Runner-up: Intrepid Travel

Places and Experiences
Favourite Destination – Domestic Holiday:
Winner: Whitsunday Islands
Runner-up: Noosa

Favourite Australian Experience or Attraction:
Winner: Great Barrier Reef
Runner-up: Sydney Opera House

Favourite Destination – Asia-Pacific Holiday:
Winner: Japan
Runner-up: Bali/Indonesia

Favourite Destination – Long-Haul Holiday:
Winner: New York
Runner-up: Paris

Travel Media, Sponsored by Qantas Holidays
Favourite National Newspaper Travel Section or Travel Magazine:
Winner: Escape (News Ltd)
Runner-up: The Australian – Travel

Favourite TV or Radio Travel Program:
Winner: Postcards
Runner-up: Travel Oz

Favourite Travel Social Influencer/Blogger:
Winner: World of Wanderlust
Runner-up: Melbourne Girl

For further information about the Cheapflights Awards, visit

Source = Cheapflights
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