Welcome to my 1st Delta Points blog post ever!

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I hope you enjoy and benefit from my Blog!

So why am I Blogging? I feel there is a need, and I hope I can help you my reader. My focus will be mostly on DELTA Air Lines tips and hints but I will post anything that I feel you will like that is travel related.

So what motivated me to blog? Like most of us who collect points, a few of our friends “get” how we do what we do. On my recent trip from AMS-DTW my wife & I sat in business class on a DELTA 767 and watched all the folks in coach stream by as we sipped champagne with seats reclined & foot rests out (yes, sigh, they loaded from the front door). One of the people walked by and said:

“Before I die I want to take a trip like that!” 

I just smiled and said,

“Read the  frugaltravelguy.com  web site and you can.” (thanks Rick for all you do!)

Our friends, family & others just don’t get it but I want them to understand. I don’t travel for business. I mostly fly to see family in Sweden and for such a long trip I want to fly “in front of the curtain” and I want to do it for free. Guess what, if you are reading this you can too, and as the Frugal Travel Guy says, “at prices we can afford”!

So why should you read my blog? What credentials do I have to make reading my words worth your time?

For 10+ years I have flown NWA / DELTA. I know a few tips to make your life with DELTA better and smoother. Also, right now, my wife’s & my total “points” accounts are more than 2 million.

Both of us currently hold Platinum Medallion status with DELTA and have booked 6 trips for 2012 in addition to our current point totals. One of them is in Lufthansa 1st class (270,000 miles – 2x 135,000) and one is in DELTA business (200,000 miles 2x -100,000) to Sweden.

Also, 2 ski trips to Salt Lake and 2 trips to Florida for my wife and some good friends (fun to spend points on those you love and care about). All these trips are either free on points or ETV’s (electronic travel vouchers).

Flight, hotels, cars & more can all be free (or at least almost free) for you too! Read my blog each day and I will help to guide you to enjoy the same ride.

Yours – René


PS – I will end with the most important tip you MUST never – ever – forget. When communicating with an airline, hotel or whatever, but especially DELTA, if you don’t like the answer, HANG UP, call back, and ask again (or tweet again and again). Delta people don’t know their jobs today. They don’t know the rules. They don’t know their partners’ rules. Call back and the next rep might know the rules or may even waive the rules if you ask nice. (OK you get 2 tips today – always be super nice and thank the reps for what they do! It helps.)

….. And now to close with 1500 free DELTA points (some states). Get them HERE!


  1. Welcome to BoardingArea and as a fellow Platinum Medallion, (and i’m not dead yet), I too have taken a trip like that—though I’m not that big on the foot rest thing!!!

  2. Welcome. I fly Delta from time to time and manage to collect my share of SkyMiles each year. I look forward to following your blog and learning how to make the most of them!

  3. Thanks! Wife and me are up to 360,000k of your AA miles and working for 2 first class rides over to Sweden in 2013!

  4. Nice to see someone focusing on Delta…. Not alot of love for the Skymiles program… but I based in MSP and a Delta Diamond.

  5. I am based out of SLC and for most flights Delta just works best for us. I get a little frustrated with all the bashing on Delta because although they do have their drawbacks, for me it means either a non stop flight or one connection as opposed to flying to Dallas in order to get to Seattle – not helpful. I am looking forward to your blog so I can maximize our Delta travel. Thanks!

  6. Looking forward to reading your blog! I am a Delta Gold based out of NYC and have been pretty happy with my experience. It would be interesting if you could cover any insights/experiences with the Skyteam alliance too.

  7. Welcome to Boarding Area. I’m a Delta PM (about to be a Diamond after the next flight) and look forward to your insights, especially since I’ve always found your perspective on FT interesting as well.

  8. Welcome to the BoardingArea. I used to be an NWA frequent flyer during 199-2005, so look forward to your postings.

  9. Delta repainted all your old planes nice and white and put in leather seats – a “rich Corinthian leather”….. come check it out!

  10. Sorry I am a day late in my welcome, but welcome to BoardingArea! You are going to do great.

  11. Congrats deltagoldflyer! I recognized your name when you were handing out the waiver form at the ORD DO. I made PM this year for the first time via Delta’s promo. Looking forward to your tips on Delta.

  12. Welcome! Looking forward to your blog!! Any tips/hints for Delta miles usage is a good thing!!

  13. Hi there, You have done a fantastic job. I will certainly digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I am confident they’ll be benefited from this web site.

  14. Thanks for any Delta news. We need to fly from Sioux Falls or MSP, so Delta is our main option.


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