A big day for the travel community
On December 9, The Points Guy Awards took place to honor the best in travel, loyalty, and rewards. This awards ceremony was hosted by The Points Guy founder, Brian Kelly and featured special honorees, Katherine Johnson (former NASA employee) and Beverly Bass (American Airlines’ first female captain).
The event was hosted at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. This event also featured a special performance by singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen. And to top it all off, the Swedish pop duo Icona Pop closed out the event with a special DJ set.
With this event, we got a chance to speak with one of the honorees, Beverly Bass.
The Knockturnal: Congratulations on this award! What is it like to be honored by The Points Guy?
Beverly Bass: It’s pretty amazing and I never expected to get that call. So when they invited me, I was like ‘oh woah wait a minute.’ I know I have a lot to live up to and I feel very privileged.
The Knockturnal: And you were American Airlines’ first female captain. What is it like to be this figurehead, this trendsetter, this person who made waves that carries on to this day?
Beverly Bass: I didn’t realize it at the time. And I remember all the guys telling me that I am this pioneer. And I never thought of myself as that. Maybe when I’m 50 I will realize I am a pioneer. Well, I turned 50 and still didn’t realize that I am a pioneer. Now, I am 67, but I still have the privilege of flying a jet that is privately owned. So, not many women get to fly jets at 67 professionally.