Photo: United Airlines, Winner of 2017 Mega Awards for Co-Brands
STOP THE PRESS: NOMINATIONS ARE DUE BY OCTOBER 5th. ENTRY IS FREE-OF-CHARGE
The Mega Awards are presented each year to recognize excellence in travel Loyalty, Ancillary & Merchandising & Co-Brands. Mega Award nominations are now open to all airlines, hotels, travel companies, travel co-brand card issuers and their vendors. It is free to enter for any of the following 3 categories (Note: If you have questions about entering for a Mega Award, please visit the "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) tab at the top of this webpage):
Mega Award for Loyalty
Mega Award for Ancillary & Merchandising
Mega Award for Co-Brands
The closing date for entries is Friday, 5th October 2018.
The 2018 Mega Awards will be presented on the evening of Wednesday 31st October 2018 at the Mega Event at the JW Marriott Palm Desert Resort in a ceremony sponsored by Avis-Budget Group. To attend this ceremony, please register for the 2018 Mega Event.
Entry is free-of-charge. Click on the links below for the category for which you wish to enter. After opening the links for which you wish to enter, complete the forms and then submit them. You will then receive an email once your submission has been received. If you do not get the email (and it hasn't been caught in your SPAM folder) please get in touch with us as it means your submission has not been received. If you want to see a sample of what information you need to enter in Word format please click here and to see it in PDF format click here.
What categories may I enter for?
Choose the one you think is most appropriate. If in doubt please email us to ask. Most loyalty programs and initiatives are distinct from either co-brand/ancillary/merchandising, but there are some overlaps.
What's new for 2017?
The Mega Awards are to recognise excellence in three areas covered by the Mega Event. These are Loyalty, Ancillary Revenue Generation & Merchandising and Co-brand Cards. This year there is one award per category and you can enter if you or your company has introduced new products or services during the year that you feel would be worthy of recognition. These can be innovations like the wifi app from United Networks or the a marketing campaign like AirAsia Big's "Final Call Sale" in the co-brand category. Last year, Caesars Entertainment won for their "Total Social Rewards" in the loyalty area. You can check out previous winners by clicking here.
What are the judges looking for?
The judges are looking for products and services that have been introduced in the year leading up to November 2017. These can be totally new innovations, upgrades to existing products or a new approach to doing business in any of the areas of covered by the awards (Loyalty, Ancillary/Merchandising and Co-brands.) It could be a highly successful marketing campaign - either direct to consumers, the trade or even internal staff awareness/training. The judges are looking for solid, hard facts/results to back up the entry, so that the winners are recognised as truly excelling in their category.
What is the closing date for entries?
Closing date for entries is midnight Eastern Daylight Time on Friday 27th of October 2017.
Can I submit a written entry?
You must enter via the online forms below. We don't accept emailed entries.
What information do I need to complete an entry?
The entry forms are very straight foward. You need to provide some basic information about who is submitting the entry and which company you are nominating. You then need to provide information about the entry, along with supporting evidence as to why it should win. You may nominate your own company or another company you feel deserving of a Mega Award. If you want to see a sample of what information you need to enter in Word format please click here and to see it in PDF format click here
Who is on the judging panel?
Check out the tab on this website for "Judging Academy" to see who this year's judges are.
How do the judges decide?
Each category (Loyalty, Ancillary & Merchandising and Co-Brands) has a Chief Judge who will provide a shortlist of three entries for the judging panel. Judges are looking for hard facts to support the entry and award points based soley on your submission. They award 1 point for the entry they think is the best, 2 for the 2nd best and 3 for the third. The winning entry is the one with the lowest number of votes. In the event of a tie, the Chief Judge has the deciding vote.
Who is given the winners trophy?
If you submit an entry on behalf of a client, then it is your client that will be awarded the trophy. However, if you enter in your own company name to be recognised for work that may have been delivered by a client, then the winners trophy will be awarded to you and not your client. There are additional related details on the actual entry form.
When will the awards be presented and how do I attend them?
The Mega Awards will be presented on the evening of Wednesday the 31st of October, 2018 at a ceremony sponsored by Avis-Budget Group at the 2018 Mega Event at the Renaissance Hotel, Long Beach, California. Entry to the awards is part of the a delegate pass to Mega Event 2018 and you can register for the 2018 Mega Event here.
Where can I enter?
You can enter via these links below:
Photo: Resnaissance Long Beach Hotel
Event Location & Hotel Venue:
RENAISSANCE LONG BEACH HOTEL
111 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: +1 (305) 374-3900
Sleeping rooms at the group rate of $199 per night (plus tax) are now available by clicking on the "Book Now" image above
Note: You can also find rooms at a cheaper sleeping room rate at the Hotel Royal (431 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802), which is 9 minutes walking from the conference venue.
Conference Agenda Thumbnail Outline for your hotel booking:
Wednesday, October 31st, 2018: 14:00-17:00 - Pre-Event Sessions and 17:30-19.00 - Welcome Reception.
Thursday, November 1st, 2018: 08:00-20:00 Conference Sessions & Evening Reception.
Friday, November 2nd, 2018: 08:00-12:30 Conference Sessions