Please welcome Sarah Page Maxwell as the newest member of the MileValue team. She will write several articles a week of the type you already enjoy on MileValue. She’ll also bring her own voice and travel experiences to MileValue to complement mine.
Sarah Page has been living in Buenos Aires, Argentina for four years, and we met through the expat community there a few years ago. Besides regular trips back to the East Coast to visit family (she grew up in Raleigh and family now lives in Charleston), Sarah Page has also traveled throughout South America and to Africa and Southeast Asia recently with miles. Like me, she is a free agent when it comes to airline and hotel loyalty. She just collects big credit card sign up bonuses and uses the miles and points efficiently for high-value redemptions.
I know you’ll enjoy Sarah Page’s posts because you already have been. Sarah Page has actually already been contributing to this site for months, writing articles with me that were ultimately published under my name.
This training wheels period was very important to me because MileValue is my baby. I won’t name names, but there are some blogs that have brought on new writers who are not good writers, not miles/points experts, or not either, and quality has suffered. There are other blogs that have moved beyond a single voice and been enriched. That’s the model we’re following.
Mastering miles and points requires mastering earning and redeeming. Earning is usually easier, and most blogs understand that part. What makes MileValue different is that we know to redeem miles to get maximum value, which informs all of our posts. For instance, you can’t know whether a credit card offer is a good deal unless you know how to use the bonus miles. So I worked a long time with Sarah Page on her knowledge of redeeming miles. We started with the theoretical (“memorize the Star Alliance plus United’s non-alliance partners by tomorrow”) and moved to the practical (“let’s work on these MileValue Award Booking Service requests together, so you know how to redeem United, AA, Delta, Aeroplan, BA, Asiana, Flying Blue, and Alaska miles.”) Only when I was satisfied with her knowledge did I let her write.
The other thing that makes this site unique is that writing. Many topics are covered by literally every miles and points blog. I always want the MileValue post on those topics to be the most clear, succinct, and best at anticipating what the reader will want to know. I’ve worked with Sarah Page on getting her to write like that–hopefully without stifling her unique voice because I enjoy reading it.
You’ll know whether a post is written by me or Sarah Page based on the signature at the top of the post under the title.
The majority of posts will continue to be written by me. Sarah Page is not replacing me; she is in addition to me.
Sarah Page’s joining the team has made MileValue a better source for miles junkies, so I hope everyone will give her a hearty welcome.