2018 Stella Award Winners: Best Airline

Not all airlines are created equal—particularly when it comes to handling complicated group itineraries that span the globe. 

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Not all airlines are created equal — particularly when it comes to handling complicated group itineraries that span the globe. Ease of booking, in-flight amenities, operational safety and quality of staff are just a few of the reasons these airlines have received top honors in the Stella Awards. With their dedication to the meetings market, these airlines rise above with special group pricing, robust scheduling options and an expansive network of destinations that help make meetings travel a soaring success.


Delta Air Lines

Delta introduced Delta Edge Meetings (DEM) in 2016 to bridge corporate transient and meeting travel. Delta acted on their customers’ requests by offering a simple booking process, flexible pricing and transparent reporting on the program’s value. Corporate accounts can integrate DEM discounts with their Corporate Sales Agreement (CSA) discounts, automatically receiving the best pricing. And not only does DEM travel count towards contract fulfillment, the program also offer a 1 percent backend payment incentive for qualifying meetings. Delta has added additional service to Mexico and the Caribbean from U.S. and Canada and pledges to continue enhancing their product in key meeting and incentive destinations.


United Airlines

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United Meetings makes travel planning fast and simple for meetings, incentives and conferences. The program is designed for 10 or more people traveling to an event from various originating cities. Global discounts are available on United and select partner flights. Agreements can be requested at united.com/ meetings and most codes are provided within 24 hours. Organizers can easily add events to their agreement throughout the year and earn rewards such as travel certificates and United Club passes when attendees use the discount code.


American Airlines

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The Group and Meeting traveler can expect the most compelling end-to-end experience on American Airlines. With $24.1 billion in capital investments, American ensures all aspects of the journey are exceptional. And, when calling the Groups Top Accounts Desk, the traveler can expect the best reservation and servicing assistance in the industry. The new, dedicated Group and Meeting Travel team’s focus is on the needs of clients, such as improved seat assignment flexibility for contracted groups, updated inventory for group pricing, updated zone fares and issuing more competitive fare levels. The new Meeting Conference Discount product (MCD) offers improved, competitive discounts for meetings and events.