Last month I shared details on Milepoint, a friendly, welcoming new frequent flyer community built on the latest technology, when it opened up its private beta.
Today it officially launches. The private beta period was great, lots of opportunities to see what the software could do and plenty of people signing up even though the main Milepoint.com page just had a countdown clock to how many days until the site launched — no ability to come in any further. Still, over 4000 members managed to find their way into the site and make more than 175,000 posts. So there’s plenty going on there already! (Though with additional planned features coming online, Randy Petersen says the current site is about 15% of where it’ll eventually be.)
To promote the launch, Randy is giving away an iPad a day every day throughout the month of March. All you have to do is register to be eligible to win. And of course the earlier you register, the more chances you’ll have to win since you’ll be entered for each day of the drawing. And in the earliest days of the month, with fewer registered members, the odds of winning are even higher.
iPads given away so far are listed in this Milepoint thread.
When I mentioned this promotion to someone yesterday they asked, “But won’t people just register for the site to win the iPad and never come back?” And I pointed out the irony is that people who would do that happen to also be the kind of people who will really find the site interesting and valuable! A place to learn about and discuss the best deals in travel, to learn how to upgrade their travel experiences and earn and redeem miles, people who want those things are just the kind of folks who would register for a promotion. So the bet is they’ll have a look around and many will want to stay and become part of the community.
But folks who just want to registerfor up to 31 chances to win an iPad? That’s ok too.