Voting ended last week, the votes have been tallied, and the results are in! Below are the final results of the Third Annual Travel Summary Awards, along with my thoughts on the voting.
The Best Blog of 2014 for Beginners
- Million Mile Secrets – 38.8% (Winner)
- One Mile at a Time – 14.3%
- The Points Guy – 12.2%
- Travel Codex (formerly Hack My Trip) – 24.5%
- View from the Wing – 10.2%
Million Mile Secrets wins this category for the third year in a row. Daraius embraced the “arrows and circles” method that everyone poked fun at him for, but it’s clearly a hit for those just getting started. Travel Codex makes a very strong second place showing this year and should give MMS a run for his money next year!
The Best “New” Blog of 2014
- Big Habitat – 9.9%
- Doctor of Credit – 61.1% (Winner)
- Tagging Miles – 7.6%
- The Free-quent Flyer – 21.4%
Voters decided that this choice wasn’t too difficult for them, as Doctor of Credit wins by a very large margin. Doctor of Credit isn’t the typical miles/points blog, but provides extremely valuable financial advice and deals that in many cases do help you earn more points/miles faster. The Free-quent Flyer had a strong showing, while the two Saverocity blogs were a bit further back.
The Best “Alternative” Points/Travel Website of 2014
- Mile Nerd – 15.9%
- Travel Blogger Buzz – 17.2%
- The Flight Deal – 40.7% (Winner)
- Saverocity Travel – 26.2%
The most closely contested category of last year’s awards now has a more clear winner – The Flight Deal won with an impressive 14% better than the second place vote. Saverocity travel has grown and that clearly shows in the vote, while both Travel Blogger Buzz and Mile Nerd have taken a step back this year.
The Best Manufactured Spend Blog of 2014
I can’t say this is surprising, but Frequent Miler wins this category handily. Given the growth and importance of manufactured spending, I changed his category this year from “best niche blog” to this newly created category. It seems that no matter where I put him, he wins handily. Note that you’ll be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t read Big Habitat or Travel with Grant.
The Best Niche Blog of 2014
- Canadian Kilometers – Canadian-Focused Tips – 2.2%
- Loyalty Lobby – Loyalty Program Info and Promotions – 37.7% (Winner)
- Mommy Points – Family Travel – 23.9%
- The Wandering Aramean – Industry and Off-Beat News – 36.2%
In the closest contested category this year, Loyalty Lobby finally pulls out a win for his consistent effort and updates of loyalty program information and promotions. This was a huge bump for him, so clearly people are taking notice of his website more recently. Seth (The Wandering Aramean) came in a very close second as his blog is always an interesting read. It looks like I picked too niche of a blog with the Canadian Kilometers choice, but it’s still a good read even for non-Canadian readers.
The Best Travel Hacker of 2014
- MileValue – 9.5%
- One Mile at a Time – 13.5%
- Travel Codex (Formerly Hack My Trip) – 14.9%
- Travel is Free – 54.1% (Winner)
- View from the Wing – 8.1%
For the second year in a row, and this time by a wider margin, Travel is Free is victorious in this category. Each of the above blogs teaches us new techniques for using and earning our points/miles, but Drew from Travel is Free dives deeper into new/offbeat programs than any other blogger and readers seem to appreciate that effort.
The Best All-Around Blogger of 2014
- One Mile at a Time – 40.1% (Winner)
- Travel Codex (Formerly Hack My Trip) – 36.5%
- View from the Wing – 23.4%
I thought this was by far the most interesting vote because several things happened here. First of all, two-time incumbent winner View from the Wing dropped to third place on this list. Second, One Mile at a Time, who was a distant runner-up in previous years, won this year but only barely. Travel Codex was 5th out of 6 last year and equally low on the 2012 vote, but nearly won this year.
If I had to throw in my guess as to why things shook up the way they did, I’d say that Gary (View from the Wing) has cut back tremendously on trip reports, while Scott and his team at Travel Codex have really ramped up the number of posts they turn out. Ben from One Mile at a Time continues to post at a ridiculous rate and always puts out useful and/or entertaining work, and this year it was enough to win.
Until Next Year!
Thank you to everyone who voted, and thank you to all the bloggers that were nominated for continuing to post great content. I hope next year’s awards will be even more hotly contested and hope that bloggers use this as motivation to provide better content in 2015!
Do you agree with the winners? Any suggestions for next year’s vote?