New Travel Stuff I Am Just in LOVE with and Now Must Have When Flying!

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What a game changer this is!

This past week I talked about the life altering time savers of CLEAR as well as the amazing Mobile Passport APP. I just cannot get over how fast these tools make travel “choke points” if you will. I love stuff like this that so improves travel frustration points since I want every time I travel for things to be fun!

Another major frustration point for me each time I fly Delta is the varying volume of FA and pilot announcements. They can go from YELLING to what did he/she say? And for some reason it always seems insanely loud if you are watching inflight entertainment (IFE) and they break in to tell you something. I hate that. But thanks to my i9bt I reviewed the other day I now have the perfect solution. Notice what the red arrow is pointing at? Yep, it is a volume control dial. What a massive upgrade to have that quickly at hand to turn loud into a nice level or even off as there are times when the volume is so loud that I can hear it clearly through my headphones with volume off and noise canceling switched on. NoiseHush, my ears thank you so much!


Yes I “need” 4 ports now – you?

I have also added another little gadget thanks in part to having just so much “stuff” that charges via USB. I almost feel like John Mayer in his song “Something’s Missing” where he says at the end “how come everything I think I need, always comes with batteries”. I find hotels often don’t have that many (or any) USB ports to power up all I need for the next day. This little 4 porter is the fix for me.


Does your brick tell you how much power remains? Mine does!

I also am still really impressed with my long term use of my BIG 20k battery brick. The digital display showing approximately how much juice it has is just great considering the fact of how many jets I have been on as of late with no power.


I got two – his and hers ;-)

Lastly I am so far really happy with my new 10 year warranty Samsonite spinner carryon (paid for with the proceeds from my Delta MM gift choice). And yes, including the wheels, it does neatly fit inside the Delta “size check” container so no issues there. The only complaint I have is a minor one that I wish there was a handle or something more grabable (is that a word) when you put it into the bin handle first. But, for the price and features, something I can live with.

It is interesting that even flying 100+ segments year after year I am constantly tweaking and adjusting what “stuff” I need and find the most useful to me. Maybe you are doing the same. Any travel bits you have found you just cannot live without? Let us all know! – René

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What a difference a week makes! Last week, at this time, the Delta CPU meltdown was just a few hours old. Delta then began, day by day, rolling waivers for changes that finally ended on Thursday the 11th as by Friday things were more or less back to normal. For those affected for more than 3 hours you got a $200 credit voucher (or you should have). They later put in a disclaimer in the … Continue reading

10 Amazing Window Views to & from my SDQ Aeroméxico Skyteam Mileage Run!

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Life Changing – First Time Using CLEAR & Mobile Passport – Better than Chocolate!

For those of you who have used these two stunningly amazing products you can either skip this post or just giggle at me for being late to the game – for everyone else – oh my, what a life changing experience and let me put this as plainly as I can: I NOW GET IT! Let’s start with CLEAR. As I have shown that once you have signed up online as a Delta frequent flyer … Continue reading

So you got a Delta $200 voucher. What now & how to spend it? Also why do you think Delta offered a $200 voucher vs. only SkyMiles?

The above is a screen shot from the generic e-mail Delta Air Lines has sent out to those who were affected by the mostly week long flight cancellations, delays and disruptions. But exactly why did Delta do this? Did you know they did not have to provide you with anything at all? Yep, if we are talking domestic flights all they had to do was at some point get you from A-B or give you … Continue reading

Delta Sky Club Review EWR Newark Liberty International Airport

I had the chance to spend some time at the Delta Sky Club in EWR recently after my just amazing day at the PGA event on SPG points. I remember a very long time ago visiting this club and it looks very much the same (well, mostly that is). Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express <—LINK or The Platinum Card® from American Express <—LINK You can get in with either of the two cards … Continue reading

My first Delta Air Lines Flight After Computer Meltdown – Almost Perfect & Landed Early!

What a perfect morning to fly Delta. Unlike so many over the past few days I received no alerts that any of my flights were canceled. In fact, days before I cleared all my “real” upgrades (C+ “upgrade” don’t count in my book). The first thing I did at check in on the Fly Delta APP was start to track all the flights I could. I say that because inside the APP you can only … Continue reading

Rookie Wednesday: Are You Using the Delta 24 Hour FREE Ticket Cancel Rule to Save Money?

Welcome to a weekly feature on the Renés Points blog. Each week this series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this week’s feature. I always try to book directly on Now having said that I never “start” at but use to look … Continue reading

What Delta did Right & Wrong Yesterday. They score an A- and a C+ in Fixing the Mess!

What a day yesterday was. It was a long day since the meltdown started just after midnight Eastern time and then continued all day long. Many folks were REALLY upset and did not pull any punches on social media, but since my blog is PC-13 I will only share that much. I think you get the idea that many folks did not follow my suggestion of being nice to the Delta people who were trying … Continue reading

What to Do & How to Get Help When Things Go Massively Wrong With an Airline – Like Delta Today!

My guess is none of the Delta counters look like this today. And when you look at twitter you will find phone shots of long lines at airports around the world. As I blogged about this morning, Delta has issued a waiver. This is a special waiver compared to most others. This one is worldwide but ONLY if you have travel plans for TODAY (not the rest of this week as some news outlets are … Continue reading

My Delta Million Miler flight – Delta Million Miler Gift Choices & My Selection.

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Expect delays as Delta Air Lines slowly gets total computers system outage back up today!

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I am sick of “fake” Delta upgrade e-mails & no “real” upgrade e-mails. #Medallion Life Issues.

I know, from reader e-mails as well as comments, I am not the only one really upset over getting e-mails like the one you see above from Delta congratulating us for an upgrade to a coach seat that is just as wide as all the other coach seats on the jet. Not just that, but many times, you get this e-mail and it contains the exact same seats you were already in in C+. Yeah, … Continue reading

Nastech i9bt Noisehush Bluetooth Active Noise Canceling Headphone Review.

It was time. My old faithful iGo headphones are done. I had used them for years and years and they had taken a ton of punishment and even survived my forgetting them once on a jet but, thanks to amazing Delta people in MSP, they found their way to my gate before my next flight departed. But, they are no more now and time to move on to something better. Clearly what most folks automatically … Continue reading

Delta First Class Chicken Burrito Dinner Review – A tasty choice!

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