KAYAK.sg announces winners of inaugural KAYAK Travel Awards

By Noam Elsner

At KAYAK, we’re all about data – if you follow our blog, you’re bound to have come across interesting information regarding everything from the number of people from Singapore who book flights from the toilet (18%), to your luckiest direction to travel from Singapore in 2018 (Northwest). But, though we tend to do a lot of research ourselves, the fact is, all of our best insights come from you, the people of Singapore. When it comes to finding the best travel options, there is no replacement for the perceptive eye of the consumer, so rather than telling you who you ought to book your next trip with, we thought we’d just ask you for your own expert opinions.

And to make things really interesting, we decided to make an event out of it, to recognise the best brands in the travel industry and spread the word about the travel companies people in Singapore love most – the inaugural KAYAK Travel Awards. A celebration of Singapore’s favourite travel brands and places, in categories ranging from best airline to best holiday destination.

And the results are in:

It was a landslide victory for Singaporean homegrown brands, with Singapore Airlines sweeping four categories – Favourite Airline (Short-haul), Favourite Airline (long-haul), Favourite Airline Crew, and Favourite In-flight F&B, while Scoot claimed Favourite Low-cost Carrier and Singapore Changi Airport came out on top for Favourite Airport.

In terms of top travel destinations, Asian holiday hotspots reigned supreme, as Tokyo and Seoul pipped London as Singapore’s favourite destinations for long holidays, while Hong Kong was voted Singapore’s favourite value destination. For short breaks and beach holidays, locals look to Bali, while Chiang Mai proved its rising popularity, winning Singapore’s favourite trending destination.

For the full results, see below. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up in all categories!

KAYAK travel awards

Singapore’s favourite Airlines

Airplane on runway

Favourite Airline (Short-haul)
Winner: Singapore Airlines

Runner-up: Scoot

Favourite Airline (Long-haul)
Winner: Singapore Airlines

Runner-up: Emirates

Favourite Low-cost Carrier

Winner: Scoot

Runner-up: Jetstar Asia

Favourite Airline Crew
Winner: Singapore Airlines

Runner-up: Cathay Pacific

Favourite In-flight F&B

Winner: Singapore Airlines

Runner-up: Thai Airways

Favourite Airline Loyalty Program  

Winner: KrisFlyer

Runner-up: Royal Orchid Plus

Singapore’s favourite airports

Singapore Changi airport
Singapore Changi airport

Favourite Airport
Winner: Singapore Changi Airport

Runner-up: Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport

Singapore’s favourite hotels

Favourite Hotel Brand
Winner: Marriott Hotels & Resorts

Runner-up: InterContinental Hotels Group

Favourite Hotel for Staycations in Singapore

beach view, Sentonsa, Singapore
Sentosa is a favourite destination for a break without leaving Singapore

Winner: W Singapore – Sentosa Cove

Runner-up: Marina Bay Sands

Book a Staycation at the W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, from S$ 411 

Favourite Resort Hotel in Southeast Asia (Outbound)

Winner: W Bali – Seminyak

Runner-up: Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

Book a stay at W Bali – Seminyak, from S$ 438

Favourite Affordable Hotel in Asia

Winner: The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali

Runner-up: Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa

Stay at the Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali, from S$ 210

Singapore’s favourite destinations

Favourite Destination for Short Breaks

Bali resort
Bali is the top destination for a short holiday from Singapore

Winner: Bali

Runner-up: Bangkok

Find cheap flights to Bali, from S$ 150

Favourite Destination for Long Holidays

People crossing Shibuya crossing in Tokyo at night.
Tokyo is Singapore’s top destination for a long trip

Winner: Tokyo

Runner-up: London

Find cheap flights to Bali, from S$ 390

Favourite Destination for Beach Holidays

Phuket beachfront with boats
Phuket is a top beach destination for travel from Singapore

Winner: Bali

Runner-up: Phuket

Find cheap flights to Phuket, from S$ 97

Favourite Value Destination

Hong Kong junk boat
Hong Kong is the top value destination for people from Singapore

Winner: Hong Kong

Runner-up: Hanoi

Find cheap flights to Hong Kong, from S$ 176

Favourite Trending Destination in Southeast Asia

Chiang Mai pagoda
Chiang Mai is the number one up and coming destination for travel from Singapore

Winner: Chiang Mai

Runner-up: Yogyakarta

Find cheap flights to Chiang Mai, from S$ 185

For further information about the inaugural KAYAK Travel Awards Singapore 2018, visit



Candidates were shortlisted based on search volume on KAYAK.sg from 1 January 2017 – 31 March 2018. The top 5 in each award category were shortlisted for Singaporeans and Singapore residents to choose their favourites on KAYAK.sg during the Voting Period. Winners and runners-up in each award category were decided based on the total number of public votes.
Rates mentioned above are based on search queries made on KAYAK.sg on 17 June 2018. The prices are quoted in SGD. Flight prices are based on results for a return economy flight search. Hotel prices are for double occupancy and include taxes and fees. Prices are subject to change, may vary, or no longer be available.