Okay, not a smackdown but a compare and contrast. USA Today ran a story today on Flyertalk versus Milepoint. It’s going to be pretty inside baseball for some, but they seem to come down on the side that if you’re an expert the deep reservoir of content on Flyertalk is hard to beat but if you’re not already steeped in the community the place can be daunting.
Randy Petersen gives a nod to Flyetalk’s content, while Internet Brands acknowledges the challenges that the site faces in being accessible to new members. The piece offers a nod to Milepoint‘s technology platform, and its welcoming nature for new members.
Of course both have value, and it’s always great to see these communities cross into the mainstream via USA Today and other popular media.
I’m participating mostly in Milepoint these days, and I know I’ve gone out of my way to answer most of the award booking questions that come up, though others have done a magnificant job of the same. I’ve been really thrilled to see the growth of Milepoint since it launched in beta back in February, it’s now just shy of a million posts and 40,000 members and I do think that so far at least it’s been a very welcoming environemnt where folks passionate about miles and points can meet and learn from each other.
Plus I’m proud of the ability of such a new site to be able to help sponsor frequent flyer experiences like the Star and oneworld MegaDO events, host industry chats with the heads of American AAdvantage, Southwest Rapid Rewads, and Hyatt Gold Passport. And even to participate in sponsoring gatherings of frequent flyers like the Chicago Seminar. It’s been a great experience giving back to fellow flyers, raising significant money for charity (such as Kiva and Susan G Komen for the Cure) in the process.