POINT.ME is a new award search tool that lays the foundation for an award travel metasearch that can truly make our lives easier and our miles and points more valuable.
POINT.ME, A Promising New Award Search Tool
The new tool searches points and miles space on over 30 loyalty programs, which covers over 100 airlines. Imagine it: instead of searching every airline or alliance separately, you can search for everything in one place. And rather than just display results, it offers help (including video tutorials) on how to book the space and even helps you analyze which options are best.
Aimed for the mass market, this tool will greatly aid in helping consumers understand how valuable their frequent flyer miles and credit card points really are (which is immensely valuable, as far as I am concerned). I speak at many travel conference and my audiences are often novices in the world of points and miles. I’m amazed at how many people fail to remotely comprehend the versatility of their points.
For example, last weekend at Travel & Adventure show in Chicago I spoke to an older gentleman who had no idea that he could redeem his United Airlines miles for anything more than flights on United. It was like a moment of epiphany when I introduced him to all the partner booking options he had available too him.
Experts in the world of miles and points, including many Live and Let’s Fly readers, may encounter certain frustrations which I do not downplay: there is not currently the option to do a multi-city search or simultaneously search co-terminal airports. Results are not perfect (for example, there are issues with Flying Blue and at times other programs) and it does take time for results to load (though this is hardly surprising, considering how many simultaneous searches take place to provide these meta results).
I’ve been apprised of this product and its development for several months and I will have much more to say about the product itself (including a detailed tutorial) as well as a special promo code for Live and Let’s Fly readers…but I’ve opted to hold that for a bit until some kinks are worked out of the website.
No product has been prefect from day one and my searches thus far have revealed tremendous value in the site in its present state. And it will only get better, which really makes me excited. I also count the two co-founders, Tiffany Funk and Adam Morvitz, as friends. These two, as well as their staff, live and breathe miles and points and are subject-matter experts. That’s why I am confident that this website and product will only improve.
Even so, I wish to make clear that this post is not sponsored and also not a duty of friendship–I would not waste your time if I did not love this product and see great potential in it. Funk and Morvitz have partnered with key investors and have raised sufficient capital such that the funding for research and development to make this a far better product is already available.
You might think that heralding this product undercuts my own consulting business, Award Expert. Indeed, we both offer expertly-tailored, highly-personalized consultation services to businesses and individuals alike on the effective use of miles and points. But this tool is not for my client base, most of which cannot be bothered to search for award space themselves or even if they could, deem enlisting the help of my firm a better use of time and money than doing it themselves. My botique service is not threatened by this technology. Truthfully, my only threat is this tool empowering more users to take advantage of the limited inventory of airline award seats. Even so, it’s time for consumers to reclaim their points. I think (and sincerely hope) most would prefer to use their miles and points for family vacations over toasters and tablets…
It’s fun to know people before they were famous. When Ben from One Mile At A Time and I were teenagers, we used to mileage run on United Airlines, with no adoring fans coming up to him requesting a selfie (well, there was one). I’ve known Tiffany and Adam for years and I am so proud of them for this great tech venture upon which they have embarked. I predict they will soon be (more) famous themselves for launching such an innovative product. Both are not just smart, but people of character and frankly people I would trust with my life. I don’t say that about many people…
So I’m excited to see this launch and the fact that the site is a bit bogged down represents the overwhelming response (and therefore the overwhelming demand) for software that demystifies the use of miles and points. Keep an eye on this space for more on POINT.ME as well as special promotion for Live and Let’s Fly readers.