Milepoint is now InsideFlyer.
“Our intention was never to launch a website, our intention was to build a global brand for frequent flyers.”
We’ve got news to share with you. Today we are announcing a change to our name—a change that makes you a part of the first global brand for road warriors / frequent flyers and other travelers seeking a friendly but informative experience online. The InsideFlyer name is now a globally connected resource with local content/language websites in the U.S., Norway, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands with Germany and the U.K. coming soon.
We’ve known for a long time that when travelers “go online,” they are likely to do several things—participate in discussions in forums, read news from blogs, use tools to check their loyalty programs balances, view their pending travel itineraries, use the services of companies that cater products and services to these same travelers and increasingly all these activities are integrated socially. That’s where we come in. InsideFlyer represents content + community + technology + social in a single destination in your browser.
We’ve just released our Beta edition to get you comfortable with the things we have planned. We’ve added new content, new benefits, a new interface and the promise of much more to come.
We’ll be tuning up our launch and adding many new features in the days and weeks to come.
One of the most popular new benefits is the Travel Manager which if you choose to opt in, will track your loyalty accounts for you, automate your travel itineraries and allow you to connect with your fellow flyers and friends. These benefits are all FREE with your InsideFlyer membership. As a Milepoint member and now InsideFlyer member, we invite you to join this new service.
We’re Just Getting Started
Once beyond our beta period, we’ll launch our sponsored forums which will connect you with experts in the area (LoungeBuddy staff answering questions and advice on airport lounges around the globe; information and questions being answered by the leading expert on manufactured spending, the Frequent Miler blog). Other items include a search tool that will provide you with results culled from not only our forums but the blogs we also feature—more content, better results. We’ll be adding in forum tools that allow you to bookmark threads similar to bookmarking items in your browser and the ability to customize the current forum tree. Only want to see five different forums? You’ll see only five. We’ll also be adding “related threads” to the forums to give you ideas on other threads should the thread you are reading not contain the information you are looking for.
More Content In One Place
In addition to our forums, we have integrated blogs to match your interests. And we made it easier to see what’s in the forums from our front page by displaying two “latest posts” rather than a single “latest posts”. For those simply browsing the forum tree—that’s a 100% increase in viewable content. No longer will you have to decide to visit a forum based upon a single topic. As well, look for our partnership with The Flight Deal featured on the front page. Now you have access to great deals without leaving InsideFlyer.
A Dynamic Dashboard
Imagine with one dashboard >> easy access to the latest news from blogs, most popular threads in forums and your loyalty score. We’ve introduced a dynamic sidebar that you use to customize your experience. With an easy click on a side tab you instantly personalize your page. In the forums but still interested in what information might be posted in the blogs—easy. In the forums but want to see what threads are trending—easy. Anywhere on the website and interested in what your loyalty balances are or what your travel looks like in the coming weeks—easy. Yes, every page on InsideFlyer is about you.
Travel made easy. It’s early, but one of the most popular new benefits is our Travel Manager which if you choose to opt in, will track your loyalty accounts for you, automate your travel itineraries and allow you to connect with your fellow flyers and friends. The best part? All these services are FREE with membership at InsideFlyer. In a world of takeaways, we’ve added more value to your free membership. Now you know how many miles and points you have without ever leaving a good discussion or reading a good article.
In a first of its kind, we’ll be introducing sponsored forums which connects you to topic experts. Who knows more about airport lounges than LoungeBuddy? Their staff will help answer questions about lounges that they track and you’ll have a chance to add your own lounge reviews and as well read the reviews of LoungeBuddy app users. A perfect marriage of content and community. And who knows more about Manufactured Spending than the blog Frequent Miler? In a unique partnership, Frequent Miler will contribute content, participate in discussions and provide expert opinion and advice on the topic. And to answer your next question? Yes, we have more ideas connecting you with experts.
The internet is a large place—too large say some. But we’re going to make it smaller by integrating selected premium partners services and information for you. If you’ve been on a delayed or cancelled flight or been denied boarding within the last three years, AirHelp will help you with information and a service that could get you your money back and you never have to leave us to find them. Same with Roomer. This service specializes in helping travelers find options for hotel rooms and reservations they can’t use. One of the coolest apps we’ve ever seen will soon make its appearance. You’ll enjoy using Hotel Hustle which will help you identify hotel locations and award redemption opportunities in cities you may be visiting. Instantly saves you a lot of time researching these things. More? There’s also FLYR which will help you predict and lock in airfares before you buy. Yes, there’s more and all will be integrated into InsideFlyer so you never have to spend time searching the rest of the Internet.
The answer is YES. The question: will you be returning any Premium Membership offers? But we’d like to bring to your attention to another new benefit on InsideFlyer called InsideExtras. These are special very limited time offers exclusive to InsideFlyer members. Our first one features the ability to purchase LifeMiles with a 150% bonus plus have access to an award sale on Star Alliance partners with discounts on awards of up to 50%. This is the richest offer ever for these miles, even better than what LifeMiles offers its members directly. You must act fast, you have only until Thursday October 8 to register for this exclusive offer.
As many of you know, I founded the Freddie Awards to give voice to the frequent flyer. I founded FlyerTalk to provide a place for my fellow flyers to discuss the topic of travel among themselves and I founded BoardingArea to make it much easier to find advice and content by expert bloggers. Today I’m very proud to be a part of the founding team that is launching and will grow the first global footprint for the road warrior / frequent flyer. During this initial beta period, all mistakes and glitches are mine alone but with your help, feedback and interest in being part of a community that actually invests in its members—the future looks bright.
CONTENT + COMMUNITY + TECHNOLOGY + SOCIAL