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The Frequent Traveler Awards

The Frequent Traveler Awards were established in 2010 to support a two-year pause in service from the Freddie Awards.

The Frequent Traveler Awards returned in 2018 as the culmination of the travel loyalty calendar, recognizing:

  • The teams that create, design, and manage these inspiring loyalty programs.
  • The companies that provide innovation, drive, and promotion behind the scenes.
  • The travelers who use the programs and whose voice the Frequent Traveler Awards represent.

The Frequent Traveler Awards is the only travel loyalty focused recognition event that:

  • Provides regional recognition and ceremonies: Europe/Africa/Middle East/Asia/Oceania and Americas.
  • Recognizes programs from 3 core travel divisions: airlines, hotels, and rental cars.
  • Includes the Frequent Traveler Titan Awards, a recognition of innovation in the loyalty industry voted for by the Loyalty Titan panel.
  • Includes the Frequent Traveler Media Awards, granted by a group of notable journalists.
  • Recognizes the leading programs as voted for by journalists, travel bloggers, and influencers in the community.
  • Is always placed in conjunction with industry events to deliver education with recognition to participants.
  • Provides consistency in collateral, communication, and events throughout the year.

Who we are

Frequent Traveler Awards is a primary event of Frequent Traveler Events, LLC, the company that offers Frequent Traveler University (FTU), FTU Travel Expo and Loyalty Summit. We partner with MegaDo.

Frequent Traveler Events provides knowledge, recognition, and inspiring events to the loyalty industry.  We create hubs of knowledge through our pools of frequent travelers, program connections, supplier relationships, and our own consultative approach to better connect our industry.

Frequent Traveler Awards

Frequent Traveler University


The Team

Hailing from Europe and North America, the Frequent Traveler Awards team is comprised of airline and hospitality industry experts, serial entrepreneurs, and passionate travelers, all with a mission to bring the first global loyalty awards representing the voice of the frequent traveler.

Tommy Danielsen

Founder & CEO

A former international telecommunications executive who used to live on the road, Tommy Danielsen turned into a serial entrepreneur in 2009 when he founded MegaDo and then a year later Frequent Traveler University.

After the Freddie Awards were discontinued, Tommy founded the Frequent Traveler Awards, eventually becoming President of the Freddies when the two companies merged. He is also the InsideFlyer co-founder and partner.

Tommy is originally from Norway and lives in California.

Patrick Le Quere

President & CIO

Patrick brings over 15 years of industry experience as a software engineering manager at Microsoft.

A dual French and US citizen and an avid traveler, Patrick has studied and lived both in Europe and in the US, and has explored all seven continents with a focus on the road less traveled. He is passionate about the airline industry and involved in several ventures including MegaDo — an annual field trip for road warriors and aviation enthusiasts — and is the founder of loungereview.com, a worldwide airport lounge guide.

Patrick lives in Seattle; his other interests include urban planning, public transit, classical music, modern history, and skiing.

Michael Trager

Marketing Director


Amy Riedeman

Sales Director


David Feldman

Chair, Titan & Media Awards

David is a publisher and global speaker on airline & hotel loyalty programs, and an expert on loyalty program design, finances, and economics. 

As a consultant with New World Loyalty, David works closely with airline & hotel programs to develop strategic solutions to loyalty challenges, and is a leading industry expert on loyalty psychology and behavioral motivation.

Melinda Danielsen

Operations & Customer Service

Melinda is an ardent world explorer, logging more than 150,000 miles and 100 hotel nights a year. She has graced the pages of Conde Nast Traveler, is an author of the Magic of Miles blog, and is an organizer for MegaDo and FTU events.

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