The frequent flyer community site Milepoint is offering an opportunity to upgrade your current membership (which is free) to a premium membership for $49.95. This is the 2nd year in a row they are selling this type of membership, but this time around the cost is slightly cheaper and the travel stuff that comes along with the package is pretty good. There are 18 partners with this package, which includes:
- 1,000 United MileagePlus miles (must claim these miles by 12/31/2013; miles will post within 8-12 weeks)
- Gold Elite status with Hilton HHonors (posts 8-12 weeks to your account and valid through 2/2015)
- One year of ad-free viewing on Milepoint.com
- Free 1-year subscription to InsideFlyer.com or 50% discount for print edition of InsideFlyer magazine
- Free upgrade to PointsHound Level 2 Status through 2014 and a 1,000 mile or point bonus on first booking
- Free Upgrade to UsingMiles Premier membership
- Free Gold membership at WorldMate
- Free upgrade to National Car Rental Emerald Club Executive Status
- Free upgrade to AwardWallet Plus account
- Buy-One-Get-One-Free Trip Pass for Award Nexus
- One day free parking at The Parking Spot (not valid at DFW)
- 25% discount on “Frequent Flyer Master” e-book
- 25% discount at LoJack for Laptops
- 20% discount at SCOTTEVEST
- 20% discount on ExpertFlyer.com yearly premium service (typically costs $100, so will cost you $80 for the year)
- 15% discount to Luggage Forward
- 10% discount off all Hyatt Hotel Gift Card purchases (up to $5,000 in gift card purchases; gift cards do not expire but a $6 domestic/$25 international handling fee will be added to each gift card order)
- 10% discount on KVS Tool
Depending on how many of the above travel programs you will benefit from will determine whether or not the $49.95 fee is worth it for you. I personally just purchased the membership, and while I will probably not come out too ahead from the cost (will most likely even out), I like that 10% of the cost is going to a Milepoint charity.
I already have Hilton Gold status, but for those that are looking to obtain this status, paying $50 bucks is cheap! Hilton Gold status is actually the best mid-tier status out there as you get free breakfast for two, free internet, and sometimes lounge access. 10% off Hyatt gift cards is great though if you are at Hyatt person. Even if you typically use points for your hotel stay, gift cards can pay for your incidentals. Many resorts also allow you to put tours and activities on your room bill even when it takes place with a third party company. And 1,000 United miles never hurts either!
This premium membership is limited and last year it sold out within 3 days. I was told that the number of packages available is greater this year, but still no telling when it will sell out. See if you’ll benefit, and if so, you can purchase this package and read more about the T&C here.