Unfortunately we don’t know what it takes to move up because none of us have a high enough security clearance, but if you keep writing stories, national or international you will move up. It came faster than I expected.
Yes, I got bonuses each time I ranked up.
I don't know if you have to visit a foreign country in order to hit internationally known or not. I have only written about one foreign country (Mexico) and I managed to hit internationally known. The exact benchmarks are a secret.
Good to know @BelfryBat! I've written a couple stories about Germany and I have some more to write about France. Looking forward to the points bonus!
I had no idea there were bonuses when leveling up! That’s very cool. I really love this community. Both for the ability to earn miles by sharing stories of your travels, and for the wealth of information when planning trips! I just got back from a trip where I not only was able to find a ton of info through this community, I also used my accumulated miles to splurge on more expensive lodging in Italy that I normally wouldn’t splurge for. I ended up only paying $50 out of pocket after using my miles, all thanks to this community and the ability to earn miles from stories!
I feel like I am at least fairly close to achieving “Nationally Recognized”. So I’ll have to keep track and see if I can figure out how many come with that promotion once I get it!