New-Look Prince of Travel + 25,000 Mile Giveaway Ricky July 27, 2020

New-Look Prince of Travel + 25,000 Mile Giveaway

Welcome to a new-look Prince of Travel!

I’ve been working on a redesigned Prince of Travel website for quite some time now, and I’m thrilled to finally launch it today. I love it, and I think you’ll love it too. 🙂

Very little has changed on the content side: your favourite articles are still around, and we’ll of course continue to post new articles at the steady pace that you’re accustomed to.

However, I’ve made a few big changes on the back-end, which I hope will greatly enhance your browsing experience here at Prince of Travel and position us well for more exciting advancements as the website grows in the future.

First Things First: Thank You

Before we talk about those changes, I just wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge heartfelt Thank You to everyone for sticking around, reading my content, leaving comments, and being a part of the Prince of Travel community over the past three and a half years.

When I first wrote the “Welcome to the Blog” post all the way back in February 2017, I truly believed that the website would be nothing more than my own quiet corner on the Internet, where I’d pester my friends and family to drop by every now and then. I could’ve never imagined that we’d be able to inspire so many travellers from Canada and all over the world to unlock the power of Miles & Points and transform the way they travel.

As I was preparing to launch the redesigned website, I trawled through every single one of my older posts to polish them up, and I must say I felt a genuine sense of pride about the work we’ve done here at Prince of Travel while looking back on the journey so far.

I owe that feeling to every single reader who has been a part of that journey, and I hope to continue sharing with you the joys of travelling the world on the many adventures to come.

A New-and-Improved Prince of Travel

Alright, with the emotional stuff out of the way, let’s talk about the improvements we’ve made to the website that I hope will greatly enhance your browsing experience going forward.

  • Newly designed user interface. The entire website has been given a makeover, introducing some new design elements into the mix and sharpening up the overall look. My personal favourite? The world map motif, comprised of individual “points”, that you’ll find scattered around the site.

  • Faster page loading. The website should be loading much faster across the board, which allows you to consume even more of your favourite content, and should also give us a boost with our search-engine overlords.

  • Expanded commenting. One major limitation of the old website that left me very frustrated was the limited commenting capabilities: readers could only comment on blog posts, but not on any of our Credit Cards or Points Programs guides or other key Resources pages. The new website addresses this gap, allowing you to leave comments and ask questions on the vast majority of pages on the website.

  • Enhanced Blog navigation. In the past, readers have mentioned that they wished there was a better way to navigate through our history of 750+ blog posts. Well, these prayers have been answered: the Blog page now comes with a powerful filter tool that allows you to filter through the three main categories (Miles & Points, Travel Talk, and Reviews), and then further filter among a range of sub-categories as well.

  • A new Credit Cards portal. Similarly, we’ve introduced a new set of filters to help you select the right credit card to apply for as you chase those signup bonuses. Whether you’re looking for the highest-value bonuses, the best travel benefits, or only the no-fee or first-year-free credit cards out there, you can use the new Credit Cards portal to select the exact credit card that fits your needs.

  • Enhanced search. The old website came with a search feature that was clunky at best, so our new search capabilities should be a significant improvement. You’ll find the search function in the main menu at the top of the screen on desktop, or via the menu button in the top-right corner on mobile.

  • A new page for Videos. I’ve been putting lots of energy into the Prince of Travel YouTube channel in recent times, and we now have a Videos page on the website to cater to all your binge-watching needs (of course, you can also head over to the YouTube channel itself to do that as well).

  • Resources are accessible via the Credit Cards & Points Programs portals. Prince of Travel’s Resources pages were designed to capture essential information for your easy reference. These pages – including the Newbie’s Guide, Amex Flowchart, Points Valuations, COVID-19 Relief Measures, and The Lingo – can now be accessed via both the Credit Cards portal and the Points Programs portal.

  • Knowledge Base has been phased out. As part of this transition, we’ve phased out the Knowledge Base feature that was part of the old website. I’m all about trying out new ideas and experimenting with different ways to present information, and in this case, there wasn’t a lot of value in keeping the Knowledge Base separate from the rest of the blog. Don’t worry, though – I’ll definitely be repurposing the old Knowledge Base articles into future blog posts or videos.

Those are just a handful of the high-level improvements you can expect, with many more smaller changes dotted throughout the site as well. Since we’ve only just launched, there may be a few kinks still to be worked out too, so please do send me a message if you see anything that doesn’t look quite right and I’ll get it fixed up.

Giveaway: 25,000 Aeroplan Miles!

Launching the new website represents the culmination of many months’ worth of effort behind-the-scenes, so I find this occasion to be very much worthy of celebration.

To that end, I’ve partnered with Air Canada and Aeroplan to give away 25,000 Aeroplan miles to one lucky winner and get them closer to their next big trip when it’s time to travel again.

The giveaway will be hosted on my Instagram page. Completing each of the following tasks will earn one entry into the giveaway:

  1. Follow @princeoftravel and like the below photo
  2. Share the photo to your story (and make sure to tag @princeoftravel)
  3. Tag a friend in the comments!
  4. Send me the secret word in an Instagram direct message

 

Each person can earn a maximum of four entries. The giveaway will end on Friday, July 31, at 11:59pm Eastern Time, and we’ll draw one winner randomly from the entries as part of our Virtual Miles & Pints livestream this weekend.

Without further ado, then, I invite you to enter the giveaway, click around the new Prince of Travel website, and make yourself at home. And once again, from the bottom of my heart: thank you everyone for joining me on the journey so far, and we’re only just getting started!

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20 Comments
  1. Avatar
    Trimal

    Nice work on the overhaul! RSS is no longer supported?

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    Dean

    The new sire looks great Ricky. And your hair looks much better in your new pic. lol

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    Alec

    Good job Ricky! Site looks great.

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    MurrayF

    Well done Ricky. I enjoy your trip articles and am looking forward to ideas on the (hopefully) new mini RTW if Air Canada come back to the game. I am reading you from way down in New Zealand

    1. Ricky
      Ricky

      Awesome, glad to have you around. Hope to make my way back to NZ sometime soon as well.

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    Jake

    Awesome, Ricky! Keep it up. Quick question, what would you do if you had some big expenses coming up (where you could spend a credit card minimum easily), would you definitely sign up for a card that had a minimum spend requirement (even with it having an annual fee)? Or would you just go with a card you currently have? Thanks!

    1. Ricky
      Ricky

      As long as the value of the signup bonus you’re getting exceeds the annual fee, yes!

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    GoldD

    Great work. I am impress to see the massive change you have been able to make in 3 years. Things are looking very good for you. Hard work paying off. That must be very satisfying.

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    Jean-Maximilien

    Great work Ricky 😉

    1. Ricky
      Ricky

      Thanks Jean-Max, see you tomorrow 😉

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    frank

    Are you using squarespace ricky?

    1. Ricky
      Ricky

      The old website was Squarespace and now it’s WordPress. Honestly I’d recommend anyone who wants to run a website seriously to just start with WordPress, it’s a lot more versatile and flexible in the long run.

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    Jean-Francois Racine

    Yes, the search function was awful. I was using google to search on the site. Good work!

    1. Ricky
      Ricky

      Like I said, clunky at best. 🙂

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    Oz

    Thumbs up 👍. Looks like a lot of work. I’m glad it’s similar to the old one so still just as easy to find stuff.

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    IK

    So what is the secret word?

    1. Ricky
      Ricky

      You tell me. 😉

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    J

    That must been a quite a bit of work. Respect. WordPress is the way to go :p

    1. Ricky
      Ricky

      Oh you know it. A long-overdue change.

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