The new InsideFlyer launched today. By re-branding the MilePoint community forum with the addition of several travel bloggers on the front page, InsideFlyer is meant to create a one-stop destination for everything related to travel and loyalty programs. Other tools have been integrated to make travel easier and create opportunities to save money.
Coinciding with the launch is a big promotion for Avianca LifeMiles, one of the least expensive options for purchasing miles to redeem on Star Alliance partners. Now through October 6 you’ll be able to purchase LifeMiles and receive a 150% bonus on your purchase. There is a requirement that you purchase a minimum of 100,000 miles — which means you’ll receive 250,000 LifeMiles.
Miles cost $38.94 per 1,000 miles, and you must purchase between 100,000 and 150,000 miles (before the 150% bonus on top). That means 100,000 miles will be $3,894. But if you’re getting 250,000 total miles in the end, then the price is roughly 1.56 cents each. Taking advantage of some of the discounts on award tickets mentioned below, you could fly within the U.S. in economy class for 15,000 miles (~$234 in miles) or from the U.S. to Europe in business class for 105,000 miles (~$1,638 in miles).
Save up to 50% on Star Alliance Award Tickets
You’ll also receive an additional discount (up to 50%) when you redeem them for an award by October 15 (for travel through next year). It’s all very rushed but one of the best deals around for buying miles. Here are the discounted round-trip award prices:
Finally, be aware that when redeeming LifeMiles you’ll be required to book the same cabin on every leg of your itinerary; it’s not permitted to mix-and-match business and economy class even if that’s all that is available. Check out the offer page at InsideFlyer for more information.
More about InsideFlyer
In the interest of full disclosure, the team at InsideFlyer brought me on as editor to help organize and review the content published on the front page. I’ll try to maintain a hands-off attitude just as I have for the contributors here on Travel Codex. But many people have wondered what this means for those who already have blogs. Is InsideFlyer supposed to replace them?
No. InsideFlyer is meant to be an additional outlet for these writers, not a replacement. In a sense it’s very similar to how I’ve operated Travel Codex from the beginning: Amol, Tahsir, Julian, Eric, and Omar all have significant freedom to write what they want on Travel Codex, but they write it under the Travel Codex banner and not as separate blogs. Some of them continue to write for others and will also be writing for InsideFlyer.
But one of my jobs is to make sure there’s no overlapping content. Sometimes it’s great to read different perspectives on the same story. Sometimes it’s overwhelming. In the case of InsideFlyer (like on Travel Codex), there will generally be only one post on a given topic.
In light of those comparisons, does that mean Travel Codex is disappearing? Definitely not. InsideFlyer has the resources to do many of the same things as Travel Codex, and perhaps it will do them with more style and functionality. But I’m not going to give up my freedom to do things a little differently. You can continue to look forward to new content on Travel Codex in addition to new posts on InsideFlyer.