New View From The Wing Site Goes Live Saturday Morning: Here’s What it Means for You

Tomorrow morning (around 10am Eastern) we’re going to start to transition the blog over to a refreshed site.

There’s not going to be a lot that’s substantively different, at least at first. The biggest changes are to the ‘guts’ (yes, that’s the, um, technical term) of the site. It will let me:

  • Better organize information and allow it to be searched
  • Be more responsive for mobile devices, only about 55% of you are reading this on a desktop of laptop and the site hasn’t been redesigned since around 2009.
  • Build more features in the future.

For now thought all you’ll see is a bit of a fresher and more modern face. I’m sure there will be a few hiccups as I learn how to work with it.

My goal was to make it readable, not to make it too much ‘busier’ than the current site and in fact to make it a bit less busy with links that aren’t scattered all over the place.

What this means for Saturday morning:

  • The site will remain up.
  • In fact, I will continue to publish new content, so keep reading!
  • Comments will be turned off briefly. That way nothing gets lost during the transition. (If you left a comment on the old site, after data starts getting moved to the new one, we’d have lost your comment. And that wouldn’t be fair, plus I might not see what you wrote.)

Anything different will seem strange at first, especially for the most loyal readers out there… those of you who remember the blog like this:

Or even like this:

(Oh who am I kidding? Nobody read my writings back in 2002..)

Regardless, the content won’t change. I’ll do my best to cover the things I find most interesting each day, broadly conceived, and I’ll keep loving every minute of the fact that so many of you keep deciding to read it.

Just think of this as a heads up, for those who don’t like change, that the website will look a little bit different at some point on Saturday, and that nothing’s amiss if comments are turned off for a couple of hours. Back soon!

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, 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. Gary,
    If possible please have a separate feed for full content, as I am sure there lot of reader like me who subscribe to feed to read offline (in NYC subway train there is no signal for mobile)…The new website works fast on mobile…

  2. I second full content RSS. The redesign is putting barriers between me and the content, so I’ll probably read it less.

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