As a lead sponsor of the premier event for frequent flyers around the world, members of milepoint are invited to be the first to cast their votes in the 2012 Annual Freddie Awards, which are designed to award excellence among frequent travel programs in the airline, hotel and credit card industries. This year's winners will be revealed on April 26, 2012 during the Freddie Award ceremony at the Renaisssance Newark Airport Hotel in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The Freddie winners will also be announced in the May issue of InsideFlyer magazine and online. "The Freddies are the most recognized awards for frequent travel programs," said InsideFlyer Editor and Publisher (and milepoint founder) Randy Petersen. "And they have earned that recognition because there can be no award more valuable to a loyalty program than one presented on behalf of its members." Feel free to rank the various loyalty programs relative to each by using the unique drag-and-drop voting technology that the Freddie Awards offer. With the option to vote in multiple languages, you are also able to participate in the language most comfortable for you. Hotel, airline and credit card programs are competing in seven categories: Program of the Year, Best Promotion for Redemption, Best Promotion for Earning, Best Loyalty Credit Card, Best Redemption Ability, Best Elite Program and Best Customer Service. The awards are named after the late Sir Freddie Laker (1922-2006) who attracted fame, and a knighthood in the United Kingdom, for his pioneering marketing ideas within the travel industry in the 1970s. The 2012 Freddie Awards are sponsored by American Express, Milepoint, ITA Software by Google, LoyLogic (PointsPay), Points.com, Priority Pass, Swift Exchange, Gogo, TopGuest, ICLP and Thanks Again.