Milepoint Premium is Back!

A couple of weeks ago I shared the opportunity to get in on Milepoint premium membership while it was soft launched in a testing phase.

It was only available for a few hours to make sure systems are working. As of this afternoon it’s back, in limited quantities.

And there are even more benefits that hadn’t been revealed during the soft launch, like free upgrade to National Car Rental’s Executive status.

One year of Milepoint premium membership is currently just $59 and comes with the following benefits:

  • 2,000 United MileagePlus miles
  • Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum status through Feb. 2014 or 2,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
  • One year of ad-free viewing on Milepoint.com
  • Free 1-year subscription to InsideFlyer.com
  • One Free Gogo Inflight Internet 24-hour pass

  • Free 3-month trial of Clear
  • Free upgrade to AwardWallet Plus account and a free AwardWallet OneCard
  • Free upgrade to UsingMiles Premier Membership
  • Free upgrade to National Car Rental Emerald Club Executive Status
  • 40% discount on “Decoding Air Travel” books
  • 25% discount on “Frequent Flyer Master” e-book
  • 20% discount on “Decoding Air Travel” seminars/webinars
  • 20% discount on ExpertFlyer.com
  • 20% discount on BookYourAward.com
  • 20% discount at SCOTTEVEST
  • 10% discount on KVS Tool

I did help put together a few of offers included with Milepoint Premium (I’m proud of the frequent flyer community I helped to found a year and a half ago) and hope you find membership valuable.

Discussion of Milepoint premium can be found in this thread where any questions you have may already have been answered, or where you can get answers to new questions as well.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. Thanks Gary, the National status alone makes this worthwhile to me!

    One question though: if I currently have Executive status through early 2013, but don’t anticipate re-qualifying, will Milepoint Premium membership extend my status to early 2014, or a year from today, or not extend it at all?

  2. How do you get the Awardwallet plus upgrade? I didnt see that on the list of freebies when I signed up.

  3. Thanks Gary. I just subscribed to Premium Membership. However I am having some trouble trying to update my account’s email address so sent a message through the contact us page. I’m looking forward to receiving my premium benefits and wish you continued success.

  4. I rec’d my long list of codes this morning – the benefits package is fantastic! Only thing they could add for next year: 1 “Get out of denial free” card with Chase 🙂

  5. Thanks, Gary. I really enjoy the blog and the milepoint forums.

    Quick question: This may be idle paranoia, but is there any worry that airlines and credit-card companies will abuse the information they receive about folks in the miles and points community? The concern (if there really is any) isn’t limited to milepoint at all–it would apply equally to blog readership, source links for credit-card applications, almost anything.

    Here (again, using milepoint only as an example), what I’m getting at is that an airline or credit-card company that receives a list of milepoint premium members could put those customers on a watch list. Frequent-flyer desks could cross-check a customer’s account and say, “milepoint member–he’s probably trying to stretch the routing rules on this award ticket,” and refuse to ticket an award. A credit-card company could say, “milepoint member–he’s probably churning cards just for signup bonuses,” and refuse to approve an application (or shut down existing accounts).

    Of course, I’d hope that, by and large, frequent-flyer programs and credit-card companies appreciate engaged customers, and so there wouldn’t be any adverse consequences. The cynical side of me, though, worries about what folks do with all the extra information available. Thoughts?

  6. Well this seems like a good deal.

    COST: $59.
    20% off ExpertFlyer is -$24/yr.
    10% off KVS is -$7.50/yr.
    OneCard is -$10.
    GoGo pass is -$7.
    NET: $10.50.

    For that I get 2000 United + 2000 Hyatt, or 0.26cpm. Wish I could sign up a couple of time 😀

  7. I just joined. Thanks so much!
    Sunrise- What is so great about National status as compared to Hertz Gold etc?.

    Will I receive a code for Expertflyer in my email?

  8. Oops, I forgot to add I just renewed my upgraded AwardWallet. Will I be able to use the “code” to upgrade next time around?

  9. oops, sorry for so many post. How do I get a hold of the person for the Upgraded Milepoint membership. I have Hyatt Platinum and it should expire soon. My account states tier expiration on July 31, 2012. Even though I have Hyatt Platinum right now, I rather have the Platinum than the points.

    Who do I notify?

  10. Nice offer! I just joined and glad to support the Milepoint community.

    I have been out of the loop due to Stage 4 cancer but am looking forward to doing more traveling, etc. 🙂

  11. Gary/Randy, I’m already an InsideFlyer subscriber. I just joined – thanks for a great offer. Will my existing subscription be extended for a year?

  12. Just joined.
    Suggestion: More payment options?! I know Paypals is the here to stay, but … yea

    Never used any of the mentioned service. So I’m happy that I have a chance to try it all out.

  13. @Brad
    Highly unlikely since we never turn over any identifying data and in the case of the MilePoint Premium Membership never even have any contact with any credit card company. As for the airline tracking the miles, the Premium Membership program is handled like any other outside bonus offer and surely there are many other that give away 2K in bonus miles. Let’s say that MilePoint buys one million bonus miles to give away, given that the airline likely sells in excess of 450 billion miles in a similar way, highly unlikely they have the time, talent and interest in trying to re-program their database to watch 2K in miles. My guess is that they would be bored rather quickly because on MilePoint the average member is not a gamer. Anyway, astute observation but I personally don’t see that happening. Heck, they are too busy monitoring tweets on Twitter.

  14. @Mark
    Agree w/ more payment options. Only reason for using PayPal at this time is they are the only payment bridge built into the technology platform that MilePoint uses and since we wanted to use automated user groups to “award” status via the Award Store, etc. it was our only choice. We hope and hear that future versions of the MilePoint technology platform allow standard shopping cart bridges which we’ll immediately adopt. Thanks for question and suggestion.

  15. @UAPhil
    Yes, we worked with partners such as InsideFlyer to allow and offer the benefit to extend current subscriptions so you have great flexibility. Both InsideFlyer and National Car Rental offers add a full calendar to any subscription or membership year you might currently have.

  16. @chemist661
    Let us all hope that your battle w/ stage four cancer is one you can continue to win. With the MilePoint Premium Membership, you’re likely to be pleased that its intent was to stimulate new funding and support for Milepoint’s charities-of-choice and two of them are Komen and LIVESTRONG which are both very active in finding ways to beat cancer. A full 10% of gross (not net) proceeds from the program will go into MilePoint and it’s members support to help charities such as this with hope and effort to beat cancer. We support your own effort with this.

  17. Just signed up. The discount on Bookyouraward.com is extremely valuable. As someone who has booked 3 tickets in last 6 months with the service, I can vouch for it!

  18. @sil – I prefer National Executive to Hertz Gold primarily for ‘pick your own car.’

    As a leisure traveler (and hence often needing to drive larger parties) and with my most frequent rental spots being DCA and LAS (which have good Executive Selections) I greatly value the ability to pay a midsize price, walk out and look over the selection, and then grab something interesting. Plus I’m a car guy and just love the ability to get extended test drives on a different model each rental.

  19. For those without the Chase Hyatt CC, this is a great way to boost the CC bonus. Hyatt Plat members who sign up for the card get 2 suite upgrades in addition to the 2 free nights. So signing up for MilePoint premium will give you Hyatt Platinum, which will up your bonus with the CC. Membership status is determined based on status at time of application, not when you want to use the upgrades.

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