Milepoint was launched in 2011 as a frequent flyer community where members could talk about their travels and loyalty programs in a friendly way on a new platform. I’ve enjoyed the many interactions with folks I’ve had there, and have been privileged to be a part of the community I helped to found. Although I don’t think it reached its potential, and we certainly didn’t do everything with and for it that we’d always talked about.
- Milepoint relaunches with a global footprint as Inside Flyer.
- It will have sites based in countries around the world, in local languages. Bringing communities together you can interact with local market experts on airlines, hotels, and frequent travel.
- It relaunches integrating mileage and travel itinerary tracking and social features to keep up with other members of the community during your travels. And with travel deals and lounge intelligence all in one place. And the latest news is easier to get there than ever, with articles summarizing key insights right on the front page and not just discussion forums to dive into.
Only half the features are up and running today, it will take the next several weeks for you to see everything that Inside Flyer. But lots of partners and friends around the world are pitching in to help us celebrate.
The very first offer comes from our friends at Star Alliance frequent flyer program LifeMiles who are offering their richest non-targeted purchased miles bonus ever.
- Purchases of 100,000 – 150,000 miles will be available with a 150% bonus (2.5 miles for every one that you buy).
- They’ve offered targeted 200% bonuses in the past that I was unable to take advantage of.
- You’ll need to register for this offer on the Inside Flyer website.
I’m not generally a fan of buying miles speculatively, but the price in last month’s promotion was too good and I bit. I bought my maximum allowable for the year. Fortunately I have accounts of family members I can use to take advantage of this even better offer. (I used to buy US Airways miles via their share miles promo at a similar price — needs to be this low for me to justify.)
Last month I wrote about LifeMiles award discounts for Star Alliance redemptions. They ran a short-term promotion, with some awards discounted up to 50%. Usually when an airline discounts redemptions is this only for their own aircraft, and most often only for coach. LifeMiles discounted Star Alliances awards and even business and first class.
They’re bringing back the promotion to coincide with this miles purchase opportunity. For a full analysis of the award discounts, here’s my description of the details. Note that these are roundtrip prices, one way awards are half the cost:
Come over, check out Inside Flyer, there’s a lot more to come!