The rumors are true. I built GSTP from nothing to become one of the world’s best travel blogs, but it’s now a very passionate and engaging “side hustle” for me, which takes up every ounce of my non existent free time.
That’s because I saw an opportunity I don’t think many are ever lucky enough to get, let alone take. Once you have that feeling, it’s not an easy one to shake.
People I have immense respect for built this thing called point.me, and even before I joined the team to lead our partnerships, I couldn’t help but rave about what it means for travel. That’s totally true, btw.
I believe point.me will change how people book flights. In many ways, I think it will also forever change blogging, but that’s a different story for a different day. With 100% bias, and 100% passion, I’m here to lay out five ways I think point.me really will revolutionize the way people book with points.
One Stop Shop
Improvements are always on the way, but point.me is already the first ever product to eliminate one of the key questions most people face with points: where do I search?
It isn’t always easy to figure out where to search for flights using points with one airline, and most people get totally lost when searching for partner flights of a loyalty program. Add in partner of a partner — it all goes nuts.
point.me is the one stop shop that shows every potential option using points, for any given date. It’s the first time searching with points in one place is as comprehensive as searching for flights with cash. Which leads me to…
All The Tricks
With point.me as a subscription service, you don’t need any prior knowledge to benefit from credit card points and airline miles like a grand master.
I’d argue many of my most successful blog posts of the last decade are now irrelevant. That’ll make you think!
There was a time when it was exciting to read blogs to learn about partner redemption opportunities to save points, but point.me just does that for you, automatically.
If there’s a clever way to save points on your dates, like moving points from your bank to one airline, for flights on another, point.me just shows you that little points “trick” in plain sight. The info just shows up. No games, no posts.
And even better, there are super simple and digestible booking guides for exactly how to seal the deal. It shows you a step-by-step, “where and how” to transfer your points, where to officially book, and all the rest.
Shining Light On Great Programs
Many have tried to create better points search solutions, but many have failed. With point.me, everyone has a chance to win. By everyone, I mean everyone.
point.me builds confidence with loyalty and points, enabling more people to feel confident enough to redeem points, to make their first transfer of credit card points into airline miles, or just to start their rewards journey.
Loyalty programs big and small delivering great value and exciting opportunities to their members stand a more equitable chance to acquire jazzed up and excited new customers or points transfers, with search results from all displayed in one place.
I remember the feeling of transferring points for the first time. Do you?
Comparative Cash Value?
One thing I adore with point.me searches is seeing the cash prices alongside points prices during a search.
There’s something so satisfying about seeing a crazy expensive cash cost, and a reasonable price in points. Loyalty feels rewarded.
Points are quite often going to be the best option, and people will come to point.me looking to use points, but with the ability to see cash fares side by side, some people may end up booking with cash.
This instant, comparative little search glance really helps to hammer “the point” of how worthwhile points can be. Every search makes me want more and more points.
Creating Transparency And Confidence
There’s never been an easy place to compare how many points different airline programs charge between two cities, side by side. That hasn’t really been great for customers.
After all, cash prices across all airlines are displayed side-by-side, so why should the world’s second largest currency (airline miles) be any different?
The answer, so far, has been that it’s not easy to do. Technically speaking — woah, that’s a special kind of nightmare. Thanks to the truly world class, incredible team behind point.me — I’m totally biased, but they’re really wildly brilliant — we’re trying to make that possible.
Going forward, you’ll probably hear more about point.me from other places than from me on here. I can’t promise I won’t occasionally big up what we’re doing, but I’d rather other people tell the story without bias.
Thanks For Listening
There are always lots of takes on new products when they hit the market. Many are fair, some aren’t; and others fail to see the future. Getting a chance to tell my side of it is a privilege I don’t underestimate.
I appreciate you listening to my take on why I felt like I would’ve been crazy to miss out o being a part of this team with point.me.
I can confidently say there are so many features on the way which make me smile, but as always, please feel free to hit me up directly if you have any feedback, thoughts or ideas.