Selfish – adjective – devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one’s own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others.
Greed – noun – excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions.
Fear – noun – distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.
While I have been flying NWA/Delta for over a decade, what I have learned in the past 3 years has been remarkable. I feel a burning need to give back to those who are just learning and come after me. I use stopovers and open jaw tickets. More should take advantage of this. Reading the comments from yesterday shows that apparently other airlines permit similar routings to Delta although I had no idea as I do not fly them much.
At the last ORD DO the Frugal Travel Guy arranged to have the “press” at the event and you can see the report on that below (click to watch the video)
The negative comments about his decision to invite the press on his blog afterward turned my stomach. Points did not go away. Did the millions seeing the show impact how many points we get on cards? Who knows. Will we see less points on cards going forward? Who knows? Are banks more aware of us? Maybe. FTG shares what he knows. I so respect him for all he does and the stand he takes.
Yesterday’s post I shared on FlyerTalk and Milepoint to help more learn what I know and pay back the debt I owe. The reaction by many made me want to get out a Delta air sickness bag and fill it twice. It seems the risk of helping others is – in the opinions of many – too high and I guess my post was so clear even Delta could understand what they offer. I give our beloved airline more credit than a 4th grader. They know what they offer and from the comments from readers other airlines offer a similar program with their points.
I can tell you this. I have had many outstanding emails and private messages about my post yesterday. I took down the post on FT and MP but not at MY BLOG. After the reaction to this, I pledge to do just what those in fear are most afraid of! I will double my efforts to do my best to post all I can to help my readers. I will not be selfish and keep information to myself or an elite few. Greed to get the most for myself will not keep me from sharing with you my readers!
My focus will be to the blog. So, if you want to find out what I know, you will have to read DeltaPoints.com as I will continue to share all I know here – René