Changes to BarclaycardTravel.com and Participation Miles
We have made a few changes to how Participation Miles are earned in our travel stories area. Some of you will like these changes and others may not. Keep in mind we are making the changes to improve everyone’s experience in the community. I’ll give you more details as we go along.
First up are story details. We have not required members to include them up until this point. And from what we can see in the community most members don’t use them to enhance their stories. In case you are wondering, details give you the ability to provide reviews on the various places you went - like hotels and restaurants - in a nice digestible format for the reader. And, details can fill out the story map as well. We want to encourage the use of details; it makes for a better story and the community becomes a better travel resource. So to help motivate you, we are going to give 10 Participation Miles for every detail shared in a story. One caveat though, you can only add a detail if the place is available in google maps database, but that is pretty extensive.
Because we are trying to keep the miles earned from storytelling roughly consistent, we are going to reduce the base miles for submitting a story to 150 Participation Miles. However, if you share more than 5 details you will be getting more than 200 miles for the story. The more information you provide the more miles you can earn. Currently, there is no cap on details you can provide. However, if we determine members are adding ‘fake’ or ‘irrelevant’ details, we reserve the right to remove your travel story completely.
And, adding more details can mean more miles in another way. Stories with greater details provide more value to a reader and are more likely to be kudoed.
The last change is that members will be limited to telling only 5 stories about one particular city. I know members like to share lots of stories about their hometown, and that is great. However, we’d rather have some of these specific posts turned into details, where other members can additionally see your rating. In addition, we’d the like the stories to be coming more from a visitor perspective, since that’s what the readers are most likely to be looking for. We think the local slant is a great one but, we don’t want that to overwhelm the visitor perspective, like it has in some cases.
As usual, please let us know your thoughts and if you have any questions we’ll be happy to address them.