Voting for the Second Annual Travel Summary Awards ended on January 15th, and the results are now in! For those of you unaware, I thought it would be fun to see which travel and points bloggers/websites are reader-favorites in several different categories. This year all categories and nominees were selected by me, and as I did last year I will re-evaluate the entire process for the future.
I added some commentary after each category this year as well. Let’s see who the winners are!
The Best Blog of 2013 for Beginners
Frugal Travel Guy – 8%
Million Mile Secrets – 42%
Mommy Points – 10%
The Points Guy – 17%
View from the Wing – 24%
Comments: This is MMS’ second nomination and second win in this category. Gary Leff’s View from the Wing increased from just 3% last year to a whopping 24% this year, so future votes could get interesting!
The Best New Blog of 2013
Canadian Kilometers – 34%
Milenomics – 42%
Points Summary – 23%
Comments: Milenomics came out of nowhere late in the year to take this one.
The Best “Alternative” Travel/Points Website of 2013
Mile Nerd – 31%
The Flight Deal – 30%
The Wandering Aramean – 18%
Travel Blogger Buzz – 21%
Comments: This was the most closely contested of any category, and Mile Nerd beat out The Flight Deal by just a few votes to win this one. If you’re not reading either of these websites, you should!
The Best Niche Blog of 2013
Loyalty Lobby – Loyalty Program Info and Promotions – 16%
Loyalty Traveler – Hotel Deals and Strategy – 6%
Mommy Points – Family Travel – 13%
The Frequent Miler – Extreme Manufactured Spend – 65%
Comments: This is The Frequent Miler’s second nomination and second win in this category. Last year’s vote was very close and FM only won by 3%, but this year he was the runaway winner. This is the largest margin of victory in the (short) history of the Travel Summary Awards.
The Best Travel Hacker of 2013
Travel Is Free – 44%
One Mile at a Time – 19%
View from the Wing – 13%
Million Mile Secrets – 6%
Hack My Trip – 17%
Comments: When I discovered Travel Is Free, I wondered why the blog wasn’t more popular in the mainstream points world. There is just so much information there to help you get the most from your points. I highly recommend you bookmark this blog.
The Best All-Around Blogger of 2013
Hack My Trip – 9%
Loyalty Lobby – 8%
Million Mile Secrets – 13%
One Mile at a Time – 18%
The Points Guy – 16%
View from the Wing – 36%
Comments: This is Gary Leff’s second nomination and second win in this category. Last year he took home 34% of the vote and did even better this time. I guess experience in this field definitely makes a difference!
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners this year! Once again we see that there are plenty of blogs to choose from, and competition is always good for consumers/readers. As readers we should reward good bloggers with page views and affiliate clicks, and avoid those that are dishonest or provide mediocre (or worse) content.
Next year’s Travel Summary Awards will likely be even more competitive. I am listening to feedback again this year and plan to make additional adjustments in future awards, including the possibility of having a pre-vote or a nomination-vote.
The biggest change from last year’s awards to this year’s is the omission of the “Best Trip Reporter” category. I did this for a very simple reason – because we all know that Ben from One Mile at a Time is going to win. Last year he won with a 41 point margin of victory – the second highest margin of victory only to The Frequent Miler’s win this year.
That presents an interesting thought – is it fair to omit the category even though the winner is already a certainty? I never put thought into anyone caring about second or third place, but perhaps there is some value to seeing other finishers. Similarly, with such a convincing victory by The Frequent Miler this year, would it be right to completely remove that category and automatically give the win to FM?
In my own head, I think that would be a mistake. I plan to bring back the “Best Trip Reporter” category next year and keep the “Best Niche Blog” category as well. A year is a long time, and as we see with the “Best Travel Hacker” category this year, some blogs can come out of nowhere to win while last year’s winners might not even be nominated.
Regardless, thank you to everyone who voted and to the blogs that were nominated!