Vote for your favourite travel brands and cards in the inaugural “The Blue Medallion” Awards

For about ten years that we have been building Live From A Lounge, Shipra and I have been motivated by just one primary thought: to give you all the tools and information you may need to Elevate Your Travel. This goal for everyone to make more informed choices has been our guiding star from day one, and I can confirm we are getting there just by talking to the many wonderful readers we have interacted with along the way.

One of the things we wanted to do as we stepped into our second decade of existence was to celebrate the best in travel and lifestyle as an ode to millions of our readers. Travel is not just a means to an end of getting somewhere, but it is also a life-changing experience which gives you perspective every step of the way. And we wanted to celebrate the people who power this industry by recognising their efforts by picking the best in the business.

Introducing The Blue Medallion

Today, we are proud to present you The Blue Medallion, the inaugural awards in what will be an annual celebration, to pick the best in Indian travel and lifestyle, representing The Choice of the Indian Traveller. After an extensive nomination process earlier this year, we are now ready to put to the vote over 20 awards in the categories our readers love: air travel, hospitality, loyalty and credit cards, choices which are essential for our readers, and many of them being voted upon for the first time in India.

You will find a full list of awards at the end of this post. It is not essential to vote for all the categories to participate, and you can skip any category by using the arrow button on top of the voting engine to move forward.

The Blue Medallion Awards

Voting is now open at and will be open till March 15, 2021, 2359 hours. This is an excellent opportunity to show your support for the organisations that have stayed the course with you over the past year, despite a challenging situation for everyone around. Our new website will also tell you the story behind the name and the logo, amongst other important details.

Results will be announced in April 2021. We are still working on the best way forward on how to include everyone in the celebrations, given the pandemic, and more details will be announced later.

(Do note, the website is not fully supported on a mobile browser right now, and we are working to address it quickly, until then, please use a PC if you can for the voting process)

Live From A Lounge has come a long way since I launched it in 2011, and The Blue Medallion will be another way for us to help our readers with the best of our space.

Thank you for all your support and readership over the years. At LFAL, we are just getting started.


The Blue Medallion 2021 Awards

Airline and airline-affiliated loyalty programmes

  • Best Domestic Economy Class
  • Best Domestic Business Class
  • Best implementation of CoVid-19 Hygiene Protocols on an Indian Airline
  • Best International Economy Class operating from/to India
  • Best International Business Class operating from/to India
  • Best Airline Alliance serving India
  • Best Airline Loyalty Programme from an Indian Airline
  • Best Airline Loyalty Programme from an International Airline

Hospitality and hotel-affiliated loyalty programmes

  • Best Luxury Hotel Chain operating in India
  • Best Premium Hotel Chain operating in India
  • Best Boutique Luxury Hotel Operator in India
  • Best implementation of CoVid-19 Hygiene Protocols by a Hotel chain
  • Best Hotel Loyalty Programme by an Indian Hotel Operator
  • Best Hotel Loyalty Programme by an International Hotel Operator in India
  • Best Home Rental Facilitator in India
  • Best Home Dining Experience in India

Travel & Lifestyle Cards in India

  • Best Lifestyle Rewards Card in India
  • Best mid-tier Credit Card for travel benefits
  • Best entry-level Credit Card for travel benefits
  • Best Premium Co-branded Travel Credit Card in India
  • Best mid-tier Co-branded Travel Credit Card in India
  • Best entry-level Co-branded Travel Credit Card in India
  • Best Card Benefit offered in 2020
  • Best Travel Rewards currency earned via Credit Cards

Best Self Drive Car Rental Service.

About Ajay

Ajay Awtaney is the Founder and Editor of Live From A Lounge (LFAL), a pioneering digital platform renowned for publishing news and views about aviation, hotels, passenger experience, loyalty programs, travel trends and frequent travel tips for the Global Indian. He is considered the Indian authority on business travel, luxury travel, frequent flyer miles, loyalty credit cards and travel for Indians around the globe. Ajay is a frequent contributor and commentator on the media as well, including ET Now, BBC, CNBC TV18, NDTV, Conde Nast Traveller and many other outlets.

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  1. All the questions are related to 2020. And there are few questions which I suppose to be passed on, I never stayed in any Indian Boutique hotel or anywhere outside. How can I reply to that.

    • @Abhishek, yes, all the questions are related to 2020, as you have not experienced a full year 2021. So, these votes are on the basis of your 2020 interactions with various brands.

      As for skipping a question, there is an arrow on top next to the counter (would read x/25), you can use that to skip ahead.

  2. voted// done.. Wish Indian companies started more elite membership tie up upward of Gold.. I’m sure many of us wouldn’t mind paying the fees too..

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