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MilePoint, a forum and guide for frequent flyers, is offering an awesome deal on its Premium Membership: for $49, you’ll get 1,000 United miles, HHonors Gold status through February 2015, a free upgrade to National Car Rental Emerald Club Executive status, and more. But this is a limited-time offer, and sells out fairly quickly, so we’d recommend you take advantage of the deal before it expires.
So what is MilePoint, anyway?
MilePoint is a forum and wiki that has tips on earning and redeeming airline miles or hotel points. The forum has some pretty cool travel hacks, but the wiki tends to contain only basic information (for example, the location of airport lounges or an explanation of an airline’s booking classes).
The Premier membership is what gets me really excited, because of the potential for perks.
What Premier membership offers
If you pay $49 for Premier membership, you’ll get a host of deals with MilePoint’s partners, including:
- United: 1,000 bonus miles
- Hilton: Gold elite status (25% points boost, 5th award night free, Internet access and more) through February 2015
- Hyatt: 10% off Hyatt gift card purchases, up to $5,000 in gift cards
- Note: If you buy a $500 gift card, you get $50 off and your membership pays for itself already
- National Car Rentals: Executive status at the Emerald club for one year
- The Parking Spot: One day of free parking
And some of the less well-known perks:
- PointsHound: Level 2 status (1,000 mile/point first booking bonus, and earn 5-10 miles per $1 spent)
- Award Nexus: BOGO Trip Pass award planning service, for up to 12 months
- AwardWallet (no relation to NerdWallet): Free upgrade to AwardWallet Plus, which allows you to view expiration dates from an unlimited number of programs and export award balances to Excel
- ExpertFlyer: 20% off membership; allows you to create alerts for seat availability and award flights
- Frequent Flyer Master guide: 20% off guide to tips on the best ways to earn miles
I think the deal’s well worth it if you stay at the Hilton or Hyatt, and would get value out of Gold elite status or a $500 gift card respectively. Some of the other deals (AwardWallet, ExpertFlyer) aren’t as exciting, but you can easily recoup the $49 cost with the hotel perks. The United miles are exciting, too; we value them at around 1 cent each, so the 1,000 miles are worth $10.
So if you’re a traveler, act fast: This is a deal whose initial membership fee is easily and quickly recouped, but it sells out fast.